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December 2017

Message from Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli

Dear Seahawk Community,

As we come to the end of 2017, I am proud to recognize all that UNCW has accomplished this year, thanks to the contributions of our students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends: record enrollment of nearly 16,500; increased private gifts and commitments (up 14 percent), grant awards (up 21 percent) and graduate school enrollment (up 9 percent); and hosting the first-ever Global Marine Science Summit, to name just a few highlights.

The university was recognized for excellence and value by numerous organizations, including U.S. News & World Report, which ranked UNCW 6th among public universities in the south and 14th overall in the south for 2018 (up two places from 2017), and Military Times, which ranked UNCW 1st in North Carolina and 40th nationally among the top four-year colleges for military-affiliated students.

Looking ahead to 2018, we plan to hit the ground running, advancing UNCW’s Strategic Plan by adding new degree options; increasing online enrollment; expanding local, regional and global partnerships; and ramping up campus construction to support the university’s growth. On Jan. 18, we will break ground on our new Allied Health Building that will house new and existing programs to serve health care needs in our region and state.

Finally, I invite you to enjoy a holiday message from our family to yours. I hope the New Year brings you peace, hope, joy and good health.

Go Seahawks!

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Jose V. Sartarelli

(Top photo: David Congdon '78, vice chairman and CEO of Old Dominion Freight Line, delivered remarks at the fall 2017 commencement ceremony for the Cameron School of Business, the College of Health and Human Services and the Watson College of Education.)


Fall commencement 2017 was memorable for more than 2,000 graduating Seahawks and their proud families and friends. UNCW now has more than 80,000 alumni globally. View the slideshow.


The holiday tree at Kenan House was decorated with ornaments made by UNCW's Curriculum Materials Center staff in partnership with the New Hanover County Schools Transition Program for Young Adults, which serves people with special needs. The ornaments, made of recycled material, commemorate UNCW's 70th anniversary.


WCE's Department of Educational Leadership held a reception in honor of its 13 doctoral graduates. On hand to offer congratulations to those in attendance were Chancellor Sartarelli (right), Provost Marilyn Sheerer (first row, left), Associate Provost for Research and Dean of the Graduate School Ron Vetter (second row, left) and WCE Dean Van Dempsey (second row, second from left).

Steve and Louise Coggins

Steve and Louise Coggins, Donors and Friends of UNCW

Kevin Kiser, Angie Vandenberg ’05 and Steve Boul

Kevin Kiser, Angie Vandenberg ’05 and Steve Boul, Lecturers of the Year

Sybil Macgill '17

Sybil Macgill, Nontraditional Student, Class of 2017

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