UNCW in the News

May 12-16

Thousands graduate in Port City
Thousands of university and community college students in the Port City are graduating this weekend. Over 2,000 degrees were distributed to Seahawk students this weekend including 300 graduate degrees and five doctorate degrees.

UNCW Seahawks walk across the stage
Time Warner Cable News
Thousands of UNCW students are turning their tassels this weekend. UNCW has the second-highest four-year graduation rate among universities in the UNC system.

Job outlook good for UNCW
Family and friends filled Trask Coliseum for the first two of four commencement ceremonies at UNCW. About 2,000 UNCW students will have turned their tassels, taking their education to the next level.

A life on pause: UNCW’s Lang battled Asperger’s syndrome to become star student, budding author
Port City Daily
UNC Wilmington holds its annual commencement ceremony Saturday. Ahead of that, here is a story of one graduate’s struggle to succeed against the odds. After a lifetime of social anxiety caused by Asperger’s syndrome, Hillora Lang found the courage to attend college. She is graduated with honors from UNCW Saturday.

Opinion-Gary Miller: Universities Should Address ‘High-Risk Drinking’ By Students
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
A recent media article called into question UNCW’s student conduct process and specifically an issue regarding alcohol use by students. High-risk drinking by students is something that university leaders are confronting nationwide. It impedes campus security efforts as well as student mental and physical health, and, ultimately, it has a negative impact on student success.

UNCW Faces Leadership Changes
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
Four key officials at UNCW have either found jobs at other universities or, like chancellor Gary Miller, are in the job market. And those potential vacancies in the chancellor's office, financial administration and business school could have impacts on the area's business community off campus as well.

Watson’s Health Care Potential On Display
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
Watson, the IBM computer system first made famous by its success on the game show Jeopardy, recently appeared in Wilmington to demonstrate its ability to help doctors better process health care information. The May 1 event was hosted by N.C. Coast Clinical Research Initiative and held at the University of North Carolina Wilmington’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Brunswick County manager named UNCW MPA Alumnus of the Year
Port City Daily
Brunswick County Manager Ann Hardy has been named Alumnus of the Year by the UNCW Masters in Public Administration (MPA) faculty.

High-tech Business Concept Wins Competition
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
The results of this year’s eighth annual Business Plan Competition at the Cameron School of Business have been announced, and the winner is Scott Thomson, a recent University of North Carolina Wilmington graduate from Charlotte, a news release from the university stated.

Basketball (M): Jacksonville transfer Jarvis Haywood picks UNCW (UPDATED)
Star News
Kevin Keatts wasted little time filling out his first UNCW men’s basketball recruiting class. Hours after the new staff got its first commitment, Jarvis Haywood, a shooting guard who led Jacksonville University in scoring this past season, announced via Twitter he will join the Seahawks.

UNCW wins Senior Day game over The Citadel
Star News
Mat Batts had a helmet on and a bat ready as the UNCW baseball team prepared to hit in the first inning Sunday against The Citadel. Coach Mark Scalf had a little fun with his starting lineup on Senior Day at Brooks Field, penciling his ace pitcher in at designated hitter.

Adams closes out UNCW career at East Regional
UNCW senior Lori Beth Adams posted a one-under-par 71 in the final round of the 2014 NCAA East Regional Saturday at the SouthWood Golf Club.

UNCW women lose to Clemson in NCAA tennis
Star News
The UNCW women's tennis team had its historic season run out of steam Friday with a 4-0 loss to 13th-ranked Clemson on Friday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at the Hoke Sloan Tennis Center.

UNCW men's tennis falls to Penn State
No. 23 Penn State stormed back after losing the doubles point to win at the top four singles positions and defeat No. 50 UNCW, 4-2, in a first-round pairing of the NCAA Men's Tennis Regionals early Saturday at the University of Virginia's Snyder Tennis Center.

Seahawks come up short in NCAA tennis tourney
Star News
UNCW’s hopes to advance in the NCAA men’s tennis tournament Saturday crumbled on the racket of the most decorated player in program history.

Seahawk golfer finishes record career at NCAA regional; UNCW netters fall to Penn State
Port City Daily
UNCW senior Lori Beth Adams posted a one-under-par 71 in the final round of the 2014 NCAA East Regional at the SouthWood Golf Club. Adams finished the 54-hole event in a five-way tie for 29th with a tournament scorecard of two-over-par 218 (68-79-71).

Ex-UNCW star spends first pro season amid uncertainty in Korea
Port City Daily
Keith Rendleman knew his first real job would end with a 20-hour plane ride back to North Carolina. The former UNCW basketball star just hoped to delay his homecoming as long as possible. Rendleman spent August through March playing in the Korean Basketball League with Wongju Dongbu Promy. The team hit an early 11-game losing streak and never left the basement of the league standings.

NC teachers compare merit pay to 'Hunger Games'
All eyes will be on Raleigh tomorrow as lawmakers meet to decide on some major issues, including the very controversial topic of teacher pay. "Many suggested in their comments that merit pay would lead to the Hunger Games of public educators," said recent UNCW graduate Megan Oakes, referring to the competitive culture performance-based pay could create.

Baseball: CAA baseball tournament seeds still taking shape
Star News
This much is certain: UNCW won’t be shut out of the Colonial Athletic Association baseball tournament in its home park. Beyond that, less is sure in regards to the seeding of the field.

Basketball (M): Keith Rendleman says Buzz Peterson ‘had it tough’
Star News
Keith Rendleman did his best to keep up with the UNCW men’s basketball team while playing in Korea this season by watching The Buzz Peterson Show online. Shortly after he returned to Wilmington from his first season of professional basketball, the forward’s former coach was out of a job. Rendleman said he wasn’t surprised by the decision to fire Peterson after four seasons with a 42-82 record but defended the difficult situations the coach faced during his tenure.

SBA Solicits Applications For Business Accelerator Competition
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
In an effort to stimulate entrepreneurial activity across the country, the U.S. Small Business Administration is sponsoring a $2.5 million competition for business accelerators and incubators. At least one area entity is planning to participate. Jim Roberts, executive director of the University of North Carolina Wilmington’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, said in an email that the CIE does plan to apply.

More honors for “Bleeder”
Star News
The honors are adding up for “Bleeder,” the 2013 memoir by UNCW alumnus Shelby Smoak. “Bleeder” — which covers Smoak’s Wilmington years and his early career — won a gold Independent Publisher Book Award, or IPPY, in the category of medical memoirs.

UNCW avoids APR penalties for all sports
Star News
UNCW won’t have to worry about academic shortcomings keeping any of its teams from postseason play in 2014-2015. All 19 sports satisfied the NCAA’s new Academic Progress Rate (APR) requirements, according to the most recent data released Wednesday.
Other coverage: WECT

Seahawks' biggest batting number doesn't show up on stat sheet
Star News
The high fastball roared past Joe Bertone's bat and into the catcher's mitt. After a parade of foul balls, College of Charleston pitcher Taylor Clarke finally got the strikeout on his 13th pitch of the at-bat. Bertone enjoyed a career performance in UNCW's 5-0 win over the Cougars on May 2 with two home runs and a sharp single.

Food Technology Firm Moving Foward With Regional Expansion Plans
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
Jim Burns, CEO and chairman of CMS Food Solutions Inc., noted CMS officials also have plans to establish a research and development division at the University of North Carolina Wilmington’s MARBIONC facility.

All 19 UNCW teams achieve academic mark
Programs satisfied the NCAA's new Academic Progress Rate requirements, data show.
Also covered by WECT

UNCW pitcher Batts stays perfect in CAA
Mat Batts struck out six and allowed one run and UNCW plated all three of its runs in the fourth inning as the Seahawks took the Colonial Athletic Association series opener from Northeastern, 3-1, on Thursday at Friedman Diamond in Brookline, Mass.
Also covered by Port City Daily

UNCW tops Camels in home finale 3-0
Six UNC Wilmington hurlers limited Campbell to two hits, leading the Seahawks to a 3-0 win at Jim Perry Stadium Tuesday night.

Area Golf Notes
Outgoing UNCW senior Stefan Brewer and incoming Seahawks Patrick Cover and Thomas Eldridge play Sunday for two available spots in the Web.com Tour's Rex Hospital Open.

Former UNCW standout Rendleman defends Peterson
Keith Rendleman said he wasn't surprised by the decision to fire Peterson after four seasons with a 42-82 record but defended the difficult situations the coach faced during his tenure.

Delaware Takes Baseball Doubleheader over James Madison
Delaware will need to win Saturday's game in order to climb back into the final spot for the six-team CAA tournament, which begins on Wed., May 21 at UNCW.

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