UNCW in the News

UNCW in the News

March 23 - 27

UNCW to kick off second 24-hour pledge drive Tuesday
Port City Daily
Dubbed "Give More in 24," this year's fundraising drive, which gets underway at 8 a.m. Tuesday, aims to collect $133,801 to receive an additional donation of $48,000 to benefit UNCW's scholarship funds, departments and programs.

UNCW exceeds goal in 24-hour pledge drive
Port City Daily
UNCW has once again exceeded its goal in the university's second 24-hour fundraising campaign. "Give More in 24," which wrapped up at 8 a.m. today, garnered an estimated $190,000 in gifts and pledges. UNCW had set the mark this year at $133,801 in order to secure an additional gift of $48,000.
Additional coverage: WECT

UNCW Chancellor Search Continues
Time Warner Cable News
The UNC Wilmington board of trustees narrowed down the list of candidates for the chancellor position. Trustees voted on Thursday to accept a short list of three candidates selected by a search committee.

Additional coverage: WECT

UNCW professor to receive award for Excellence in Teaching
Officials with the University of North Carolina Wilmington announced that Cara Cilano, professor of English and Grant Program Director, has been selected to receive a 2015 Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Additional coverage: WSFX

UNCW professor: Lack of beach nourishment funding could cause property values to drop
UNCW professor Dylan McNamara believes beach property values could drastically drop as a result of lost government funding for beach nourishment. Researchers from UNCW, Duke University and The Ohio State University plan to publish the findings of their recent study Wednesday.
Additional coverage: PHYS, WOIO and WDAM

Study: Loss of Federal Sand Dollars Equals Loss in Property Values
Time Warner Cable News
Researchers at UNCWilmington, Duke and The Ohio State Universityrecently publisheda report lookingat the importance offederal funding for beachrenourishment. "If sea level rise goes up, the cost to fight that goes up, therefore the property value drop increases." said D. McNamara, associate professor of physics and physical oceanography at UNCW.
Additional coverage: Florida Today

Study - Port City ranked high for women-owned businesses

Star News

ilmington ranks high as a good place for women to own businesses, according to a national study of 289 metro areas. Jennifer McCall, owner of SeaTox Research Inc. in Wilmington, credits the SBTDC and UNCW with being supportive of her start-up company.

UNCW program melds art, history to teach students
Star News
"Peace in the valley!" That's Nnenna Freelon's way of telling Lisa Doyle's sixth-grade language arts class at Williston Middle School to quiet down. The Williston students seem comfortable around the singer, who's been at the school since March 16 with her daughter, the visual artist Maya Freelon Asante, as part of UNCW's Artist in Residence Program.

UNCW will merge its two presenting arts groups
Star News
This summer, UNCW will blend its two presenting arts groups into one department called the UNCW Office of the Arts. As a result of that merger, UNCW will cut the number of major arts performances it presents from eight each semester to "four or so" for each semester of the 2015-16 school year, according to Cecil L. Willis, interim associate vice chancellor for external programs at UNCW.

Wilmington Entrepreneurs, Startups Among Nominees For Statewide Awards
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
Several Wilmington individuals and companies in the technology and life sciences fields are on the list of nominees for WRAL TechWire's Full Steam Ahead awards.
*(Featuring the CIE)

Review - Author takes a trip through Vermeer's works
Star News
Michael White, a professor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, has published "Travels in Vermeer," a memoir of his obsession with the 17th century Dutch painter.

Chris E. Fonvielle Jr. - Why the Civil War still matters
Star News
Chris E. Fonvielle Jr. is a native Wilmingtonian, an author and associate professor of history at UNCW. His latest book is "To Forge A Thunderbolt: Fort Anderson and the Battle for Wilmington."

Wilmington's first all-girls charter school gains backing
Star News
In a whitepaper prepared for the New Hanover County Board of Education, UNCW professor Robert Tyndall wrote that according to data, single-gender learning environments can be most effective to meet the social, emotional and educational needs of both male and female students.

Right whales might get extra layer of protection off N.C. coast
Jacksonville Daily News
Bill McLellan, a research biologist at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and coordinator for the state's Marine Mammal Stranding Program, said NOAA's proposal is good news for right whales because they are calving, and not just migrating, off the N.C. coast.

What causes dolphins and whales to strand along the coast?
Outerbanks Voice
The number of strandings varies from year to year, but there was an increase of bottlenose dolphin deaths from July 2013 to June 2014 in North Carolina. The deaths were part of the largest number of strandings of bottlenose dolphins and small whales ever recorded on the East Coast, said William McLellan, state stranding coordinator at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

Area jobless rate down
Star News

Brunswick's rate stands out, though. On an adjusted basis, with the exception of Brunswick, the labor force rose between December 2014 and January 2015, said William "Woody" Hall, an economist at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

For most working women, no fairy godmothers 

News and Observer

Op-ed by Katherine Montwieler, associate professor of English and women's studies at UNC Wilmington.

UNCW Center for Innovation leader separates from university

Star News
Jim Roberts' leadership of the UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship concluded today, March 26.
Additional coverage: Greater Wilmington Business Journal, WECT and WWAY

U North Carolina Wilmington Adopts Transcript Platform To Improve Automation
Campus Technology
The University of North Carolina Wilmington has migrated to a new transcript ordering platform in an effort to increase automation. The new platform uses a Java application, RoboRegistrar, that offers increased automation of ordering, processing and delivery of transcripts relative to Transcripts on Demand, the university's previous transcript platform.

Film reflects on a teacher's life
Star News
As an educator, Claudia Stack is perhaps most taken with the dedication to learning represented by Rosenwald schools. Uncovering their history and preserving their story has consumed huge chunks of her time and energy in recent years. Those efforts have most recently resulted in a film, "Carrie Mae: An American Life," which will find a large and interested audience on April 10 at a conference at the University of North Carolina Wilmington about Rosenwald schools.

UNCW to host JazzFest March 27-29
The Wilmington Journal
Spring is on the way and so is UNCW's annual festival celebrating the rich tradition of jazz and its future. The festival features two evenings of guest concerts and a closing concert by high school students.

'Muse' weaves tales told by the threads

Star News

The tales tied up in the clothes we wear - some painful, others joyful - are at the heart of "The Clothesline Muse." The uncommon blend of original songs, drama, dance and visual art - its website calls "Muse" a "multi-discipline theater project" - is being staged on Saturday at Kenan Auditorium by UNCW's Office of Cultural Arts.

Clothesline connects culture to community

Lumina News
The clothesline is a deep-reaching metaphor for the ties that bind families, communities and women together. Freelon's impact extends beyond her on-stage performances. From March 16-27, Freelon and Asante completed a residency with Williston Middle School students. "The Clothesline Muse" will come to Kenan Auditorium at UNCW at 7 p.m. on March 28. 

Additional coverage: WHQR

The Plan: 5 things to do this weekend, March 27-29
Star News
Three days of jazz concerts will get off to a strong start at UNCW on Friday when alto saxophonist Wessell "Warmdaddy" Anderson brings his combo to town. An effeminate young farm boy has to deal with his homophobic grandmother and the impending death of his best friend in MilkMilkLemonade, part of the Student Lab Series from UNCW's Department of Theatre.

N.C. Black Film Festival reaches out to cultivate talent
Star News
Now in its 14th year, the North Carolina Black Film Festival has found a groove that suits the Wilmington-based indie film showcase. The four-day juried festival presented by the Black Arts Alliance gives a platform to African-American filmmakers to network and screen their films. The inaugural student film screening and reception is 5 p.m. Friday at UNCW's King Hall Auditorium.

Editorial - Naming rights at CFCC
Star News
Let's hope that someone sets aside an appropriate memorial in the new building for the late Ruth Funk. In an interview for UNCW, Funk said she naively believed that Wilmington should have the same sorts of cultural opportunities as Boston or Cleveland. Amazingly, she pushed a long way toward that goal.

UNCW Holds 'Girls in Technology Summit'
Time Warner Cable News TWC News

Teaching girls at a young age that science, engineering, math and technology can be fun. That was one of the goals of GE Hitachi's "Girls in Technology Summit" held at UNCW in March. As part of the event, 95 middle school girls spent their Saturday working on a hands-on engineering project.

What's the verdict? Students weigh in on criminal record questions on college applications


The Center for Community Alternatives released a new study that found out of 273 responding institutions, 55% collect and use criminal justice information in the admissions process. Universities can use either self-reporting or background screening procedures. Kristina Medlock, a student at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, agrees with inquiring of criminal records.

The Friendly Atheists Next Door

A "friendly family" of atheists from North Carolina has recently been featured in a CNN article called "The new face of atheism." The article tells the story of the Shaughnessys from Wake Forest and takes a look into the lives of the atheist family and specifically why father Harry Shaughnessy is an atheist. Todd Shaughnessy is a freshman at UNCW.

Wine, Women and Shoes to help kids
Women had a chance to watch, drink, and shop while helping children at the time Thursday night. The Women, Wine and Shoes event at UNCW in the Burney Center. The event benefits Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina.
Additional coverage: Star News

Paraplegic impresses at Quintiles Wrightsville Beach Marathon

Thousands of people took part in the Quintiles Wrightsville Beach Marathon. About 3,000 people ran, walked, and even rode through the starting line of the marathon and half marathon Sunday morning. "I actually ran for UNCW and then took a little bit of a hiatus, and now I've been running for the past six or seven years," added Rocco Quaranto.

UNCW athletes compete in CAA Food Drive Challenge
Student athletes at UNCW are teaming up with the CAA to fight hunger by taking part in the third annual Food Drive Challenge. UNCW is competing against other CAA schools to collect the highest number of pounds of nonperishable food.

UNCW softball raises money for Step Up For Soldiers
Port City Daily
As the UNCW softball team took the field on Sunday afternoon against Hofstra, the Seahawks knew they were doing more than trying to win a game. They were also doing their part to help raise funds for Step Up for Soldiers with a special camouflage jersey.

Seahawks' Keatts honored for coaching success
Lumina News
University of North Carolina Wilmington coach Kevin Keatts continues to receive accolades for turning around the school's men's basketball team. Earlier this month, Keatts was named 2015 CAA Coach-of-the-Year. Now he has been selected as one of 10 finalists to be named 2015 Joe B. Hall National Coach-of-the-Year by CollegeInsider.com.

As offseason begins, Keatts looks to build on Hawks' progress
Star News

The UNCW men's basketball season had only been over a few minutes last Wednesday, but Kevin Keatts did his best to muster big-picture perspective. "There was no reason for me to have any ill feelings toward these guys because of the effort that they've given me all year long," Keatts said Monday.

Harlem Globetrotters honor local military veteran
Port City Daily
John Woodlock does enjoy a basketball game from time to time. This Sunday, he'll be courtside to catch the country's premier exhibition team in action. Woodlock, a U.S. Army veteran, was handpicked-and personally invited-to attend the Harlem Globetrotter's upcoming performance at UNC Wilmington's Trask Coliseum.

UNCW baseball earns three-game sweep over Northeastern
Port City Daily
Gavin Stupienski and Joe Bertone homered twice and Josh Roberson struck out a season-high seven as UNCW finished off a sweep of visiting Northeastern on Sunday with a 15-1 win at Brooks Field.
Additional coverage: Star News, WWAY and WECT

UNCW Roundup - Men's tennis downs VCU
Star News
The UNCW men's tennis team used its depth to earn a 4-3 victory over VCU on Saturday at the UNCW courts. The No. 49 Seahawks (9-4) captured the doubles point with identical 8-2 victories at No. 1 and 2. VCU (13-7).

UNCW tennis rallies for win
Star News

The UNCW women's tennis team lost the first set in five singles matches, but rallied to win four of them in a 5-2 win over James Madison on Sunday.

Two Seahawks earn CAA honors
Star News

UNCW's Gavin Stupienski was named CAA Co-Player of the Week on Monday. The sophomore slugger hit .391 with three home runs and 10 RBI to help the Seahawks win four of five games last week. Teammate Whitman Barnes grabbed Rookie of the Week honors after picking up a pair of wins in relief.
Additional coverage: WECT

Sixth Annual Porters Neck Golf Classic To Benefit UNCW Golf Teams Scholarship Fund

Beach Carolina Magazine
On Monday, March 30, 2015, UNCW Athletic Chair, Jimmy Bass, will join the Porters Neck Country Club Golf Professionals and the UNCW's Women's golf team to raise monies for the UNCW Golf Teams Scholarship Fund at the Sixth Annual Porters Neck Golf Classic, held at Porters Neck Country Club.

Gaffney's home run guides UNCW baseball past ECU
Port City Daily
Chris Gaffney belted a three-run home run in the second inning to put UNCW in front and the Seahawks never looked back as they dealt rival East Carolina a 4-2 setback on Tuesday at Brooks Field.

Additional coverage: WWAY, Star News, WRAL Sports Fan and WITN

UNCW Roundup - Women's tennis tops UNCG
Star News
The UNCW women's tennis team came away with a 5-2 victory over visiting UNC Greensboro on Tuesday. It was the Seahawks' fourth win in a row.

UNCW sweeps ECU in softball
Sophomore Peyton Jordan and freshman Sarah Davis combined to allow just one run on eight hits as UNCW (13-11) swept a non-conference doubleheader over East Carolina (8-25) at Boseman Field on Wednesday afternoon. The Seahawks, who were wrapping up a seven-game homestand, posted a 2-0 victory in the first game before claiming a 5-1 triumph in the nightcap.
Additional coverage: Star News

Seahawks hit a road less traveled
Star News
Towson's Schuerholz Park stands unique among CAA baseball venues. Their strange setup seems to be at least part of the reason UNCW hasn't won a series there since 2006. The change of scenery should be particularly stark this time for UNCW.