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Chancellor Sartarelli (left), Governor Roy Cooper (center) and UNCW Board of Trustees Chair Ronnie McNeill (right).
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Chancellor Sartarelli

March 2019

Message from Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli

Dear Seahawk Community, 

In March, UNCW welcomed both Gov. Roy Cooper (photo above) and Dr. William L. Roper, interim president of the UNC System, to campus. These state leaders were impressed by the commitment to excellence that our campus community has made, and they are eager to see the university continue its recovery from Hurricane Florence. We have made great strides, but there is still more work to be done to help all of our people and programs continue to soar.

UNCW is springing forward on plans to enhance and expand our campus. We opened the Administrative Annex, a 34,000-square-foot space on MacMillan Avenue, completed a new parking lot near the annex, finished many hurricane-related repairs over spring break, and continued construction on Veterans Hall and the Student Housing Village. Next month, we will begin work on a new Applied Research Learning Facility and additional modular lab units, designed to support academic areas affected by the damage Dobo Hall received during Hurricane Florence. Visit uncw.edu/campusconstruction for more information. 

This month brought many accolades to UNCW faculty, students and staff, including psychology professors Raymond Pitts and Christine Hughes, who received a $446,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health to conduct opioid research. Fulbright Research and Teaching Award recipient Narcisa Pricope, associate professor of geography, was named the first recipient of the Distinguished Emerging African Scholar Award by the American Association of Geographers. Amanda Ceroli ’19 also received a Fulbright Research Grant to pursue a graduate degree at the University of Southampton next fall. Jay Richardson '20 was awarded a Google Student Veterans of America Scholarship, one of only eight recipients nationally. Melinda Anderson, associate dean of undergraduate studies and director of University College, has been elected to the board of directors for a global community for academic advising professionals. Professor John Morrison shared the first ocean color image captured by Seahawk-1, the nanosatellite UNCW launched in December 2018 in partnership with NASA, ACC-Clyde, Cloudland Instruments and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

As these Seahawks' accomplishments clearly demonstrate, UNCW's dedication to academic scholarship, community service and student success is inspiring great results. See UNCW's Strategic Plan to learn more about the mission, vision and values that are guiding our growth.

Go Seahawks!


Jose V. Sartarelli

(Top photo, left to right: Chancellor Sartarelli, Gov. Roy Cooper and UNCW Board of Trustees Chair Ronald B. McNeill.)

SGA President Cole Tillett(left), William Roper (second from left) two other student leaders and Chancellor Sartarell (right).m UNC System President William RoperChancellor Sartarelli (right) and interim UNC System President William Roper (right) on top of the Hub overlooking the site of new student housing
Interim UNC System President William Roper (second from left) visited UNCW to get an update on hurricane recovery efforts and to meet with student leaders (above), as well as faculty and staff.

Chancellor and Dan Gerlach with student scholarship recipients.
Recipients of Golden LEAF scholarships met with Chancellor Sartarelli and Dan Gerlach, president of the Golden LEAF Foundation. Eligibility requirements include being a resident of a rural county that is economically distressed or has historically been dependent on tobacco production.

Anthony Clarke and Chancellor Sartarelli shake hands in front of Southeastern Community College backdrop..
Chancellor Sartarelli and Southeastern Community College President Anthony Clarke (left) signed a Pathways to Excellence agreement, UNCW's 22nd partnership with a North Carolina community college. The agreement provides a path to guaranteed admission to UNCW for community college graduates.

Derreck Kayongo gestures as he speaks during Business Week.
Derreck Kayongo, who went from Ugandan refugee to successful entrepreneur and human rights activist, spoke at UNCW as part of the Leadership Lecture Series and Business Week activities. Kayongo founded the Global Soap Project, which recycles used hotel soap and redistributes it to impoverished populations around the world.

Chancellor Sartarelli (center) talks with attendees of the Graduate School Open House.
Chancellor Sartarelli attended the Graduate School Open House, which showcased the many UNCW programs available to students seeking advanced degrees.

Police officer/coach huddles with youth basketball players.
Trask Coliseum was the venue for the annual Wilmington Police Activities League Hoops Cross-City Championship Game. The event was sponsored by the College of Health and Human Services and UNCW Athletics.
Arthur J. Frankel

Arthur J. Frankel, Professor, School of Social Work

Fidias Reyes

Fidias Reyes, Artist Services and Residency Manager

Ken Kaiser

Ken Kaiser, Associate Director of Parking and Transportation

Amanda Ceroli ’19

Amanda Ceroli ’19, Fulbright Research Grant Recipient

CSB Alumni of the Year

Howell Graham '85, Judy Lynn '89 and David Wallace '77, CSB Alumni of the Year

Gina Goodenow '99, '00M

Gina Goodenow '99, '00M, Senior Vice President and CFO, United Way of New York City

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