UNCW in the News

UNCW in the News

May 18 - 22

UNCW names new dean of education

Port City Daily
UNCW officials announced their pick to lead the university's Watson College of Education. Following a closed session meeting last week, the UNCW Board of Trustees named Dr. Van O. Dempsey III to the administrative post.

New CIE Leadership In Pipeline, Counterpart UNCW Center Names Director
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship will have an interim director identified in the near future. Ron Vetter, UNCW's associate provost for research and dean of the graduate school, gave a brief update at Thursday's Coastal Entrepreneur Awards on developments at the CIE.

The new face of aging: UNCW professor turns life expectancy research into business
Port City Daily
Your face is a bit of a visual biographer - it tells the story of your age and longevity. After years of research in facial analytics, UNCW computer science professor Karl Ricanek has created a company to help expedite life expectancy predictions.

Sustainability in plain sight: UNCW adds aquaponic tank to dining hall
Port City Daily
Sustainability will soon be on the menu at UNCW's dining hall. UNCW faculty says the 250-gallon aquaponics tank will serve not only as an eco-friendly way to grow local produce-and eventually fish-but also as a reminder to students and faculty of the importance of sustainable food practices, as well as the science behind it.

New study may help free whales from fishing rope entanglement

Smithsonian Science
New data just published in the journal Marine Mammal Science may help save the whales, or at least a good many of them. "There is this idea that large whales are the strongest animals on the face of the earth and that nothing can stop them," says William McLellan, a marine mammal expert at UNCW and co-author of the paper.

UNCW team leads Brunswick plantation archaeological expedition
Star News
The dream of uncovering additional history in the new Brunswick Riverwalk Park is closer to reality. A team from UNCW descended upon the park's entrance last week with ground-penetrating radar to scan for remains of the Buchoi Plantation.

Rip Current Safety Highlighted for Summer Beach Season
Beach Carolina
"Beaches are pretty safe places for recreation but the primary exception on most ocean beaches is rip currents," explains Spencer Rogers, Sea Grant coastal construction and erosion specialist. Last summer, Rogers, along with a UNCW graduate student and a variety of partners, deployed data-logging drifters on beaches. Their goal was to record the frequency of rip currents that circulated back to shore.

FAU hunting for sea sponges that fight cancer
Sun Sentinel
Florida Atlantic University scientists have developed a sophisticated device that allows them to inspect ocean reefs and collect sponges with chemicals to fight an array of diseases. To make the process more efficient, the FAU Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute in Fort Pierce designed and built the tool sled with help from FAU's College of Engineering and Computer Science and UNCW.

Wilmington entrepreneur wins award for innovation
Star News
A local company that produces ergonomic baby bottles has been named the 2015 Coastal Entrepreneur of the Year by UNCW's Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the Greater Wilmington Business Journal. The award was presented to mimijumi during a ceremony Thursday at UNCW's Burney Center.

Mimijumi Named Coastal Entrepreneur Of The Year
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
Baby bottle maker mimijumi was named Coastal Entrepreneur of the Year Thursday morning. When Seahawk Innovations LLC, a venture capital company based at UNCW's Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, invested in the startup, the investors brought Mimijumi to Wilmington.

Oleander Drive Movie Theater Under Contract With Development Firm
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
An unnamed real estate development company has placed the tract at 5335 Oleander Drive, which includes the movie theater building, under contract, said Rick Whitfield, vice chancellor of business affairs for the UNCW.

UNCW commencement speaker to students - 'I believe in you'
Star News
At the College of Arts and Sciences ceremony on May 9, Dr. Paul Townend, chair of UNCW's History department, inspires students to make their UNCW experiences count; addresses the myths they should be wary of, and ultimately reject; and shares why he's so confident they will overcome conventional wisdom and instead prove themselves to be extraordinary.

Thousands leave secrets in Kindred Spirit mailbox

Did you ever want to get something off your chest or express how you feel in a peaceful way? The Kindred Spirit mailbox has been helping that happen for thousands of people who travel to a Brunswick County beach. Now, journals and pens are kept inside of the mailbox for visitors to write in and are replaced with new ones when full. The full journals are then archived in the Randall Library at UNCW for anyone to view.

Local author signs two-book deal with Thomas Dunne
Star News
Publishers Weekly reports that Wilmington-area author Susan Bishop Crispell has signed a two-book deal with Thomas Dunne books, an imprint of St. Martin's. Crispell holds a BFA degree in creative writing from the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

Bishop finds calling in supporting others
Wilmington Journal
UNCW senior Destini Bishop grew up in Barbados where she learned the values that she has carried with her throughout her college career. As she began to take classes that dealt specifically with the social work field, Bishop realized that she truly belongs there. Her favorite aspect about being a social work major is the many different parts of the system and how they all work together.

UNCW failed to keep minutes of closed session meetings

The UNCW committee tasked to find the next chancellor failed to keep an official record of what happened during closed-door meetings as required by law. On Friday, UNCW released a statement on the issue: The university acknowledges that formal minutes of the closed sessions were not contemporaneously kept. We have since been assured that there is a general account of the closed session meetings as required by the Open Meetings Act.
*Full statement available online

My turn: Violating state public records laws
Our investigative team caught UNCW in a bind this past week, simply by asking for the minutes of the high profile search for the next UNCW Chancellor. Once the purposes of those closed meetings are ended, agencies are required to release those records.

RECHS Class of 2015 begins new leg of journey

Courier Tribune
Members of Randolph Early College High School's Class of 2015 have embarked on the next phase of their lives after attending high school and college classes for the past four years. Isai Hernandez of Asheboro is headed to UNCW to obtain his bachelor's degree in athletic training and possibly be part of the soccer program there.

UNCW teams receive APR recognition
Star News
UNCW baseball, women's tennis and men's soccer received NCAA Academic Progress Rate public recognition awards Wednesday. The honor goes to the top 10 percent nationally in each sport. It's the most UNCW teams recognized since 2005-2006.

UNCW's Cory Dick, Chris Gaffney honored by CAA

Star News
UNCW's Corey Dick was named CAA Baseball Player of the Week for the second time this season. he senior first baseman shrugged off a slump to go 7-for-12 with two home runs and two doubles.

Three Seahawks earn All-CAA honors
Three Seahawk baseball players were named to the All-CAA First Team when the league honors were announced on Tuesday. Steven Linkous, Zach Shields and Jordan Ramsey were among eight UNCW players that earned All-CAA honors.

Diamond Hawks sweep James Madison

UNCW topped visiting James Madison, 5-1, in the Colonial Athletic Association season finale for both teams on Saturday at Brooks Field. The Seahawks will carry a three-game winning streak into next week's conference.
Additional coverage: Star News, WWAYand Port City Daily

Big finish requires good starts by UNCW baseball
Star News
The UNCW baseball team doesn't necessarily have to win the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament to earn its third NCAA bid in four years. The second-seeded Seahawks have built a decent at-large case with 36 wins and an RPI ranking of 44, but they would still be wise to claim the title and lock in their spot in the field.

Pairings set for CAA Baseball Championship in South Carolina

Port City Daily
The field is set for the 2015 Colonial Athletic Association Baseball Championship, which will be held May 20-23. The six-team, double-elimination tournament gets underway on Wednesday. On Thursday, second-seeded UNCW takes on the Northeastern/William & Mary winner at noon.

Diamond Hawks open CAA play Thursday
On the opening day of the Colonial Athletic Association baseball championship tournament, two rain systems forced adjustments to the schedule and UNCW will now play at 5 p.m. on Thursday.

Josh Brock wins local U.S. Open qualifier

Star News
Former New Hanover and UNCW standout golfer Josh Brock shot a 7-under-par 65 to win the U.S. Open local qualifier at River Landing in Wallace.

Former South Brunswick golfer, UNCW alum in the hunt at 89th Annual Carolina's Amateur
Port City Daily
Former South Brunswick High School standout Ashley Sloup is two shots back from top spot on the leader boardand UNCW alum Lori Beth Adams is tied for sixth as defending champion Katie Kirk,22 put together consecutive under par rounds to continue her path toward back-to-back Carolina's Women's Amateur titles.

Former UNCW golfer qualifies for U.S. Women's Open

A former UNCW women's golf standout will become the second Seahawk to play in the U.S. Women's Open this July. Lori Beth Adams, a native of Burlington, N.C., shot a two-round score of 76-72-148 during qualifying Monday at Butler Country Club.

Future murky for UNCW track as deadline nears
Star News
The support group Save UNCW Track has until May 31 to raise $250,000. It's still got work left to do with $179,626.79 collected, through Friday, with two weeks left. The next step requires $800,000 for track renovations by Feb. 1, 2016.

The finish line
Lumina News
On Feb. 26, Chancellor Sederburg offered Save UNCW Track a chance to meet its goal. Funding issues led to the decision to cut the program, he said, so if Save UNCW Track were able to raise $250,000 by May 31, the track and field and cross-country programs could operate for one more season.

UNCW Hall of Fame pitcher named new Boston Red Sox pitching coach

Port City Daily
UNCW Hall of Fame pitcher Carl Willis has spent the last week getting familiar with his staff after being named the new Boston Red Sox pitching coach on Saturday.

Junior college teammates quickly anchor UNCW baseball lineup
Star News
UNCW has begun to develop a pipeline from Spartanburg Methodist, which has made seven NJCAA World Series appearances since 2001. Pitching coach Matt Williams spent nine years under Wallace before joining the Seahawks last season.

Sensational opening start for UNCW in CAA Baseball Tournament
Luke Dunlap homered twice and tied his career-high with five runs batted as UNCW exploded for a 16-7 win over Northeastern in the CAA baseball championship tournament on Thursday. The Seahawks advanced to Friday's winner's bracket game against the winner of Elon and top-seeded College of Charleston.
Additional coverage: Port City Daily

UNCW advances in CAA Baseball Championship
The UNCW Diamond Hawks advanced Thursday in the Colonial Athletic Association baseball championship tournament with a 16-7 win over Northeastern.

UNCW pounds Northeastern in CAA Tournament opener
Star News
The UNCW baseball team knows it will take a Colonial Athletic Association Tournament title here to avoid an uneasy wait for the NCAA field to be released. The Seahawks under Mark Scalf have had mixed results leaving their fate to the selection committee.

3 Seahawks in track regional in Florida
Star News
UNCW 100-meter dash record holder Cameron Shaw leads three Seahawks as selections for the NCAA's East Regional track & field qualifier, set for May 28-30 in Jacksonville, Fla.

Former UNCW goalkeeper Miller takes his turn
Star News
Bob Lilley didn't see Brandon Miller as a third-string goalkeeper. Miller, a former starter for UNCW, has finally earned the starting job in his fourth season with the Rhinos, who are atop the USL's Eastern Conference at 6-0-3 as the only unbeaten team in the league.

UNCW's ultimate club team heads to national tournament
Port City Daily
Ultimate frisbee has been played in Wilmington as far back as the late 1970s and early 80s. The UNCW Seamen were formed in 1988. After years of success, the club team now has their eyes set on the Division I National Tournament in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, May 22-25.