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Monthly Chancellor's Message
Volunteers pack boxes for 2020 graduates.

November 2020

Message from Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli

Dear Seahawk Community,

With the season of thanksgiving underway, I want to thank the entire UNCW community for demonstrating tremendous Seahawk spirit throughout 2020. You have made the best of every opportunity to keep soaring despite the relentless headwind we all faced. I am grateful to be a part of such a caring and resilient community.

Due to this year’s circumstances, UNCW had to shift and change many fall traditions, but thanks to Campus Dining, we still served “Wagsgiving” meals at locations across campus on Nov. 19. Generations of alumni will remember this special event, and I am glad that our current students had the opportunity to get a taste of this tradition. Faculty and staff also participated in our annual food drive, generously supporting Hawk’s Harvest, UNCW’s food pantry.

In honor of Veterans Day this month, we developed a special video feature about the Military Affairs Lounge in Veterans Hall, our newest academic building, which opened earlier this fall. The lounge is a welcoming and relaxing space that highlights UNCW’s commitment to our more than 2,000 military-affiliated students.

Our men’s and women’s basketball teams tipped off their seasons on Nov. 25. As part of UNCW’s commitment to COVID-19 safety protocols, we are limiting in-person seating at Trask Coliseum, but the Seahawk Club has put together a great virtual season ticket package and other ways for fans to support our student-athletes. Finally, congratulations to our student-athletes for achieving a 90 percent graduation success rate again. Way to go, Seahawks!

Gratefully yours,

Jose V. Sartarelli


Top photo: In preparation for UNCW's first-ever virtual commencement ceremonies, volunteers have been stuffing boxes with programs and memorabilia to be delivered to graduating students.


Chancellor, wearing a face covering and standing in front of screen, speaking to socially distanced and masked members of the Leadership Wilmington class.

Chancellor Sartarelli spoke to the Leadership Wilmington Class of 2021, which met outdoors and followed public health protocols for social distancing and wearing face coverings.

The new military resource lounge in Veterans Hall.

WATCH: The cheery new Military Affairs Lounge in Veterans Hall is more spacious to better accommodate military-affiliated students. Click the photo for a video tour.

A group of volunteers with shovels and wheelbarrows works in the Bluethenthal Wildflower Preserve.

In early November, UNCW volunteers brought wheelbarrows, shovels and other tools to help maintain the Bluethenthal Wildflower Preserve.

Two women in a booth sit across from each other, properly spaced and wearing face coverings.

Students received rewards for wearing their face coverings properly during Mask Spotter Mondays and Teal Mask Tuesdays, a collaborative effort of Housing and Residence Life, Campus Dining and the Student Health Center.

Takayo Siddle stands at center court in Trask Coliseum, with the seahawk symbol on the floor.

Takayo Siddle once dreamed of playing for Jerry Wainwright at UNCW. Instead, his path led him to follow in Wainwright's footsteps as the Seahawks' head basketball coach.

Gloved hands on left, hand a bag to a pair of hands holding a test tube.

UNCW has partnered with the New Hanover County Health Department to offer free COVID-19 community testing.


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