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Chancellor Sartarelli

February 2017

Message from Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli

Dear Seahawk Community,

UNCW started the month of February with a Homecoming celebration that inspired hundreds of alumni to return to campus for a weekend full of activities. Congratulations to the UNCW Alumni Association’s 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award honorees: Darion Jeralds ’10, ’14M; Chad Porter ’98; and Chip Mahan.

Preparing students for post-graduation success is one of several goals reflected in UNCW’s Strategic Plan. Earlier this month, we hosted Career Success Week, including a spring job fair that brought representatives from Fortune 500 organizations such as Target, State Farm, Disney and Sherwin Williams to campus along with nonprofits such as the Peace Corps and the American Red Cross. We also invited QBE Insurance Group Board Chairman W. Marston Becker to campus to share leadership insights with students as part of the Chancellor’s Distinguished Lecture Series. We hosted the North Carolina Blue Heron Bowl, a regional science quiz competition for high school students, and welcomed six scholars from IIUI in Pakistan to campus to continue a collaborative program supported by a State Department grant.

Students, faculty and staff continued to focus on community engagement and outreach throughout the month with the Dean’s Day of Service, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program and the “UNCWednesday” series. James “McKay” Glasgow, a graduate student in the School of Social Work, received the National Association of Social Workers North Carolina Chapter Presidents’ Award for his commitment to community engagement.

Congratulations to assistant professor Alicia Brophy-Dick (Watson College of Education) and University College Director Melinda J. Anderson on their appointments to state and national councils, respectively. Following a national search, University Advancement named Missy Kennedy ’01 as associate vice chancellor. She brings more than a decade of experience to this leadership role that focuses on increasing philanthropic support for the university.

Finally, February was a special month for Seahawk athletics. Baseball season started, the men’s basketball team set school records for total victories and home wins, and the men’s and women’s cross country teams earned All-Academic honors from a national association.

Go Seahawks!

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Jose V. Sartarelli

Homecoming 2017 Crowd

Seahawk spirit was in ample supply as the UNCW men's basketball team bested Delaware on Homecoming weekend. Watch a slideshow of the weekend's festivities here.


Chancellor Sartarelli and Provost Marilyn Sheerer welcomed English as a Second Language students and exchange students from Dong-A University in Busan, South Korea, a new institutional partner.

Dean's Day of Service

UNCW volunteers prepared raised beds and planted spring vegetables in the Hillcrest Community Garden as part of the Dean’s Day of Service, sponsored by the Office of Student Leadership and Engagement.


W. Marston (Marty) Becker, board chairman of QBE Insurance Group headquartered in Sydney, Australia, spoke on “Leadership in Today’s World” at UNCW as part of the Chancellor's Distinguished Lecture Series.

CameronMBA International

International M.B.A. students from the U.S. and 12 other nations participated in orientation at UNCW.


Chancellor Sartarelli was joined by UNCW Trustee Gidget Kidd '91 and Athletic Director Jimmy Bass at Brooks Field for a Seahawks baseball game.

Missy Kennedy '01

Missy Kennedy '01, Associate Vice Chancellor, University Advancement

Chip Mahan, Darion Jeralds ’10, ’14M; and Chad Porter ’98

Chip Mahan, Darion Jeralds ’10, ’14M; and Chad Porter ’98, Distinguished Alumni Award 2017 Honorees

Mike Vaccaro

Mike Vaccaro, Assistant Director of Sports Marketing and “Voice of the Seahawks”

Drew Scales

Drew Scales, Assistant Athletic Director, Student-Athlete Support Services

Becky Walker '97M and Brad Walker

Becky Walker '97M and Brad Walker, Watson College of Education Faculty

Beth Roberts '80, '05M

Beth Roberts '80, '05M, Business Officer, University Advancement

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