Monthly Chancellor's Message
UNCW staff members organize food donations in Alderman Hall

Message from Chancellor Aswani K. Volety

Dear UNCW Community: 

Here we are, just days away from the end of the semester, final exams and fall commencement. For me, the excitement of being back at UNCW as the university’s seventh chancellor fueled what feels like a time warp. We have accomplished so much as a campus community so far this semester, and I am grateful to each one of you for your commitment to the UNCW experience. Thank you for being an active and important part of creating and sustaining a university like no other. 

Several standout moments occurred in November, placing UNCW on higher education’s national landscape in meaningful ways. The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) recognized our deep commitment to enhancing campus-to-community connections by designating UNCW an “Innovation & Economic Prosperity University.” The Upperman African American Cultural Center was named the national “Center of the Year” by the Association of Black Culture Centers. UNCW also hosted a special campus event to unveil artwork honoring the Indigenous peoples of southeastern North Carolina. View the slideshow highlighting the celebration. 

Students from the Cameron School of Business teamed up to earn second place nationally in the College Fed Challenge. Atlantis magazine, UNCW’s student magazine of literature and art, took home high honors from the 2022 Fall National College Media Convention. Our men’s basketball team started the season Seahawk strong to capture the Baha Mar Championship. Keep up with all of our athletics teams at

Sadly, we lost a UNCW pioneer, Professor of Creative Writing Philip Gerard, a prolific author who guided a fledgling program’s evolution into a nationally respected department. His ability to see things clearly – whether he was looking back at history or ahead to the future of creative writing – inspired a corps of students and colleagues, including me. He will be missed by the Seahawk family. 

Yours in Seahawk spirit, 

Aswani K. Volety


Above: The annual Faculty & Staff Fall Food Drive brought campus employees together at Alderman Hall to contribute to the Hawk's Harvest Food Pantry. 


University representatives stand before a display case

A trip to India this month by Chancellor Volety and other UNCW representatives served as an opportunity to explore institutional partnerships, meet with partners in student recruitment, strengthen U.S. Department of State relationships and increase UNCW brand awareness in India, specifically around graduate programs. India ranked as the second-highest place of origin for international students in the world in 2021, according to Open Doors. Pictured are M. Sri Bharat (left), President; and Professor Y. Gouthama Rao (far right), Pro-Vice Chancellor, both of GITAM University, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. The others, from UNCW, are (L to R) Dr. Michael Wilhelm, Associate Provost, Global Partnerships and International Education; Hank Miller, Chair, Board of Trustees; Chancellor Volety, and Dr. Robert Burrus, Dean, Cameron School of Business.


Dr. Jess Boersma, Dr. Jeanine Mingé and Dr. Stuart Borrett with award plaque

In recognition of its strong commitment to economic engagement, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) designated UNCW an “Innovation & Economic Prosperity University.” UNCW is one of only 80 higher education institutions nationwide given the designation. Pictured are (L to R) Dr. Jess Boersma, Dr. Jeanine Mingé and Dr. Stuart Borrett. 

Upperman African American Cultural Center

UNCW’s Upperman African American Cultural Center received the “Center of the Year” award from the Association for Black Culture Centers during its annual conference. Upperman also received the “Kummba Innovative Program of the Year” award for its Juneteenth Teach-In, and program coordinator Ashlee Fleming received the “New Professional of the Year” award.

A UNCW student athlete walks at Commencement

UNCW's student-athletes have performed well again in the classroom, according to the NCAA's latest Graduation Success Rate. Figures released by NCAA officials show UNCW's 19 intercollegiate teams achieved a GSR of 88 percent. Numbers are based on the four freshman classes that entered in 2015-16 and graduated by August 31, 2021.

Phillip Gerard

The university is deeply saddened by the death of Professor of Creative Writing Philip Gerard. Gerard was a prolific author and one of the department’s founders and leaders. "It is no exaggeration to say that Philip was at the core of creative writing’s evolution here from the very beginning," said Mark Cox, creative writing department chair. 

Dr. Kate Nooner

Dr. Kate Nooner, chair and professor in the Department of Psychology, has been awarded a $379,503 grant from the National Institutes of Health – National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism to study adolescent binge drinking. The project will examine resilience to teenage binge drinking following childhood stress and adversity. 


UNCW students with SeaGrant leaders

Students showcased their research at the 2022 North Carolina Coastal Conference presented by North Carolina Sea Grant. The conference enabled students to engage with others committed to supporting coastal ecosystems and economies. UNCW graduate students, including Elizabeth Farquhar (fourth from left), Kaitlyn Hudson, Lindsey Stevenson and Emily Corbitt, swept the poster awards.

David S. Congdon Hall

The Congdon School of Supply Chain, Business Analytics, and Information Systems, housed in the Cameron School of Business, is prepared to train students to solve supply chain challenges by launching an online, 30-credit-hour master's program in supply chain management, tentatively beginning fall 2023.

Jessica Clark stands with her artwork displayed on easels

Commemorative artwork honoring Indigenous peoples of southeastern North Carolina was unveiled on Nov. 3 during a special ceremony on UNCW's campus. Artist Jessica Clark (above), a member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina, was commissioned to create the piece. The unveiling was preceded by an afternoon of performances highlighting Indigenous culture.

UNCW students and professors

A team of UNCW students placed second in the 19th annual College Fed Challenge. The team finished between Ivy League schools Princeton University (first place) and Dartmouth College (third place) after competing against 84 schools from across the country. Pictured are team members (front row L to R) Juliette Girardin, Katie Davidson, Sinead O’Duffy, (middle row) Luke Felton, Silvio Kellermann, Adam Ragan, (back row) Dr. Daniel Soques and Dr. Adam Jones. Congratulations!

Graphic with UNCW Magazine Fall 2022 cover and text: Check out the NEW issue of UNCW Magazine

Learn more about UNCW's seventh chancellor, Dr. Aswani K. Volety, in the Fall 2022 issue of UNCW Magazine. Also: discover alumni-owned businesses, learn how the Coastal ROOTS initiative jump-starts new Seahawks' college experience, find out how one UNCW graduate blended science with fiction to bring a creature to life on the big screen, and more!

Latest News

Featured Seahawks

Brienna Rafferty

Brienna Rafferty '23: Mathematics Major, Asian Student Association President


Jessie Robertson

Jessie Robertson '23: Studio Art and Digital Art Major


Tishera Owens

Tishera Owens '24: Psychology Major, Black Student Union President


Rankings badge
UNCW Strategic Plan logo
Give Today logo

OFFICE OF THE CHANCELLOR | UNC Wilmington | 601 S. College Road, Wilmington, NC 28403 | 910.962.3000