UNCW Students, Faculty and Staff "Hawk On!"

Monthly Chancellor's Message
Screen shot of a Zoom meeting among faculty and staff in the Watson College of Education. Many of the attendees are wearing silly outfits or have creative backgrounds. Spiderman is thrid from the right at the top. Other highlights: a Viking helmet (second row, fourth from left), headwear that appears to be made from rolls of toilet paper (third row, far right), and a number of hats.

April 2020

Message from Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli

Dear Seahawk Community, 

Like sister institutions across the nation, UNCW is enduring its share of challenges as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. At present, we are focused on helping our current students successfully complete this semester online while supporting the faculty and staff who make our programs and services possible. Campus leaders also are evaluating many factors – from budget shortfalls and revenue streams to projections about COVID-19’s future spread in North Carolina – as we shape next steps for the university. While no final decisions have been made, our campus was heartened to learn that UNCW’s share from the federal government’s CARES Act is $10.5 million; of that, $5.3 million will be directed to students in need. We are happy to share that we have scheduled Commencement for August 7-8, 2020, and, based on the information we have at this point, we do not expect that to change.

Despite the difficult times we all are facing, our students, faculty and staff are focused on finding meaningful and innovative ways to “Hawk On!” Faculty in the College of Health and Human Services have stepped up to study COVID-19 and social distancing. The university has continued operating its Hawk’s Harvest student food pantry in collaboration with a community partner. Critical campus construction projects, including Veterans Hall, the new parking deck and the first two buildings in the new student housing village, have remained on schedule for completion in the fall.

Earlier this month, U.S. News & World Report included three UNCW graduate programs among the best in the country, and we filled one of the most important positions on campus. Dr. James J. Winebrake will join UNCW as Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, beginning July 1. I look forward to working with him as our campus community forges ahead in the years to come.

Finally, I want to close with a note of heartfelt appreciation for the leadership, integrity and Seahawk spirit that Provost Marilyn Sheerer has brought to campus every day for five great years. She is leaving our academic programs in strong shape for future success, and I am going to miss working with her as she takes on a new teaching role in the Watson College of Education.

With best wishes for your continued health and safety,

Jose V. Sartarelli



Top photo: Zoom meetings have become the norm at UNCW, and faculty and staff have found ways to add fun to the agenda. Brian Brinkley (a.k.a. Spider-Man, top row), director of the Watson College of Education's Betty Holden Stike Education Laboratory, encouraged his colleagues to bring their humor and creativity to this Virtual Watson Wednesdays meeting.


Provost Sheerer in her academic regalia. Text at left (in white on blue background) is UNCW logo above "Provost Marilyn Sheerer: Looking Back & Looking Forward

NEW CHAPTER: Provost Marilyn Sheerer has been the head of UNCW's Academic Affairs for the past five years. In this video, she discusses her time at UNCW and her transition to the Watson College of Education.

Photo of James Winebrake, new UNCW provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs.

SAY HELLO: Dr. James J. Winebrake, who will step into the role of Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs on July 1, introduced himself to the UNCW community with this video greeting.

Hawk (in script writing) ON! with a blue brushed underline on a teal background, middle left. Surrounding it on three sides are (clockwise from top left) a screen shot of a Zoom meeting, a UNCW staff member and his Great Pyrenees dog, a photo of the columns between Leutze and Morton with light pink flowers on a tree in bloom and a bright blue sky, a child and her dog outdoors, and a computer screen with a yellow stripe cat peeking over the top of the monitor.

The Seahawk Spirit has proven as strong as ever as students, faculty and staff "Hawk On!" through the rapid shift to social distancing and virtual teaching and learning.

A house-shaped logo with "Best Seat in the House" written inside it on top of a photo of an open laptop computer on a desk. Text at bottom: Stay Connected and Celebrate the Arts

The UNCW Office of the Arts is saving you the "Best Seat in the House" with a lineup of regional and national performances to watch at home. No ticket required!



Martin Posey stands in front of the glass inside the entrance to the Center for Marine Science.
Faculty portrait of Andi Steele, smiling, against a teal background.
Rosemary Colen, dressed for Move-In 2019, with her rainjacket tied around her waist and a water bottle hanging from her waist, assumes a wide stance with arms raised and fists closed as though showing off her strength. Other Move-In volunteers are in the background.
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