UNCW in the News

May 5-9

Dr. Paul Hearty, UNC Wilmington - Climate Change Patterns
The Academic Minute
What's the best way to study climate change? Paul Hearty, associate professor in the Environmental Studies department at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, is looking back in time in order to make conclusions about the future of our environment.
Also covered by: Inside Higher Ed

UNCW's Center for Innovation offers world of solutions
Star News
Thanks to the UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Alex Vidor has a home for his growing business. Jim Roberts, the center's executive director, said the building has office spaces all move-in ready for startups similar to Vidor's. The center, which is an offshoot of the university and fosters local innovation, routinely hosts free events to bolster and advance business.

UNCW rep says university can aid in youth violence prevention
Last week, Wilmington community leaders asked UNCW to take the lead in organizing efforts to help prevent gang violence. Jenni Harris, Assistant to the Chancellor for Community Partnerships, said the university will utilize the partnerships it already has in place to better serve the community. Harris said there is no set date when UNCW will begin working heavily on this new initiative.

Filming industry adds cachet to Cape Fear region
Star News
The state legislature allows film incentives to expire, which might cause some workers to lose employment in the future. Incensed community members hold rallies, film supporters organize PR campaigns and the region unites in the face of blasphemy. The reason for the hullabaloo has less to do with the economic impact, said UNCW film department chairman Dave Monahan, than it does with cachet.

New mailbox at Wrightsville Beach holds feelings
News & Observer
The messages are written on lined notebook paper in small, chubby spiral-bound books and left in a handmade mailbox that sat at the northern end of Wrightsville Beach for 11 years. Visitors filled more than 100 notebooks with prayers, notes, drawings and poems until a month ago when it was donated to the Wrightsville Beach Museum of History. Earlier this week, the UNCW Student Ambassadors installed a new mailbox - white, with a red flag and "Leave a Note" painted on the front in blue - in the dunes on the north side of the beach.

More grant money for UNCW students
UNCW’s program eTEAL offers funding for professors and students who want to enhance their applied learning experiences at the undergraduate level. The grants offered through eTEAL have allowed Dr. Bill Bolduc the resources to take two communication studies students to Swansea, Whales for a study abroad trip this past semester.

Film workers' pay above average, but below manufacturers' pay
Star News
Film production wages in North Carolina lag those in Wilmington's manufacturing sector, but far outstrip the area's average weekly pay, according to figures from an industry-sponsored study and data from the U.S. Department of Labor. A 2009 study by the University of North Carolina Wilmington put metro-area film production wages at $76,000 annually, said UNCW economist William "Woody" Hall.

UNCW students pucker up for a cure - with a twist
Star News
A senior at UNCW, Toby Ng and Team Stephan are making a video to raise money for the Leukemia Research Foundation, she explains. All she wants is a kiss. The team will raise money based on YouTube advertisements, which amount to $7 per 1,000 views. The video, Eric said, proves that University of North Carolina Wilmington students care about battling leukemia.

Bookmarks - Research beefed up novel's story line
Star News
Rebecca Petruck was long active in 4-H and was even a club president in fifth grade. Which meant that her new young adult novel "Steering Toward Normal" – about middle-school boys raising steers for 4-H and competing in the Minnesota State Fair – required a little research. Petruck has lived in Wilmington since 2002 and earned her MFA in creative writing in 2007 at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

Lane, Crumpler, Boyd and Benton inducted into Hall of Fame
Star News
Calvin Lane spent 15 years building UNCW’s men’s soccer team from an NAIA program into one that was ranked in the top 20 of NCAA’s Division I in 1980. He was tasked with building another, as the golf team had only five members when he inherited it. Lane was one of four men inducted Sunday into the Greater Wilmington Sports Hall of Fame.

Greater Wilmington Sports Hall of Fame inducts 2014 class
Port City Daily
The Greater Wilmington Sports Hall of Fame (GWSHOF) will induct four new members as part of its 2014 class during a ceremony May 4 at the UNCW Burney Center.

UNCW Roundup - Men take CAA track and field title
Star News
UNCW won eight events, including both relays, as the Seahawks claimed their 11th Colonial Athletic Association men's track & field championship on Saturday at University Park in Harrisonburg, Va.
Other coverage: WECT

UNCW Roundup - Walton wins CAA long jump
Star News
Cam Walton defended his long jump title and Daniel Cafferey and Dn Cherry finished second in the javelin and hammer throws, respectively, to lead UNCW on the opening day of the Colonial Athletic Association Championships.

UNCW's Adams receives regional bid for golf
Burlington Times-News
UNCW senior Lori Beth Adams received an invitation to the NCAA regionals for women’s golf for the second year in a row. She is the first UNCW women’s golfer to receive an individual entry to the NCAAs twice in a career. She’ll be in an NCAA regional for the fourth time, with the other situations coming as part of a team entry.

UNCW's Batts wins 5th straight
Winston-Salem Journal
Mat Batts pitched seven shutout innings for UNC Wilmington in a 5-0 Colonial Athletic Association victory Friday night against visiting College of Charleston. Batts, who starred at Mount Tabor, gave up six hits, struck out nine and walked two. He won his fifth straight decision and improved to 5-2.

Basketball (M): East Carolina’s Jeff Lebo looks forward to UNCW series continuing
Star News
A Division I basketball coach on the East Coast couldn’t afford to ignore Hargrave Military Academy when it was regularly pumping out top prospects during Keatts’ tenure at the Virginia prep school. Lebo, who was in Wilmington Thursday for a stop on ECU’s annual coaches’ caravan, will get to coach against Keatts next season when he brings the Pirates to Trask Coliseum for the second leg of a four-game series.

UNCW tops Charleston on LaGrange's clutch hit
Star News
Ryan LaGrange pumped his right fist as he watched his line drive scream through the hole between the second baseman and shortstop. The UNCW senior punctuated his turn at first base with a slap of his hands and then emphatically high-fived first base coach Robbie Monday.

Charleston outplays UNCW to avoid three-game sweep
Star News
UNCW will need to win the Colonial Athletic Association baseball tournament on its home field later this month to land a third straight NCAA berth. To make a run at the title, the Seahawks must play well over four days, a concern given their lack of consistency this season.

UNCW gets $150,000 grant for health collaborative
Star News
The N.C. GlaxoSmithKline Foundation has donated $150,000 to help the University of North Carolina Wilmington get the regional health collaborative off the ground, the university announced today. The Southeast North Carolina Regional Health Collaborative formed in February 2013 with the goal of pooling the resources of a five-county region to improve the health of the region's population.

Meet Coastal Chemical & Paper's Young Owner
Clean Link
At just 36 years old, Lee Grant is the owner of jan/san supply company, Coastal Chemical & Paper Inc. Based in the beautiful beachside city of Wilmington, N.C. Grant built his company from the ground up, and is now riding the waves of its success. Grant was a Division I baseball player — a pitcher for the University of North Carolina Wilmington Seahawks, to be exact. “Lee was always determined — he always wanted what was best for the team,” says Grant’s college baseball coach, Mark Scalf.

UNCW Notebook - Bertone, Batts earn honors
Star News
Joe Bertone and Mat Batts picked up Colonial Athletic Association baseball honors after this weekend's series win over College of Charleston. Bertone was named CAA player of the week after reaching base in eight of his 10 plate appearances against the Cougars. The sophomore right fielder went 6-for-8 with two home runs, two doubles and four RBI. He raised his season average 86 points in the three-game set to .300 (15-for-50).
Other coverage: Port City Daily, WECT and Star News

Siegel wins O. Henry Award
Star News
Robert Anthony Siegel of Wilmington is one of the recipients of the 2014 O. Henry Award for short story. Siegel’s story, “The Right Imaginary Person,” will be included in the annual PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories collection, which will be published in September. A native New Yorker, with an MFA from the University of Iowa, Siegel is an associate professor of creative writing at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

New terms but familiar lessons set tone at Southeast Venture Conference
WRAL TechWire
Jim Roberts is Executive Director of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at University of North Carolina Wilmington. He is writing about the Southeast Venture Conference for WRAL TechWire. More than 50 companies from across the southeast, including numerous ones from North Carolina, are being showcased to investors.

Downtown Oyster Bar In Flourishing Mix
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
A restaurant boom on downtown Wilmington’s Market Stree, continues with Shuckin’ Shack oyster and seafood bar preparing to OK its first franchisees. Co-owner Piccinin earned a marketing degree from University of North Carolina Wilmington.

Steady climb pays off for UNCW women's tennis
Star News
Coach Evan Clark, of course, urged the UNCW women's tennis team to take the season one day at a time, but stretching back to August, the ultimate prize was rarely far from mind.

UNCW’s Rowland named second-team All-CAA in softball
Port City Daily
UNCW junior softball player Casey Rowland was named second-team All-CAA as the Colonial Athletic Association handed out its annual awards Tuesday at the league’s pre-tournament banquet.

Clearing the decks: Championship season for spring sports
Cape Gazette
The University of Delaware on the women’s side and University of North Carolina Wilmington won the Colonial Athletic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships May 2 and 3.

New honors for Lookout Books
Star News
It’s been a good week for Lookout Books, the literary imprint of the creative writing department at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. “Astoria to Zion,” the collection of stories of UNCW’s Ecotone magazine, received a Gold “IPPY” award in the anthology category. Another Lookout book, “River Bend Chronicle” by Ben Miller, released last year, has been shorlisted for the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing, sponsored by the Stanford University libraries.

Initiative Aims To Bring Coordinated Resources To Farmers
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
North Carolina representatives of the U.S. Department of Agriculture held a town hall-style meeting to introduce their audience to a variety of programs coordinated through the USDA’s StrikeForce Initiative for Rural Growth and Opportunity. “They want to help support us as well as directly connect with farmers to help them access available resources,” said Jane Steigerwald, director of Feast Down East.

Short film about local beer brewing on tap Thursday
Star News
"A Brewing Community" will have its Wilmington premiere at the Satellite Bar and Lounge on Greenfield Street. The 14-minute documentary follows two local couples as they grow closer to opening their Wilmington breweries. When Zach Boylston needed a subject for his senior project as he wraps up his film studies degree at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, the idea of local brewers trying to get their businesses started was a natural.

UNCW Roundup - NCAA honors 2 teams
Star News
The UNCW baseball and women's tennis programs have received Public Recognition Awards from the NCAA for the second straight year by placing among the top 10 percent nationally in the classroom in their sport.
Other coverage: WECT

UNCW's Jordan Ramsey has put injuries behind him, just in time
Star News
Jordan Ramsey takes pride in sticking to a routine, almost to the point of superstition. The UNCW right-handed pitcher believes following a strict lifting and throwing schedule the past two years has helped deliver consistent production on the mound. Those familiar rhythms of spring have been like a pipe dream this season, and the results have been mostly disastrous. After missing four starts with finger nail and arm injuries, Ramsey's luck finally seems to be changing.

UNCW's Adams knows it's time to take control
Star News
This week's event at SouthWood Golf Club plays like a dress rehearsal for Lori Beth Adams future. No time like the present to make professional decisions heading into a busy summer: U.S. Women's Open qualifying in late May; The Eastern Amateur at St. James in June and the North & South Amateur at Pinehurst in July; The first wave to LPGA Tour qualifying in August.

UNCW receives $150,000 grant for health collaborative
Time Warner Cable News
The University of North Carolina at Wilmington wants to make the counties in southeastern area of the state healthier. The school, along with the Southeast North Carolina Regional Health Collaborative received a $150,000 grant from the N.C. GlaxoSmithKline Foundation, to help start a two-year planning phase for a regional health collaborative.

Opportunity Came Knocking At A New Door In Wilmington
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
The University of North Carolina Wilmington and the Wilmington community opened the doors of the new Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) facility on Sept. 5 of last year with an overwhelming crowd, and activity at the center has not slowed down since.

Seahawks land two recruits
Point Guard Jordan Talley has verbally committed to attend and play basketball at UNCW. For new Seahawks head coach Kevin Keatts this is the first recruit he has landed since being hired.
Other coverage: Star News and NBC Sports

UNCW baseball, women’s tennis honored for academics
Star News
The NCAA has honored the UNCW baseball and women’s tennis teams for placing among the top 10 percent nationally in their sports when it comes to multi-year Academic Progress Rate (APR). It’s the second straight year both squads made the list.

Memorial Ocean Swim Takes Place In May
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
The inaugural Stoked to Go Out, Grey Liston memorial swim will bring competitors to Wrightsville Beach onMay 17, organizers said. Proceeds will benefit the Grey Liston Memorial Scholarship Fund and the UNCW Swimming and Diving Scholarship Fund. Liston died in a mountaineering accident last year in Olympic National Park, according to the race’s website.

UNCW Roundup - Baseball team falls to The Citadel
Star News
Luke Dunlap had three hits and Mat Batts pitched six strong innings, but UNCW came up short in a 1-0 loss to host The Citadel on Thursday in a non-conference baseball game.

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