Office of the Chancellor

Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli

June 1, 2017

Dear Seahawk Community,

In May, UNCW celebrated the largest graduating class in university history at the 93rd commencement exercises. Congratulations, Class of 2017!

We began the month with a historic announcement: Quality Chemical Laboratories founder Dr. Yousry Sayed and his wife, Linda Sayed ’78, ’85M, presented UNCW with its largest corporate gift to date, a commitment of $5 million over five years to support the development of new programs related to pharmaceutical sciences and chemistry. I hope their generosity inspires many alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the university to make a gift of any amount to UNCW before the fiscal year ends on June 30.

The university earned high marks in several spring rankings, including 3rd in North Carolina and 95th nationally out of 250 public colleges and universities ranked by Business First. In other news, the UNC Board of Governors approved UNCW’s innovative bachelor’s degree in digital arts to begin in fall 2017.

Honors College students Amanda Ceroli ’19, Joshua Kraft ’19 and Hannah Whitaker ’19 received prestigious Hollings Scholarships from NOAA; Watson College of Education professor Janna Robertson won a YWCA “Women of Achievement” Award; and Sara Thorndike, associate vice chancellor for finance/controller, was selected for the 2017-18 NACUBO Fellows Program.

The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the Greater Wilmington Business Journal presented the 2017 Coastal Entrepreneur Awards, and the second annual Chancellor’s High School Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition showcased youthful ingenuity. Contributing to our region’s growth and economic vitality is an important element of UNCW’s Strategic Plan.

Seahawk student-athletes continued to excel in the classroom, as demonstrated in the latest NCAA Academic Progress Rates report. Five teams – women’s tennis, men's soccer, women's swimming and diving, volleyball and men’s golf – received NCAA Public Recognition Awards for academic performance. The women’s basketball team welcomed Head Coach Karen Barefoot, who promised a “teal-collar work ethic.”

Congratulations to the softball team on its historic season, including a 35-20-1 record, and to the baseball team for advancing to the championship round of the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament, which UNCW was proud to host. And let us not forget our men’s tennis team, which made its sixth appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

As summer begins at UNCW, remember to get your tickets for the inaugural Lumina Festival of the Arts and the family arts series SEAHAWK FAM. Have a safe and enjoyable summer!

Go Seahawks!

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Jose V. Sartarelli


Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli
University of North Carolina Wilmington
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Wilmington, NC 28403-5931

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