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NC Court of Appeals Judges Phil Berger Jr. and John Tyson with Chancellor Sartarelli
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Chancellor Sartarelli

June 2018

Message from Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli

Dear Seahawk Community,

UNCW started the month of June by welcoming hundreds of new Seahawks and their families to campus for orientation. We also introduced the UNCW experience to future potential students through exciting academic programs, including STEAM Team and Summer Ventures.

UNCW continued its focus on enhancing services for military students through ongoing participation in the national “Hiring Our Heroes” initiative. The university also announced a new partnership with Wayne Community College designed to ease successful WCC graduates’ transition to UNCW, increasing enrollment opportunities for students from rural areas.

The summer provides many faculty and students with much-needed time for research. Read more about the “imagination driving research” on our campus in the latest edition of UNCW Magazine.

In early June, UNCW announced that Assistant Professor Till Wagner (physics and physical oceanography) is leading a multi-institutional team that received National Science Foundation grants totaling more than $578,000 to study icebergs. Professors Lawrence Cahoon (biological oceanography) and Mark Galizio (psychology) and Associate Professor Bill Bolduc (communication studies) also earned accolades in their fields.

We rounded out the month by announcing UNCW Presents’ 27th season – make plans now to enjoy a year of dynamic and diverse arts and cultural presentations. And don’t forget about the Lumina Festival slated for July 12-29 – celebrate the summer with jazz, opera, theater, poetry, the Hooked on Arts street fair and more events sponsored by UNCW and our community partners.

Go Seahawks!


Jose V. Sartarelli

Top photo: Chancellor Sartarelli (right) hosted a reception at Kenan House in conjunction with the NC Superior Court Judges' Summer Conference in Wilmington. NC Court of Appeals Judges and UNCW alumni Philip Berger Jr. '94 (left) and John Tyson '75 (center) spoke at the reception.

Chancellor and WCC President Thomas Walker Jr. signing agreement

Chancellor Sartarelli and Wayne Community College President Thomas Walker Jr. signed an agreement creating UNCW's first Pathway to Excellence Program. The program guarantees UNCW admission to qualifying WCC students who complete an associate's degree in arts, science or engineering at WCC and provides assistance with the application process. 

 UNCW representatives visit LinkedIn Headquarters as part of a Hiring Our Heroes event

Representatives of UNCW show their Seahawk spirit at LinkedIn headquarters during the summer meeting of Hiring Our Heroes, a national initiative to increase employment opportunities for veterans and military spouses. UNCW plays a key role in the effort. Pictured left to right are Karl Ricanek Jr., computer science professor and director of I3S; Siobhan Norris, military liaison and program manager; Patricia Leonard, vice chancellor for student affairs; Rebecca Christiansen, Career Center associate director for employer development; Ashley Adamovage, military liaison and program manager; and Jess Boersma, associate dean for student success, policy and undergraduate scholarship in the College of Arts and Sciences.   

Chancellor with M.S.A. candidate

Chancellor Sartarelli congratulated UNCW Master of Science in Accountancy candidates at a recognition ceremony in June.

Chancellor Sartarelli speaks at the Summer Ventures opening

After seven years, Summer Ventures returned to UNCW in June, and Chancellor Sartarelli was on hand to welcome the group of rising high school juniors and seniors. The program brings students together in residential settings for four weeks of intensive study on university campuses.

Staff Senate Chair Megan Allred and Chancellor Sartarelli present a $500 scholarship to Ashlee Jensen with

Chancellor Sartarelli and 2017-18 Staff Senate Chair Megan Allred (left) congratulated Ashlee Jensen (right) of the College of Health and Human Services on receiving one of two fall 2018 Staff Senate Scholarships. Jensen, who is enrolled in the Master of Social Work program, and Student Health Center employee Sarah Mylott (not pictured), who is in the B.S.N. program, each received $500 toward their UNCW education.

 Rachel Bodkin-Fox ’16M.P.A.

Rachel Bodkin-Fox ’16M.P.A., Restaurant Founder/Owner

 Eric Irizarry '02, '09M, '14Ed.D.

Eric Irizarry '02 '09M '14Ed.D., Principal, Charlottesville High School

Steven Murphey '84

Steven Murphey '84, Director, NC Division of Marine Fisheries

Justin Borges ’14

Justin Borges ’14, Analyst and Latino Community Chair, Bloomberg L.P.

Alix Theodossiou '17

Alix Theodossiou '17, Registered Nurse, UNC Medical Center

Chase Holfelder ’11

Chase Holfelder ’11, Singer/Songwriter/Music Producer

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