UNCW in the News

UNCW in the News

April 27 - May 1

Overfishing Leads to Aggressive Competition in Caribbean Coral Reefs
Science Times
In a new study published this week in the journal PeerJ, researchers with the University of North Carolina Wilmington surveyed reefs amongst 12 Caribbean nations only to find that overfishing in this tropical paradise is having drastic ramifications for the coral reefs just below the surface.
Additional coverage: Discovery, International Business Times, AZO Clean Tech and Science Daily

Shedd Aquarium Participates in Pioneering Research on Caribbean Coral
National Geographic
For reef-building corals, sponges do not make good neighbors. While the dangers to Caribbean reefs are widely known, Dr. Loh's research, led by Dr. Joseph Pawlik of UNC Wilmington, focused on a largely ignored threat to coral populations: sponges.

Transparency survivor
Jacksonville Daily News
Jose "Zito" Sartarelli is a name folks will hear more often as he prepares to become the next chancellor of UNCW. His name already is familiar at the University of Southern Maine, where Sartarelli was one of three finalists to become the school's president before pulling out of the running in February.

Clyde Space and UNC to produce game-changing ocean monitoring tech
Space Daily
Clyde Space is collaborating with an American university and a team of leading US-based scientists to develop a "game-changer" in vital new technology to study ocean biology. The project is being led by John M Morrison, Professor of Physics and Physical Oceanography at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

NW underwater volcano erupting, researchers say
Axial Seamount, an active underwater volcano located about 300 miles off the coast of Oregon and Washington, appears to be erupting - after two scientists had forecast that such an event would take place there this year. GeologistsBill Chadwickof Oregon State University andScott Noonerof the University of North Carolina Wilmington made their forecast last September during a public lecture.
Additional coverage: Statesman Journal

UNCW students to learn and grow food with new 250-gallon aquaponics tank
UNCW will unveil a 250-gallon aquaponics tank in Wagoner Dining Hall this week. The aquaponics tank is a joint project between UNCW's departments of sociology and criminology, marine biology and biology, and environmental studies. Several professors have developed course material relating to sustainability and local food initiatives to further engage their students.
Additional coverage: MyInforms

UNCW students to learn and grow food with new 250-gallon aquaponics tank
UNCW has unveiled a 250-gallon aquaponics tank in Wagoner Dining Hall that will act as a learning experience for students and provide fresh food. The water pumps were turned on and rocks were added on Wednesday. Tilapia and plants will be introduced to the system within two weeks or so.

UNCW to offer new class geared towards tech job seekers
To train and attract new talent, nCino started offering a Salesforce certification class a few weeks ago, finding that many job-seekers in our area wanted those skills. The success and popularity of the course sparked the attention of a professor at UNC Wilmington. UNCW plans to offer a course through the SWAIN center in the fall and then roll it out to undergraduates in Spring of 2016.

UNC Press makes nice at the beach
Star News
The University of North Carolina Press has been headquartered in Chapel Hill since 1922, but Thursday evening it headed to Porters Neck. The Press honored several Wilmington-area authors and UNCW professors.

UNCW cancels meeting with reps from suspended fraternity
UNCW's interim chancellor on Thursday canceleda Friday morning meeting about a suspended fraternity, saying the request seemed to be "more about politics and power" than re-opening the student organization.

Edward Abbey, Wallace Stegner, and the American West
On Friday, May 1, David Gessnerwill be at Ken Sanders Rare Books in downtown Salt Lake City for a reading of his new book All the Wild that Remains: Edward Abbey, Wallace Stegner, and the American West. Gessner is a professor at University of North Carolina Wilmington, where he founded the literary journal Ecotone.

Bookmarks - UNCW to host Writers Conference
Star News
So you really want to write, but you can't spare the money or two years of your time to earn a master of fine arts degree? One option is the Summer Writers Conference, coming up June 26-28 at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

Brick, ballast help to tell Kendal story
State Port Pilot
Historical significance of the recently unveiled Kendal Plantation archaeological site goes far beyond just the story of early European settlers in NC. Chris Fonvielle of UNCW believes the last some of the items uncovered may have belonged to men who were part of a War of 1812 encampment.

'Practice run' gets the autistic on a flight path
Star News
Coastal Autism Solutions and Cape Fear Applied Behavior Analysis have collaborated with UNCW and Wilmington International Airport to provide an experience called Autism Takes Flight. The program runs through all aspects of airport travel: arrival, collecting tickets, navigating security and, above all, waiting.

Deadly earthquake hits home for local student
With aftershocks subsiding, the focus in Nepal is on rescue and recovery after the magnitude 7.8 earthquake. Janardan Mainali woke up to the news Saturday morning about a devastating earthquake in his home country. He's studying Geo Sciences at UNCW from Nepal.

UPDATE: UNCW and LGBTQIA leader release statement on resignation
The head of UNCW's LGBTQIA Resource Office is on paid leave from the university and will be resigning her post in May. UNCW and a representative for Schlag reiterated in a formal statement Wednesday that Schlag voluntarily resigned to pursue other opportunities.

UNCW: Professor's comments not tied to LGBT office leader's resignation
UNCW says rumors about a conservative professor's connection to the resignation of the head of the school's LGBTQIA Resource Office are untrue. The university issued a joint statement with who it termed Schlag's representative to try and put the rumors to rest.

Barnhill's story to be staged in Greensboro
Star News
Local author Anne Clinard Barnhill is having one of her short stories, "Produce," staged by the Touring Theatre of North Carolina in Greensboro. A longtime resident of the Greensboro Triad, Barnhill earned her MFA from the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

Ask me why I'm wearing jeans
UNCW's C.A.R.E. organization sponsored Denim Day 2015, a campaign that raises community awareness about the devastating impacts of sexual violence and how you can help bring these issues to light.

Port City named one of the top places to start business
Star News
Wilmington is on a roll, at least according to recent studies by the consumer website NerdWallet. This time a survey has found the Port City ranks No. 2 among the best places to start a business. Nearly 900 businesses are downtown, including Flytrap Brewing, a craft brewery, and Fuzzy Peach, a frozen yogurt chain started by three friends who met at UNCW.

Editorial - Music to our ears
Star News
A report of the death of Chamber Music Wilmington was greatly exaggerated. In fact, despite what we erroneously reported in this space Tuesday, the organization just completed a successful 2014-2015 performance season and has dates booked at UNCW's Beckwith Recital Hall for 2015-16.

Bridge programs help first-generation students adapt to college life
By Kaitlyn Russell, University of North Carolina Wilmington

Letters to the Editor - April 27, 2015
Star News
It was ironic that a recent letter about saving the track and field program at UNCW appeared on the same day as the article "Ashley Takes MEC Tittle."

UNCW track team, supporters push hard to save program
Star News
The supporters group Save UNCW Track has until May 31 to raise $250,000 to ensure the program continues in 2015-16.

Local restaurant tries to help save UNCW Track
The fight for UNCW Track continued this weekend with a fundraiser for the team at PT's Old Fashioned Grille.

Hoops (M): Malik Pugh won't return to Seahawks
Star News
Guard Malik Pugh won't return to the UNCW men's basketball team. Coach Kevin Keatts said the freshman from Tennessee was granted release to seek transfer on Thursday.

UNCW men's golf team finishes in 4th place at the CAA Championship
Freshman Thomas Eldridge finished fourth in the individual standings and UNCW wound up fourth on the team leaderboard following Sunday's final round of the 2015 Colonial Athletic Association Men's Golf Championship at St. James Plantation.
Additional coverage: Star News

Former UNCW catcher Cody Stanley gets his first MLB hit
Former UNCW catcher Cody Stanley got called up to the major league roster of the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday.

Radford, Bradley among mid-majors wreaking havoc in college baseball
The Seahawks, along with 2014 Super Regional team College of Charleston, are battling at the top of the CAA, where UNCW has won eight regular-season titles in veteran coach Mark Scalf's 23 seasons.

Combs, teammates 7th at Penn Relays
Elkin Jonesville Tribune
Aaron Combs and his teammates represented the University of North Carolina Wilmington in the spring medley relay, finishing seventh out of 35 competing teams.

Chiropractor Helping Save a Division 1 Track Program
Dynamic Chiropractic
Roy M. Love, DC, FACO, is spearheading a movement to save the University of North Carolina Wilmington's Division I men's and women's' track teams, set to be eliminated for the 2015-16 season.

Phoenix feasts on first-place UNCW by setting table to start innings
Burlington Times News
Elon (21-19 overall, 10-6 CAA) tallied 18 hits, the most UNCW (28-10, 11-2) has surrendered this season. The Seahawks' four hits marked a season low.

UNCW Roundup - Softball falls at Charleston
Star News
The College of Charleston softball team scored two runs in the first inning, and held on for a 3-1 victory over visiting UNCW on Saturday.

UNCW Roundup - Baseball drops second in a row
Star News
Cody Love and Cam Walton each recorded third-place finishes to lead the UNCW track and field teams at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia.

Elon takes series opener from UNCW baseball
Port City Daily
Elon scored in each of the first five innings to back strong pitching from Nick Beaulac as the Phoenix raced past No. 22 UNCW 14-3 on Friday in a Colonial Athletic Association series opener at Latham Park.

Eldridge leads Seahawks at CAA Golf Championships
Freshman Thomas Eldridge remains one shot out of the individual lead and UNCW trails frontrunner College of Charleston by 13 strokes in the team competition heading into Sunday's final round of the 2015 Colonial Athletic Association Men's Golf Championship at St. James Plantation. Additional coverage: Star News

Diamond Hawks split Sunday doubleheader with Elon
Port City Daily
Zach Shields had four hits, scored three runs and knocked in three as No. 22 UNCW topped Elon 14-6 in the second game to earn a Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) doubleheader split on Sunday at Latham Park.
Additional coverage: WECT

Former UNCW standout makes big league debut; a look at local ballplayers in college
Port City Daily
Sunday marked a big moment for the UNCW baseball program as a former Seahawk was called up to the big leagues and recorded his first career hit for the St. Louis Cardinals.

UNCW Roundup - Atkins, Dell lead UNCW awards
Star News
Kelva Atkins and Jamie Dell were honored Tuesday as UNCW's top athletes. They claimed the Thomas V. Moseley awards at the athletic department's annual banquet. Tennis players Zach Hublitz and Alyssa Ritchie swept the Chancellor's Cup awards and Meredith Peacock (volleyball) won the Soaring Seahawk Award for commitment to team and sportsmanship.

No. 25 Coastal Carolina defeats UNCW baseball
Port City Daily
Coastal Carolina (31-13) earned its fourth consecutive win and improved to 12-2 on the road. The Seahawks dropped their fourth game in five triesto slide to 29-12 overall and 22-6 at home.
Additional coverage: Star News and WECT

Malik Pugh leaving UNCW basketball program
Malik Pugh is leaving the UNCW men's basketball program after just one season. UNCW Senior Associate Athletic Director Joe Browning confirmed that Pugh has been released from his scholarship.

UNCW looks to bounce back after loss with trip to Campbell
WECT After falling for a fourth time in their last five games, the UNCW baseball team boarded the bus on Wednesday for a trip to Buies Creek and a meeting with Campbell. Additional coverage: Star News and Port City Daily

Seahawks pick up road win at Campbell
Rain delayed the start of UNCW's visit to Campbell, and it poured runs early for the Camels but a balanced offensive attack led the Seahawks to a 9-4 come from behind win in Buies Creek Wednesday night.

Where's the finish line? UNCW track & field just isn't sure
Star News
The Seahawks have done their best to continue with business as usual in the face of the planned elimination of the program and a fundraising push to save it. They head into this weekend's CAA championship at William & Mary.

UNCW senior aims for late timing adjustment
Star News
Corey Dick brings a football player's physique to Brooks Field and a toughness to match. The 6-foot, 255-pound first baseman refused to let a torn knee ligament end his junior season. He simply slapped on a brace last spring and kept on trucking. He hit .263 in 11 games on one good leg before major offseason surgery.

Seahawk softball team eyeing Tournament berth
The UNCW softball team may look more like mathletes this weekend as there are a lot of variables standing between them and a spot in the conference playoffs. Heading into the final weekend of the regular season, the Seahawks are one of six teams fighting for the final two playoff spots for the four-team field.