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Chancellor (center, in hard hat) stands among a group of UNCW student-athletes in identical blue shirts and hard hats in front of a Habitat for Humanity House under construction.
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Chancellor Sartarelli

April 2019

Message from Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli

Dear Seahawk Community,

With notable accomplishments, UNCW faculty, students and staff are wrapping up a pivotal year in the life of the university. The UNC Board of Governors selected Herbert Berg, a professor in the departments of International Studies and Philosophy and Religion, for an Excellence in Teaching award. Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Pat Leonard received the William C. Friday Lifetime Achievement Award, a well-deserved and prestigious honor named for the first and longest-serving president of the consolidated UNC System.

UNCW is making great progress on $400 million in campus construction projects. We held the topping off ceremony at Veterans Hall this month, and renovation of Dobo Hall, our main science building, continues. Despite challenges caused by Hurricane Florence, UNCW’s biology, marine biology, chemistry and biochemistry research is thriving. Research professor Steve W. Ross set a NOAA record for authoring peer-reviewed journal articles. A new sea squirt’s scientific name, P. lopezlegentilae, honors associate professor Susanna López-Legentil. Aswani Volety, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, was appointed director of the largest chapter of The World Oyster Society.

The university’s strategic priorities include supporting a culture of innovation on campus and in our community. In April, the Watson College of Education and the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship collaborated with the Brian Hamilton Foundation to launch a youth entrepreneurship initiative at D.C. Virgo Preparatory Academy. The Cameron School of Business brought innovators, entrepreneurs and IT security experts to campus for WITX, and the School of Social Work’s director, professor Stacey R. Kolomer, won the College of Health and Human Services’ first-ever “Kickbox” competition.

From regional research presentations and academic scholarship awards for Holocaust research to Colonial Athletic Association championships in men’s golf and women’s golf, our students scored many opportunities to expand their knowledge and celebrate their teamwork. Eleven student-athletes earned recognition as Arthur Ashe Jr. Scholars.

As you make plans for the summer, I encourage you to come to campus for this year’s Lumina Festival of the Arts. Nearly 30 events plus the “Hooked on Arts” street fair are planned. Tickets to most Lumina Festival events are free or available at reduced prices.

Go Seahawks!


Jose V. Sartarelli

(Top photo: More than 40 UNCW student-athletes and athletics staff members volunteered to help build two houses for Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity. The project was part of a partnership that also involved the NCAA, which pledged a five-year, $2.5 million donation to Habitat. UNCW was the first university to participate in the national collaboration. Photo courtesy of UNCW Athletics.) 

Left to right: Bill Kawczynski, Aswani Voleti, Chancellor Sartarelli and Charlie Hardy stand inside the structure of Veterans Hall overlooking McNeill Hall and the Teaching Lab.
(Left to right) Military Affairs Director Bill Kawczynski, CAS Dean Aswani Volety, Chancellor Sartarelli and CHHS Dean Charles Hardy got an up-close look at the progress being made on Veterans Hall as part of the topping off ceremony, when the final steel beam was welded into place.

Donald Godwin gestures at the podium as he speaks.
Donald E. Godwin '69, recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award, addressed a UNCW audience in April as part of the Chancellor's Distinguished Lecture Series.

Chancellor shakes hands with Seahawk parent
The chancellor greeted admitted students and their parents in Trask Coliseum during Seahawk Preview Day.

From left to right: Dara Arroyo, SGA Director of Diversity and Inclusion; Latisha Rivera, Student Ambassador; Cole Tillet, SGA President; Chancellor José V. Sartarelli; SGA Treasurer Sean Clark.
Chancellor Sartarelli and other campus leaders reaffirmed the Seahawk Respect Compact, which represents UNCW's commitment to an open, respectful learning and working environment. Pictured with the chancellor (left to right): Dara Arroyo, SGA director of diversity and inclusion; Latisha Rivera, student ambassador; Cole Tillett, SGA president; and Sean Clark, SGA treasurer.

Chancellor Sartarelli, Richelle Dombroski, Jerry Jackson, Boo Tyson, Martha Tyson and Van Dempsey
The Watson College of Education presented the 2019 Razor Walker Awards to three people who made a difference in the lives of children and teenagers. Standing with Chancellor Sartarelli are (left to right) recipients Richelle Bragg Dombroski and Jerry L. Jackson; Boo Tyson and Martha Tyson, who accepted the award on behalf of Martha's late husband, the Rev. Vernon C. Tyson; and WCE Dean Van Dempsey.

Wilma Daniels, holding pencil, looks on as Ronnie McNeill talks.
Former Board of Trustees Chair Wilma W. Daniels and current Chair Ronald B. McNeill will rotate off the BOT after their terms expire this summer. Daniels has served on the board since 2008, McNeill since 2011.

Kat Pohlman, Chancellor Sartarelli and Roger Shew in a stand of pine trees
Chancellor Sartarelli, Chief Sustainability Officer Kat Pohlman and senior lecturer Roger Shew of the Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences stand among mature longleaf pines and saplings near Friday Hall. During Earth Week, the chancellor announced the creation of the Natural Areas Stewardship Committee, which will advise campus leaders on how best to protect UNCW's natural areas.

Sammy C. Hawk stands on the UNCW float, surrounded by UNCW students and Paws4People dogs on the ground below.
Seahawk Spirit was on display at the NC Azalea Festival. Pictured with Sammy C. Hawk are the dance team and students (both two-legged and four-legged) in the Service Dog Training Program.

James DeVita

James DeVita, Associate Professor, Department of Educational Leadership

Tiffany Tucker

Tiffany Tucker, Senior Associate Athletics Director/Senior Woman Administrator

Eddie Stuart '05M

Eddie Stuart '05M, Vice Chancellor for University Advancement

Alexis Raeana Jones ’19

Alexis Raeana Jones ’19, Environmental Science Major

Charles Ozuna

Charles Ozuna, Career Development Counselor, UNCW Career Center

Amy Mangus

Amy Mangus, Marketing and Communications Coordinator, College of Health and Human Services

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