UNCW in the News

UNCW in the News

June 15 - 19

Shark Expert Reveals How to Handle an Attack: 'Swim to Shore as Fast as You Can'
One shark expert has a very clear message for beachgoers around the country: Don't avoid the ocean. "You have a higher chance of getting into a car accident driving to the beach than you do getting attacked by a shark when you get there," Larry Cahoon, professor of biology and marine biology at UNCW tells PEOPLE.

OCEARCH biologist: Shark attacks likely different sharks
Port City Daily
Last Thursday's reported shark bite off the coast of Ocean Isle Beach was likely a case of mistaken identity, according to Dr. Larry Cahoon, a biological oceanographer at UNCW. Sunday's two attacks at Oak Island, however, were likely the work of a much more aggressive shark.

Researchers Debate Shark Species Responsible For North Carolina Attacks
A series of three separate shark attacks that took place off the NC coast have spurred researchers to debate what species could be responsible. According to Dr. Larry Cahoon, a biological oceanographer at UNCW, the Ocean Isle attack was likely a case of mistaken identity. Sunday's attacks, however, were a far different story.

Three Shark Attacks Within One Week in Brunswick County: A Scientific Hypothesis
A local fisheries expert has a theory about why these shark attacks keep occurring south of the Cape Fear River's mouth. Dr. Frederick Scharf is a professor of Marine Biology at UNCW. He says the area of these recent attacks is rich in food sources for sharks.

Oceanographer: Sharks hear people long before they see them
Brunswick Beacon
After three reported shark bites in a 72-hour span, people all across the country have wondered how such a rare occurrence could happen three times in as many days. Dr. Larry Cahoon, a biological oceanographer with the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, classified the shark bite on Ocean Isle Beach reported Thursday, June 11, as a "classic shark incident."

Kids who lost arms in NC may have been attacked by bull sharks
A researcher with UNCW believes the two kids, who were attacked in waist deep water, were victims of aggressive sharks. "What that suggests to me is one of the more aggressive ones, probably a bull shark," UNCW biological oceanographer Dr. Larry Cahoon told the Port City Daily.

Brogdon Named UNCW Office Of The Arts Director
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
The University of North Carolina Wilmington announced last month that Kristen Brogdon will assume the role of director of the school's Office of the Arts, according to a news release.

Community Music Academy at UNCW
Danijela Žeželj-Gualdi joined us to talk about the Community Music Academy at UNCW. She is the new artistic director of the Academy, which is a community outreach program of the UNCW Music Department.

Actors recount stories of when things went wrong on stage
Star News
Got a few hours? Then just ask a theater person about things that have gone wrong during the plays and musicals they've been involved with. Christy Grantham, an actress who also manages UNCW's Kenan Auditorium box office, said there's nothing like "feeling the zipper in your costume go shortly after walking onstage."

Amid the blur, old-timers share graduation memories
Star News
As high schools prepare to release a new crop of graduates, it's a good time to ask folks to look back. Janet Ellerby, an English professor at UNCW remembers "a mixture of elation and fear."

Prominent Wilmington native honored with interactive exhibition
A prominent Wilmington native credited for starting the art program at UNCW is getting some special recognition. Teacher, philanthropist, advocate and artist Claude Howell is being honored with his very own exhibition called "Claude Live!" at the Cameron Art Museum.

Kiwanis going strong after 95 years' service
Star News
The Kiwanis Club of Wilmington, which turned 95 on May 21, has a solid record of support for youth in our area. Since its founding in 1920, the club has contributed more than $750,000 to the Brigade Boys and Girls Club in Wilmington and more than $200,000 for student scholarships at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and Cape Fear Community College.

Lang Promoted At Sweeney
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
Sweeney announced last month that Morgan Lang had been promoted to the position of account executive. Lang, a 2014 graduate of the University of North Carolina Wilmington, has been with Sweeney since 2013.

Locally filmed race movie gets a premiere
Star News
On Friday, the locally filmed street racing drama "Adrenaline will enjoy a red carpet "world premiere" with the local cast and crew in attendance at Lumina Theater on the University of North Carolina Wilmington's campus. More than 500 people have RSVP'd for the event.

Coach Harris adds pair of transfers to bolster UNCW women's basketball program
Port City Daily
Coach Adell Harris recently announced that Jenny DeGraaf of Penn State and Janea Williams of North Florida have transferred to UNCW and will join the Seahawk women's basketball team moving forward.

UNCW's Sherwood chooses to stay as part of graduate transfer option
Star News
UNCW forward Dylan Sherwood plans to return to the Seahawks for a fifth season. He earned a finance degree in May, opening a door that's sparked lively debate around the game.
Additional coverage: Jacksonville Daily News

UNCW's Shepley signs with Orioles
Star News
UNCW reliever Will Shepley has signed with the Baltimore Orioles. The 6-foot, 192-pound lefty was a 31st round pick in the MLB Draft.

Baseball: UNCW OF Zach Shields to sign with Reds
Star News
UNCW will have an All-Colonial Athletic Association hole to fill in right field next spring. Zach Shields said in a text message that he'll sign with the Cincinnati Reds and begin his pro career.

Baseball: Evan Phillips signs with Atlanta Braves
Star News
The Atlanta Braves selected UNCW's Evan Phillips on Wednesday in the 17th round of the Major League Baseball Draft. The Clayton High School graduate made it official on Friday and will head to Orlando next week to start his pro career.

Monroe takes deal with Padres
The Times-News
Eastern Alamance graduate Nick Monroe, a UNC Wilmington pitcher, signed with the San Diego Padres and will forego his final season of college eligibility. According to information from UNCW coach Mark Scalf, Monroe and three other juniors drafted off the team signed with professional organizations.

Move to bullpen paid off for former North Davidson, UNCW star Ramsey
Journal Now
Jordan Ramsey was selected by the Cincinnati Reds in the seventh round of the Major League Baseball Draft. "When it actually happens you take a step back and you're thankful for everything along the way, but it's motivating," Ramsey said on Wednesday.

Draft won't change Seahawks' ways
Star News
Even in the off-season, Mark Scalf's schedule chugs along in well-rehearsed rhythm. The UNCW baseball coach's youth camp dominated Tuesday morning. In between, Scalf slowed down just long enough to put the newfound holes on his roster into perspective. The veteran coach didn't expect to lose all four juniors selected in last week's Major League Baseball Draft, but he can't exactly spend time worrying about it, either.

UNCW track athletes stick with their plans
Star News
With team around for another season, Seahawks embrace getting back to business

Hawks hoops set for summer Bahamas exhibitions
Star News
UNCW men's basketball coach Kevin Keatts will get a little extra time to get a group filled with newcomers ready for the 2015-2016 season. The Seahawks have scheduled a trip to the Bahamas from Aug. 12-16, he said Wednesday.

Brian Mull - Port City aims to bust N.C. Amateur drought
Star News
Derek Brown was in the middle of a stellar career at UNCW when he claimed the 2002 title at Forsyth Country Club in Winston-Salem. Three other Seahawks just missed the state's biggest prize: John Trujillo (1998), Will Shambley (2004) and Derek Wallace (2009) all finished as the runner-up.