UNCW in the News

UNCW in the News

Jan. 19 - 23

UNCW selected regional hub of public health training center
Star News
The University of North Carolina Wilmington's College of Health and Human Services is now "in the game," said founding dean Charles Hardy. UNCW's selection as the North Carolina Local Performance Site puts it in the company of some of the most esteemed public health institutions in the South.

College's dog training program gives students far more than class credit
USA Today
As the spring semester gets underway, some students at UNCW are getting a not-so-average class experience. As part of a community partnership the university has with non-profit organization, paws4people - whose mission is to "enhance the lives" of current and former service members, inmates, children and students - Assistance Dog Training courses will be offered.

Startup Searches For Better Shellfish Toxin Screen
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
Seatox Research Inc., moved into the University of North Carolina Wilmington's MARBIONC facility in November, when the company was ready to start its research. The company consists of Jennifer McCall and her husband, Sam. The two work collaboratively with UNCW research scientist Andrea Bourdelais, who is based at MARBIONC.

NC Sea Grant staff recognized nationally for recent rip current study
Coastal construction and erosion specialist Spencer Rogers is a Coastal Steward of the Year in the 2014 Walter B. Jones Sr. Awards presented by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Rogers is based at the University of North Carolina Wilmington's Center for Marine Science.
Other coverage: WSFX

We All Live Downstream

The U.S. EPA lists roughly 38,200 miles of streams and rivers in the state. Since everything in the rivers flows downstream into the sea, it is not surprising that scientists are finding blue crabs. "The kind of stuff we're looking for in these crabs is going to indicate water quality, and health issues that could matter in the future," says Andrew Goff, a graduate student in marine biology at The University of North Carolina Wilmington.

UNCW Board of Trustees talk future plans
The UNCW board of trustees met today to discuss the future and highlight some of the good things happening at the school. "Every day on this campus there are probably a thousand transactions," said Michael Shivar, Chair of Board of Trustees. "There are a lot of good things going on every day. Anytime there's success on a university campus, that's to be celebrated."

UNCW hires new HR administrator
Port City Daily
Rosalynn Martin was named UNCW's Associate Vice Chancellor for Human Resources on Thursday, university officials announced. Martin has nearly 20 years experience as a senior human resources officer in academia, corporate and municipal environments.

Local Housing Market Coming Back, Economist Tells Builders Group
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
Although a couple facets of the local economy are showing signs of a full recovery since the recession, the housing market in the Wilmington region is coming back. "We're in a lot better shape than we were five years ago, but we're not where we were 10 or 11 years ago," William "Woody" Hall, senior economist at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, told those attending an economic forecast breakfast Wednesday morning.

Davis addresses past and future of equality movement
Lumina News
Activist and scholar Angela Davis spoke to 1,000 audience members at the University of North Carolina Wilmington on Tuesday. She spoke the day after the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday and several times quoted the civil rights icon in her speech. 

Everyday heroes in fight against racism, Angela Davis says
Star News
The renowned scholar and activist Angela Davis gave the keynote speech as part of UNCW's 2015 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration. A full house listened to Davis speak about racial issues in America, including protests over the police-involved deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and Eric Garner in New York.

CoastLine: Vertex Rail on Incentives, Why Hometown Hires Will Make Up 10% of Workforce
According to Senior Economist Woody Hall from UNCW's Cameron School of Business, Vertex Rail will likely have more than a billion-dollar impact on the economy.

UNCW Again Receives 'community Engagement' Classification
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
Volunteer activities and community engagement efforts in general earned University of North Carolina Wilmington a continued designation from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, the university announced recently.

'Slave Dwelling Project' to focus on restored Bellamy building
Port City Daily
Joseph McGill Jr., a preservationist and activist who founded the nonprofit project, is returning to the Bellamy as part of his ongoing effort to visit every former slave dwelling throughout the country. The Civil War re-enactor will host a presentation at 7 p.m. at the mansion, followed by an overnight program in the slave quarters with six students from UNCW's Public History Program.

What exactly is a co-op?

Lumina News

Many consumers that shop at cooperative markets like Tidal Creek may not know exactly what co-ops are and why they exist. Steven Harper, Progress Energy Betty Cameron Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, said a gap in the marketplace usually plays a role in the foundation of all co-ops.

UNCW athletic department receives $1 million gift
Port City Daily
House of Raeford Farms is making a $1 million gift to UNCW Athletics to provide funding for a $2 million indoor practice facility at Brooks Field that will benefit the school's baseball and softball teams. The donation is one of the largest ever to the athletics department since its origination in the early 1950s.
Other coverage: WECT and Star News

News & Notes - Food conference; CFMTA presents recital; Teen Court; camp information sought
Star News
Feast Down East is partnering with UNCW for the fifth annual Feast Down East Regional Conference - an event that brings the community together to establish a healthy local food community. The event will be 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6, at

Editorial - Weekend observance recreates part of history of Civil War
Star News
For the past four years, UNCW creative writing professor Philip Gerard has chronicled North Carolina's part in the Civil War for Our State magazine. The weekend's observance isn't about reviving the sentiments and ideological divisions that led to the violent split between the North and South. Its purpose is to remember a key event in our local history, and to educate in a way that no textbook can.

Crowds pack battlefield for Fort Fisher's 150th anniversary events
Star News
About 900 uniformed re-enactors showed up for a smoke-filled "scenario" Saturday afternoon, re-creating the taking of Shepherd's Battery on Jan. 15, 1865, a key turning point in the conflict. Chris Fonvielle of the University of North Carolina Wilmington entertained a crowd with tales of characters associated with the fort.

150 years later, an army of history buffs to reoccupy Fort Fisher
Jacksonville Daily News
Up to 15,000 spectators and hundreds of uniformed re-enactors are expected Saturday and Sunday to mark the 150th anniversary of the Second Battle of Fort Fisher. Chris Fonvielle, an associate professor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and author of "The Wilmington Campaign: Last Rays of Departing Hope," will speak at noon Saturday and again at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Community rallies to replace items lost in Old Dock school fire
By the truckload and the armful, donations came in Friday to replace items lost in the blaze that destroyed Old Dock Elementary School's main building last week. Somer Lewis, who works at UNCW's Watson College of Education, drove from Wilmington to deliver donations collected from colleagues and students.
Other coverage: WWAY

Thousands attended MLK parade in downtown Wilmington
There have been all kinds of events happening across the Cape Fear over the past week to honor Doctor Martin Luther King Junior and today is his day. UNCW is hosting an event Tuesday night at the Kenan Auditorium with Angela Davis who will speak on the legacy of Martin Luther King Junior at 7 pm.

UNCW faculty members pushing to keep track and field programs
Some UNCW faculty members are using their voices to help save several sports teams. These efforts come after it was announced a few months ago that several UNCW track and field programs would be cut due to funding issues.

Diamond Hawks picked to finished 2nd in CAA preseason poll
UNCW was picked to finish second behind defending Colonial Athletic Association champion College of Charleston in the league's predicted order of finish, voted on by the league's coaches. Rounding out the top four are William & Mary and newcomer Elon.
Other coverage: Port City Daily and Star News

UNCW coach wants team to believe
Star News
In the eyes of Adell Harris, UNCW's defensive concerns aren't due to a lack of Xs and Os. It's a mentality issue she is hoping her team can overcome, and soon.

UNCW pulls off OT victory despite shooting woes
Star News
After a night filled with sputtering offense, it was fitting UNCW needed one more defensive stand to close out College of Charleston on Wednesday night. The Seahawks somehow figured out how to win a game in which they shot a season-low 25 percent.
Other coverage: Port City Daily and WWAY

Sitting down with UNCW's Kevin Keatts to talk Seahawk hoops
The UNCW men's basketball team is off to an impressive start this season under first year head coach Kevin Keatts. Before heading to Charleston WWAY's John Rendleman sat down with head coach Kevin Keatts to talk about Freddie Jackson's ankle and the impressive start to the season in conference play for UNCW.

Hoops (M): Addison Spruill wins CAA Player of the Week
Star News
Addison Spruill was named Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Week on Monday. UNCW hadn't won the award in almost two years before Jackson claimed the last one. Now the Seahawks have done it back-to-back weeks.
Other coverage: WECT and Port City Daily

Seahawk Splash program makes $75K donation to UNCW swimming & diving scholarships
Port City Daily
Seahawk Splash made waves with the UNCW Swimming & Diving program with a donation toward the program's scholarship fund for the men and women's teams. The group presented the Seahawk Club with a check for $75,000 prior to UNCW's men's basketball game last week against Delaware.

UNCW men's tennis improves to 2-0
Star News
The UNCW men's tennis team won its second match in three days with a 7-0 shutout over visiting Gardner-Webb on Monday at the UNCW courts.

UNCW Roundup - Tennis teams earn easy victories
Star News
Behind an opening-day lineup that featured four freshmen, No. 50 UNCW earned a 7-0 victory over Appalachian State on Saturday at the UNCW Tennis Complex. The women's tennis team didn't waste any time in giving John Ware his first career victory as UNCW's new head coach.

Editorial - UNCW should consider efforts to save running programs
Star News
Parents, athletes and friends of UNCW's successful and diverse track and cross country programs have pledged to raise enough money to retain the program, now targeted for elimination. Although university officials aren't convinced, they shouldn't write off the program without a thorough review.

UNCW hoops tries to stay afloat early in CAA
Star News
UNCW's first five CAA games have provided a hardly-unexpected roller coaster ride. The Seahawks have already faced the top three teams in the conference standings, with a win at Northeastern. They've led every game in the second half but collapsed late in losses to Hofstra and William & Mary.

Seahawks get bounce-back road win over Hofstra
Port City Daily
Senior guard Addison Spruill had a game-high 23 points and backcourt mate Freddie Jacksonshook off a late-game injury to power UNCW past Hofstra 79-74 in a Colonial Athletic Association men's basketball matinee Saturday at the Mack Sports Complex.
Other coverage: WWAYand Star News

Athletes with local ties react to UNCW's decision to cut programs
The Times-News
A budget decision means Alexis Dickerson's college career is in jeopardy, and could have a premature expiration date.UNCWathletics director Jimmy Bass announced last month that the CAA member is cutting the men's and women's outdoor track and field, women's indoor track and field and the men's cross country programs - a move that will take effect for the 2015-16 school year.

UNCW women lose road game at Northeastern
Star News
Senior forward Sarah Myatt scored a season-high 16 points, but the UNCW women's basketball team suffered a 73-64 defeat at Northeastern on Friday night.

UNCW falls on the road at Hofstra
Senior guard Kelva Atkins and junior guard Shatia Cole each scored 18 points, but UNCW was unable to overcome a strong shooting effort by Hofstra University as the Pride earned a 71-57 Colonial Athletic Association victory over the Seahawks at the Mack Sports Complex on Sunday afternoon.

UNCW overcomes early issues to become CAA contender
Star News
UNCW has, for the most part, solved its early rebounding issues, even while switching to a smaller starting lineup. The Seahawks rank in the middle of the CAA in rebounding, but they have looked more comfortable clearing the defensive glass out of their zone sets lately.

The time to refill Trask Coliseum has arrived

Star News

This is a team with 10 wins before the Super Bowl. It's a new kind of basketball for these parts. No, it's not always been pretty. Yes, it has been quite exciting; the Seahawks have played six consecutive games decided by single digits.

UNCW women use fast start to get past Elon

Star News

The Seahawks came out of the gate strong with a new starting lineup Thursday night. They led by as many as 21 in the first half and survived hot-shooting Elon in the second half to earn a 76-68 victory at Trask Coliseum.

Other coverage: Port City Daily and Times-News

UNCW soccer standout invited to MLS training camp with New England
Port City Daily
UNCW senior defender Jacob Vancompernollehas been invited to the New England Revolution preseason camp, where he'll look to earn a place on the MLS roster.

Seahawks outlast College of Charleston in overtime win
Port City Daily
The Seahawks overcame a season-low 25.8 percent shooting by forcing 20 turnovers to turn backCollege of Charleston 58-56 in overtime to remain near the top of the Colonial Athletic Association regular-season standings. The clutch road win kept UNCW perfect in three sudden death games this season.