News & Areas of Excellence Archive



Students Choose Service over Leisure for Spring Break

3/20 - For most students, spring break is a time for leisure, but for a small group of UNC Wilmington students who volunteered to participate in the UNCW Office of Student Leadership and Engagement’s (OSLE) Alternative Spring Break Trip Program, it was a time of service.

CHHS Welcomes New Assistant Dean for Administration and Resource Management

3/20 – Stefanie Powell joins the CHHS team as the new assistant dean for administration and resource management.

CHHS Welcomes New Executive Assistant to the Assistant Dean for Community Engagement

3/20 – Natalie Lucero is the new executive assistant to the assistant dean for community engagement.

Daily Affirmations

By Tricia Vance (UNCW Magazine | pgs. 33-34)

3/30 - Living with a serious health issue can often wreak havoc on medical outcomes and personal relationships. But with cognitive therapy, a change may be on the horizon.

Social Work Director Publishes Co-Edited Book on Gerontological Social Work

3/20 – In 2019, School of Social Work Director Stacey Kolomer published a co-edited book titled Gerontological Social Work and the Grand Challenges: Focusing on Policy and Practice. The editors (in order) were Sara Sanders, Stacey Kolomer, Cheryl Waites Spellman and Victoria Rizzo.

Governor’s Institute Awards SSW Students with New Governor’s Institute Scholarship

3/20 – In March, three School of Social Work graduate students—Shannon Allen, Jake Burns and Davonna Cohen—within the Substance Use Disorders and Addictions Certificate Program were awarded with a Governor’s Institute Scholarship.

UNCW Expands International Cooperation

3/20 - International experiences help young people to make their own experiences, to become independent, to speak new languages, to get to know people with different cultural backgrounds and to deal with their own cultural identity. For this reason, UNCW maintains partnerships with numerous universities and institutions around the world, enables its students to study abroad and gain new knowledge on excursions or to get in touch with incoming students.

Rec Therapy Alumna Inspires Professor to Grow as a Teacher and Global Citizen

3/20 - Professors are often the ones who inspire, but what happens when the student inspires the professor?

This is exactly what happened to SHAHS Assistant Professor Cara Gray when she met Quendi Laura Cruz Garcia. Garcia, a first-generation student from Wilmington, was diagnosed with neuromyelitis optica when she was 15 years old. Neuromyelitis optica is an autoimmune disorder in which immune system cells and antibodies primarily attack the optic nerves and the spinal cord.

Innovative Exercise, Aging & Blue Zones Class Provides Training for Students & Community

3/20 – In February, SHAHS’ Exercise, Aging, and Blue Zone’s class provided a two-day PWR!Moves Training Program for students and community members.

CHHS Seeks Quality Matters Certification for Online Programs

3/20 - The School of Nursing is seeking Quality Matters (QM) Certification for its online Master of Science in Nursing - Nurse Educator (MSN NE) Program.

UNCW Assistant Professor Part of $2.66 Million Research Project

02/27/20 - School of Nursing Assistant Professor of Nursing Hayley Estrem is participating in a $2.66 million research project to identify signs that certain infants and young toddlers may develop chronic feeding disorders. Estrem will receive $123,369 over the five years of the multi-institutional project. The research is funded by the National Institute for Nursing Research, part of the National Institutes of Health. 

A personal experience led the onetime critical-care nurse to pursue her doctorate with a research focus on feeding disorders in children. Her oldest son was born 13 years ago with a rare genetic disorder that has required him to have a feeding tube since he was a toddler.

UNCW Celebrates Scholarship at Annual Research Reception

2/26/20 - Scholarly work from music and poetry to nursing, marine biology and more took center stage during a “Toast to Scholarship,” UNCW’s annual Research Reception on Feb. 25. Researchers submitted 292 proposals, requesting a total of $66 million in funding, and were awarded 184 projects and more than $12 million to support research programs. Jennifer McCall, assistant professor, School of Nursing, was inducted in the James F. Merritt Million Dollar Club. The Million Dollar Club honors researchers and faculty who have received more than $1 million in research funding. Tammy Arms (School of Nursing), Debra Hrelic (School of Nursing) and Justine Reel (Research and Innovation) were each recognized with the highest number of journal article publications for fiscal year 2019.

Associate Dean for Research & Innovation Finalist for Cape Fear CREW Awards

2/20 - Associate Dean for Research and Innovation, Dr. Justine Reel has been selected as a finalist for the Cape Fear Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) second annual Awards of Excellence.

Public Health Major Receives NC Public Health Training Center’s Pathways to Practice Scholarship

2/20 – In the spring semester of 2020, Public Health major Stephanie Salas received the North Carolina Public Health Training Center’s Pathways to Practice Scholarship.

SSW Assistant Professor’s Research Collaboration Receives $1,162,145 Funding for Pathways to Impact Project

2/20 - In May of 2019, the international research collaboration that School of Social Work Assistant Professor Athena Kolbe is a part of was awarded $ 1,162,145 to support their inquiry into the long-term impacts of peacekeeping missions on post-conflict societies.

CHHS to Host Child Welfare Simulations

2/18/20 - In an effort to train students and community partners on mandated reporting procedures for suspected child neglect and abuse, UNC Wilmington’s School of Social Work is hosting two interprofessional events this spring. On March 6, the School of Social Work (SSW) and School of Nursing will facilitate the “Child Welfare Response Training and Simulation Experience.” Operating in its sixth year, this simulation works closely with New Hanover County Department of Social Services (DSS) to train social work students on how to conduct child welfare investigations in the home and hospital setting. The SSW uses customized hospital and apartment simulation labs on UNCW’s campus to recreate the setting and situation in which a new mother’s infant tests positive for copious. The simulation demonstrates in real time the roles, responsibilities, and potential reactions from a nurse and investigative social worker working with patient actors.

SON DNP Coordinator Selected as Regional Coordinator of Sigma Theta Tau International

2/20 - School of Nursing DNP Coordinator Tammy Arms was recently selected as a regional coordinator for the North America 13th Region of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (Sigma) at Sigma’s 45th Biennial Convention in Washington, DC on Nov. 2019.

Assistant Dean for Community Engagement Ashley Wells Selected for WILMA’s 2020 Leadership Institute

2/20 - Ashley Wells, assistant dean for community engagement at UNCW, has been selected to participate in WILMA’s 2020 Leadership Institute.

UNCW Ranked 8th Nationally for Online Bachelor’s Programs

2/20 - For the second consecutive year, the University of North Carolina Wilmington is ranked 8th on U.S. News & World Report’s list of 2020 Best Online Bachelor’s Programs, the university announced today. UNCW tied with Loyola University in Chicago and Pennsylvania State University-World Campus.

Former Dean of Nursing Has Died

1/28/20 - The founding dean of the UNC Wilmington School of Nursing, Dr. Marlene Merifield Rosenkoetter, passed away on December 31, 2019 following a brief illness.

CHHS Faculty Honored for Outstanding Mentoring

1/20 - CHHS faculty Lorie Sigmon (SON) and Wayland Tseh (SHAHS) have been selected as recipients of the 2019-20 Discere Aude Award for outstanding mentoring of students, along with 13 other UNCW faculty and staff.

Public Health Student to Serve in Peace Corps Panama WASH Education Program

1/20 - Throughout her life, Brianna Magee has been deeply passionate about helping others. Growing up, she continually asked herself how she could make a positive difference in somebody else’s life. Later on, that question became how she could make a positive change in the world, and the Peace Corps became the perfect answer to that question.

SHAHS Awarded at Cape Fear Coalition For A Drug-Free Community Agents of Change Breakfast

01/20 – On Dec. 11, the Cape Fear Coalition For A Drug-Free Community held their Agents of Change Breakfast, where the School of Health and Applied Human Sciences (SHAHS) and Center for Healthy Communities Coordinator, Leah Mayo were nominated for awards. SHAHS won an award in the category of Community Organization for playing a key role in organizing and conducting Alcohol Purchase Surveys...

CHHS Welcomes New Project Coordinator for Center for Healthy Communities

01/20 - On Nov. 7, CHHS welcomed Megan Toothman as the new project coordinator for the Center for Healthy Communities.

CHHS Faculty Receive Cahill Grant for Project About Optimizing Wellness & Resilience

01/20 – In December of 2019, CHHS faculty members Anka Roberto (SON) and Josalin Hunter-Jones (SSW) were awarded a Cahill Grant for their project titled, “Optimizing wellness and resilience; a trauma informed program.”

UNCW Calls for Nominations for 2020 Teaching Awards

01/20 - UNCW is calling for nominations for the 2020 Teaching Awards. Please consider nominating a deserving colleague for one of these honors.

Special Delivery

01/20 - If emergency drills collide with actual emergencies, it may be just another day on the job for Nina Williams. According to her, “the baby determines when it’s coming.”

Williams, a nursing lecturer in the College of Health and Human Services and a part-time staff nurse in the labor and delivery unit at New Hanover Regional Medical Center, is familiar with obstetric emergencies.

SON Faculty Receive Applied Learning Pedagogy Initiative Project Award

1/20 - Congratulations to School of Nursing faculty who won the Applied Learning Pedagogy Initiative Project Award!