UNCW in the News

UNCW in the News

May 11 - 15

UNCW names new dean of Watson College of Education
The UNCW Board of Trustees voted and approved the next dean of the Watson College of Education Wednesday. According to a news release from the university, Van O. Dempsey III, Ph.D., the current Vice President for Institutional Assessment and Effectiveness at Fairmont State University in West Virginia, will assume his new role on July 1.
Additional coverage: WWAY and Star News

UNCW gets OK for graduate degree in filmmaking
Star News
UNCW's film studies department is doubling down on its mission to cultivate the next generation of filmmakers. "This is a great way for a program like ours to continue to evolve and bring in a more-select group of talented, motivated, more-mature students," said Dave Monahan, chair of the UNCW film studies department.
*Picked up by: WWAY

Cilano Receives UNC Teaching Excellence Award
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
Cara Cilano, a professor of English and grant program director at UNCW, was selected earlier this spring to receive a 2015 Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching.

CoastLine: New Science Reinforces Alzheimer's Risk Can be Mitigated through Lifestyle Changes
This Week on CoastLine: Getting older means facing an increased risk of dementia. But there are ways to treat it before it becomes a full-blown, life-altering disease. We'll find out what recent studies say about treatment and why local researchers say pre-screening is critical in talking to Dr. Len Lecci and Dr. Julian Keith of UNCW.

UNCW student has dream of 'green' gym
Star News
UNCW graduate Parker Grissom had dreams of saving the Great Barrier Reef, but he quickly realized the schooling necessary to become a marine biologist just was not for him. But Grissom found that through a new path he could still work toward his dream of saving the world, and two years ago he started building an idea for a company that combines his passion for the environment with his passion for health and fitness.

Paranormal Research investigates Burgwin-Wright House
Star News
The Burgwin-Wright House is a superb example of Georgian architecture, but at night, the museum is profoundly dark and eerily empty. A group affiliated with UNCW is employing a scientific approach, using high-tech gear to pick up sounds unheard by the human ear.

Weather holds for UNCW commencement ceremonies
More than 1,960 undergraduates as well as 418 graduate students and five doctoral students walked across the stage Friday and Saturday. Christine Schulze graduated with a degree in Communication Studies and certificate in professional writing. She says she wants to find a job in marketing with a focus on writing.

UNCW Graduation
Star News
UNCW students celebrate by hitting a beach ball towards the end of the 89th commencement ceremonies for the UNCW Class of 2015 at Trask Coliseum.

Beaked whale, infant dolphin wash ashore at Bald Head Island
Star News
Two marine mammals washed ashore in Bald Head Island Monday following a weekend of rough seas churned up by Tropical Storm Ana. The conservancy team kept the dolphin comfortable until members of the state's Marine Mammal Stranding Program from the University of North Carolina Wilmington arrived and euthanized the animal. The team took the remains back to UNCW for further testing.
Additional coverage: Time Warner Cable Newsand WWAY

Dead whale, bottlenose dolphin wash ashore at Bald Head Island
Bald Head Island Conservancy officials found a dead whale on shore Monday morning. The UNCW Stranded Marine Mammal Team performed a necropsy on the animal to try and determine a cause of death.
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Bike to Work Week kicks off Sunday
Port City Daily
The City of Wilmington is gearing up to celebrate National Bike to Work Week, May 10-16. In 2013, 62 bikers joined the cause. That number more than doubled last year. Both years, the greatest number of participants came from UNCW. LAB has designated UNCW a Bicycle Friendly University, one of only six universities in the state to have received the accolade.

Lynnwood Park celebrates 25 years in Onslow County
Jacksonville Daily News
Onslow County's only zoo is celebrating 25 years since opening its gates. The zoo's main concentration is giving kids an experience that piques their interests in animals. Amanda Rocker, a UNCW student from Richlands, started volunteering at the zoo three years ago. She is the senior zookeeper and says she enjoys working with the visitors.

UNCW associate professor named to state-level post
Gabriel Lugo, UNCW's outgoing Faculty Senate president and associate professor of mathematics and statistics, has been named president-elect of the UNC Faculty Assembly.

Review: 'All the Wild That Remains' by David Gessner
Chicago Tribune
UNCW professor of creative writing David Gessner reinvents nature writing with "All the Wild That Remains," a dual biography of Wallace Stegner and Edward Abbey.

UNCW library project repairs near completion
The final stage of a structural repair project on Randall Library at the University of North Carolina Wilmington is underway.

Hands Across the Sand participants protest offshore drilling
Lumina News
Lindsey Deignan, a marine biology Ph.D. candidate at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and vice chair of the Surfrider Foundation's Cape Fear chapter, is helping organize the Wrightsville Beach protest.

Gillespie's pastels get posthumous exhibition
Dorothy Gillespie, the late, New York-based artist whose work remains on prominent local display, is known for her liberal use of color. Gillespie, who was based in New York, is known for her colorful metal sculptures. Local examples include the vibrant work adorning the lobby of the University of North Carolina Wilmington's Cultural Arts Building.

Rise in advanced manufacturing drives need for Lowcountry graduate degrees
Greenville Business Magazine
Clemson University will soon offer graduate degrees in the Lowcountry, largely in response to growth in advanced manufacturing. Jenny Thompson, who hopes to work for an animation studio, entered the Digital Production Arts program after receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art from the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

Nearly 1000 students graduate from CFCC
CFCC graduate Mariah Sutton says she will go to UNCW after graduation. CFCC officials say many of the other students will do the same and transfer to four year universities like UNCW.

Battle for first on tap in Charleston
UNCW will play its final conference road series when it takes on the College of Charleston in a three-game series beginning Friday. The Cougars lead the league with a 16-2 record

No. 18 College of Charleston takes two-game lead over Diamond Hawks
Port City Daily
With top spot in the Colonial Athletic Association on the line in Charleston, South Carolina, the nationally ranked Cougars their lead atop the standings following a 13-4 route over UNCW to open a three-game series on Friday night.
Additional coverage: WECT and WWAY

Late home run leads Cougars past Seahawks 5-4
Alex Pastorius belted a one-out home run in the seventh inning to lift conference-leading College of Charleston to a 5-4 win over UNCW to win the Colonial Athletic Association series on Saturday at Patriots Point.
Additional coverage: Star News

Cougars sweep Diamond Hawks
Rob Butler homered twice and reliever Carter Love stymied UNCW over 5.1 innings as 18th-ranked College of Charleston finished off a sweep of the Seahawks with an 11-7 win to clinch the Colonial Athletic Association regular season title on Sunday. Additional coverage: Port City Daily

Baseball: Seahawks try to get back on track
Star News
The UNCW pitchers threw in Hanover Hall. The rest headed to Coastal Athletics for batting practice. That's how the Seahawks began to move past a weekend to forget in Charleston. They head into the final week of the regular season after getting swept by a Colonial Athletic Association foe for the first time since 2011.

Tar Heels hold off the Seahawks in UNCW's final non-conference baseball game; ECU gets shutout win
North Carolina rode a strong start from A.J. Boguski as the Tar Heels completed a sweep of the home-and-home series with UNCW with a 7-2 win on Tuesday at Boshamer Stadium.
Additional coverage: WRAL SportsFan

Little things prevent UNCW from taking advantage of big opportunity against UNC
Star News
Not being able to do the little things in key situations prevented the UNCW baseball team from taking advantage of a big opportunity to improve its NCAA tournament resume Tuesday.

UNCW's Jordan Ramsey finds closure
A switch to the bullpen has brought sweet relief to Seahawks' senior pitching leader.

Tar Heels knock off Diamond Hawks to finish regular-season sweep
Port City Daily
North Carolina rode a strong start from A.J. Boguski as the Tar Heels completed a sweep of the home-and-home series with UNCW following a 7-2 win Tuesday at Boshamer Stadium.

Seahawks' lineup of basketball foes will have to wait
Kevin Keatts continues to put together the schedule puzzle. The UNCW men's basketball coach and his staff will keep making calls, sending emails and scanning message boards until he's ready to unveil the final product.

Eldridge was named CAA men's golf Rookie-of-the-Year
UNCW freshman Thomas Eldridge was named Colonial Athletic Association Rookie-of-the-Year and also earned a spot on the league's second-team all-conference squad following a strong performance at the conference championships in April.

UNCW Seahawks secure #2 CAA seed with 8-7 win over James Madison
Terence Connelly drove in the go-ahead run in a three-run eighth inning for UNCW as the Seahawks clinched second-place in the Colonial Athletic Association with an 8-7 win over James Madison on Thursday at Brooks Field.
Additional coverage: StarNews; Port City Daily

Five Hoggard athletes sign on with college
Swimmer Meghan Hannum is off to join the UNCW program this fall. She helped the Vikings capture the Mideastern Conference title all four years.