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Chancellor Sartarelli

September/October 2018

Message from Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli

Dear Seahawk Community,

When Hurricane Florence lumbered ashore just five miles from UNCW’s main campus on Sept. 14, its destructive force touched every corner of our community in one way or another. The storm resulted in nearly $140 million in damage to our campus; displaced students, faculty and staff from their homes; caused devastating floods throughout the region; and disrupted life at the university for a month.

Our employees, students, alumni and friends have responded to the challenges at hand with true Seahawk spirit – they have focused on helping each other by setting up hurricane relief funds for students and employees; restoring our campus; and giving back to our community. Our arts departments hosted an evening of visual art, music, dance and theater; and our men’s basketball team faced off against Clemson in an exhibition game to benefit hurricane relief efforts.

Together, we have managed many challenges along the road to recovery, but we have a lot more work ahead of us. Our employees in facilities, student affairs, auxiliary services, academic affairs and faculty leadership responded well under difficult circumstances, and we will continue to take every opportunity to improve our campus for our students and employees. Our faculty and staff have gone above and beyond their already impressive levels of flexibility and compassion to support their students in making up our lost academic time. It has truly been a team effort in every sense.

We will never forget the outpouring of help, compassion and kindness that UNCW has received from students and their families; alumni and donors; local, state and federal leaders; the UNCW Board of Trustees and the UNC Board of Governors; colleagues from universities across the UNC System; and friends from around the state. We would not be where we are today without support from the entire Seahawk community. Thank you.  

Go Seahawks! 


Jose V. Sartarelli

Jim Nicholson, Blake Blanchard, Jason Sahl and Joe Steinbach (left to right), wearing safety gear, pose in front of the Seahawk statue. Blanchard and Steinbach are holding chainsaws.

Storm Riders: Jim Nicholson, Blake Blanchard, Jason Sahl and Joe Steinbach (left to right) volunteered to stay on campus during Hurricane Florence to refuel critical generators and get a head start clearing trees from roads and walkways. They were among the UNCW employees who worked during and after the storm to get the campus ready for the return of students, faculty and staff.

Student body President Cole Tillett '20 (left) presents a resolution to Trustee Carlton Fisher '83 in recognition of the contributions of his late father, Herbert Fisher '53, to UNCW.

At the October Board of Trustees meeting, Student Government Association President Cole Tillett '20 (left) presented a resolution to Trustee Carlton Fisher '83 in recognition of the contributions of his late father, Herbert Fisher '53, to UNCW.

2018 MED Week

During the Cape Fear Region Minority Enterprise Development Week ConferenceChancellor Sartarelli and Chief Diversity Officer Kent Guion (far right) honored Wilma Daniels, founder and CEO of Daniels Development LLC; and Aaron Thomas, president and CEO of Metcon, for their business achievements. Daniels is a current member and past chair of the UNCW Board of Trustees.

NC Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green holds a poetry workshop with Maia Butler's African American Literature class.

North Carolina Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green (right) led a poetry workshop with students in Maia Butler's African American Literature class, whose theme this semester is "Black Women's Literary Tradition." The poet was at UNCW as part of the Dean's Lecture Series in the Humanities.

Chancellor and Mrs. Sartarelli admire artwork at "The Arts of Survival" fundraiser for the UNCW Emergency Relief Funds for students and employees.

Chancellor and Mrs. Sartarelli attended "The Arts of Survival: Emerging from the Storm," an event coordinated by the UNCW arts departments to raise money for the university's hurricane relief funds for students and employees.

 Seahawk fans at the UNCW-Clemson basketball fundraiser give the "Wings Up" sign.

View the slideshow: Seahawk fans gathered in Trask Coliseum to watch UNCW play Clemson in an exhibition game that raised $25,000 each for the Good Shepherd Center and the UNCW Campus Emergency Fund, which is helping students affected by Hurricane Florence.

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Ron Wefing

Ron Wefing, Warehouse and Inventory Manager, Office of Housing and Residence Life

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