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Chancellor Sartarelli

February 2019

Message from Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli

Dear Seahawk Community,

UNCW’s trajectory of success continued in February as we hosted Homecoming 2019, a celebration enjoyed by generations of Seahawks, and held a groundbreaking ceremony (photo above) for a new student housing village, a $147 million investment that will support and enhance students’ on-campus experiences for years to come. We also highlighted UNCW’s commitment to sustainability at a celebration for Dub’s Café, a campus dining facility named the first 3 Star Certified Green Restaurant® in the City of Wilmington.  

UNCW faculty and staff continued to merit prestigious awards and board appointments for their leadership and expertise. Professor of Music Daniel Johnson (College of Arts and Sciences) received a Fulbright Award to research and teach integrated arts education in Salzburg, Austria. Carmen Sidbury, director of UNCW’s Center for Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (Watson College of Education), was named an honorary chair for Million Women Mentors – North Carolina. Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Pat Leonard was appointed to the North Carolina State Health Coordinating Council. During the Researchers’ Recognition Reception, the university honored several faculty members from departments across campus for their research endeavors and highlighted a 36 percent increase in new grants in FY 2018. 

Film Studies graduate Shaofu Zhang ’06, founder of TAIKO Studios, earned international recognition in the film industry with an Oscar nomination in the Short Film (Animated) category for One Small Step. 

In Seahawk sports, the 2019 baseball season marks the end of an era for longtime head coach Mark Scalf ’80, who has announced plans to retire when the season ends. The women’s basketball team made the most of their homecourt advantage in game after game at Trask Coliseum. Our swimming and diving teams closed out their season placing third (men) and fifth (women) at the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Championship meet.

Go Seahawks! 


Jose V. Sartarelli

Left to right: Chancellor Sartarelli, Provost Sheerer, Ann Pabst (holding Seahawk statuette), Bill McLellan (holding Seahawk statuette) and Panda Powell.
Ann Pabst (center), professor of biology and marine biology, and Bill McLellan (second from right), research associate and state coordinator of the Marine Mammal Stranding Program, are the newest inductees into UNCW's Ten Million Dollar Club. They were among faculty and staff honored at the Researchers’ Recognition Reception. Welcoming the new members were Chancellor Sartarelli, Provost Marilyn Sheerer (second from left) and Panda Powell (right), director of Sponsored Programs and Research Compliance (SPARC).

Alumni pose with Sammy C. Hawk at Tealgate
WATCH: Homecoming 2019 brought alumni back to campus and was packed full of activities celebrating the Seahawk spirit. Relive some of the highlights, as pictured in this slideshow.

Chancellor (center) with Karl Ricanek Jr. and Midori Albert
Chancellor Sartarelli and the UNCW Board of Trustees celebrated the university's elevation to "Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity" in the latest Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education at a reception at Kenan House. Pictured with the chancellor are computer science professor and Lapetus co-founder Karl Ricanek Jr. and Midori Albert, professor of anthropology.

International faculty display colorful dress and national flags outside Kenan House.
Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program fellows enjoyed a reception at Kenan House welcoming them to UNCW. 

Chancellor Sartarelli addressing a group of education leaders.
Chancellor Sartarelli addressed a group of community college leaders from southeastern North Carolina to learn about UNCW's transfer options for students with associate's degrees.

Marcia Garcia (left) holds gift from Provost Marilyn Sheerer (right).
Public higher education advocate Mildred García (left, with Provost Sheerer), president of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, presented “First Generation Student From the Presidency and Beyond” as part of the 2018-19 Chancellor’s Distinguished Lecture Series.

Donor and a student talk while seated at a table during the dinner.
UNCW scholarship recipients and benefactors had the opportunity to get to know one another at the Scholarship Donor Appreciation Dinner.

Individual photos of Lindsay Harkey '09; Donald E. Godwin '69; and Janine Bilodeau Powell '88
One of the highlights of Homecoming Weekend is to recognize UNCW alumni for outstanding contributions to the university or their community. This year's honorees (above) are part of UNCW's legacy of achievement and service.

Elham Ebrahimi

Elham Ebrahimi, Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science

Herbert Berg

Herbert Berg, Professor, International Studies; Philosophy and Religion

Michelle Britt '00, '03M

WATCH: Michelle Britt '00, '03M, Lecturer, Department of English

Patty Fox

Patty Fox, Grant Specialist

Jonathan "Jay" Richardson '20

Jonathan "Jay" Richardson '20, U.S. Marine Veteran and Cybersecurity Minor

Audrey Alderman ’19

Audrey Alderman ’19, Biology Major

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