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Chancellor Sartarelli

July 2017

Message from Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli

Dear Seahawk Community,

In less than two weeks, the UNCW campus will be abuzz with activity for Move-In and the 2017-18 academic year. New for 2017-18 are two fully online master’s degree programs in the Cameron School of Business: a one-year program in finance and investment management; and a professional science program in business analytics.

UNCW was just featured once again in the Fiske Guide to Colleges, which features the “best and most interesting” schools. Thank you to the more than 10,000 donors whose generous support for UNCW added up to a record $17.2 million in the 2016-17 fiscal year. Their contributions will help countless Seahawks take flight.

Several UNCW faculty members received grants or other recognition in July, including John Morrison, who was awarded a $2.4 million grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to launch a small but mighty satellite to monitor ocean changes from space. Ann Stapleton (top photo), was awarded a $490,000 U.S. Department of Agriculture Grant to develop a software application to better predict which crop varieties will thrive in challenging environments.

The UNCW Board of Trustees welcomed new members H. Carlton Fisher '83 and Robert S. Rippy, re-elected Wilma Daniels as chair and Ronnie McNeill as vice chair and elected Dennis Burgard as secretary. And congratulations to new Staff Senate Chair Megan Allred and Chair-Elect Jordan Calfee as they begin their terms.

As we prepare to mark UNCW’s 70th anniversary, we look to the future with a continued commitment to the core values in the Strategic Plan: excellence, student focus, diversity, integrity, innovation and community engagement.

Go Seahawks!

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Jose V. Sartarelli


Chancellor Sartarelli met with high school students from Centro Educativo Latinoamericana (CEL) of Rosario, Argentina, and from various cities in Russia who visited UNCW as part of the Summer English Academy (SEA) to help international students perfect their English-speaking skills. The students attended classes and participated in other activities.


The UNCW Board of Trustees got a look at the newest dining and study space for students, The Hub, which opens its doors Aug. 12 during Move-In weekend.


Representatives from the UNCW Office of Diversity and Inclusion, University Police Department, Student Government Association and UNCW Athletics cooked with more than a dozen residents of LINC, a program that helps people restart their lives after prison, in a contest inspired by the Food Network show Chopped. In the photo above, SGA President Ottillie Mensah ’19 (center) prepares to present the judges -- LINC staff -- with plates of quesadillas.


Chancellor Sartarelli welcomed students and advisors from Fudan University in Shanghai, China, who will be on campus through Aug. 4 as UNCW hosts the American Culture Program. The program showcases local and regional culture, history, sports and natural environments. UNCW has an ongoing relationship with Fudan University.

New BOT members

Chief District Court Judge J.H. Corpening II (left) administered the oath of office to the newest members of the UNCW Board of Trustees: H. Carlton Fisher '83 (center) and Robert S. Rippy. Both trustees are active longtime members of the UNCW community. Fisher previously served as a UNCW trustee from 2011-15.


UNCW and Opera Wilmington presented Georges Bizet's Carmen at the Lumina Festival of the Arts. The performance included a number of children who took part in Opera Wilmington's Carmen Chorus Camp, held in partnership with UNCW.

Melanie Bachmeyer

Melanie Bachmeyer, Associate Professor of Psychology

John Morrison

John Morrison, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Grant Recipient

Jacquelyn Lee

Jacquelyn Lee, Engaged Faculty Scholar, NC Campus Compact

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