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Monthly Chancellor's Message
Close-up of a camel in the sand in Morocco.

October 2020

Message from Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli

Dear Seahawk Community,

There is no doubt that the fall 2020 semester continues to be a challenging time for all of us, but special moments of joy and success also have taken place this October. The UNCW School of Nursing’s innovative approach to health care education inspired well-deserved recognition. The Department of Psychology’s doctoral program and its community-focused counseling clinic received exciting support from Joe Paight ‘83 and the Oaklawn Foundation. The Watson College of Education launched two new eSports certificate programs, the first of their kind in North Carolina.

The university’s wide-ranging commitment to enhancing diversity, equity and inclusion continues to inspire much-needed growth and change. Building on discussions that began this summer, I participated in many compelling conversations with students, faculty, staff and alumni that underscore the ongoing efforts we must make as a university to truly build a diverse community of scholars at UNCW. Black cultural centers from around the country participated in a national conference hosted this month by the Upperman African American Cultural Center. Next spring, for the first time in university history, the UNCW Alumni Association will present the new Distinguished Diversity Award.

Earlier this month, UNCW recognized its 2020 Staff Award for Excellence honorees, including winner Susie Goodrum, a 40-year veteran of our UNCW team. We have the best staff in the UNC System, and it shows in their unwavering support of students and faculty.

Finally, congratulations to Devontae Cacok ’19, the first Seahawk in UNCW history to be part of an NBA Championship. Way to go!

Jose V. Sartarelli


Top photo: With travel restricted by COVID-19, UNCW international studies students are fulfilling their study abroad requirements through the use of virtual reality headsets, video tours and other means in Julia Morris' VR International Experience course. Emma Cowen '21 included a camel close-up in her study of Morocco.


Seahawk leaving the nest statue with video play buttton.

WATCH: The new Seahawk sculpture in the new residential quad fulfills late Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Pat Leonard’s vision for a new tradition. The sculpture, a companion to the soaring Seahawk at the front of campus, represents new students, new milestones and new traditions.

Chancellor Sartarelli, via Zoom, with a screenshot next to him recognizing the Pathways to Excellence program.

Chancellor Sartarelli was a guest at the October meeting of the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Board of Trustees in recognition of a Pathway to Excellence agreement. Thirty-four community colleges now have an agreement that provides guaranteed UNCW admission to graduates who earn an associate's degree and at least a 2.5 GPA.

UNCW student-athletes stand on the beach awaiting instructions for where to clean up.

The UNCW Student-Athlete Advisory Committee partnered with the Cape Fear chapter of the Surfrider Foundation to conduct a cleanup at Wrightsville Beach. (Photo by Joe Browning, Athletics)

Devontae Cacok '19 with his NBA Championship trophy.

Former UNCW basketball standout Devontae Cacok '19 became the first Seahawk to be part of an NBA Championship team when the Los Angeles Lakers won the championship this month. (Photo courtesy of Devontae Cacok)



Ray Pastore leans over his desk, which contains some of the equipment he uses for his eSports courses.
Heather Ianucci sits on top of her classic teal car.
Kennith Watts Jr. in a Carolina Gold Drum & Bugle Corps shirt, standing in front of the Cultural Arts Building.
Andi Steele sits near a sculpture in front of the Cultural Arts Building.
Jeff Campbell seated on an Adirondack chair in the Fisher student complex.
Morgan Walker seated on a table in a lab.
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