UNCW in the News

UNCW in the News

July 27 - 31

Carolina Forest teachers to study abroad
Jacksonville Daily News
UNCW's Watson College of Education has received an $89,279 Fulbright-Hays Short-Term Study Abroad grant through the U.S. Department of Education for its South African Culture, History and Literacy Project. Through the project, teachers with Carolina Forest International Elementary School will work alongside South African teachers with a focus on building cross-cultural experience.

Reef protections aim to grow fish stocks
Star News
Fishing practices that disturb the sea floor will soon be banned in a 38,000-square mile swath of the Atlantic Ocean in an effort to protect fragile East Coast coral reefs. The rule still needs to be approved by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, but it would complement protections passed in 2010. Coral research by Steve Ross, a professor at UNCW, was used by council members designing the protections.

Our Peerless Possum, A North Carolina Symbol
Our State (Written by Tim Bass, Department of Creative Writing)
Yes, the possum is a North Carolina state symbol, and has been since 2013, when the legislature named it the state marsupial.

Manatees regular visitors to N.C. coast, researcher finds
Star News
Those who think they may have seen a manatee swimming through marinas and waters in the Cape Fear region recently are not seeing things. Erin Cummings, part of UNCW's marine mammal stranding program, has found a constant presence of manatees that traveled north of their natural Florida habitat each summer to swim and graze on sea grass in Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia.
Additional coverage: WRAL

Area Unemployment Rates Drop From Year Ago
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
Area county unemployment rates in June decreased from a year ago, according to a state report released Wednesday. While employment numbers usually go up in the summer, the slight increase in the unemployment rate could be due to an influx of people beginning to look for work, said Adam Jones, a professor of economics at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.
Additional coverage: Star News

Threshold Rep approaches what's often called an anti-feminist play with humanity
Charleston City Paper
The Taming of the Shrew has been giving Shakespearean directors pause for decades. Director and actor John Bryan, who is directing a production of the play for an annual Summer Shakespeare Workshop, is no different. As part of the workshop, Bryan and the rest of the show's cast worked with teacher Chris Marino, a UNCW faculty member who formerly taught master acting at the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, D.C.

Woman overcomes homelessness with community's help
Star News
Sometimes dreams do come true, but it usually takes a lot of work and a lot of support and assistance. Such was the case for Laura Dawson, who just five years ago was homeless. Today, she owns her home. Dawson worked with Wilmington's Vocational Rehabilitation Center, the organization that helped her land her position at UNCW.

Wilmington sports booster finds joy in giving back
Star News
For decades, George Rountree has been a faithful supporter of area sports with annual donations to benefit athletes at Wilmington's four public high schools, UNCW and CFCC. Though he rarely steps into the spotlight, it's difficult to find a recent development locally that doesn't have his fingerprints somewhere.

"Rigoletto" has power, beauty, emotion
Star News
If there were any doubts as to whether live opera could find an audience in Wilmington those doubts dissipated after last weekend. A sold-out crowd filled the 300-seat Main Stage Theater in the University of North Carolina Wilmington's Cultural Arts Building on Sunday to Giuseppe Verdi's "Rigoletto" by Opera Wilmington. Though not directly affiliated with the university, is largely cobbled together from members of UNCW's theater and music departments.

Ready to help teachers
The Sampson Independent
After traveling through the state and helping teachers, Kelly Batts recently joined Clinton City Schools to become a beginning teachers coordinator and instructional coach for Sampson Middle School. Batts attended UNCW, where she earned her bachelor's, master's and doctorate in education and leadership related fields

Former UNCW reliever keeps eye on making big leagues
Star News
Even though he has been busy with his own career, former UNCW reliever Kelly Secrest has been keeping tabs on the Seahawks' baseball program. Earlier this spring, he and former teammate Mat Batts met up to watch UNCW's regional game while Batts' Ft. Myers team was in town for a series against Secrest's Port St. Lucie Mets.

'The Miss Firecracker Contest' at Cape Fear Playhouse
Star News
Big Dawg Productions is opening another play this week: Beth Henley's Southern-style comedy "The Miss Firecracker Contest" goes up at the Cape Fear Playhouse on July 30. Anne Berkeley, an associate professor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington's Department of Theatre, will direct.

Longtime assistant coach named interim head coach of UNCW Track & Field, XC teams
UNCW Athletics Director Jimmy Bass announced Monday that assistant coach Layne Schwier will serve as interim head coach for the cross country and track & field teams.

UNCW tennis standout up for NCAA Woman of the Year
Port City Daily
Former UNCW women's tennis star Alyssa Ritchieis one of only two athletes from the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) nominated for the prestigious NCAA Woman of the Year Award.

Hoops (M): Cedrick Williams signs with French team
Star News
Coach Vincent Lavandier welcomed Cedrick Williams to the French club Angers BC 49 with an e-mail over the weekend. The message's promise of an important role in an up-tempo scheme excited the former UNCW forward.

Meadows commits to UNC Wilmington
The Dispatch
Jackson Meadows made a verbal commitment Monday to play baseball for UNCW. He's following in his father's footsteps. Mike Meadows was a third baseman for the Seahawks from 1986-89.

UNCW athletics: More money, same problems
Star News
Athletic director Jimmy Bass earlier this year expressed interest in offering cost of attendance for the men's and women's basketball players to avoid falling behind on the recruiting trail. He said Wednesday that UNCW will wait until at least 2016-2017 to implement the stipends.