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Chancellor Sartarelli (right) with major donor David S. Congdon (center) and Vice Chancellor for University Advancement Eddie Stuartin the Wise Alumni House
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Chancellor Sartarelli

December 2018

Message from Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli

Dear Seahawk Community,

Commencement is always a celebration at UNCW, but our December ceremonies took on a deeper level of meaning in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. This has been a year of tremendous challenges and great achievements on our campus and in our community, and I am immensely proud of everyone, on and off campus, who had a role to play in helping us graduate the Class of 2018.

Three other milestones also made the end of 2018 very special for UNCW. The university's efforts to advance research and scholarly activities have earned UNCW the elevated designation of “Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity” institution, according to the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The university also received the largest gift in its history: $10 million from David Congdon ’78 and his wife, Helen, to establish the “David S. Congdon School of Supply Chain, Business Analytics and Information Systems” within the Cameron School of Business. The gift will be transformative for scholarships, professorships and other program support. At the beginning of the month, SeaHawk-1, a nanosatellite developed by a team led by Professor John M. Morrison, was launched. Now I really can say that UNCW is out of this world!

Looking ahead to 2019, we plan to continue focusing on the university’s recovery from Hurricane Florence, including renovation of Dobo Hall; installation of temporary research labs and faculty offices; and development of new student housing. We are eagerly looking at new programs – more than 10 new degrees have been approved since 2015 – and we are creating new “Pathway to Excellence” partnerships with community colleges across the state to help even more students pursue their educational goals at UNCW.

In closing, I invite you to enjoy a special holiday message from our family to yours. I hope the New Year brings you peace, happiness and good health.

Go Seahawks! 


Jose V. Sartarelli

Top photo: David Congdon '78 (center) with Chancellor Sartarelli and Vice Chancellor for University Advancement Eddie Stuart.

 Male graduate with hand on heart smiles as he walks back to his seat

Relive memorable moments from fall commencement and share the excitement of UNCW's newest alumni by viewing this slideshow

SpaceX rocket taking off from launch pad

SeaHawk-1, a nanosatellite developed by a team led by John M. Morrison, professor of physics and physical oceanography, was launched into space from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. The satellite will relay high-resolution images depicting changes in the surface biology of the ocean. (Photo courtesy of SpaceX)

Chancellor Sartarelli and international students display flag of Spain

Chancellor Sartarelli congratulated international students who graduated from UNCW in December. Here, he helps students from Spain display their national flag.

UNC Board of Governors Chair Harry L. Smith addresses UNCW senior leadership and faculty representatives

University of North Carolina Board of Governors Chairman Harry L. Smith Jr. (above) joined UNCW senior leadership and faculty representatives for a luncheon in the Madeline Suite.

WCE doctoral candidates in front of staircase in the Watson College of Education

The Watson College of Education's December 2018 doctoral candidates were honored at a pre-commencement reception in the Education Building.

Amy Moody

Amy Moody, Associate Professor, Early Childhood and Special Education

Eman Ghoneim

Eman Ghoneim, Recipient of the Board of Trustees Teaching Excellence Award

River Bondurant '18

River Bondurant, December 2018 Graduate

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