Office of the Chancellor

Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli

May 31, 2018

Dear Seahawk Community,

UNCW marked the end of its 70th anniversary year with joyous commencement celebrations for the Class of 2018 and a heartfelt goodbye to a generous and dedicated Seahawk, the late Herbert T. Fisher ’53. With more than 2,600 graduates in the Class of 2018, we hosted five commencement ceremonies for the first time in UNCW history. UNC President Margaret Spellings joined us on campus to present an honorary doctorate to Hannah Dawson Gage, a Wilmington business leader and higher education advocate who formerly served as chair of the UNC Board of Governors.

The BOG approved a new Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies for UNCW students. The university also received approval for $6.9 million in pre-planning funds to support development of a new student residential complex

College of Arts and Sciences Dean Aswani Volety was tapped to participate in the Millennium Leadership Initiative Institute. Biology and Marine Biology Professor Joe Pawlik and Boston Dang ’18 won the national “Ocean 180 Video Challenge” for Coral Reef Rescue: Save the Parrotfishes! UNCW’s literary magazine, Ecotone, is a finalist for a Community of Literary Magazines and Presses Firecracker Award.

Four faculty members – Larry Usilton, Walter Conser, Chris Fonvielle and Earl Sheridan – were presented with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine Award, the highest honor a North Carolina governor can bestow, for their significant contributions to the state and our community. Robin Smith ’18 earned the university’s Hoggard Medal for Achievement, named for John T. Hoggard, a founder and former President of Wilmington College.

Five student-athletes from UNCW’s two-time Colonial Athletic Association men’s tennis championship team earned All-CAA honors and Coach Matt DuBois was selected as CAA Coach of the Year for the second straight year; he’s earned the honor six times overall. Men’s golf Coach Daniel Bowden was also named CAA Coach of the Year, and two Seahawk golfers earned first-team All-CAA honors. UNCW’s baseball team won the CAA Championship for the fifth time in program history. Way to go, Seahawks! 

Congratulations to these students, faculty and staff for highlighting the commitment to excellence that has inspired generations of Seahawks to pursue their dreams and give back to their communities.

Go Seahawks!

Jose V. Sartarelli

Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli
University of North Carolina Wilmington
601 South College Road
Wilmington, NC 28403-5931
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