UNCW in the News

UNCW in the News

June 29 - July 2

New chancellor starts at UNCW
Jose V. "Zito" Sartarelli has begun his tenure as UNCW chancellor. The former dean of the College of Business and Economics at West Virginia University was named UNCW's leader in April.

New UNCW Chancellor Spends 'hard-at-work' First Day
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
On his first day as chancellor of University of North Carolina Wilmington, Jose V. "Zito" Sartarelli apparently got an early start. In addition to meeting with administrators, Sartarelli made time to visit UNCW's CREST campus, where the university's MARBIONC facility and Center for Marine Science are located. While there, he met U.S. Rep. David Rouzer and toured MARBIONC with director Dan Baden.

UNCW's new chancellor, deans take office Wednesday
The new Chancellor of the University of North Carolina Wilmington and the new deans of the Cameron School of Business and Watson College of Education officially take office Wednesday, July 1.

Challenges await new UNCW chancellor
Star News
For new University of North Carolina Wilmington Chancellor Jose "Zito" Sartarelli, there's no shortage of challenges that await him at the 14,000-student campus. Sartarelli said he was also conscious of tuition levels and the hardships placed on families to get their money's worth from a college education. And he spoke about how crucial community engagement is for a university with limited state resources.

Editorial - Challenges, opportunities abound for new chancellor
Star News
UNCW marks another important milestone today when Dr. Jose V. "Zito" Sartarelli becomes the school's eighth leader. Beyond those early days when the school was literally being formed, we can't think of a more important time in UNCW's history.

Shark populations in decline
Jacksonville Daily News
By the late 1980s, shark populations around the globe were in decline. The scientific community scrambled for ways to conserve the creatures, it became clear that sharks were over-fished and woefully under-researched. Fred Scharf of UNCW's biology and marine biology department said what we know least about sharks is what drives their behavior, even during certain attacks.

Shark attacks spike as water gets more crowded
The Denver Post
Shark experts have a not-so-reassuring explanation for a recent spate of attacks: It's mainly because so many people are getting in the water. Each attack is unique, and it's highly unlikely there's any one dangerous shark roaming the coast, especially given the extensive geographic area in which they've occurred, said Fred Scharf, professor of fisheries biology at UNCW.
*AP Story picked up by other outlets including: Savannah Now, The Daily Mail, The News & Observer and US News

Why are so many shark attacks happening along the Carolina coastline?
An 18-year-old was severely injured on Saturday after being bitten by a shark on the Outer Banks, marking the sixth reported attack along NC's coastline. Despite the recent string of incidents, shark expert Larry Cahoon, a professor of biology and marine biology at UNCW urges that attacks are rare, and shouldn't dissuade people from going to the ocean.

Teen Boy Is Sixth North Carolina Shark Attack Victim This Month
A 17-year-old received multiple injuries from a shark bite while swimming off NC Saturday - the sixth victim in the state this month. Shark expert Larry Cahoon, a professor of biology and marine biology at UNCW, told PEOPLE, "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."

Expert Offers Reasons for Increase in Shark Attacks
Time Warner Cable
In the past 80 years there has only been 52 confirmed unprovoked shark attacks in NC. However, in this season the state has already seen seven. Fred Scharf, a fishery expert and professor at UNCW, said there are several reasons for this increase, including more beach visitors, the June extreme heatwave and shark-breeding season.

In Depth: Dr. Larry Cahoon, with UNC-Wilmington, on shark attacks
Time Warner Cable News
Time Warner Cable News anchor Rob Boisvert talks to Dr. Larry Cahoon, with UNCW, about a possible cause for all of the recent shark attacks in North Carolina.
*This interview ran statewide

Edgerton to lecture at Chapel Hill
Star News
Wilmington writer Clyde Edgerton will formally receive the Thomas Wolfe Prize for "contributions to the literature of the South and beyond" during a two-day literary celebration at Chapel Hill in October. Since 1998, he has taught at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, where he is the Thomas S.Kenan III distinguished professor of creative writing.

"Embroidering the Scarlet A" - Unwed mothers in literature and film
Star News
Wilmington scholar Janet Mason Ellerby, a professor of English at UNCW, gives a close reading to a number of American classics in "Embroidering the Scarlet A: Unwed Mothers and Illegitimate Children in American Fiction and Film." In her conclusion, she seeks an alternative to the "fallen woman" narrative.

Move over, Sherlock - Carolina Beach author pens a new Mrs. Hudson adventure
Star News
Barry S. Brown writes to report that his latest novel, "Mrs. Hudson in New York," will be coming out July 29. A Ph.D. formerly with the National Institutes of Health, Brown has held an adjunct faculty appointment in the psychology department at UNCW.

Red Algae a Concern in Some Areas on NC Coast
Time Warner Cable
An invasive red algae has made its way from the Pacific Northwest to the North Carolina coast. "There have been some places where commercial fisherman have given up fishing altogether in that area because it's extremely problematic with fouling fishing gear," said Byrom Toothman, a UNCW research biologist.

NHCS Teachers And Supervisors Receive Honors
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
Several teachers, principals and supervisors from New Hanover County Schools have received awards recently. Three teachers from New Hanover County Schools were chosen as Beginning Teacher Promise of Leadership Award recipients by the Watson College of Education at UNCW last month.

SOS Forest Tour comes to Wilmington

Conservation groups including UNCW ECO, the North Carolina Coastal Federation and the Cape Fear Sierra Club gathered downtown Sunday afternoon for the SOS Forest Fun Day. The groups want to raise awareness about Southern forests being chopped down.

SAE fraternity to return to UNCW following suspension
The Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity will be returning to the campus of UNCW. University officials say an agreement was signed on Wednesday.

Mystery and history
Lumina News
The stories behind Wrightsville's unique landmarks uncloak the mystery that sometimes shrouds the history, and more often the whimsy, of beach-town living. One landmark is the 7-inch tin mailbox near the dunes. It was in 2014, but less than two months later, UNCW students decided to plant a new mailbox.

Former WWAY GM, UNCW Hall of Famer George Diab dies at 91
George Diab died peacefully at his Wilmington home on Friday. Diab is a former president and general manager of WWAY TV. Diab served as the president of the UNCW Seahawk Club in the late 1980's. He was inducted into the UNCW Athletics Hall of Fame in 2004.

WWAY weatherman to talk storms
Star News
Ingram Planetarium features a free program called "Hurricane History in North Carolina" at noon July 10 with WWAY's Scott Dean. The program focuses on notable hurricanes that have affected NC. Scott Dean has been WWAY's chief meteorologist since 2014. A proud native of NC, Scott earned degrees at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and N.C. State University.

Rosenberg Joins Nabell Winslow
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
Nabell Winslow Investments hired Josh Rosenberg earlier this month, according to a news release. Rosenberg is a 2014 graduate of the University of North Carolina Wilmington where he earned a degree in economics with minors in math and philosophy.

Symphony to present musical hues of red, white and blue
Star News
Scott MacLeod experience should reveal itself in a performance of American music with the North Carolina Symphony Thursday, July 2, at the University of North Carolina Wilmington's Kenan Auditorium. The program, billed as "Stars and Stripes," sparkles with well-known patriotic tunes tapping key aspects of our national character.

Seahawks soaring in the classroom
The grades are in, and UNCW is near the top of the class. Student-athletes compiled a cumulative GPA of 3.174 for the spring semester according to information released by the athletic department.

UNCW baseball program among nation's most efficient
Port City Daily
A program well known for its winning, consistency and efficiency, UNCW Baseball has been recognized by financial website www.ValuePenguin.com as the nation's third-best NCAA Division I program over from 2004-13.

Former UNCW outfielder's comeback tests mental, physical strength
Star News
Over the past two years, Andrew Cain underwent a daunting rehab process. UNCW Assistant coach Robbie Monday says Cain has come a long way since he first walked into the UNCW weight room after the setbacks.

UNCW officially adds beach volleyball to athletic roster
A new month, a new sport at UNCW. The Athletic Department officially announced the addition of Women's Beach Volleyball to the portfolio. The team becomes the 19th in the department and the first women's program added since 1994.
Additional coverage: WWAY

UNCW athletics - Unanswered questions
Star News
Bill Sederburg's tenure at UNCW officially ends Tuesday with Zito Sartarelli set to take over the permanent post. The UNCW track and field saga will continue under the new leadership. Sederburg leaves UNCW impressed with how parents, athletes, alumni and local running community rallied for "SAVE UNCW TRACK." He's not completely satisfied with the outcome, however.

Keith Rendleman to play for Charlotte Hornets in NBA Summer League
Former UNCW basketball standout Keith Rendleman will suit up for the Charlotte Hornets in theSouthwest Airlines Orlando Pro Summer League in early July. Rendleman graduated from UNCW in 2013.
Additional coverage: WECT

UNCW duo ready for next step
Star News
Freddie Jackson and Addison both boosted their pro prospects in leading UNCW's worst-to-first Colonial Athletic Association turnaround last season. They don't know where they'll end up yet, but it's already gratifying that the decision to stick close to home has them poised for separate adventures abroad. Neither has ever left the country before.