Office of the Chancellor

Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli

June 2017

Dear Seahawk Community,

Summer on the UNCW campus began with a very special event: a naturalization ceremony hosted by the university and the Wilmington Rotary Club in collaboration with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Welcoming 37 new citizens to our nation brought back proud memories of the day in 2003 when I became a U.S. citizen.

The celebrations continued in June as the Class of 2021 arrived on campus for Freshman Orientation and Marine Corp Base Camp Lejeune held a graduation ceremony to honor military-affiliated students. In other exciting news, a research team led by biology associate professor Brian Arbogast discovered a new species of flying squirrel. Alumna Katelyn Schumacher ’12M conducted vital genetic analyses during the project.

Best wishes for a happy retirement to Cathy Barlow, who has served UNCW well in many capacities, most recently as interim vice provost, and congratulations to Johnson Akinleye, N.C. Central University’s new chancellor, formerly UNCW associate vice chancellor for academic programs.

UNCW student-athletes have continued to earn honors this summer. Thomas Eldridge was named Colonial Athletic Association Scholar-Athlete of the Year in men’s golf, and Lauren Moore earned the same recognition in softball. Earlier this week, Moe Holmes became UNCW’s first recipient of the CAA Men’s Track & Field Athlete-of-the-Year award. Five members of the UNCW baseball team were named to the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association All-State first team.

Classes are under way for the second summer session, while our educational summer camps, Seahawk FAM series and July’s Lumina Festival of the Arts provide many opportunities to welcome future Seahawks and the community to campus. Whether your summer involves academics, work, rest and relaxation, or a little of each, enjoy the long days and warm evenings wherever you are.

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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