UNCW in the News

UNCW in the News

June 8 - 12

UNCW names interim business school leader as dean
Port City Daily
UNCW has named the interim dean of its business school as the program's permanent replacement. Following a national search, university officials decided to name Robert Burrus as head of the Cameron School of Business.

Dempsey Named Watson College Of Education Dean
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
Last month, the University of North Carolina Wilmington's Board of Trustees named Van O. Dempsey III as the new dean of the Watson College of Education. Dempsey will assume the post on July 1, according to a release.

Most Common Mistakes by First-Time Entrepreneurs and How to Avoid Them
NerdWallet (Featuring Ron Vetter and Craig Galbraith)

Nine out of every 10 startups fail. But a lack of experience doesn't have to derail you. Taking advice from those with more experience and know-how is a good place to start to improve your chances of success.

Lapetus Secures Funding, Plans Pilot Tests
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
Lapetus Solutions Inc. has received an undisclosed amount of funding from a European investment firm. Co-owner and founder Karl Ricanek Jr. is a professor of computer science UNCW as well as the chief technology officer for Lapetus. 

Find Mutual-Fund Managers Who Eat Their Own Cooking
The Wall Street Journal
Personal ownership aligns a manager with the interests of shareholders, says Allison Evans, an assistant professor of accounting at UNCW who did an earlier study and found that managers of U.S.-stock funds who had less than $100,000 invested underperformed the average return of managers who had more than $100,000 invested by 2.6 percentage points.

Effort aims to match active retirees with nonprofits
Star News
Dr. Jeffrey L. Brudney will head a panel discussion and volunteer fair June 22 that matches active retirees with nonprofit organizations. It will be held at the Warwick Center at UNCW. Brudney will be the keynote for the panel, which will also include representatives of: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, An Ally for Real Possibilities, Quality Enhancement for Nonprofit Organizations and the Cameron Executive Network.

FAU scientists hunt for cancer-fighting sponges
Highlands Today
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. The FAU Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute designed and built it with help from FAU's College of Engineering and Computer Science and UNCW.

UNCW names interim leader of Center of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Star News
Officials have named an interim director for UNCW's Center of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, but the search for a permanent leader will begin later this year. Chuck Whitlock was named to the position and started his role Monday.
Additional coverage: Greater Wilmington Business Journal

UNCW names temporary leader for CIE
Port City Daily
UNCW has named a temporary head for its hub of cutting-edge companies. The university announced Monday that Chuck Whitlock, currently a UNCW business instructor, will serve as the interim director for the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE)

New Hanover County health survey underway
Star News
Health officials are asking New Hanover County residents to participate in the county's 2015 Health Survey. Beginning this month and continuing through the summer, the county health department will work with UNCW's College of Health & Human Services to survey more than 3,500 residents.

Bookmarks - Fonvielle to focus on Fort Anderson
Star News
Chris Fonvielle, historian and associate professor of history at UNCW, wrote a book about Fort Anderson back in 1999, but a lot of stuff came up since then. Fonvielle essentially rewrote the book entirely, doubling its length. The result "To Forge a Thunderbolt," came out earlier this year.

Talk on health of tidal creeks
Star News
The N.C. Coastal Federation will host a talk on Wednesday on the current conditions of area tidal creeks. Mike Mallin, a water quality expert with UNCW's Center for Marine Science, will touch on the consequences of stormwater runoff pollution, ways to reduce stormwater runoff, and how land use impacts water quality.

Construction Crew in Downtown Wilmington Find Bones
Time Warner Cable News
Construction crews at the former Charley Brownz made a surprising find... bones. Wilmington police said they were sent to UNCW for testing. "The first thing you do is you call law enforcement," said Dr. Eleanora Reber, chairwoman of the UNCW Department of Anthropology.
Additional coverage: WWAY

Tony Awards to salute UNCW's Mitchell
Star News
A graduate of the University of North Carolina Wilmington will receive special recognition Sunday night as part of the annual Tony Awards. Corey Mitchell, a 1993 UNCW graduate, will receive the first Theatre Education Award, jointly presented by the Tony Awards and Carnegie Mellon University.

Former Opelika resident casts new 'Rocky' movie
Jason Loftus couldn't be happier to have had a hand in making the film rumored to parallel closest to its original predecessor. Loftus came to the cast after 12 years as a casting director. "I had known North Carolina had great film and television opportunities, so I transferred toUNCW," he said. "I worked at Screen Gems. I got introduced to very well-known casting directors and I was able to kind of see it was a viable career."

Business Buzz: Deans leads Clinton-Sampson chamber
Fayetteville Observer
Laura Deans enjoyed four years away from home in school at UNCW. She's also glad to be back where she started. The new executive director for the Clinton-Sampson Chamber of Commerce was training with outgoing director Janna Bass for two weeks prior to taking the helm last week.

Cousins, early college graduates share passion for mental health, service to others
Port City Daily
Port City Daily is honoring the Class of 2015 with a look at some area graduates. Today, we take a look at two students, Rawan and Dana Ajeen-cousins who share many similarities. Both graduated from Wilmington Early College High School with honors and hope to pursue a career in mental health. Dana plans on attending UNCW in the hopes of obtaining a bachelor's degree in psychology and a minor in neuroscience.

Surf scholar athlete awarded scholarship
Lumina News
Every year since 2012, the UNCW surf team has awarded a scholarship to one of its members for excelling in the waves and the classroom. The 2015 award was recently granted to rising senior Shane Burn, and the $1,500 will go toward the final semesters of his exercise science and biomechanics major.

Bergin Accepts Position with Virginia Beach City Schools
The Pilot
Marc Bergin has accepted a position with Virginia Beach City Schools as the chief of staff effective July 1, 2015. Bergin holds a bachelor's degree in English Literature from Notre Dame, a master's degree in Elementary Education from Butler University and a doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

Hoops (M): Kevin Keatts talks JaQuel Richmond and other newcomers
Star News
JaQuel Richmond will have to sit out next season and have three years of eligibility left with the Seahawks. "He's going to be really good for us," Keatts said. "He's another guy that I like that's going to be great in our pick-and-roll system. He can play point guard, but he can also play some shooting guard if he needs to."

Fresh off NCAA tournament appearance, UNCW men's soccer announces 2015 schedule
Port City Daily
Coming off an exciting year when UNCWposted a 13-5-2 record and earned a win over Bucknell in the NCAA Tournament before bowing to eventual national champion Virginia, the Seahawks 2015men's soccer schedule is lining up to be a grueling test for a program that has enjoyed growth and success over the past few years.

DeGraaf and Williams join UNCW women's basketball team
Jenny DeGraaf of Penn State and Janea Williams of North Florida have transferred to UNCW and will join the Seahawk women's basketball team. Both players will sit out the 2015-16 season and have two years of eligibility remaining.

Six Diamond Hawks named NCCSIA All-State
Led by four first-team selections, Colonial Athletic Association champion UNCW landed six players on the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association's All-State squads released on Wednesday. UNCW led the way on the first team with a high of four selections.

MLB Draft local recap: Trevor Kelley, E.J. Jenkins and 5 UNCW Seahawks
The 2015 Major League Baseball Draft wrapped up on Wednesday. Three UNCW pitchers were selected on Wednesday, the final day of the Major League Baseball draft. The Seahawks finished with five players drafted, coming up one short of tying the program's record of six, set in 2006.

Baseball: Seahawks could land record MLB Draft class
Star News
UNCW set a program record in 2006 when it had six players taken in the Major League Baseball Draft. That mark could fall next week with as many as eight UNCW players possibly in line to get picked in the draft, which runs Monday through Wednesday.

West Columbus' Jenkins selected 45th overall in MLB draft
Star News
The Texas Rangers selected Eric Jenkins in the second round with the 45th overall pick. Jenkins will have until July 17 to decide whether to sign with the Rangers or join UNCW on a full scholarship. His pick comes with a signing bonus slot value of $1,360,100.

Cincinnati selects UNCW's Ramsey and Shields in MLB Draft
Star News
The Cincinnati Reds selected Jordan Ramsey in the seventh round on Tuesday with the 205th overall pick. No UNCW hurler has been drafted that early since Bradley Holt went 33rd overall in 2008. The Reds followed up by taking fellow Seahawk Zach Shields with their 10th-round pick. Several of their teammates are expected to go in rounds 11 through 40 on Wednesday.
Additional coverage includes: WWAY, GoUpstate and SCNow

Taylor wins Senior Amateur
Star News
The North Carolina Women's Golf Association state amateur tournament tees off at 8:30 a.m. today at Porters Neck Country Club and runs through Wednesday. The 54-hole stroke-play event has several local golfers aiming for a title, including current UNCW golfer Sydney Boyd.

Save UNCW Track gives university a chance to change
Star News
Monday's announcement by UNCW confirmed that a unique, desperate campaign succeeded in extending the life of four of the school's running programs for another 365 days.

CFCC women's hoops coach takes job at High Point
Star News
Lori Drake, who started the women's basketball program at CFCC and is the only coach in its three-year history, resigned earlier this month to take an assistant coaching position at High Point University. The former UNCW standout took the Sea Devils to national prominence in a short time.

Locals fail to qualify for U.S. Open
Star News
Former New Hanover and UNCW standout Josh Brock shot a pair of 73s, but finished 15th at U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying at Woodman Country Club in Rockville, Md.