UNCW in the News

June 9-13

William Sederburg named interim UNCW chancellor
Dr. William A. Sederburg of Asheville, a former Michigan state senator and university president who retired as Utah’s Commissioner of Higher Education, will become interim chancellor of the University of North Carolina Wilmington on August 1.

UNCW Appoints Interim Chancellor
Time Warner Cable News

Interim chancellor chosen for UNCW
Star News

Interim UNCW chancellor announced
Lumina News

Interim chancellor named for UNCW

UNC President Appoints UNCW Interim Chancellor
Greater Wilmington Business Journal

UNCW hires interim chancellor
Port City Daily

State must ensure smooth evacuations
Jacksonville Daily News
The state has scrapped plans to reverse traffic on Interstate 40 in the case of a major evacuation. A 2007 report from N.C. State University’s Institute for Transportation and Research Education and UNCW’s Political Science Department found many flaws with the state’s plan. DOT officials also say that logistically, the process would require a huge amount of manpower, and it has become expensive to store the signs and other equipment needed to put the lane reversals in place.

City expects better sales tax revenues
Port City Daily
Charting positive trends, Wilmington city budget writers are projecting another increase in sales tax revenue in the coming fiscal year. A report from UNCW’s Swain Center in April showed a slowdown in retail sales growth in southeastern North Carolina and statewide last year. For the period measured from February 2013-January 2014–the latest data available at the time–sales increased by 2.1 percent in New Hanover County.

Baseball: UNCW recruit Wesley Rogers taken in fourth round of MLB Draft
Star News
The first player with UNCW ties off the board in the MLB Draft is Spartanburg Methodist center fielder Wesley Rogers. The Seahawk recruit was taken by the Colorado Rockies on Friday in the fourth round, 113th overall.

UNCW's Secrest taken in 10th round of MLB draft
UNCW senior pitcher Kelly Secrest was selected in the 10th round of the Major League Baseball draft on Friday. Secrest, who was picked with the 295th overall pick, becomes the 36th Seahawk during Head Coach Mark Scalf's tenure to be drafted.
Other coverage: The Dispatch and Star News

Cape Fear athletes sign on with college teams
Star News
Ross Robinson, a longtime commit to the UNCW men’s golf program, signed his national letter of intent to join the Seahawks program. Robinson is a five-time all-state and all-conference pick.

School news: Literacy group gets state recognition, local produce comes to cafeterias, seniors earn top honors
Port City Daily
The N.C. Bar Association’s Board of Governors will recognize local enrichment group Lawyers 4 Literacy (L4L) at its upcoming annual state convention. Ashley High School Marine Science Academy senior Griffin Bryn was recently awarded first place in the Marine Science Education Partnership video contest at the N.C. Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores. Bryn is attending the University of North Carolina Wilmington this fall.

Danvers Ritzer scholarship recipients announced
Salem News
Six Danvers High School seniors are the first recipients of the Colleen E. Ritzer Memorial Scholarships, announced during the high school’s senior reception last week. Lang, who plans to go to the University of North Carolina Wilmington for a degree in elementary education, wrote: “Being able to willingly and happily put others’ needs before my own and find joy in it is a skill that I have.”

Six area ballplayers get picked by big league clubs
Port City Daily
UNCW senior left-handedpitcher Kelly Secrestwas one of six players with local ties to be selected during this year’s Major League Baseball amateur draft.

Baseball: Seth Frankoff, Cody Stanley headed to Texas League all-star game
Star News
UNCW will be represented in the Double-A Texas League’s all-star game. Former Seahawks Seth Frankoff and Cody Stanley were selected for the game, set for June 24 in North Little Rock, Ark. Both players were drafted in 2010.

Bookmarks “Taffy” going to Hollywood?
Star News
“Taffy of Torpedo Junction,” an adventure novel beloved by generations of young North Carolinians, moved a small step closer to becoming a film on Tuesday. The University of North Carolina Press announced that author Bland Simpson had acquired the film rights to “Taffy.” A Kenan professor of English and creative writing at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, Simpson is the author of a number of novels, as well as non-fiction volumes about coastal North Carolina.

Dr. Matt Lapierre, UNC Wilmington - Marketing to Kids
The Academic Minute
There's a wide array of kid's products and videos claiming to be educational. Matt Lapierre, assistant professor of communications at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, examines the effectiveness of marketing in spite of the lack of observable results.
Also covered by: Inside Higher Ed

Jellyfish Database Initiative records evolving jellyfish distribution...
Environmental Monitor
The Jellyfish Database Initiative, or JeDI, maps evolving global jellyfish distribution patterns and the environmental factors that shape them. “Up until recently, there’s been a perception of an increase in jellyfish globally,” said Robert Condon, assistant professor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. “This paradigm is based on no scientific evidence at all.”

Doug Polk Speeds His Way Through The Top To Win His First WSOP Bracelet
Five years ago, one University of North Carolina Wilmington freshman made the best move of his life. He decided to drop out of college in order to pursue his dream: to become a professional poker player.

Rafael Aita, Dylan Skinner named CAA Scholar-Athlete winners
Star News
UNCW’s Rafael Aita and Dylan Skinner were honored Wednesday as Colonial Athletic Association Scholar-Athlete Award winners for the spring season. The conference gives the honor to one athlete in each of its 21 sports.

Adams still playing with UNCW teammates in amateur event
Star News
Lori Beth Adams’ NCAA career may have concluded last month, but that didn’t mark the end of competing with her college teammates. The recent UNCW graduate is playing alongside three former Seahawk teammates, and in front of friends and fans, at The Founder’s Club at St. James Plantation in this week’s Women’s Eastern Golf Association Amateur Championship.

Hoops (M): UNCW poised to add former Charlotte F Marcus Bryan
Star News
UNCW appears set to make its first front-court addition under coach Kevin Keatts. Former Charlotte forward Marcus Bryan tweeted Tuesday night that he’ll join the Seahawks.

Local ballplayers using Sharks summer ball to hone skills
Port City Daily
With the traditional academic year wrapped up for college baseball players around the country, many play summer ball in various leagues, including three local products who decided to stay in front of their home crowd to play for the Wilmington Sharks, including Steven Linkous, a UNCW rising junior.

Sharks rally late in comeback win
Port City Daily
UNCW rising junior Steven Linkous went 2-for-5 with an RBI and run scored.

Radio host Phil Furia brings show to UNCW stage
Star News
"The Great American Songbook Live: Wilmington's Hit Parade," a live stage production of Phil Furia's show, will take place at Kenan Auditorium on Saturday. Furia, the chair of the Creative Writing Department at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, will pull out his signature stories to provide insight into the songs performed.

UNCW's Keatts completes basketball staff
Star News
Carr joins Casey Stanley and Takayo Siddle as assistants on UNCW's new staff. Keatts opted to keep Kevin Easley as director of basketball operations.
Also covered by: Beach Carolina Magazine

Hoops (M): UNCW offers Burgaw native Quate McKinzie
Star News
The Seahawks new coaching staff under Kevin Keatts has prioritized recruiting in North Carolina, and Quate McKinzie, a Burgaw native, became the first local player to get an offer from the Seahawks since the change.

Menendez surges to women's amateur victory at St. James
Star News
Finishing in third was Wake Forest graduate Allison Emery, while UNCW graduate Lori Beth Adams ended the tournament in fourth. Each golfer's three-round total was 219 (+3).

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