UNCW Welcomes the Class of 2024

Monthly Chancellor's Message
A fledgling Seahawk prepares for its first flight from the nest as its mother looks on in this sculpture by local artist Dumay Gorham.

August 2020

Message from Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli

Dear Seahawk Community,

When our fall semester begins each August, I look forward to meeting our newest students, talking with returning Seahawks, and reconnecting with faculty and staff. Those interactions took on extra meaning this year as we continue to adapt to the challenges caused by the pandemic. We held a virtual convocation; shifted welcome events online; and focused on helping our students navigate collegiate life in these uncertain times. 

I joined our great Student Affairs staff at many meetings with residential students, where we emphasized their critical role in reducing the spread of COVID-19 on campus and in our community. We also reached out to all students, both on campus and off, to clearly convey the university’s expectations of them when it comes to following health and safety guidelines. Most of our Seahawks are taking their responsibility very seriously; a few are not, and, unfortunately, we have seen an increase in cases on our campus since classes began. I encourage you to visit our data dashboard, updated daily, for a transparent and consistent overview.

UNCW researchers are exploring how the pandemic is affecting public health, communities, businesses and beyond. In addition to the few we highlighted in the recent issue of UNCW Magazine, I also offer kudos to Larry Cahoon, a biological oceanographer; virologist Art Frampton; Ryan Rhodes, microbiologist from the Department of Biology and Marine Biology; and graduate student Jacob Kazenelson for their work on coronavirus research.

None of us can know, of course, how the semester will continue to unfold, but our university community is strong and resilient. We will adapt as needed to protect and preserve the health and safety of our campus and community, and we will continue to support excellence in academics and research, engagement on campus and in the community, and the can-do attitude that defines UNCW. 

Last week, we had a special opportunity to celebrate the Seahawk spirit that unites all of us when a new statue by local artist Dumay Gorham was installed on campus near the two recently completed residence halls. Thanks to the vision of the late Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Pat Leonard, this new piece of artwork is connected by tradition to the iconic Seahawk statue in front of Hoggard Hall.

As we move further into the fall, I wish all of you good health, and I ask for your ongoing patience as conditions on our campus, in our community, and across the state and nation continue to evolve.

Sincerely yours,

Jose V. Sartarelli




Top photo: UNCW's newest Seahawk sculpture reflects a theme of “leaving the nest.”


A photo of the finished Veterans Hall from the front.

Construction on Veterans Hall, which began in 2018, is finally completed.This time-lapse video shows its construction from the ground up.

Decorative image: UNCW logo and "2020 Convocation" superimposed on a faint photo of the annual class picture at the Clock Tower.

This year's convocation may have been virtual, but Chancellor Sartarelli, Provost James J. Winebrake, Associate Professor Stephanie Kamel (Biology and Marine Biology) and Student Government Association President Matthew Talone welcomed new Seahawks with enthusiasm and encouragement for success.

Class of 2024 banner with a round mosaic of the clock tower. The mosaic is made from photos sent in by the UNCW Class of 2024.

The pandemic prevented the UNCW Class of 2024 from making the traditional trek to the clock tower for a class photo, so class members were asked to send in their pictures to help create this mosaic.

Chancellor Sartarelli (right, wearing a suit, tie and teal face covering) greets the parents of a new student during Move-In. The parents are also masked and are standing beside a large blue container filled with dorm essentials.

Chancellor Sartarelli greeted new students and their families during Move-In.

UNCW Magazine cover featuring Pat Leonard, leaning on a reception desk inside the Fisher Student Center.

Contending with coronavirus, continuing community engagement, and a tribute to the legendary Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Pat Leonard. The Spring/Summer 2020 issue of UNCW Magazine also welcomes new Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Jamie Winebrake and highlights a host of feel-good stories showing the creativity and fortitude of Seahawks within Wilmington and beyond.


Threatened Coral Species Spawns for the First Time in Captivity in UNCW Lab                               


A photo of Ryan Mieras superimposed on a sunrise photo from the beach to emphasize Mieras' role as the first hire in the UNCW coastal engineering program.
Nadirah Pippen, smiling and wearing teal, poses at the bridge over The Lakes on campus.s
Close-up photo of Marae Lindquist on a background of live foliage.
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