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Chancellor Sartarelli

October 2019

Message from Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli

Dear Seahawk Community, 

The great reputation of the University of North Carolina Wilmington has been built over the years by the outstanding faculty, staff and students who make our university special. This fall, many of them have received well-deserved accolades for their accomplishments, including our own “Health Care Hero,” College of Health and Human Services Dean Charles “Charlie” Hardy; and creative writing professor Philip Gerard, recipient of the 2019 North Carolina Award for Literature.

UNCW’s emphasis on growth with quality continues to shine. Our fall 2019 enrollment, driven by the university’s focus on academic programs that meet the needs of our region and the state, set a university record at 17,499 and has increased by 4.5% over last year. During the past decade, UNCW’s enrollment has grown by 35.4%, a driving factor inspiring the $400 million in construction and renovation projects taking shape on our campus, such as the health care quad pictured above, anchored by McNeill Hall, the Teaching Laboratory building and Veterans Hall, scheduled to open in fall 2020.

Our faculty and staff are actively engaged in our community in countless ways. Two recently announced efforts showcase the range of interactions they pursue. Several faculty and students in the Department of Psychology (CAS) opened a new clinic to provide affordable mental health services to regional residents, and Randall Library received a grant to preserve 17 years of news footage from a local news station.

In Seahawk athletics, our men’s soccer team scored the Colonial Athletic Association’s regular season crown, and basketball season begins next week. Check out uncwsports.com for game dates and times.

Go Seahawks!


Jose V. Sartarelli

Chancellor, with shovel (right) and others dig in the Bluethenthal Wildflower Preserve.
Chancellor Sartarelli joined UNCW faculty and the Student Government Association to spruce up the Herbert Bluethenthal Memorial Wildflower Preserve on campus.

Chris Finelli in front of screen shot of the Global Marine Summit logo
Christopher Finelli, dean of the Graduate School and interim executive director of marine sciences, presented opening remarks and introduced the plenary speaker at the 2019 Global Marine Science Summit, which brought scholars and other experts from around the world to focus on "Advancing the Blue Economy.”

Graduate student (left) in one of the temporary labs, talks with Rep. David Rouzer (center) and Chancellor Sartarelli.
During a tour of campus, Rep. David Rouzer (center) and Chancellor Sartarelli stopped by this modular organic chemistry lab where graduate student Djuro Raskovic '20M (left) was working. The lab is one of the temporary facilities put in place while Dobo Hall undergoes renovations due to damage from Hurricane Florence.

Brig. Gen. J.R. Gorham is animated as he talks to Isaac Bear Early College High School students.
J.R. Gorham, the first African American brigadier general in the North Carolina National Guard, shared leadership insights with students from Isaac Bear Early College High School and presented the keynote speech for Cape Fear Region Minority Enterprise Development Week.

Left to right, facing camera: Nick Pianovich, Ronald B. McNeill andWilma Daniels(left)
Student Government Association President Nicholas Pianovich '20 (left) and the SGA hosted a reception at the Clock Tower Lounge to honor the service of Ronald B. McNeill (center) and Wilma Daniels, former chairs of the UNCW Board of Trustees. The reception took place while the BOT was on campus for its quarterly meeting.

Harry Eason

Harry Eason, Staff, Office of Facilities

Stephanie L. Turrise

Stephanie L. Turrise, Recipient of the 2019 J. Marshall Crews Distinguished Faculty Award

Jeremy Morgan

Jeremy Morgan, Professor of Chemistry

Ulku Clark

Ulku Clark, Director, UNCW Center for Cyber Defense Education

Jaime Simmons ’00

Jaime Simmons ’00, Triathlete

 Jessica Solis Aguilar ’20

Jessica Solis Aguilar ’20, Social Work Major

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