UNCW in the News

UNCW in the News

May 25 - 29

UNCW's CIE celebrates growth, looks ahead to future leadership
Port City Daily
Since forming as a business accelerator in 2013-and in the recent absence of a front-and-center leader-the university's Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship now houses five faculty start-ups, three student start-ups and 29 local businesses, according to UNCW's Dr. Ron Vetter.

From academia to business, UNCW's Vetter champions innovation
Star News
Ron Vetter has always had the academic and professional checkmarks that make him an innovative guru. For the past 20 years at UNCW, he has taught mathematical and computer sciences, edited his own magazine, started his own tech company and then began spreading the wealth, literally, to students, the public and the university through his helpful development of both the Office of Innovation and Commercialization and the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Dylan McNamara, UNCW - Coastline Economics
Academic Minute
The future of the coastline depends on more than just sand and water. UNCW associate professor Dr. Dylan McNamara's research involves large-scale coastal morphodynamics: investigations into the changes to physical features and environments in the coastal regions that includes understanding of wave fields.
Additional coverage: Inside Higher Ed

Cultural Competence is Core Value for UNCW's Chief Diversity Officer
WHQR
UNCW has hired its first Chief Diversity Officer. As Chief Diversity Officer, Guion will develop UNCW's first consolidated, strategic plan for inclusion. And, he says, he'll collaborate with Cape Fear Community College - as well as organizations within the broader community.

CoastLine: Diversity at UNCW, CFCC, and in the Broader Community
WHQR
According to the U.S. Census, this country will become a majority-minority nation for the first time in 2043. This year, UNCW has now hired it's first-ever Chief Diversity Officer. Cape Fear Community College also has programs in place to expand campus inclusion. On this edition of CoastLine, we meet the two people leading those on-campus programs.

UNC Wilmington Students Excavate on Oak Island
Time Warner Cable News
UNC Wilmington students spent Friday on an archeological dig in Oak Island. Students and instructors from the geography and geology program held a demonstration of equipment at Fort Caswell to students from William Peace University's Summer Achaeological Field School.

Officials and engineers tour Wrightsville's BMPs
Lumina News
Around 45 officials and civil engineers converged on Wrightsville Beach Thursday to learn about the stormwater runoff reduction projects. UNCW's Dr. Mike Mallin presented comparison of runoff and water pollution before and after the BMPs were installed.
Additional coverage: WECT

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.

Early colleges give students a leg up academically for free
Star News
The experience at an early college high school is certainly different than a traditional high school. At Isaac Bear Early College in New Hanover County, students have a four-year experience, completing their college classes in just two years, and the final two years are spent taking core classes such as math and science at UNCW.

Book charts tragedy, champions of American West
Kansas.com
David Gessner, who teaches creative writing at UNCW, has written a fine book combining biography, cultural criticism, travel and nature writing. Focusing on the lives and work of Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Wallace Stegner, Guggenheim Fellow and maverick environmentalist Edward Abbey, "All the Wild That Remains" is a mental and physical travelogue through the American West.

47 years later, grad collects degree and a medal
Star News
Despite passing up the chance to be a graduate of Washington and Jefferson College's class of 1968, William Edd is proud to be a part of the University of North Carolina Wilmington's class of 2015, as well as the Hoggard Medal for Achievement recipient. He proves the old adage, "better late than never," is true.

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 UNCW.

City eyes 'aging in place' as older population grows
Lumina News
In drafting a roadmap for Wilmington's future, planners incorporated the needs of the city's older residents, who represent a growing segment of the population. The Association of Retired Persons has a partnership with UNCWto address some of those concerns, and the need will be even greater as the population ages.

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.

National Bike to Work Week draws local participants
Star News
More than 100 local residents participated in National Bike to Work Week during May 10-16. UNCW had the most participants (24), followed by New Hanover County government (12). LS3P Associates has the highest percentage of employee participation (25.9 percent), followed by Two Wheeler Dealer (25 percent).

Local student awarded research fellowship
Rocky Mount Telegram
Chelsea Crocker of Rocky Mount has been awarded the King Mackerel Tournament Fellowship for her undergraduate research at UNCW. Crocker is a rising senior pursuing a bachelor's degree in biology with a minor in chemistry.

Markley asks for money for local teaching scholarships
Lumina News
Caitlin and Justin Fischetti teach because they love it, but part of what has contributed to that love is the preparation they received as N.C.Teaching Fellows. Caitlin and Justin always knew they wanted to be teachers. But the teaching fellows program brought them more than the basic education curriculum at UNCW.

Aviation Student Soars Straight To College
WFMY
With a 4.5 GPA, Hannah's soaring straight to UNCWin the fall where she'll study Aerospace Engineering.

Wilmington Chamber honors film commission
Star News
The Wilmington Chamber of Commerce has selected the Wilmington Regional Film Commission as its recipient of the 2015 Coastal Entrepreneur Award. The award was presented last week during an awards ceremony on the University of North Carolina Wilmington campus.

Sensational opening start for UNCW in CAA Baseball Tournament
WWAY
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
WECT
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.

Seahawks baseball one win from CAA crown
Star News
The Seahawks may not have stockpiled as many quality wins as Scalf wanted early, but it seems all those exasperating lessons are paying off now. UNCW stopped its string of near-misses against heavyweight competition Friday at the CAA tournament with a 4-3 win in 10 innings over No. 13 College of Charleston.
Additional coverage: Port City Daily and NCAA.com

UNCW wins CAA title in baseball; secures NCAA bid
WWAY
UNCW played with the lead for the vast majority of the baseball game on Saturday against the College of Charleston. The Seahawks attempted to sweep their way through the tournament with a perfect record. The Seahawks accomplished that when Jared Gassell and the UNCW bullpen held off the Cougars for a 7-6 victory. It's the first CAA Baseball Tournament title for UNCW since 2012. Additional coverage: WECT, The Times-News, Post and Courier, Fayetteville Observer, Port City Daily and Star News

UNCW baseball heads to Baton Rouge
Star News
When the bracket was finally revealed Monday afternoon, Mark Scalf had to smile at the selection committee's choice. His Seahawks received the No. 2 seed in the regional hosted by national No. 2 LSU. The CAA champs start against No. 3 Tulane on Friday in the 8 p.m. nightcap at Alex Box Stadium in Baton Rouge, La.
Additional coverage: WECT, WWAY and Charlotte Observer

College baseball continues for area standouts; final statistics for the season

Port City Daily

The 64-team field is set for this year's NCAA College Baseball Division I Tournament as five teams within a three-hour drive of the Port City (UNCW, College of Charleston, Coastal Carolina, East Carolina, N.C. State) earned spots in this year's national event.

UNCW baseball gets another learning experience
Star News
UNCW plays in its third regional in four years this week in Baton Rouge, La., but the team doesn't have as much hands-on postseason experience as that fact might indicate.

Seahawks land in Louisiana; ready to face Tulane in NCAA Baseball Tournament
WWAY
As the Seahawks prepare to face Lehigh, LSU and Tulane in the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship this weekend, UNCWSports.com takes a look at the three schools and their baseball programs.

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.

Ex-Seahawk Stanley keeping sights set on majors
Star News
Cody Stanley hoped to get promoted to the St. Louis Cardinals at some point this season. The former UNCW catcher figured if he put up a few months of solid stats at Triple-A Memphis he'd get his chance sooner than later. Stanley is back at Memphis now. The Clinton native only stayed with St. Louis for four days. He's looking forward to his next opportunity but not taking his first one for granted.

UNCW inches closer to keeping track and field programs
WECT
UNCW is inching closer to the finish line when it comes to keeping the track and field programs. Supporters have raised $220,000 so far, just shy of the $250,000 mark. If the program can raise $5,000 by Sunday, it will be safe for the 2015-2016 school year.

Steady course for UNCW after APR score release
Star News
It's smooth sailing for UNCW with the release Wednesday of the latest NCAA Academic Progress Rate scores. All 18 Seahawk teams met the minimum requirements to avoid penalties.

UNCW senior sprinter Cameron Shaw races to the record book
Star News
It wasn't a major surprise on May 17, when UNCW'sCameron Shaw heard his 100 time at North Carolina A&T's Aggie Last Chance Meet. He won his heat in 10.35 seconds, a mark that bested John Carr's school record, set in 2009, by four-hundredths of a second.

Seahawk Club to hold watch party for UNCW baseball NCAA regional game
Port City Daily
The UNCW Seahawk Club will host a watch party for the Seahawks' NCAA Regional game against Tulance on Friday. Fans are invited to watch the game, which will be broadcast on ESPN3 and WatchESPN.com, at Buffalo Wild Wings, 206 Old Eastwood Road. First pitch between is slated for 8 p.m.
Additional coverage: WECT

UNCW baseball's memories from '03 rekindled for return to NCAA
Star News
UNCW - making its seventh regional appearance in 13 years - is headed back where it all began. The Seahawks were NCAA newbies when they were sent to LSU's Alex Box Stadium in 2003.

West Columbus Viking Eric Jenkins hit by ball in head
WECT
Baseball player Eric Jenkins was hit in the head by a baseball during the game. He was taken to the emergency room and has since been released. Many online recruiting sites rank Jenkins as the top high school prospect in NC. He has signed to play next season for UNCW, but is expected to be a top round selection in the upcoming MLB draft.