Message from Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli
Dear Seahawk Community,
We had much to celebrate this month as our students, faculty and staff earned fantastic recognition for their accomplishments. Congratulations to Honors College students Tiffany Ernst ’17, who received a Fulbright Scholarship to continue her research in the Netherlands, and to Mary Jaskowiak ’17, who won first prize in the latest BB&T Discovery Forum Series. On the faculty front, the UNC Board of Governors presented an Award for Excellence in Teaching to psychology professor Carrie Clements. The U.S. Secretary of the Interior appointed staff member Sean Palmer, director of the university’s Upperman African American Cultural Center, to the regional Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission.
Cassidy Collins ’20, who has lived through six heart procedures to address a congenital heart defect, represented the American Heart Association at a healthcare presentation in Washington, D.C., on March 16, and four Seahawks from the back-to-back Colonial Athletic Association champion men’s basketball team were named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches All-District 10 team. The entire team produced a record-breaking season that concluded with a second straight NCAA Tournament appearance. We appreciate the leadership of Coach Kevin Keatts and wish him well for the future. We are eager to welcome his successor soon.
The Creative Writing Department celebrated a big moment when We Show What We Have Learned, written by author Clare Beams and published by Lookout Books, was named a finalist for The New York Public Library’s Young Lions Fiction Award. Lookout Books is the department’s literary book imprint. We also announced a terrific new partnership with Opera Wilmington that will bolster our performance and education programs.
In closing, I want to thank each and every one of the 1,369 donors who participated in our most ambitious one-day giving challenge to date. On March 21, students, alumni, faculty, staff and parents worked together to raise more than $235,000 for UNCW.
Jose V. Sartarelli
The UNCW men's basketball team capped off a record-setting 2016-17 season by capturing the CAA championship and participating in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. See highlights in our Seahawk photo gallery.
Al Corbett '65 and Chancellor Sartarelli were among a contingent of UNCW fans who were on hand in Orlando, Fla., to cheer on the Seahawks in the first round NCAA Tournament game.
UNCW international students and Office of International Programs staff members participated in "Serve the City," organized by The Bridge Church. Students were assigned to Freeman Elementary and D.C. Virgo Preparatory Academy, where their tasks included cleaning, landscaping, baking cookies and writing thank-you notes for teachers.
Chancellor Sartarelli spoke to students at Isaac Bear Early College High School on Career Day 2017.
Brad Heath '96 talked to students about the need for new business innovation in healthcare during Business Week 2017.
Jeeyae Choi (left) and Elizabeth Gazza, associate professors in the School of Nursing, discussed research presentations displayed during Health and Human Services Week, presented by CHHS.
Chancellor Sartarelli and Mrs. Sartarelli enjoyed a rare snowy day on campus in early March.