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Till Wagner and his team stand on an ice sheet looking over Arctic waters, where they spotted a pod of beluga whales.
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Chancellor Sartarelli

June 2019

Message from Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli

Dear Seahawk Community,

The month of June has brought both change and opportunity to our Seahawk community. We celebrated the success of polar physicist Till Wagner’s Arctic expedition (above); launched a special Learn-to-Swim Program; planted rain gardens to support regional sustainability efforts; and celebrated a state grant Randall Library received to create a mobile digital makerspace.

We also welcomed a familiar face to a new role: Christopher Finelli, professor of marine biology and interim chair of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, has been named Dean of the Graduate School. We also must bid a fond farewell to another colleague, as College of Arts and Sciences Dean Aswani Volety prepares to depart UNCW to become Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at Elon University.

Congratulations to associate professor Ann Stapleton, who is serving at the National Science Foundation; graduate student Kyle Woodward, who earned a NASA research fellowship; and women’s basketball coach Karen Barefoot, who will be inducted into another athletic hall of fame in the fall.

The first summer session has wrapped up on campus, and classes for the second session begin July 1. Our summer youth programs are off to a great start, and we launched our affordable Seahawk FAM summer activities. Check out the schedule here

Go Seahawks!


Jose V. Sartarelli

(Top photo: Till Wagner led an expedition to the Arctic to study the role of spring sea ice melt in the survival of species that depend on the ocean for life.) 

Chancellor (right) and NC Community College President Peter Hans (left) stand in front of a John Deere tractor outside the State Farmer's Market restaurant.
Chancellor Sartarelli and Peter Hans (left), president of the North Carolina Community College System, took time out from discussing partnerships between UNCW and the state's community colleges to have a photo taken in front of a classic John Deere tractor outside the State Farmer's Market Restaurant in Raleigh.

Kyle Woodward (left) and Narcisa Pricope (right), on a boat in southern Africa, with elephants wading in the background.
Graduate student Kyle Woodward (left) traveled to southern Africa to map areas of vegetation as part of his thesis and to support research by his supervisor, UNCW associate professor of geography Narcisa Pricope (right). He received an $8,000 NASA Graduate Research Fellowship to complete his work.

UNCW volunteers help frame a house or other building.
The Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion helped LINC (Leading Into New Communities) rebuild a structure that was destroyed by Hurricane Florence. LINC provides transitional services for formerly incarcerated residents and works with local youth.

Chancellor, holding baseball, talks with UNCW catcher Zachary Bridges after tossing out the first pitch at the Sharks baseball game at Brooks Field..
Chancellor Sartarelli (shaking hands with UNCW catcher and Wilmington Sharks player Zachary Bridges) threw the first pitch at the Sharks game June 10. The game was a UNCW Faculty and Staff Appreciation Outing.

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