UNCW College of Health and Human Services Receives Grant for Military-Affiliated Sports Recreation Program

The recreation therapy program in the UNCW College of Health and Human Services has received a $75,000 grant from the Department of Veteran Affairs to launch “Project SOAR,” a sports recreation program for veterans and active military members with disabilities.

School of Nursing Receives $33,100 Grant to Enhance BSN Education in Rural Areas

The UNCW School of Nursing has been awarded a $33,100 grant from the North Carolina Area Health Education Center to enhance nursing education opportunities in rural and underserved areas.

UNCW to Hold Fall 2016 Commencement Ceremonies Dec. 10

Commencement ceremonies for fall 2016 graduates will be held on Dec. 10 in Trask Coliseum. More than 1,548 undergraduates as well as nearly 446 graduate students and seven doctoral students are slated to participate in one of two ceremonies, which will be streamed live.

The ceremony for the professional schools (Cameron School of Business, Watson College of Education and the College of Health and Human Services) will begin at 9:30 a.m. Jack Barto, President and CEO of New Hanover Regional Medical Center, will deliver remarks.

We Are UNCW: Christian Barnes

Christian Barnes is fascinated with human physiology. “The functions of the human body are a seemingly endless puzzle, and I get a thrill every time I understand why it does what it does,” said Barnes.

CHHS Announces Holiday Giving Tree to Help Area Older Adults

This holiday season help an area older adult in need by participating in the CHHS Holiday Giving Tree!

UNCW Partners with Medidata to Bring Clinical Cloud Technology to the Classroom

Medidata, the leading global provider of cloud-based solutions for clinical research in life sciences, and the University of North Carolina Wilmington have announced a new partnership to educate the next generation of clinical researchers. 

UNCW‪ Nursing Student Delivers Babies and Touches Lives in Guatemala

When Morgan Clark ’18 joins fellow nursing students for birth simulations in the UNCW School of Nursing Simulation Learning Center next spring, she’ll be at the head of her class, having already assisted with six live deliveries.

Clark, a junior majoring in Spanish and nursing, had the opportunity to aid in the delivery of babies during her summer internship in Guatemala. She volunteered to work at Casa Materna, a maternity clinic in the rural western highlands of Guatemala. 

UNCW helping Wilmington Police become pals

The University of North Carolina Wilmington is working with the Police Activities League toward community improvement. 

CHHS Welcomes NC Alliance for Health Professions Diversity to McNeill Hall

On Friday, August 19, the UNCW College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) welcomed the NC Alliance for Health Professions Diversity (NCAHPD) to McNeill Hall for their quarterly meeting. 

CHHS Nursing Professor Receives Invitation to Join Editorial Board for a Major Nursing Education Journal

Associate Professor of Nursing, Elizabeth Gazza has received an invitation to join the editorial board for the Journal of Professional Nursing (JPN) for a three-year term. 

Three Seahawks Recognized by WILMA Magazine

UNCW faculty and staff are among women being recognized by WILMA Magazine’s Women to Watch and Leadership Initiative.

Kathy Browder, senior associate dean of the College of Health and Human Services, and Kat Pohlman, UNCW’s sustainability coordinator, are finalists for WILMA Magazine’s 2016 Women to Watch.

Public Health Studies Program Receives CEPH Accreditation

The Public Health Studies Program in UNCW’s School of Health and Applied Human Sciences has received accreditation by the Council on Education for Public Health. The program is among the first national cohort to pursue accreditation for its undergraduate program.

The 3rd Annual CHHS T-Shirt Walkabout Contest

Let’s continue to have CHHS pride over the summer months. The Office of the Dean will award $500 Professional Development money to the CHHS faculty or staff member who submits a photo of themselves in their CHHS T-shirt in the “coolest” location.

CHHS School of Nursing Director Loves Her Job at UNCW

After a year on the UNCW campus as director of the School of Nursing, Laurie Badzek can't imagine working anywhere else. 

UNCW Researchers, State Coastal Agency to Survey NC Beachgoers

Researchers from UNC Wilmington’s College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) will hit the beach this summer to survey visitors and residents about the state’s public beach and waterfront access points. 

Gerontology Goes Global at UNCW

After accepting a position at UNCW in August 2015, Anne Glass, professor and program coordinator for the gerontology department, has spent the past year reimagining the scope of gerontology at UNCW. A vital part of her plan is to get the program more involved in the global conversation on aging.

UNCW CHHS Dean Charles Hardy Selected for Membership in the North Carolina Institute of Medicine

Charles Hardy, dean of the College of Health and Human Services, has been selected for membership in the NC Institute of Medicine. Hardy joins a prestigious body that includes more than 100 leaders in health care, academics, business and policy across the state.

CHHS Public Health Studies Graduate Obtains Highest Score on 2016 Certified Health Education Specialist National Exam

Sarah Barnes, a 2015 graduate of the College of Health and Human Services’ (CHHS) Public Health Studies Program, obtained the highest score on the Spring 2016 Certified Health Education Specialist National Exam.

CHHS Dean Says Thank You to Alumni Who Gave in Give More In 24 Challenge

“I would like to say thank you to all CHHS alumni who gave to the College of Health and Human Services and/or its three professional schools in Tuesday’s Give More in 24 challenge! Your contributions will be used to enhance the CHHS student learning experience.

School of Nursing Associate Professor Inducted into Prestigious National Academy of Practice

On Sunday, April 9, Nancy Ahern, associate professor in the School of Nursing, was inducted into National Academy of Practice (NAP) as a “Distinguished Scholar & Fellow.”


On top of the emotional benefits, the Miracle League offers physical benefits, too. Those with disabilities can’t just drive themselves to the gym or go for a run outside, DeBiasi pointed out.

Because they don’t have as many opportunities to exercise, Bell added, the Miracle League allows them to “increase their overall health and wellness, because they’re incorporating more movement into their daily lives.”

Deputy Secretary to deliver Spring 2016 Commencement Address

Deputy Secretary for Health Services, Dr. Randall Williams will deliver the Spring 2016 commencement address for the College of Health and Human Services and the Watson College of Education on Friday, May 6, 5:30 p.m. in Trask Coliseum.

Fall Risk & Prevention Program: April 2 – Aug. 1 (Opportunity to participate in a UNCW research project)

For more information or to make your initial appointment, contact Donna DePompeis at 910.962.3317 or depompeisd@uncw.edu

Give More in 24

Starting at 8 a.m. on April 19, if 500 donors make a gift in 24 hours it will unlock a $50,000 challenge gift for UNCW. This could mean even more funding for the area of campus you care about and support. Your participation can influence which areas across campus will receive challenge funds. The first college to have 100 alumni donate during these 24 hours will receive $10K if the challenge is met. 

Each gift, no matter the amount, will mean MORE for the College of Health and Human Services than ever before. Help us reach our goal within 24 hours! Stay tuned for ‪#‎uncw24.

Health and Human Sciences Professor Storms the Court after Seahawks Win Big

School of Health and Applied Human Sciences (HAHS) Professor, Steve Elliott stormed the court (among other fans) as the UNCW Seahawks defeated Hofstra on Monday night.

School of Nursing Conducts First-Ever Emergency Trauma Simulation

On March 4 2016, the UNCW School of Nursing conducted the first-ever emergency trauma simulation with 50 seniors in the Simulation Learning Center (SLC) located in McNeill Hall.

UNCW Names Stacey Kolomer Director of the School of Social Work

Stacey Kolomer has been named new director of the School of Social Work in the College of Health and Human Services at the University of North Carolina Wilmington effective July 1, 2016.

$2 billion bond question in voters' hands

"We are crammed," Robert Boyce, professor of anatomy, physiology and exercise physiology, said as he walked through the lab and past medical devices shoved between treadmills and behind model skeletons. "We are growing so fast we are busting out of the seams."


The Connect NC bond referendum, on the March 15 ballot for voters' consideration, includes $66 million for a new Allied Health/Human Sciences Building at UNCW. This state-of-the-art facility will include technology-equipped classrooms, laboratories, faculty and student support space, and other infrastructure to empower 21st century health education.

2016 LeaderShape Participants Announced

The participants for the 2016 LeaderShape Institute session have been announced.

UNCW to offer free health assessments to Navassa residents

University nursing faculty and nursing students will provide basic health screenings and education about common health problems at a Navassa location.

School of Social Work Graduate Students and Faculty Present Research in India

Twenty-six UNCW graduate students and faculty presented their research on trends and challenges in community mental health during the Conference on Community Mental Health in Bangalore, India, in December.
To view the video about the trip, click here.