Discover how annual gifts create unique learning opportunities at UNCW
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Annual gifts to the Watson School of Education support the extension program in Jacksonville, N.C. by increasing the number of nighttime and online courses as well as alternative licensure programs for military personnel and their families. UNCW was named by G.I. Jobs to its 2010 and 2011 list of Military Friendly schools.
Last year, each of UNCW's 28 sports clubs received unrestricted funding for uniforms, equipment and tournament travel. UNCW's Seaweed Women's Ultimate Frisbee Team is now ranked fifth in the nation. Providing opportunities for students to participate actively, grow personally and explore new interests are an important part of the UNCW experience.
Unrestricted gifts help purchase supplies for the Creative Writing publication lab, as seniors must produce a printed publication before graduation. The UNCW literary imprint "Binocular Vision: New & Selected Stories" was featured on the cover on the NYT Book Review's Jan. 16 edition. Hands-on learning experiences are the main priority for gifts designated to the College of Arts and Sciences.
The School of Nursing uses human patient simulators to provide realistic learning experiences for students preparing for a career in health care. Nursing students receive hands-on training in the maternal-infant, pediatric, critical care and emergency room labs, just to name a few. Annual gifts provide glucometer test strips, alcohol preps pads and others supplies for the SimLab.
Since the early 1900's there has been a 90% decline in the oyster population due to loss of habitat, poor water quality, disease and overharvesting. Last year through unrestricted support, four UNCW students were afforded the opportunity to conduct part-time research in the new oyster hatchery in an effort to help reestablish the state's oyster population.
Diversity, merit and student athlete scholarships are all fundraising priorities for the university. Donors Linda Upperman Smith and Howard Rasheed gather with student recipients at the Scholarship Donor Appreciation Dinner. UNCW is committed to selecting students based on performance, dedication and potential rather than their families' circumstances.
The Preservation Hall Jazz Band and The Del McCoury Band teamed up on stage at Kenan Auditorium on April 19, 2011 for their "American Legacies" performance. Unrestricted gifts enabled the university to offer a master class to UNCW students within the department of music to work one-on-one with the legendary performers.
Unrestricted gifts have enabled the university to offer partial scholarships to several North Carolina youth to attend one of Marine Quest's summer academic enrichment programs. UNCW's MarineQuest's mission is to provide all children with opportunities to explore, discover and value the marine environment.
Business Week helps prepare Cameron School of Business students for the realities of the business world by hosting sessions with prominent alumni and executives who share their knowledge and experiences. The annual two-day event is made possible through unrestricted gifts designated to the Cameron School of Business.
Gifts to the UNCW Parent Opportunity Fund are used to support experiences that create the best learning environment for students including the enhancement of the campus environment by maintaining a safe, friendly and attractive campus. The UNCW Police department was recently able to replace aged equipment thanks to unrestricted support.