UNCW in the News

March 10-14

Study - Parents frustrated with changes in public schools
Star News
UNCW professors Scott Imig and Robert Smith recently asked North Carolina residents their opinions about various changes the N.C. General Assembly had made this past year to public education. Parents, like the teachers and principals, were overwhelmingly frustrated with the changes made to public schools. More than 94 percent of respondents felt that public education in the state was headed in the wrong direction.

Why did stories on dog picture, child sex abuse elicit much different reactions?
WWAY
The photo of a dog hanging has gotten a lot of attention over the past few days. The story received 132 comments and nearly 40,000 reads in just 48 hours. Clinical psychologist and UNCW professor Dr. Kate Nooner says that "being online and having that level of privacy kind of makes you willing to say things that are bigger than what you would say in another context, and also, the second part, is people feel like, well you did something against a harmless creature, so it's justified for me to harm you.”

Area author's novel, ideas inspire ABC series that comes to life Sunday
WWAY
The inspiration behind the new series "Resurrection" is all thanks to a local author. Jason Mott penned the novel "The Returned" and it's inspired the new ABC show. Mott grew up in southeastern North Carolina and graduated from UNCW.

Laney names new head football coach
WECT
Laney High School Principal Al O'Briant named Ashad Yeoman as Head Varsity Football Coach today, Friday, March 7, 2014. Coach Yeoman was a captain on the 2001 Laney High School 4-A State runner up football team. He also played college baseball and football at Catawba College for two years before graduating from the University of North Carolina Wilmington.
Story also covered by Port City Daily

UNCW's Azalea Triathlon changing lives
WWAY
UNCW hosted the 11th annual Azalea Triathlon this weekend. More than 700 people competed in the sprint, completing a 300-yard swim, a nine-mile bike ride and a 5-k run. The race benefited the UNCW Swimming and Diving team.

Women's tennis - UNCW downs former rival
Star News
The surging UNCW women’s tennis team won for the fourth time in five outings Sunday by knocking off former CAA rival Richmond, 5-2, in a neutral site match at the College of Charleston Tennis Complex.

Hoops (M): Season evaluation to begin Monday
Star News
The UNCW men’s basketball team closed a disappointing season at the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament on Friday night with a loss to Hofstra. The process of evaluating the 9-23 campaign will begin on Monday, according to athletic director Jimmy Bass.

The Dub Hub Hoops (M): Shane Reybold, Tanner Milson take CAA all-academic honors
Star News
Following a last-place regular season finish in the Colonial Athletic Association, the UNCW men’s basketball team was shut out of on-court honors at the conference’s postseason awards banquet. UNCW seniors Tanner Milson and Shane Reybold were named to the All-CAA academic team on Thursday night in Baltimore.

UNCW Sports - Weather forces schedule changes
Star News
The UNCW baseball and softball teams juggled their schedules this weekend because of inclement weather Friday. The baseball team plays VCU at 3 p.m. Saturday, along with a 1 p.m. doubleheader on Sunday. The softball team has a similar setup, playing a single game with N.C. Central at 4 p.m. Saturday and completing their three-game series with a doubleheader at noon Sunday.
Story also covered by Port City Daily

UNCW baseball team tops Rams after long road trip
Star News
UNCW’s baseball team returned to Brooks Field on Saturday, brining the sunshine with them for a 4-2 win against Virginia Commonwealth University.

Late-inning pinch hit lifts Diamond Hawks; Rowland ties school record in win for Seahawk softball
Port City Daily
UNCW red-shirt freshman Gavin Stupienski’s pinch-hit single in the eighth inning gave UNCW the lead as the Seahawks topped VCU 4-2 Saturday at Brooks Field.

VCU sweeps doubleheader from UNCW
Star News
Virginia Commonwealth used a complete-game, 156-pitch performance by JoJo Howie to post a 4-2 win over UNCW in the second game of a Sunday- afternoon baseball doubleheader at Brooks Field.

New study shows overwhelming support for teacher pay raises
WECT
Robert Smith and Scott Imig are both professors at UNCW’s Watson College of Education. They recently surveyed more than 2,350 parents of public school students across the state and found that many people in North Carolina don't like the way public education is headed.

$100,000 Jay Garner report recommends free internet, pharmacy school; Leaves out film, tourism, arts and history
WWAY
The Jay Garner Report says aircraft assembly, life and marine sciences, high value office operations and precision manufacturing are the keys to making the area more viable for new companies. The report made little or no mention of the film industry, the tourism industry (except that leaders should move away from it,) local arts, culture or the region's historic areas. A recent UNCW survey showed that quality of life is the region's biggest asset.

UNCW's Payne McLeod tied for second after 36 holes
WECT
UNCW senior Payne McLeod totaled six birdies in the opening round and is tied for second at the General Hackler Championship at TPC of Myrtle Beach on Monday.

UNCW's Brie Mobley earns CAA honors
WECT
UNCW freshman guard Brie Mobley has been named the Colonial Athletic Association's Rookie-of-the-Week, it was announced on Monday.

Season of near misses means questions for UNCW hoops future
Star News
A few weeks ago, Dylan Sherwood would have seemed an unlikely candidate to take one of the most important shots of UNCW's season, but the reserve forward closed his sophomore campaign strong to earn the crunch-time minutes in Friday's Colonial Athletic Association tournament opener at Baltimore Arena.

UNCW softball entertains Youngstown State; Seahawk golf, diving recap
Port City Daily
Fresh off a weekend sweep of North CarolinaCentral, the UNCW softball team continues its 18-game homestand Tuesday as it faces Youngstown State in a three-game series at Boseman Field.

UNCW terminates contract of basketball coach Buzz Peterson
Star News
Buzz Peterson often said he didn't fully grasp the overhaul needed to fix the UNCW men's basketball program until after he'd taken up office at Trask Coliseum. UNCW went 42-82 under Peterson with three consecutive 20-loss seasons. The latest included a program-record losing streak and a spot in the Colonial Athletic Association basement, enough evidence for athletic director Jimmy Bass to seek a fresh start.
Other coverage: WECT, WWAY, Port City Daily, Beach Carolina, WRAL, ESPN

Biedenbach becomes interim UNC-Wilmington coach
Citizen-Times.com
UNCW Athletic director Jimmy Bass said Tuesday that assistant Eddie Biedenbach has been promoted to interim head coach. Peterson, an Asheville native, went 42-82 in four seasons with the Seahawks, never finished above .500 and went 30-53 in the Colonial Athletic Association.

Event to examine ‘Innovation and Entrepreneurship with the Military’
Port City Daily
North Carolina has the nation’s third largest military population, according to the N.C. Military Foundation. But until recently, it was in the bottom 10 for doing business with military. The UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE, 803 S. College Road) will host a talk March 25 examining the change and the implications for businesses.

Black film festival recognizes best in the biz
Star News
African-American filmmakers, producers and actors from across the country will be in Wilmington starting Thursday, March 13, for the four-day N.C Black Film Festival. One of the films set to screen at this year's festival is UNCW professor Maurice Martinez's "Irene," which tells the story of a Pender County woman and screened at last year's Cucalorus Film Festival.

FREE TICKET TUESDAY: Bridgman/Packer Dance
Star News
As part of a week-long residency at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, the Bridgman/Packer Dance duo will perform 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday (March 14-15) at the Cultural Arts Building’s Main Stage Theater.

Editorial - Study could show true impact of film incentives on N.C. economy
Star News
People who make their living from the film industry are nervously waiting to see whether the Honorables will extend tax incentives that helped revive the industry in North Carolina. Film in Wilmington began with "Firestarter” and from that one-time production grew an entire industry, including a working film studio, a permanent crew base and film-related programs at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and Cape Fear Community College.

News & Notes - Quiz Bowl; Girl Scout award; Youth of the Year
Star News
Myrtle Grove Middle School recently won a Black History Month Quiz Bowl at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. The event was held in celebration of Black History Month. After competing against others – including the UNCW Black History Quiz Bowl Team – seventh-graders Amaya Shaw and Marquitta Brunson won two out of three rounds, taking the title.

UNCW Sports - McLeod 5th, UNCW men's golf team 11th in S.C.
Star News
Senior Payne McLeod posted his first top-5 finish since the fall and second of the 2013-14 season for UNCW as the Seahawks finished 11th at the General Hackler Championship men's golf tournament at TPC of Myrtle Beach on Tuesday.

UNCW basketball again experiencing fast changes
Star News
UNCW moves forward hoping to maintain some sense of normalcy during the coaching search, its fourth since 2002. University officials are confident the process won't stretch 79 days like the last time in 2010, but the Seahawks will have to make peace with an unclear future.

Broadway vets bring experience to symphony concert
Star News
"Memory" from "Cats." "On My Own" from "Les Miserables." "For Good" from "Wicked." These and other beloved Broadway standards will be featured in the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra's next pops concert on Saturday in UNCW's Kenan Auditorium.

Dance duo to perform at UNCW
Star News
Bridgman/Packer is a virtual dance company. After a week of workshops and seminars at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, Bridgman/Packer perform Friday and Saturday in the Cultural Arts Building on campus. The program includes two pieces, "Voyeur" and "Under the Skin."

UNCW to unveil first double feature of student-written plays
Port City Daily
Carter’s play, “The Birthday Witch,” co-written with fellow freshman Mickey Johnson, is one of two opening this weekend as part of “The Write Stuff,” UNCW’s STAGE Company’s first-ever double feature entirely written, directed and produced by students.

Special Olympians hit the hardwood
WWAY
More than 200 students from across New Hanover County participated in the Special Olympics Basketball Tournament today at UNCW's Trask Coliseum.
Story also covered by WECT

The Scene: N.C. Black Film Festival to return this weekend
Port City Daily
Wilmington Symphony Orchestra, in collaboration with Brightmore of Wilmington, presents Symphony POPS! “Broadway Then & Now” from 8 to 10 p.m. Saturday at UNC Wilmington’s Kenan Auditorium. Wilmington Symphony Youth Orchestra and Junior Strings present their spring matinee concert from 4 to 5 p.m. Sunday at UNCW’s Kenan Auditorium.

St. Patrick's Day parade to be held Saturday
Star News
The Port City's 15th annual St. Patrick's Day Parade begins at 11 a.m. Saturday. The parade route runs south along North Front Street, turning west on Dock Street, then running north along Water Street. After the parade the annual Guinness St. Patrick's Day Festival begins, with performances by the UNCW Slainte Irish Dance Club.

Long Time Coming
New York Times
After years in the business, Mark McNairy is now among the league of designers venerated by hip-hop artists. He attended the University of North Carolina Wilmington for five and a half years, graduating in 1984 with a business degree.

Diamond Hawks top UNCG; UNCW softball takes series finale
Port City Daily
UNCW’s Ricky Holdenand William Shepley combined for 7.1 shutout innings of relief as the Seahawks topped UNC-Greensboro 5-2 Wednesday at Brooks Field. Nella Chamblee and the Lady Seahawks continue their 18-game homestand on Saturday.

UNCW women's hoops postseason starts Thursday
Star News
The UNCW women's basketball team opens postseason play Thursday in the opening game of the CAA tournament against William & Mary in Upper Marlboro, Md.

The Dub Hub Hoops(W): Three Seahawks collect honors at CAA banquet
Star News
The CAA held its annual championship banquet on Wednesday night in Arlington, Va. Despite its last-place finish in the league, UNCW players collected several honors.
Story also covered by WECT

‘Optimism’ expressed for local innovation economy
Port City Daily
John Hardin, executive director of the N.C. Board of Science & Technology, visited the Port City on Thursday to observe its potential in the innovation economy. “There’s some restructuring going on in this economy,” Hardin said of the Wilmington area, pointing out such support efforts in recent years here. He called the UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE), where Thursday’s interview took place, a big driver in that, in addition to the higher education system itself.

Hess wins writing award
Star News
Jason Hess received second-place honors in the 2014 Rose Post Creative Non-Fiction Competition, sponsored by the North Carolina Writers’ Network, the group announced Wednesday. Judge for the event was Hannah Dela Cruz Abrams, an award-winning writer who teaches English at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

UNCW swim coach to retire after 542 wins, 16 CAA championships
Port City Daily
Expressing a desire to spend more time with his wife, children and three grandsons, longtime coach Dave Allen, the founding father and architect of UNCW’s swimming and diving program, is heading for dry land.
Other coverage: WECT, WWAYand Star News

UNCW Sports - Women hang on for CAA tourney win
Star News
The UNCW women's basketball team went 6-for-6 from the free throw line in the final 2 minutes, 30 seconds to rally past William & Mary for a 67-65 victory on Thursday afternoon in the opening round of the CAA tournament in Upper Marlboro, Md.
Story also covered by WECT and Williamsburg Yorktown Daily

Kelva Atkins Headlines UNCW Award Winners
Beach Carolina
UNCW junior guard Kelva Atkins was named Second-Team All-CAA and also earned All-Academic Team accolades as the Colonial Athletic Association handed out its annual awards Wednesday during the league’s pre-tournament banquet.

Holden's work out of bullpen gives Seahawks boost
Star News
UNCW scratched out two runs on just one hit in the bottom of the second to take the lead, and Ricky Holden delivered the performance Mark Scalf wanted.

Golden’s opportunity doesn’t pass freshman by
Star News
Casey Golden expected to play multiple positions for the UNCW baseball team. The freshman from Siler City just never banked on center field being among them. Recruited as an infielder and pitcher, Golden has started the last 11 games for the Seahawks in center, a position he only began playing regularly in American Legion ball last summer.

UNCW Men’s Soccer Adds Smith To 2014 Class|
Beach Carolina
UNCW head men’s soccer coach Aidan Heaney has announced the addition of Brayden Smith to his program for the 2014-15 season, bringing his incoming class to four.

UNCW hopes coaching change can turn fortunes of team, athletic department
Star News
UNCW could end up paying Buzz Peterson more than $880,000 not to coach men's basketball over the next two years, but athletic director Jimmy Bass characterized the move as necessary for the long-term health of his cash-strapped department.


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