UNCW in the News

March 24-28

UNCW unveils summer writing conference
StarNews
Jason Mott, a UNCW alumnus and New York Times bestseller author of “The Returned,” will be keynote speaker for this year's Summer Writing Conference at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

Area's jobless rate drops
StarNews
Using adjusted figures, William "Woody" Hall, an economist at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, compared unemployment month to month.

Editorial - Challenge is to keep job growth going in the right direction
StarNews
By no means are we where we would like to be, but in comparison to a year ago things are looking up.

Seahawks outslug West Virginia for series win
StarNews
The bats came alive for UNCW on Sunday afternoon as the Seahawks notched a 13-10 victory against the West Virginia Mountaineers to win the rubber match of a weekend series.

Diamond Hawks out slug West Virginia
WECT
Corey Dick drove in five runs, tying his career-high, and had three hits, including his third home run of the season, as UNCW rallied past West Virginia, 13-10, to win the weekend series on Sunday at Brooks Field.

Ramsey has tough outing in Seahawks' loss to West Virginia
StarNews
Ramsey has tough outing in Seahawks' loss to West Virginia. UNCW's Dillon Bass throws to first over West Virginia's Billy Fleming during the Seahawks' loss to the Mountaineers at Brooks Field on Saturday, March 22, 2014.

Golden's chopper in 10th lifts UNCW past West Virginia
StarNews
UNCW's Casey Golden has continued to strengthen his hold on center field with each passing weekend thanks to all-around steady play.

West Virginia even series on the diamond; UNCW softball splits CAA
Port City Daily
Bobby Boyd and Billy Fleming combined for six hits and four runs batted in to back Sean Carly’s six strong innings as West Virginia topped UNCW 9-3 to even the weekend series on Saturday at Brooks Field.

Diamond Hawks take down West Virginia 2-1
WECT
Casey Golden's two-out infield single in the bottom of the 10th lifted UNCW past visiting West Virginia, 2-1, in the series opener on Friday at Brooks Field.

UNCW Sports - Women blank Towson in tennis
StarNews
Sophomore Christine Kharkevitch won her ninth consecutive match as the UNCW women's tennis team breezed past Towson, 7-0, in the Colonial Athletic Association opener for the Seahawks on Saturday.
Story also covered by: Beach Carolina Magazine

Hoops (M): Jerry Wainwright weighs in on UNCW coach search
StarNews
Former UNCW men’s basketball coach Jerry Wainwright said he isn't pursuing a return to the job.

UNCW kicks off first one-day donation drive for campus departments, scholarships
Port City Daily
UNC Wilmington is embarking on an ambitious campaign to raise $24,000 in 24 hours. If successful, the drive will pay off big for students in the form of an anonymous matching donation to the university’s scholarship fund.

UNCW holding 24-hour fundraiser
Star News
Beginning at 8 a.m. Tuesday, UNCW is hosting a 24-hour fundraising event for students, alumni and university backers to donate to the school. If the university can raise $24,000 in 24 hours, an anonymous corporate donor will match the money dollar for dollar.

Poet Nikky Finney coming to UNCW.
Star News
“The Genius Does Not Write to Please” will be the title of the Buckner lecture by poet Nikky Finney, to be presented at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 27, in the Burney Center on the campus of the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Admission is free. A reception and book signing will follow.

The University of North Florida hosts the 43rd Benthic Ecology meeting
Examiner
The much anticipated 43rd Benthic Ecology Meeting (BEM) hosted by the University of North Florida (UNF) successfully concluded at UNF on March 22. Colleen Bove from the University of North Carolina Wilmington was the first place winner of the undergraduate poster presentations.

Wilmington startup recognized for approach to selling e-books
Star News
It's been likened to a cross between Netflix and a book club. UNCW alum Bryan Batten and his venture, www.EntitleBooks.com, has been recognized for its innovative approach. Essentially, the company sells e-books online by a subscription formula.

Seahawks' ex-hoops player becomes softball standout
Star News
From her spot in center field, Brittany Gamby rarely stops talking. Her UNCW softball teammates have come to expect a steady stream of encouraging chatter in the field, even rely on it.

A look at area baseball, softball players at the college level
Port City Daily
Our local ballplayers had another strong weekend at the college level as we continue to keep an eye on some of the area student-athletes making strides at their respective colleges and universities. On the UNCW campus, it was a good day for the Seahawks on Sunday as the local ball club picked up a series win over West Virginia.

UNCW's Batts is pitcher of the week
Star News
UNCW's Mat Batts shared Colonial Athletic Association pitcher of the week honors for his performance Friday against West Virginia.

UNCW's Give 24 in 24 Challenge is going on now
WWAY
If this goal is reached, UNCW will receive a $24,000 gift for scholarships. Alumni, parents, faculty, staff, students and friends are encouraged to participate by making a gift to any area of the university.

Military reaches out to local innovators
Port City Daily
The development out of Karl Ricanek’s lab was a shoo-in for government use. He has contracts with the FBI and CIA currently, making him an easy example of local innovation connecting with government. That topic themed a talk at the UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) on Tuesday that specifically honed in on local business opportunities with the military.

Paws4people to hold annual fundraiser at UNCW
Star News
Assistance dog organization paws4people is holding its annual 5K and 10K fundraiser at the University of North Carolina Wilmington on Sunday. Participants can sign up to walk or run a 5K or 10K race or a 1 mile fun walk through UNCW's campus, beginning at the Fisher Student Center.

UNCW's Batts is pitcher of the week
Star News
UNCW's Mat Batts shared Colonial Athletic Association pitcher of the week honors for his performance Friday against West Virginia.

REPORT: UNCW expected to name Kevin Keatts head basketball coach
WECT
Louisville Associate Head Basketball Coach Kevin Keatts is expected to be named the next coach at UNCW as early as Thursday, according to a report by Frank Giardina out of West Virginia. An emergency meeting of the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees has been scheduled Thursday.

UNCW likely to name Louisville's Keatts head coach
Star News
UNCW is expected to name Louisville associate head coach Kevin Keatts as its next men's basketball coach, according to a report from CBS Sports' Gary Parrish. He cited an unnamed source.

Louisville assistant Kevin Keatts to be named UNC-Wilmington's coach
CBS Sports
Louisville associate head coach Kevin Keatts has reached an agreement to become the next head coach at UNC Wilmington, a source told CBSSports.com on Thursday morning. A formal announcement is expected soon.

Reports: Louisville assistant to be next UNCW hoops coach
WWAY
It appears UNC Wilmington will have a new head men's basketball coach soon. It may be as soon as today.

UNCW raises $118,000 in 24-hour effort
WWAY
A 24-hour fundraising drive at UNCW raised nearly five times as much as the university hoped. Yesterday, the school held its first 24-hour giving challenge hoping to raise $24,000.

UNCW Leaps Past Fundraising Goal
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
Eddie Stuart attributed the success of the 24-hour campaign in part to the spadework that his team did ahead of time: publicizing the effort and communicating the university priorities that the money would address.

UNCW exceeds 24-hour fundraising goal
Port City Daily
UNC Wilmington met its mark on yesterday’s one-day fundraising drive, and then some. The university announced today that, on initial counts, it had received $118,000 in its first-ever 24-hour pledge drive, well above the goal of $24,000.

UNCW raises over $118,000 in 24 hours, smashes fundraising goal
WECT
UNCW's goal in the "24 in 24 Challenge" was to raise $24,000 in 24 hours to receive a private gift of an additional $24,000. The gift would go towards funding student scholarships. The campaign was launched at 8 a.m. on Tuesday and UNCW reached its goal in just 12 hours.
Story picked up by: WTOC and WISTV

UNCW fund blitz surpasses goal
Star News
The University of North Carolina Wilmington raised more than $118,000 in its 24-hour fundraising challenge, the university announced Wednesday.

Local Innovators Hear Of Military Business Opportunities
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
Jim Roberts, director of the University of North Carolina Wilmington’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE), invited three experts on doing business with the military to share information on how to get started.

Could the Cape Fear Region Become the Beer and Wine Country of the South?
WHQR
It’s the thirty-second annual Business Week at UNCW’s Cameron School of Business--meaning dozens of prominent alumni and executives have descended upon the Port City, to share their knowledge of marketing, entrepreneurship and information technology.

The Scene: Banjo legends Fleck, Washburn to share the stage tonight
Port City Daily
Bluegrass royalty is reigning over Wilmington this evening. Banjo maestros Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn share the stage at UNC Wilmington’s Kenan Auditorium at 8 p.m.

NC State baseball team cools off UNCW
WWAY
Trea Turner homered and knocked in five runs as nationally-ranked NC State ran past UNCW, 11-2, on Wednesday at Brooks Field.
Story also covered by: Star News and Port City Daily

Hoops (M): Billy Donlon talks UNCW
Star News
Jimmy Bass wasn’t terribly specific when discussing what he’s looking for in the next coach and declined to share his short list of candidates, but it would be surprising if, at some point, it didn’t include Wright State coach Billy Donlon.

Hoops (M): Louisville’s Kevin Keatts has a fan in Craig Ponder
Star News
Shortly after firing Buzz Peterson on March 11, UNCW athletic director Jimmy Bass gathered the men’s basketball players and said he would move quickly to find a player-friendly coach who could help the team reverse its recent fortunes. Sophomore guard Craig Ponder believes Louisville assistant Kevin Keatts fits the bill.

UNCW researchers perfecting futuristic crime fighting tools
WECT
Researchers at UNCW are helping law enforcement find a face in a crowd. They're working with groups like the FBI, NSA, and CIA to find real world use for their new facial recognition technology.

Panel: Economic development a multi-headed creature
Port City Daily
When Jim Bradshaw markets Brunswick County to business prospects, he does so as “the Wilmington region.” Already in progress is a separate regional branding effort in partnership with New Hanover County, the City of Wilmington, UNCW and numerous local business officials.

UNC Wilmington hires Kevin Keatts
ESPN
Louisville assistant Kevin Keatts has been hired as coach at UNC Wilmington, it was announced Thursday. Keatts will take over the Seahawks' program after the Cardinals finish play in the NCAA tournament. Louisville faces Kentucky in the Sweet 16 on Friday.

OFFICIAL: Kevin Keatts agrees to take coaching job at UNCW
WECT
Louisville Associate Head Basketball Coach Kevin Keatts has agreed to a coaching deal with UNCW, according to university officials. He will be the 10th men's basketball coach in UNCW history.
Other coverage: Star News, WWAY, Port City Daily, Lumina News. Courier Journal, Fox News and College Basketball Talk

Keatts' hiring all adds up for UNCW revival
Star News
Numbers seem to rise in Kevin Keatts' presence. Victory totals over the years leading Hargrave Military Academy. Recruiting class ranks during his time as a Louisville assistant coach. On Thursday, during his first hours as UNCW men's basketball coach, even Wilmington got the bump. A question arrived, asking how this job was in the top 25 percent of college basketball in the country.

For UNCW players, all eyes on Louisville until Keatts' arrival
Star News
UNCW players have spent two weeks anxiously awaiting a hire. They launched into their offseason routines unsure what to expect. "It feels good to finally know," guard Addison Spruill said. "I'm happy with the situation that I'm in now. I'm having a great day."

‘Location, location, location’ — Film commission’s efforts extend to both coasts
Port City Daily
Armed with a 50-milimeter lens and an eye for what could be, Keegan Limbrick roams the corridors of Independence Mall in search of potential locations, snapping shots of some, panoramas of others. A student in the film studies program at UNCW, Limbrick started in January as the first on-staff location scout for the Wilmington Regional Film Commission, where he previously served as an intern.

UNCW to help “strike out cancer” during weekend series
Port City Daily
The UNCW softball team entertains Delaware in a weekend series at Boseman Field.

UNCW's Corey Dick knows hits are a work in progress
Star News
Corey Dick figures the UNCW baseball scouting report urges pitchers to attack him early in the count. Coaches have told the junior first baseman that, at times, he's too patient at the plate.


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