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April 2017

Message from Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli

Dear Seahawk Community,

Outstanding opportunities for students, faculty and staff bloomed at UNCW in April. Congratulations to our Fulbright Award recipients, pictured above: College of Arts and Sciences Dean Aswani Volety; German and international studies student Nicholas Sweet ’17; Watson College of Education Associate Dean for Teacher Education and Outreach Ann Potts; chemistry and marine biology student Tiffany Ernst '17 (award announced in March); and WCE part-time faculty member Elizabeth Barber. In other exciting news, Department of Biology and Marine Biology lecturer Jennifer McCall received a $1.47 million federal research grant to further develop a seafood toxin test. 

UNCW’s emphasis on applied learning as a priority in our Strategic Plan was evident as student researchers MaryKathleen Ryan ’17; Amelia Johnson ’17; Jackie Kroeger ’15, ’17M; and Tiffany Keenan-Bateman ’15M, ’20Ph.D. made an impressive showing at the annual 2017 Southeast and Mid-Atlantic Marine Mammal Symposium. Centro Hispano’s Edel Segovia and Chris Montero received a statewide award for student advocacy, and the men’s tennis team continued its winning ways with a fifth CAA title. Way to go, Seahawks!

We announced our new men’s basketball coach C.B. McGrath on April 3, the same day his former team at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill won the national championship. 

Earlier this month, more than 500 attendees participated in the WITX technology conference. In addition, two global business executives, Christine Poon and Richard Pilnik, spoke on campus as part of the Chancellor’s Distinguished Lecture Series. The Student Veterans Organization enhanced UNCW’s ongoing commitment to military-affiliated families by establishing a scholarship for military spouses. WCE honored six education leaders, presenting them with Razor Walker Awards in recognition of their service to children and youth across North Carolina.

On April 29, we will welcome talented high school students to the second annual Chancellor’s High School Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition, which challenges students to explore their entrepreneurial side.

As the academic year comes to an end, we look forward to celebrating commencement with the Class of 2017 on May 5-6, followed by an exciting summer at UNCW, which includes our first-ever Lumina Festival of the Arts, sponsored by UNCW Presents. Come spend some time with us!

Go Seahawks!

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Jose V. Sartarelli

Wilmington Fellows 2017

This year's Wilmington Fellows embodied what it means to "give flight to imagination." They represent the quality and creativity of the UNCW Class of 2017. Wings up!

Razor Walker

The Watson College of Education presented Razor Walker Awards to six outstanding education leaders. Pictured from left to right are WCE Dean Van Dempsey; New Hanover and Pender County District Attorney Ben David; Columbus County Schools Superintendent Alan Faulk; retired educator Emma H. Jackson; community leaders Deloris and Nick Rhodes; former N.C. Superintendent of Public Instruction Mike Ward; and Chancellor Sartarelli.

Shining Stars

UNCW students Ashley Hinds and Julian Morris joined Kathy Sartarelli (third row, second from right) to welcome "Shining Stars" from Snipes Academy of Arts and Design to Kenan House. UNCW students shared their college experiences with the children.


Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo (center), welcomed six scholars from International Islamic University, Islamabad, who are visiting UNCW as part of a $1 million grant from the State Department. The scholars from the English and political science departments have been here since January and will depart in June. From left to right are Ahsan Bashir, Saiyma Aslam, Munawar Ahmad, Mayor Saffo, Amna Mahmood, Nighat Shakur and Manzoor Ahmed.

Sister Cities Saffo

Mayor Saffo (center, back row) also met a group of UNCW's international students and scholars at a reception hosted in their honor by the Sister Cities Association of Wilmington. The group attended a city council meeting as part of the event.  


New men's basketball coach C.B. McGrath jumped into his job and onto the UNCW float with his family in the N.C. Azalea Festival Parade.


Outgoing UNCW Student Body President Dan McCord '17 (center) recommended Edel Segovia and Chris Montero for the 2017 John L. Sanders Student Advocate Award, the highest honor bestowed by the University of North Carolina Association of Student Governments.

International Mentoring Conference

Judy Girard (second from right), co-founder of the Girls Leadership Academy of Wilmington and GLOW Foundation board chair, was the keynote speaker as the Swain Center hosted the International Mentoring Association Conference. Also pictured, from left to far right, are Swain Center Director Laura Lunsford, Chancellor Sartarelli and Molly Nece, talent development manager in UNCW's Office of Human Resources.

Student Ambassadors

Chancellor Sartarelli greeted new UNCW student ambassadors during a reception at the Wise Alumni House.

Midori Albert

Midori Albert, Professor of Biological Anthropology

Gina Bowen

Gina Bowen, Administrative Associate, Business Affairs

Julian Morris ’17

Julian Morris ’17, Business Administration Major

Janine Iamunno

Janine Iamunno, Chief Communications Officer

Laura Rojas ’17

Laura Rojas ’17, Communication Studies Major

Candace Guido ’17, ’12M

Candace Guido ’08, ’12M, Lead Software Developer

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