UNCW in the News

UNCW in the News

March 16 - 20

UNCW Search Panel Hopes To Identify Chancellor Finalists Thursday
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
The committee identifying finalist candidates for the University of North Carolina Wilmington's next chancellor will meet Thursday for what might be the last step in its search process. In an email Tuesday, UNCW officials announced that the chancellor search committee will convene at 1 p.m. Thursday in UNCW's McNeill Hall.

UNCW approves chancellor search committee's 3 recommendations
Star News
The University of North Carolina Wilmington Board of Trustees approved its chancellor search committee's three recommendations during a special called meeting Thursday. The names of those still in the running are being kept confidential, as they have been throughout the search process, said Chief of Staff Max Allen.

N.C.'s college completion rates higher than nation's average
Star News
The overall percentage of students who began taking classes at a public four-year institution in fall 2008 and earned a degree in six years or less in the United States was 63 percent, while in North Carolina 71 percent completed a degree.The graduation rate for the fall 2008 six-year cohort at UNCW was 71 percent - in line with the state's overall completion rate.

Allen leaving UNCW to be chief of staff at Clemson
Max Allen, the chief of staff for UNCW, will be leaving the school to assume the same role at Clemson University, school officials announced Friday.
Additional coverage: WWAY, Star News, Port City Daily, Time Warner Cable News and Greater Wilmington Business Journal

Tickets available for 12th annual tech conference
Port City Daily
Registration is now open for the 12th annual Wilmington Information Technology eXchange Conference (WITX). According to a news release from UNC Wilmington, more than 400 Wilmington area professionals and students attended WITX last year to learn about technological innovations and advancements in a variety of fields, such human psychology, mobile forensics and cyber defense.

Exploring the Waves for New Medical Knowledge
North Carolina Health News
Researchers in eastern North Carolina are culling the waters of the coast to find ingredients for new drugs and treatments. Together, researchers from the University of North Carolina Wilmington and East Carolina University are investigating how microorganisms found in ocean waters could improve the performance of existing medications, such as drugs for diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

The Black Arts Alliance presents the 14th Annual North Carolina Black Film Festival
The Stanly News & Press
The Black Arts Alliance, Inc. presents the North Carolina Black Film Festival March 26-29, 2015. This year the NC Black Film Festival has partnered with UNCW Film Studies department, UNCW Upperman African American Cultural Center, and the UNCW Black Film Collective for the Inaugural Student Film Screening and Reception.

Environmental Film Forum on tap at UNCW
Star News
The Cape Fear Environmental Film Forum gets under way Friday at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, and organizers are trying to move beyond "tree-hugger" stereotypes. "We wanted to tackle topics that people wouldn't expect," said Andre Silva, assistant professor of film studies at UNCW and one of the organizers.

NCTechNews Spotlight: CIE Life Sciences Panel Discussion
NC Tech News
On February 26, the University of North Carolina Wilmington's Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship hosted a panel discussing early stage financing for the medical device and life science sectors as well as healthcare IT-related businesses. NCTechNews spoke with the moderator, Gary Hayes, COO & Managing Director of Scale Finance LLC, and panelist Bob Creeden for a review of some of the main points of the event.

Keatts up for multiple coach of the year awards; Seahawk women end season at CAA
Just hours after being tabbed as one of 10 finalists for the 2015 Joe B. Hall National Coach-of-the-Year Award as the top first-year coach in NCAA Division I men's basketball, UNCW's Kevin Keatts has been included among 16 finalists for the Ben Jobe Award as the nation's top minority coach this season by CollegeInsider.com.

UNCW's Coach Keatts a finalist for two national coaching awards
Port City Daily
Just hours after being named one of 10 finalists for the 2015 Joe B. Hall National Coach of the Year Award as the top first-year coach in NCAA Division I men's basketball, UNCW's Kevin Keatts was included among 16 finalists for the Ben Jobe Award as the nation's top minority coach this season by CollegeInsider.com.

Split opens up on Capitol Hill over science funding
Chemistry World
Science advocates and researchers that depend on government grants are particularly worried now that Republicans control both chambers of Congress. 'There is an attack on the actual substance of the science being done in an attempt to limit the type of science that federal agencies can do because the results of that investigation would be politically inconvenient,' says Will White, a marine biology professor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, who has received science agency grants in the past.

1948 queen among this year's Azalea Fest celebrities
Port City Daily
The N.C. Azalea Festival Committee announced that UNC Wilmington professor, author and painter Clyde Edgerton has beenselected as the 2015 festival artist. Another noted celebrity making an appearance is Miss North Carolina Beth Stovall. Stovall, a UNCW student in vocal music, has focused her pageant platform on inspiring students to discover their artistic and creative talents.
Additional coverage: The Stanly News & Press

Nine amazing facts about Claude Howell
Star News
The Cameron Art Museum will play host Saturday to "Claude LIVE!" a seven-hour celebration of the life of Wilmington artist Claude Howell. Although he founded the visual arts program at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and taught there for decades, Howell never earned a college degree. He eventually received honorary doctorates from both Wake Forest University and UNCW.

Email jeopardizes relationship between UNCW and NHC Schools, supt. says
A StarNews letter to the editor forwarded by a UNCW professor to the New Hanover County Board of Education has put a long-standing partnership in jeopardy, according to Superintendent Dr. Tim Markley. The letter was sent to the School Board by an Associate Professor at UNCW's Watson College of Education.

Civitans honor area religious leaders
Star News
In a 51-year-old tradition, the Wilmington Civitan Club recently honored 34 clergy from 23 area churches, synagogues and organizations. The guest speaker was Msgr. Joe Ntuwa, interim priest at St. Therese Parish in Wrightsville Beach. Ntuwa also works with the Catholic Campus Ministry at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

CoastLine: Third Wave Feminism Still Struggles with Wage Gap, Glass Ceiling
On this edition of CoastLine, we explore why there is a month set aside for Women's History with in-studio guest Dr. Katie Peel, Director of the Women's Studies and Resource Center at UNCW; Associate Professor of English.

Public records requests are at the core of why a newspaper is important
Star News
So much of the reporting a newspaper does includes a public records request. We make thousands of requests every year. And sometimes, we're ignored. Two examples from the past year represent the book ends of this newspaper's responses to denied requests: The StarNews' continuing investigation into how taxpayer money is spent by Baker Mitchell and his two for-profit companies, Roger Bacon Academy and Coastal Habitat Conservancy; and a story we have long since stopped following, the firing of UNCW basketball coach Buzz Peterson.

Symphony tours the solar system in just 55 minutes 

Star News 

It is possible to explore Earth's solar system in about 55 minutes - through music. The Wilmington Symphony Orchestra serves as the launch vehicle and Gustav Holst's music is the payload for a journey set for lift off Saturday night at Kenan Auditorium on the campus of the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

Beach race honors past student, adapts for future growth
Lumina News
For more than a decade, the race has been coordinated by the Delta Tau Delta chapter at University of North Carolina Wilmington in memory of former student and brother Daniel McGregor, who died in a car accident while taking a fishing trip with his father in Florida.

Special Olympics athletes ball out at Trask Coliseum 

New Hanover County Special Olympics athletes and volunteers hit the court at Trask Coliseum for some fun earlier Wednesday. Their next big event will be a track meet on April 22nd at the UNCW track and field.

Thom Goolsby appointed to the UNC Board of Governors 


The North Carolina Senate voted Wednesday to appoint former senator Thom Goolsby to the UNC Board of Governors, the governing body over the UNC system. Goolsby stresses that he is not the UNCW BOG member, but a voice for all of the schools in the system.

SAE fraternity working to reinstate suspended UNCW chapter
Rep. John Bell says he wants to meet with UNCW's chancellor about how the university has treated Sigma Alpha Epsilon. Bell, a Goldsboro Republican, is an alumnus of UNCW's SAE chapter. Suspended in 2012 for violations of underage drinking, the fraternity is free to be begin "recolonization" in May.

UNCW Seahawks receive 7th postseason bid in men's basketball
UNCW has played in the NCAA Tournament four times and the NIT twice. On Sunday the Seahawks received their seventh postseason invitation. They will be hitting the road on Wednesday to play Sam Houston State in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament.
Additional coverage: WECT and Star News

Seahawks find new power sources in the batters box
Star News
UNCW found a pair of unlikely power sources at Brooks Fields on Sunday. Zach Shields and Terence Connelly each hammered their first home runs of the season for the Seahawks, who staved off a late Columbia comeback bid on their way to an 8-6 victory.

Ryan Clark leads UNCG past UNCW 10-4
UNCG starting pitcher Ryan Clark struck out eight and allowed one run over seven innings as the Spartans dealt UNCW a 10-3 setback on Friday at Brooks Field. The Spartans picked up its first road win of the season while the Seahawks dipped to 10-5.

Baseball: UNCW washed out Saturday
Star News
There are hopes to play baseball at Brooks Field on Saturday, but UNCW won't be involved. The Seahawks' scheduled game vs. UNC-Greensboro has been cancelled because of rain. The plan is to have the Spartans play Columbia at 6 p.m.

UNCW Roundup - Men's tennis tops Penn State
Star News
The UNCW men's tennis team rallied to win the final four singles matches in a 4-3 victory over No. 48 Penn State on Saturday in the semifinals of the South Florida Spring Break Tournament.

Diamond Hawks top Columbia; softball swept by Presbyterian
Port City Daily
Zach Shieldssparked the Seahawks with four hits. The Seahawks ran their record to 11-5 on the season and 11-2 at home, while the Lions dipped to 3-6 after splitting two games on Sunday. CU rallied to edge UNCG 8-7 earlier in the day. Senior pitcher Casey Rowlandbecame UNCW's career strikeouts leader, but Presbyterian spoiled the record-setting moment by sweeping a non-conference doubleheader over the Seahawks.

UNCW track team wins four events; tennis pulls upset
Star News
The UNCW track teams won four events Friday on the opening day of the Seahawk Invitational at the Greene Track & Field Complex. The men's tennis team won four singles matches to defeat No. 25 Drake at the USF Spring Break tournament in Tampa, Fla. Annette Lyche is in a tie for 10th place individually after the first round of the Clover Cup women's golf tournament. As a team, UNCW is 15th with a total of 326.

UNCW track and field athletes feel pressure to perform with sport in jeopardy
Student-athletes competing in track and field for UNCW say they are feeling added pressure to perform as their sport remains in jeopardy. This weekend's Seahawk Invitational was the first competition for the women's team who took the overall win edging out Toledo 153-134. The men came in second in their second competition this season.
Additional coverage: WWAY

UNCW alumni turn out in support of track & field
Star News
In spite of the wet weather, more than 150 former Seahawks showed up for what may have been the track & field program's final home meet. Not all of them competed alongside the current athletes, but the alumni gathered for the annual celebration of the past and present in the face of a tenuous future.

UNCW Roundup - Women's tennis tops UMBC
Star News
Senior Hamilton Lovett battled back for a three set victory at No. 5 singles to clinch UNCW's 5-2 victory over UMBC in women's tennis on Monday afternoon. The Seahawks won the doubles point.
Additional coverage: WWAY

UNCW basketball to play in postseason tournament
Port City Daily
UNCW's surprising turnaround season in men's basketball was extended late Sunday when the Seahawks accepted an invitation to play in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament with a Wednesday night game at Sam Houston State.

UNCW sweeps Ivy League champion Columbia
Port City Daily
Gavin Stupienski had three hits, including a home run, and knocked in four runs to back the 4.1 innings of perfect relief from Whitman Barnesas UNCW completed a sweep of defending Ivy League champion Columbia with a 10-5 win on Monday at Brooks Field.

Seahawks don't expect change of pace as tournament begins
Star News
The losses never really bothered Kevin Keatts. He was more troubled by the mindset. His new players were too willing to walk the ball up the court. His prescription? A 24-second shot clock. The CIT - along with the NIT and CBI - are experimenting with a 30-second shot clock, instead of the usual 35, to gather data for the NCAA.

What do Seahawks think about CIT bid?
On Monday we caught up with Kevin Keatts, Freddie Jackson and Addison to get their take on playing Sam Houston State in the CIT.

Seahawks to battle Bearkats, but can they spell it?
The UNCW men's basketball team will be playing the Sam Houston State Bearkats on Wednesday in the CIT Tournament in Huntsville, Teaxs. The Seahawks obviously want to beat the Bearkats, but can they spell it?

Campbell sweeps Seahawks in doubleheader
Port City Daily
Freshman pitcher Sarah Davis tallied a pair of hits, but it was not enough as UNCW suffered a pair of losses against Campbell at Boseman Field on Tuesday evening. The Seahawks, who had a five-game home win streak snapped, dropped the first game by an 8-3 margin before losing by a 6-1 count in the nightcap.

Annette Lyche named CAA golfer of the week
Junior Annette Lyche (Baerum, Norway) of the UNCW women's golf team has been named as the recipient of the Colonial Athletic Association Women's Golfer of the Week award for the week ending Mar. 17, it has been announced by CAA officials.

UNCW's turnaround season comes to an end in Texas
Port City Daily
The Seahawks closed out their first season under Keatts with an 18-14 record after sharing the regular season championship in the Colonial Athletic Association. The Bearkats pushed their record to 26-8 and advanced to the second round of the 32-team event for the second straight season.
Additional coverage: KBTX, WWAYand WECT

Camels beat Diamond Hawks 13-7
Kyle Leady had three hits, including a home run, and scored three runs while Cedric Mullins knocked in four runs as 27th-ranked Campbell dealt UNCW a 13-7 loss on Wednesday at Brooks Field.
Additional coverage: WWAY

UNCW reaps benefits of Thorburn's position switch
Star News
Robbie Thorburn headed home to Raleigh for summer vacation with an order to get ready to play second base. UNCW has reaped the rewards in recent weeks. Thorburn has looked comfortable with the change, starting 16 of 18 games for the Seahawks.