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April 2018

Message from Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli

Dear Seahawk Community,

The spring semester continues to serve as a showcase for excellence at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. In 2017-18, 10 UNCW students received Gilman Scholarships, four students received NOAA/Hollings Scholarships and one student earned a Fulbright Award. Clinical Research Professor Susan Sinclair received the UNC Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching. We also welcomed Miles Lackey to campus as the new Vice Chancellor for Business Affairs.

In April, the university highlighted its strategic focus on community engagement in many ways. The College of Health and Human Services hosted the largest Health Week in its history. The Office of Military Affairs developed the first university subchapter of the Braxton Bragg Chapter of the Association of the United States Army in North Carolina, and the Office of the Arts announced an exciting lineup for this summer’s Lumina Festival of the Arts.

The university’s first-year student abroad program at Maynooth University in Ireland was in the spotlight thanks to an award-winning Communication Studies production. And our Seahawk family really came through for our students and programs during UNCW’s annual Give More in 24 challenge. Thank you, alumni, parents, faculty, staff, donors and friends.

Finally, congratulations to the men’s golf team for winning the Seahawks’ first Colonial Athletic Association championship since 2013, and the men’s tennis team for capturing back-to-back CAA championships in 2017 and 2018.

Go Seahawks!

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Jose V. Sartarelli

Pictured above: Chancellor and Mrs. Sartarelli represented UNCW in the N.C. Azalea Festival Parade, along with UNCW dancers and cheerleaders and Sammy C. Hawk.


Faculty members and retirees at the spring faculty meeting congratulated UNCW Clinical Research Professor Susan Sinclair upon learning that she received the 2018 UNC Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching.


Chancellor Sartarelli deeply appreciated the many good wishes he received while he was recovering from heart bypass surgery.


The Watson College of Education presented the 2018 Razor Walker Awards to four people in honor of their dedicated service to education and youth. Pictured from left to right: WCE Dean Van Dempsey; recipients Cathy Barlow, Wayne Lofton, Donna McAdams, accepting on behalf of her late husband, James McAdams, and state Sen. Ralph Hise of Spruce Pine, NC; Provost Marilyn Sheerer; and Chancellor Sartarelli.


Stefano Dongowski (center) and Max Stoumen (right) of Isaac Bear Early College High School won first place in the business concepts category of the Chancellor's High School Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition. West Columbus High School took first place in the nonprofit category.


UNCW became the first university subchapter of the Braxton Bragg Chapter of the Association of the United States Army in North Carolina as five executive officers were sworn in by retired Gen. Carter Ham (left), president and CEO of AUSA. The new officers are: (from second left to right) Jess Boersma, president; Rob Campbell, vice president; Scot Kelly, secretary; Siobhan Norris, military liaison; and John Scherer, legal advisor.

Seahawk Preview Day

Sammy loves having his photo taken with prospective UNCW students like those who attended Seahawk Preview Day.


Carlton Fisher '83 (left) was among UNCW Board of Trustees members who talked with undergraduate researchers about their projects at the CSURF Showcase of Student Research and Creativity while the BOT was on campus for its quarterly meeting.


The Watson College of Education hosted the ROCAME (Region "O" Council for the Advancement of Minorities in Engineering) Regional Jamboree.


Matthew Miller, deputy assistant secretary for policy of the U.S. Department of Labor's Veterans' Employment and Training Service visited the UNCW campus and talked with student veteran leaders at Alderman Hall.


Mrs. Sartarelli welcomed Snipes Academy of Arts and Design "Shining Stars" to breakfast at Kenan House, where the children talked with student mentors affiliated with the Upperman African American Cultural Center.

Jessica Aiken '18,

Jessica Aiken '18, Fulbright Recipient and Honors College Student

Theodore Burgh

Theodore Burgh, Associate Professor of Religion

Rachel Patrick

Rachel Patrick, LEED AP, Director of Architectural and Construction Services

Dean Heath ’06, ’14M

Dean Heath ’06, ’14M, Recruitment Specialist, Watson College of Education

Daniella Murray '15M

Daniella Murray '15M, Executive Assistant to the Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

Andy Herrmann '12M,

Andy Herrmann '12M, Information Systems Officer, Dept. of State at the U.S. Embassy, Indonesia

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