Monthly Chancellor's Message
District Court Judge Kent Harrell (left) administers the oath of office to new UNCW Board of Trustees memberJimmy Tate (right, with hand raised ) on Thursday, April 29. Tate was appointed to replace Michael Lee, who was elected to the North Carolina State Senate.

April 2021

Message from Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli

Dear Seahawk Community,

The new growth of spring, highlighted by the stunning beauty of the azaleas blooming across our campus, brought with it renewed opportunities to celebrate the excellence of the UNCW experience. In April, the university became one of only five colleges and universities nationwide to be named a 2021 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Postsecondary Sustainability Awardee. D.C. Virgo, a year-round K-8 school operated by UNCW, and Wrightsville Beach Elementary, a community partner, also are among 27 U.S. schools recognized this year.  

We all know that 2020-21 has been a challenging year, offering us a recurring mixture of hardship and hope. UNCW’s faculty and staff skillfully juggled those dynamics, and the Student Government Association stepped up to recognize them by passing a resolution to acknowledge their dedication during the pandemic.  

Professor Eman Ghoneim from the Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences (College of Arts and Sciences) received a 2021 Award for Teaching Excellence from the UNC Board of Governors. Associate Vice Chancellor for International Programs Michael Wilhelm has been awarded a Fulbright for an International Education Administrators Seminar in Taiwan. His goals when he travels there next spring will include expanding UNCW’s global footprint in Asia. 

Seniors Benjamin Williams and Paige Lundberg, both undergraduates in the College of Health and Human Services, earned prestigious honors in their fields. Prestigious donor-funded scholarships enable UNCW to compete for standout students and position them to take full advantage of all the experiences the university has to offer. As part of Like No Other: The Campaign for UNCW, the university recently announced a new $1 million gift commitment to establish its fifth distinguished merit scholarship. The campaign also received a surge of support during Seahawks Give. More than 1,800 Seahawks participated, and their generosity inspired me to make a challenge gift, which was met. Many thanks to our donors for making our giving day a resounding success. 

Sports teams from around the country have been enjoying our Seahawk hospitality this week as UNCW hosts five early round games in the NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Soccer Championship. Congratulations to our men’s tennis team for earning the #1 seed for the CAA Tournament for the eighth time in team history. 

Go Seahawks!

Jose V. Sartarelli

Chancellor

Top photo: Superior Court Judge Kent Harrell administers the oath of office to new UNCW Board of Trustees member Jimmy Tate (right) on Thursday, April 29. Tate was appointed to replace Michael Lee, who was elected to the North Carolina State Senate.

SPOTLIGHT

Chancellor Sartarelli, in mask and holding box with a medallion, stands next to retired Lt. Gen. Walter Gaskin, who serves as secretary of the NC Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.

Chancellor Sartarelli welcomed Lt. Gen. Walter Gaskin, secretary of the NC Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, for a tour of Veterans Hall, which houses CAS and CHHS programs as well as the university's Office of Military Affairs. Gaskin presented the chancellor with the Secretary's Coin.

WATCH: Three students discuss their Seahawk experience and what it meant to them to receive scholarships, which are made possible by the generosity of UNCW donors.

Red dresses hang from trees near Randall Library.

Dresses hanging from trees near Randall Library are part of MMIWG: The Red Dress Exhibit, which runs through May 6. The exhibit is meant to draw attention to violence against Indigenous women and girls; the dresses symbolize those who are no longer among us.

Alcami scientist Todd Doroski 'XX, in front of a screen with a map of the world listing regulatory bodies, delivers a guest lecture to Robert Williamson's Pharmaceutical Analysis class.

UNCW alumnus and Alcami scientist Todd Doroski '09, '11M (above) was a guest lecturer for Thomas Williamson's Pharmaceutical Analysis class in Veterans Hall. Williamson, who taught Doroski, is the Yousry Sayed Distinguished Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

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