UNCW in the News

Jan. 6-10

UNCW professors focus research on the brain
Star News
Weighing only 3 pounds and packing 100 billion neurons, the human brain inspires awe, and for some a focus for research. In 2013, three professors at UNCW pursued different research projects that have ramifications for the brain in infants, young adults and seniors.

12 to Watch - Rob Aycock
Star News
The Star News set out to find 10 noteworthy people who might be high achievers in 2014. As executive director of the Seahawk Club, Rob Aycock believes he's in a job that allows him to wake up and feel good about every day. Leading the main fundraising arm of the UNCW athletic department, Rob's group provides scholarship money for hundreds of athletes.

Teachers In North Carolina Are Extremely Depressed About The State Of Their Profession
Huffington Post
After North Carolina passed legislation that eliminated teacher tenure, halted raises and initiated a statewide school voucher program, a survey conducted by University of North Carolina Wilmington professors Dr. Scott Imig and Dr. Robert Smith revealed that the state's educators are extremely frustrated.
Story also picked up by News & Observer and Education Week

Effort to create regional crime lab stalls
Star News
Efforts to create a regional crime lab in New Hanover County have seemingly stalled out. County officials met with representatives from the city of Wilmington, UNCW, CFCC and other stakeholders in March but since that time, New Hanover spokesman Charles Smith said, no other meetings have taken place.

January Spotlight
Wilma
Documentary featuring local Girl Scouts was directed, produced, and filmed by UNCW students and premiered at the Cucalorus Film Festival in November and will be screened again January 29 at UNCW’s Lumina Theater.

Beckmeyer's new business venture is icing on the cake
Star News
Kristen Beckmeyer is going to need a bigger mixer. The Coastal Cupcakes owner has just landed a whale of an order from Lowes Foods for her budding product, Topsee Tulip Frosting. Far from a native to kitchens, Beckmeyer honed her edge at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, earning a business degree in 2001.

Researchers seek cure to herpes virus in horses
Jacksonville Daily News
For a human, developing a cold sore is a minor, if irritating, inconvenience. But if a horse contracts that same virus, it can mean a death sentence. Using brownish micro-algae cultivated in large glass containers, researchers at the University of North Carolina Wilmington are aiming to change that.

2013: Year In Review
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
The Wilmington-area business community saw a number of developments in 2013. From housing to film, local industries marked another year moving ahead in the post-recession recovery. Wilmington’s colleges also saw an active year.

NCCU names new provost
The Herald Sun
Johnson O. Akinleye, veteran higher education administrator, has been named provost and vice chancellor of N.C. Central University. Akinleye most recently served as associate vice chancellor for academic programs at UNC Wilmington.

N.C. Sports Hall of Fame taps Biedenbach
Port City Daily
UNCW assistant men’s basketball coach Eddie Biedenbach will be inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame when the group conducts its 51stbanquet on May 9 at the Raleigh Convention Center.
Story also picked up by Star News, WWAY and WECT

Nikki Giovanni coming to UNCW
Star News
Tickets are now available for poet Nikki Giovanni’s Jan. 24 tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Giovanni will speak at 7 p.m. Jan. 24 in Kenan Auditorium, on the campus of the University of North Carolina Wilmington, as part of the university’s celebration of Dr. King’s birthday.

City of Wilm. considers new guidelines for economic development funding
WECT
Wilmington City Council is considering new guidelines to help decide which business groups to support with taxpayer funding. The current city budget includes nearly $335,000 in funding to Wilmington Business Development, Wilmington Downtown Inc., Wilmington Regional Film Commission, and UNCW's Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

The Score: CFCC hoops, UNCW swimming win; Tuesday’s high school basketball recap
Port City Daily
Hannah StephensonandJenson Engenopened 2014 with tremendous efforts as UNCW topped host North Florida 181-119 in swimming and diving action on Tuesday at the UNF Aquatic Center.

Men's tennis team cracks ITA preseason rankings again
WECT
UNCW is prominent once again in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association preseason men's rankings, landing at No. 44 in the national poll with three players in the individual rankings.

SOFTBALL: UNCW signs five for 2015 season
Star News
The UNCW softball program has picked up five North Carolina residents in this year’s signing class. The players will join the program for the 2015 season.

The Big Read Greater Wilmington Hosts Author Tim O’Brien for Keynote Presentation
Beach Carolina Magazine
The Big Read Greater Wilmington continues its celebration of The Things They Carried with a keynote presentation from Tim O’Brien on Jan. 15 at 7 p.m. at Kenan Auditorium on the campus of UNC Wilmington.
*Story also included inStar News

Theater hosts comic villains
Star News
Caleb Andrew Ward is directing "Gallery," which opens on Thursday, Jan. 9, at downtown Wilmington's Browncoat Pub & Theatre. The play has a history in Wilmington, finding its way to the University of North Carolina Wilmington thanks to theater professor Chris Marino.

UNCW Men’s Tennis Team Cracks ITA Poll Again
Beach Carolina Magazine
UNCW is prominent once again in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association preseason men’s rankings, landing at No. 44 in the national poll with three players in the individual rankings.

Stephenson, Engen Dominate In SWD Opener
Beach Carolina Magazine
Hannah Stephenson and Jenson Engen opened 2014 with tremendous efforts as UNCW topped host North Florida, 181-119, in swimming and diving action on Tuesday at the UNF Aquatic Center.

UNCW women try to find ways forward as CAA play arrives
Star News
The beginning of conference play brings hope for every college basketball team in the country. It's a chance to play with a clean slate, and the UNCW women open the CAA with home contests against Northeastern on Thursday night and Hofstra on Sunday afternoon.

Seahawks crash boards as a team, notes from Northeastern game
Star News
Rebounding is something Chuck Ogbodo has been thinking about since arriving in Wilmington. The UNCW freshman was recruited because of his length and ability to grab missed shots. After having to wait for his status with the NCAA to clear, Ogbodo has slowly worked his way into the rotation for the Seahawks.

UNCW falls in overtime at Northeastern
Star News
Buzz Peterson sat on a training table just outside the UNCW locker room at Matthews Arena. There were a lot of good moments for UNCW to remember. The team rallied from several deficits, including an eight-point margin with 53 seconds left to force overtime against the Huskies.

Economic forecast for 2014: Not much different than 2013
Port City Daily
About 250 people turned out to hear at the 22nd annual Economic Forecast Breakfast put on by the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce. Held Thursday at the Wilmington Convention Center, the program offered outlooks by Richard Kaglic and William “Woody” Hall, professor of economics and senior economist at UNCW’s Cameron School of Business.
Story also ran in theGreater Wilmington Business Journal, WWAY and Star News

Lawmakers, listen to those on front lines
Charlotte Observer
From their perch at the Watson College of Education at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, Scott Imig and Robert Smith have a prime spot to hear the concerns of N.C. educators. Many have come through their classes on education leadership, policy and teaching practices.

News & Notes - History program; Winter Hootenanny; Lyceum Academy meeting
Star News
John Golden and Friends present a Winter Hootenanny 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17, at UNCW's Kenan Auditorium. The show features John Golden and fellow musicians performing a variety of acoustic, folk, and country selections.

Columbus’ Mott, ‘Sleepy Hollow’ actress earn Image Award nods
Star News
Columbus County native Jason Mott was honored with an NAACP Image Award nomination Thursday. Mott received a BFA in fiction and an MFA in poetry from the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

Steele to transfer to UNCW
WECT
UNCW Head Coach Adell Harris announced the addition of Alabama transfer Jasmine Steele to the Seahawks roster on Thursday.

Pattern repeats in UNCW women's loss to Northeastern
Star News
It has to feel like déjà vu for UNCW women's basketball coach Adell Harris. Her Seahawks dropped their 12th consecutive game on Thursday night, and a majority of those losses have come in a similar fashion. UNCW falls behind early, closes the gap to a manageable deficit and eventually runs out of gas.


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