UNCW in the News

UNCW in the News

July 6 - 10

New UNCW chancellor developing strategic plan
Star News
New UNCW Chancellor Jose "Zito" Sartarelli has been busy meeting with faculty, staff and community members to ultimately help him develop the mission and direction the school will take. To define and situate his team going forward is a very important goal, Sartarelli said, and he hopes to have a completed plan as soon as possible.

New UNCW Chancellor: Many Opportunities In Future Of Higher Education
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
UNCW's new chancellor sees great promise in the future of higher education in North Carolina in general, and at his new institution in particular. While acknowledging that there are issues that must be addressed, he said he was excited at the prospect of new programs.

New UNCW chancellor on the job

UNCW's new chancellor is doing a lot of listening. Dr. Jose "Zito" Sartarelli says it will help him create a strategic plan - a guiding document he hopes to complete by the end of the year. He plans to meet with leaders from all the community colleges in the region. He also wants to visit area high schools, which provide many of UNCW's students.

UNCW Chancellor pushes for community engagement
UNCW's new chancellor Zito Sartarelli spoke with media Wednesday. "We have a lot of expertise in many areas. We have centers, we have institutes, we have programs, we have professors that are nationally renowned. How do we utilize those talents to help the community?"

UNCW recognized by college guides
UNCW has been recognized by three organizations for its value, quality and beauty. Consumers Digest named UNCW 10th in the country on their Top 50 Values for Public Colleges and Universities.UNCW also landed on the 2015-2016 Colleges of Distinction list. Best Value Schools also included UNCW on its 30 Most Beautiful Coastal College Campuses list, at 15th overall.

UNCW Recognized on National List for Best Value
Time Warner Cable News
UNCW has been recognized as one of the top colleges in the country when it comes to value.

Editorial - Summer of the shark continues
Star News
North and South Carolina still lag behind Florida, which has seen 11 shark attacks along its coast so far this year. Even so, NC has seen at least eight shark attacks in the past month. Marine biologist Larry Cahoon of UNCW noted that sharks have poor eyesight but excellent hearing -- and the sound of fish thrashing seems to attract them.

Why All the Shark Attacks? Expert Says There's Many Possibilities
WFDD (Piedmont Public Radio)

Dr. Fred Scharf, Professor of Fisheries Biology at the University of North Carolina's Wilmington campus, says there could be many reasons for the increase.

Sharks Haunt North Carolina's Fourth of July, but Experts Say Attacks Are Rare
The Guardian
"The idea of going to the beach and having a good time and something tries to eat you - that's exciting stuff," said Dr. Lawrence B Cahoon, a professor of biology and marine biology at UNCW. He noted that movie theaters across the US recently screened a special 40th anniversary edition of Jaws - Steven Spielberg's masterpiece, built, coincidentally, around a Fourth of July weekend. Scientists say the movie put a durable bundle of myths about killer sharks in generations of moviegoers' heads.

Shark attacks leave experts guessing but don't deter beachgoers
Lumina News
The frequency of shark incidents has fueled all sorts of theories about what is causing it and what, if anything, local officials can do to prevent attacks. Larry Cahoon, a biological oceanographer and professor at UNCW, said people shouldn't be shocked that sharks swim nearby.

William Hooper of Wilmington Left Mark as Declaration Signer
"He was one of the hardest working members of the Congress," said Chris Fonvielle, an associate professor of history at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. "He served on more committees than just about anyone else."

YES! Weekly
In a state that's rich with film history, North Carolina is losing each chance to attract new major productions to the state, with most opting to head a few hours south and open shop in Georgia. For Will Frasca, 27, a local North Carolina actor, he's having to explore other options for continuing his career. "I graduated from UNC Wilmington's film program, and immediately started working on ABC's Revolution. I was working on a big production and putting my education to use; that's the American dream."

UNCW alum to compete in U.S. Women's Open
Former UNCW women's golf standout Lori Beth Adams will compete as an amateur during the 2015 U.S. Women's Open this week at the Lancaster Country Club. Adams, who graduated from UNCW in 2014, qualified after claiming one of two spots at a sectional tournament
Additional coverage: Star News

UNCW hoops coaches stick with routine
Star News
Kevin Keatts undeniably has more pieces at his disposal heading into his second season with the UNCW men's basketball program. The coach won't have to worry about a short bench this time around. His challenge now is melding eight new players into the lineup.

UNCW's new women's tennis coach sees 'room to grow'
Hans Olsen, who was announced as UNCW's new women's coach Wednesday, won't have to start from scratch. The Seahawks have been a mainstay near the top of the CAA standings for a decade, but only have one league title. Olsen, who has been a Division I coach for 19 seasons with three different schools, is the 13th coach in program history. He takes over for John Ware, who was the interim coach last spring.

UNCW Track Coach Sprecher Bids Seahawks Farewell
Star News
Jim Sprecher is leaving the Seahawks after 19 seasons and eight Colonial Athletic Association titles for a similar position at Division III Lynchburg College in Virginia.
Additional coverage: WECT

Stipend Discussion Far from Over for CAA, UNCW
Star News
Each CAA member, at least for now, will make its own decision about how to proceed with cost of attendance. A few within the CAA have already made their decisions. UNCW and others have so far proceeded with caution.

Wainwright Returns to the West Coast Under Longtime Colleague
Port City Daily
Former UNCW men's basketball coach Jerry Wainwright has returned to the college ranks after a one-year hiatus and joins the Fresno State Bulldogs as an assistant under longtime friend and colleague Rodney Terry.