UNCW in the News

UNCW in the News

August 3 - 7

Cucalorus Plans Startup Connection In 2015
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
The Cucalorus Film Festival is expanding its focus to include a program that will highlight Wilmington's emerging entrepreneurship scene. The festival is partnering with UNCW's Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE), TekMountain, Wilmington Downtown Inc. and others to attract local and national entrepreneurs to gather in Wilmington.

Cucalorus Film Festival connects with entrepreneurs
Star News
Dan Brawley, director of Wilmington's Cucalorus Film Festival, announced Thursday that the festival will join forces with the University of North Carolina Wilmington's (CIE) and its Coastal Connect Conference. The 21st annual Cucalorus Film Festival and the CIE Cucalorus Connect Conference will run concurrently Nov. 10-15 at various venues in downtown Wilmington.
Additional coverage: WECT and Port City Daily

UNCW's new director of the arts talks Kenan, CFCC
Star News
In June, Kristen Brogdon stepped into the newly created role of director of UNCW's Office of the Arts, and this week she scored a big announcement of her own: David Sedaris will return to Kenan Auditorium. The Sedaris announcement follows July's unveiling of the 2015-2016 UNCW Presents series, which includes bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs, the Vienna Boys' Choir and a range of dance, musical and dramatic performances.

Author, humorist David Sedaris to speak at UNCW
Star News
David Sedaris will speak at Kenan Auditorium on April 17, 2016. It will be the first Wilmington appearance by Sedaris, who grew up in Raleigh, since 2003. Individual tickets for Sedaris, who's coming to town as part of the UNCW Presents series, go on sale Aug. 15.

Funnyman David Sedaris to return to UNCW
Port City Daily
Humorist, bestselling author and North Carolina native David Sedaris will be returning to the campus of UNCWon Sunday, April 17. UNCW announced this most recent addition to its upcoming performing arts season on Tuesday.

Long way from home: Manatees show up in North Carolina
Associated Press
Researchers say manatees have again been spotted in the marinas and waters in southeastern North Carolina - far from their natural Florida habitat. The StarNews of Wilmington reported that local researchers have found that the manatees have traveled north to Georgia, the Carolinas and even Virginia. Erin Cummings with the UNCW has charted the "sea cows" in North Carolina waters since the 1990s.
Picked up by: Demanjo

Region's ocean temperatures warmer than Florida
Star News
A steady dose of onshore winds has sent currents of warm bath-like water flowing toward the Carolina coast, pushing water temperatures into the mid-80s. But balmy water temperatures off the Southeast aren't that unusual, said Larry Cahoon, an oceanographer at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. "The ocean is a lot more heterogeneous than most people imagine," he said.

Appointments made to UNCW board
Star News
Gov. Pat McCrory has named one new member to the University of North Carolina Wilmington Board of Trustees and reappointed a current board member to a second term. Christopher Leonard is the board's newest member. He is CEO of Florida-based Velocity Solutions Inc., which provides services to financial institutions. While residing in North Carolina, Leonard was involved in several community groups in the Wilmington area and was a founding director and vice president of the St. James Parish Foundation.

Bookmarks - UNCW press releasing author's first
Star News
Lookout Books -- the literary imprint of the creative writing department at the University of North Carolina Wilmington -- is mailing out advance copies of its next publication. This one will be a debut novel, "Honey from the Lion," by West Virginia native Matthew Neill Null, scheduled for release Sept. 8.

UNCW to participate in shooter drill
Star News
The University of North Carolina Wilmington's Fisher Student Center will be closed to the public between 8 a.m. and noon Friday due to an active shooter drill. The University Police Department, Department of Campus Life, Environmental Health and Safety, the Counseling Center and the UNCW Bookstore will be involved in the drill.
Additional coverage: Port City Daily

Film exec: If 'Under the Dome' leaves, other projects want Wilmington
Triangle Business Journal
"Under the Dome" may be saying good bye to the North Carolina coast. "It's not a big driver of money," Bill Vassar, executive vice president for the Wilmington studio that hosts the CBS show, EUE/Screen Gems says. "It's more about being able to hire kids in the film department, the drama department at UNCW, Cape Fear, giving them their first jobs and exposure to the industry."

Editorial - A new arts festival might
Star News
Wilmington has for many years prided itself on its active arts scene - not just performing arts but also visual arts and other creative endeavors, such as the nationally recognized writing program at UNCW. The arts scene here continues to undergo a sort of metamorphosis and is blossoming. The StarNews is particularly proud to produce the annual Wilmington Theater Awards.

UNCW student-athlete makes most of summer trip to Australia
Port City Daily
Most student-athletes spend their summers in their hometowns with friends and family or back on campus working on their academics and preparing for the upcoming season. But for rising senior Taylor Matkinsof the UNCW softball team, this summer provided her with an opportunity to travel and prepare for the 2016 campaign at the same time.

Flavor Fusion
In one of the largest commercial kitchens in the Wilmington area stands one of the city's youngest restaurateurs: LAVERYY KUMAR. The twenty-three-year-old business owner recently opened BALLUCHI INDIAN FUSION AND BAR. The University of North Carolina Wilmington graduate's eyes were not always set on owning a business, but rather her eyes were aimed - very precisely - at a small white ball. Kumar found success in golf as the top-ranked player in the junior division for the entire country of India.

"Simply Classical" from Chamber Music Wilmington
Barbara McKenzie, the Artistic Director of Chamber Music Wilmington, joined us along with outgoing president Pat Marriott to announce the performers CMW is bringing to Wilmington. All performances will be at 7:30 on Sundays at Beckwith Recital Hall at UNCW.

Seahawks settling best seats in house
Star News
UNCW opted to hold off on a scheduled reseating of Trask Coliseum for men's basketball games before last season. That decision to wait already has proven lucrative ahead of a season with rising expectations. The Seahawk Club will spend the next three weeks, starting Wednesday, distributing new seat assignments to roughly 300 season ticket holders.

Seahawks have plenty to learn in Bahamas
Star News
UNCW's upcoming trip to the Bahamas amounts to a timely experiment, on and off the court. Men's basketball coach Kevin Keatts has 10 practices at Trask Coliseum and two exhibitions over four days in the Caribbean next week to test out his new-look Seahawks.

Former UNCW pitcher Frankoff holds sight of ultimate goal
Star News
Oakland A's officials had already laid out their plans for Seth Frankoff when he suited up for the big club in the Bay Bridge exhibition series against San Francisco in early April. The former UNCW pitcher knew he'd start the season at Double-A Midland regardless of what happened in the three-game set.