News Archive 2020

School of Nursing to Honor Faculty Through the DAISY Award

12/20 - The School of Nursing is proud to honor its outstanding faculty with the DAISY Award — an international recognition program that celebrates faculty for their commitment and inspirational influence on their nursing students.

The DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune SYstem) Award was established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, who died at 33 of an autoimmune disease. The Barnes family was awestruck by the clinical skills and compassion of the nurses who cared for Patrick, so they created this award to say thank-you to nurses everywhere. Anyone can nominate a full-time UNCW School of Nursing faculty member who is a registered nurse.

Public Health Assistant Professor Recipient of Prestigious Peace Corps Award

12/20 - Dr. Sabrina Cherry has won the 2020 Franklin H. Williams Award.

The Franklin H. Williams Award recognizes ethnically diverse returned Peace Corps volunteers who demonstrate a lifelong commitment to civic engagement, service, diversity, inclusion and world peace to the Peace Corps' Third Goal of promoting a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans. Cherry is one of six recipients of the award.

UNCW Launches Diversity and Inclusion Fellows Program

12/20 - Twelve faculty and staff members have been selected as fellows for the Diversity and Inclusion Fellows Program established by UNCW Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, in partnership with the Office of the Provost, the Division of Student Affairs, the Office of Business Affairs and the Office of General Counsel. Leah Mayo, the College's Center for Healthy Communities coordinator, has been selected to serve.

Fellows will collaborate with each of the offices to design programs, policies, and/or procedures that focus on cultivating inclusive partnerships or community engagement with diverse external organizations, said Donyell Roseboro, the university’s interim chief diversity officer.

Recreation Therapy Earns Initial CAAHEP Accreditation

12/20 – The Recreation Therapy program earned its initial accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon recommendation by the Committee on Accreditation of Recreational Therapy Education (CARTE).

ARN Creates Barbara Lutz Stroke Rehabilitation Grant

11/20 - Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN) has announced the creation of The Barbara Lutz Stroke Rehabilitation Grant, developed to honor the 2019-2020 ARN President, Barbara J. Lutz, PhD, RN, CRRN PHNA-BC, FAHA, FAAN, and provide funding to pursue stroke research and educational opportunities for rehabilitation nurses.

Dr. Lutz is the McNeill Distinguished Professor in the School of Nursing. Certified as a rehabilitation nurse and an advanced public health nurse, Lutz received her BSN from the University of Iowa, her MS in community health from Northern Illinois University, and MSN and Ph.D. in nursing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Lutz has more than 30 years of experience as a public health, home health, and rehabilitation nurse.

Virtual Black Lives Matter Exhibit

10/30/20 - UNCW’s Office of the Arts has curated a virtual exhibit that highlights Black trailblazers who have made significant contributions to the university and the surrounding community.
The Black Lives Matter Exhibit features biographies and portraits of prominent figures from UNCW’s history and content from the archives of Randall Library’s Special Collections, such as The Seahawk articles, Board of Trustees meeting notes and features from UNCW Magazine. A compilation of images of Black Lives Matter banners displayed across campus and statements of solidarity collected from university departments and offices are also a part of the exhibit.
The exhibit is available for viewing online. The virtual gallery will be accessible for an undetermined length of time. Additional information...

CHHS Mourns the Death of Dr. Deborah Dowd

10/16/20 - The College of Health and Human Services is saddened by the death of Associate Professor of Exercise Science Deborah Dowd, who passed away on Oct. 16 after a brief illness. 

“Dr. Dowd was known for her warm and engaging presence, which enriched our campus for many years. She was a passionate individual who gave freely of her time and expertise to her students, the college, and the university. Though her memory will live on through her contributions, she will be sorely missed by all of us,” College of Health and Human Services Dean Charlie Hardy said.

School of Nursing Named a Finalist for 2020 Health Care Heroes Award in Innovation

10/16/20 - UNCW’s School of Nursing is a finalist for a Health Care Heroes Award in the category of Innovation in Health Care. The awards, presented by the Greater Wilmington Business Journal, honor people and organizations that enhance the quality of health care in the Cape Fear region.

Two students, Evonne Meyreles ’21 (nursing) and Alex Payton ’22 (public health and Spanish), have been selected as the UNCW student scholars as part of the Health Care Heroes Awards. They will receive $500 scholarships sponsored by Delta Dental.

FuseCR Finalist for Innovation Award

10/20 - The Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) announced FuseCR as one of three finalists for the ACRP 2020 Innovation in Workforce Development Award.

SHAHS Professor Receives Distinguished Fellow Award

10/20 – Recreation Therapy Professor Dr. Candy Ashton-Forrester has been awarded the 2020 American Therapeutic Recreation Association (ATRA) Distinguished Fellow Award. The award is given annually to one person and is the highest recognition award given by ATRA.

SHAHS Faculty Named Educators of the Year by NC SHAPE

10/20 – SHAHS Healthful Living and Fitness Education faculty Dr. Jordan Weber and Dr. Amelia (Kit) Huelskamp have been named educators of the year by the N.C. Society for Health and Physical Educators (NC SHAPE).

CHHS Innovates with Virtual Receptionist

10/20 - The CHHS Dean’s Unique Service Team (DUST) has created an innovative way to safely follow UNCW community standards in the dean’s office while meeting the needs of faculty, staff and students.

BCST Welcomes New Members

10/20 – Lane Smith and Elizabeth Crenshaw have joined the Business Core Service Team.

Faculty Applications Sought for New Research Momentum Fund

10/8/20 - UNCW faculty members have until Oct. 16 to apply for grants through the Research Momentum Fund, a new program to support faculty in their efforts to secure external funding for research, scholarship and creative activities.

“The Momentum Fund program is a new way that UNCW is encouraging and supporting faculty to achieve the university’s strategic goal of growing research,” said Stuart Borrett, associate provost for research and innovation. “This investment should lead to increased research opportunities for faculty and students while helping the university build on its record of high-quality research.”

UNCW’s growth, focus on research drive construction boom

9/30/20 - The University of North Carolina Wilmington’s growth and evolution into a higher-level research institution are in part behind the building renovation and construction recently completed or underway on campus.

Though not as visually obvious as the rise of new residence halls, a new parking deck and Veterans Hall, the renovation of Dobo Hall after near destruction by Hurricane Florence is no less impressive.

SON Faculty Researches Nurse Educator Experiences During Pandemic

9/20 - SON Professor and Associate Director for Faculty and Staff Development Dr. Elizabeth Gazza completed a research study on the experience of being a full-time academic nurse educator during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Notice: UNCW Announces ‘Mask Spotter Monday’ and ‘Teal Mask Tuesday’ Effort; Campus Updates; NCDHHS to Launch SlowCOVIDNC App

9/21/20 - As we near the first official day of fall, we wanted to take a moment to thank you for adapting to the changes UNCW has made to address challenges caused by the pandemic. A lot has happened since classes began just over a month ago, and yet, here we are, still working together to offer the in-person learning and on-campus living experiences that are so important to many students and their families as well as many faculty and staff. 
At the same time, we also are providing great online and hybrid courses, exciting virtual community events, advanced research opportunities, and so much more, all because of the dedication, creative problem-solving and Seahawk spirit that you bring to the UNCW community each day. Thank you.
We have several campus updates to share with you.

Faculty Honored with Annual Awards

09/20 - UNCW honored the dedication and talents of its faculty at the annual fall faculty meeting on Sept. 10. Provost James J. Winebrake announced the award recipients. Four CHHS faculty were honored for their outstanding accomplishments in teaching and service.

UNCW One of Three UNC System Schools Ranked Among the Top 100 Public National Universities by U.S. News & World Report

9/14/20 - UNCW is ranked 95th and is one of only three UNC System schools among the Top 100 Public National Universities for 2021, according to a new list of “Best Colleges 2021” from U.S. News & World Report. This is the second year that UNCW has made the publication’s Top 100 list of national public universities, following the university’s elevation in 2018 to the category of “Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity” in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

College of Health and Human Services to Launch Respiratory Therapy Program

9/20 - The College of Health and Human Services will launch its newest degree program, Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy (BSRT), in the fall semester of 2021. It will be housed within the School of Health and Applied Human Sciences. A market analysis by the Educational Advisory Board identified the BSRT as the highest priority new degree program for the college. The program has been fully approved by the UNC Board of Governors, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and the college’s letter of intent for professional accreditation has been accepted.

“This program follows the College of Health and Human Services’ model of preparing students to enter a career where they will make a positive impact on the health and quality of life of residents in the state of North Carolina and beyond,” College of Health and Human Services Dean Charles Hardy said.

Cultural Activity Grant Leads to Creation of Gender and Leadership Academy

9/20 - Associate Dean for Research and Innovation Dr. Justine Reel and her interprofessional team of faculty, staff and students received a 2019-20 CHHS Cultural Activity grant to implement a leadership program focused on building a pipeline of diverse leaders at UNCW.

Social Work Students Form Voting Task Force

9/20 - School of Social Work students and field office representatives are working with community members and campus partners to form a Voting Task Force collaborative focused on educating and empowering people to vote.

Healthful Living and Fitness Education Launches Virtual Nutrition Education Program

9/20 - The Healthful Living and Fitness Education (HLFE) program recently launched its Virtual Nutrition Education Program in collaboration with Feast Down East and Local Motive.

Founded on Solid Ground: UNCW Stays True to Roots with Newest Building

9/4/20 - As J. Marshall Crews wrote in From These Beginnings, “On September 4, 1947, at 4 p.m., Wilmington College, with seventeen faculty members, opened the doors to 238 students, seventy-five percent of whom were veterans.” Nearly 73 years later, Wilmington College is the University of North Carolina Wilmington and its continued support to those who serve is reflected in the name of its newest academic building.

Supported through the successful passage of the Connect NC Bond, UNCW broke ground on Veterans Hall in 2018 (see a time lapse of its construction here). The 145,000-square-foot facility is now open, housing the College of Health and Human Services, and is uniquely outfitted to educate the nation’s future healthcare practitioners and scientists. In addition to the CHHS programs, faculty and staff from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and the Office of Military Affairs occupies space in the facility supporting UNCW’s commitment to interprofessional collaboration.

Anti-racist Pedagogy in Gerontology Conversation to Continue at Teaching Institute

9/20 – A co-facilitated conversation about anti-racist pedagogy in gerontology by Professor and Gerontology Program Coordinator Dr. Tina Newsham will be continued at the Academy for Gerontology in Higher Education’s pre-conference Teaching Institute prior to the Gerontological Society of America’s annual meetings in November.

Veterans Hall Construction Time-Lapse Video

Here we grow again! UNCW broke ground for Veterans Hall, a 145,000-square-foot facility, in January 2018. Day by day it has developed into a state-of-the-art structure that bodes promising things for Seahawks and the communities we serve. Watch as it comes to completion!

SON Announces New Associate Directors

8/20 – The School of Nursing welcomes three new associate directors who are responsible for the areas of academic programs, faculty and staff development and administration.

UNCW Mourns the Loss of Emeritus Professor Charles Albert Lewis Jr.

8/20 – It is with sadness that UNCW shares the news of Charles Albert Lewis Jr’s. passing on August 5, 2020. Lewis, emeritus professor of Health and Applied Human Sciences, first joined UNCW in 1982. He was department chair of the Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, which is now the School of Health and Applied Human Sciences.

“Dr. Lewis was a wonderful human being and very supportive of the building of the College of Health and Human Services,” said Charles “Charlie” Hardy, founding dean of the CHHS. “I enjoyed his counsel on numerous issues as we developed the college. He had a contagious positive outlook on life and loved UNCW.”

CHHS Welcomes New Faculty to College

8/20 - In the fall semester, CHHS welcomed 11 new faculty members to the School of Health and Applied Human Sciences, four members to the School of Nursing and three members to the School of Social Work.

CHHS Faculty Receive COVID-19 Response and Adaptation Mini Grants

8/20 - The faculty who received grants were (SHAHS) Dr. Jordan Weber, Elisabeth Baynard and Dr. Hannah Catalano and (SON) Dr. Jeeyae Choi.

CHHS Staff, Alumni WILMA Women to Watch Finalists

8/20 - Tiffany Erichsen ’17M, coordinator of the Center for Workforce Development in UNCW’s College of Health and Human Services is nominated in the education category, and Jessica Aguilar ’20, Juntos 4-H Pender County coordinator and program assistant for UNCW’s Centro Hispano, is nominated as a “Rising Star.”

DNP Accepts 120 Students into Newly Expanded DNP Program

8/20 - “We are very excited about the expansion of the DNP program, DNP Program Coordinator Dr. Kelly Laham said. “The faculty and administration are passionate about improving health care across the state and beyond by preparing clinicians and nurse leaders at the doctoral level.”

Chancellor Sartarelli Creates Renewal and Change Accountability Committee to Advance Diversity and Inclusion

7/30/20 - UNCW Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli has created an accountability committee to advance efforts to create a more diverse and inclusive campus.

The Chancellor’s Renewal and Change Accountability Committee will work with the university’s administration to develop strategies and propose solutions to address issues of diversity, equity, equality and inclusion. The committee held its first meeting on July 28.

CHHS Creates Public Health Outreach Support Fund

8/20 – The College of Health and Human Services has created a Public Health Outreach Support fund. Supported by donations, the purpose of the fund is to provide students and/or faculty the opportunity to explore and respond to every day public health outreach opportunities and to respond to challenges facing communities of need in Southeastern North Carolina, particularly in the area of health disparities and rural health initiatives. Funds will cover expenses related to activities such as public health assessments, travel to support outreach activities, supporting a newly-formed student service corps and health promotion programming to address the health needs of the region.

Dr. Kent Guion to join faculty in College of Health and Human Services

07/14/20 - UNCW's Chief Diversity Officer Dr. Kent Guion has decided to step down from that role and join the faculty in our College of Health and Human Services. "We’re excited Kent Guion is joining the College of Health and Human Services team. His background in health sciences and public health will be a great asset for the College as we enter our next decade as a College, move into Veterans Hall and expand our programs and initiatives," says CHHS Dean Charlie Hardy.

CHHS Welcomes New Research Grant Administrator

6/20 – Richard Huse has joined the CHHS as the research grant administrator for the college.

SHAHS Lecturer Appointed to the ATRA Board

7/20 – Miller was elected as a Member at Large to serve a three-year term. In this role, she will participate in deliberation on ATRA matters, contribute to developing decisions, assist in carrying out recommended actions, monitor committee functions and make reports as required.

Exercise Science Program Approved as NSCA ERP

6/20 - The Exercise Science program within the School of Health and Applied Human Sciences was approved a National Strength Conditioning Association (NSCA) Education Recognition Program (ERP).

UNCW Featured in the 2021 Fiske Guide to Colleges

7/20/20 - The University of North Carolina Wilmington’s engaging academic programs and research opportunities are among the aspects highlighted in the 2021 Fiske Guide to Colleges. The annual guide is a long-time authoritative resource of information for college-bound students. UNCW has been routinely featured in the guide, including the 2020, 2019, 2018 and 2017 editions.

UNCW’s “extensive undergraduate research opportunities, a slate of solid sciences, and a close-knit community” are among its selling points, the Fiske Guide notes. The publication also highlights several specialized programming and opportunities available to students including unique hands-on experiences afforded through applied learning opportunities, the advanced coursework of the Honors College, and first-year learning communities.

A Fond Farewell to Pre-Award Grant Specialist

6/20 - Pre-Award Grant Specialist Althea Lewis has accepted a new position as the senior grants administrator for the entire Wake County Public School System. 

Recreation Therapy Program Partners with Aquarium

The Recreation Therapy program in the School of Health and Applied Human Sciences has partnered with the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher to create Valuable Ventures. Each week, new activities will be posted online and on social media to encourage you and your family/friends to spend more time in nature.

A Statement from the CHHS Leadership Team

6/1/20 - Issues ​which our society has grappled​ with for years are again in the spotlight with the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and ​too many more before them.

We are living in ​a pandemic of racism. This social pandemic is taking a heavy toll on our ​Black communities. As health and human services professionals, we must strengthen our efforts to confront and combat this public health emergency.

We cannot achieve health equity until all people are valued equally.

Social Work Student Named Toby Brown Award Recipient

5/20 – The National Association of Social Workers North Carolina Chapter (NASW-NC) has named Douglas (Doug) Kim Bai as the recipient of the 2020 NASW-NC Toby Brown Award for Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) undergraduate students for the 2019-2020 academic year. Doug is an outstanding student at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and within his community.

We are UNCW: Jordan Weber, 18

5/20 - An uncle born with intellectual and developmental disabilities taught Jordan Weber ‘18 Ed.D. a great deal about pushing past limitations. Although his uncle needs assistance in many areas of his life, he also learned to drive a car, hold a job and, for the most part, take care of himself and his 92-year-old mother.

We are UNCW: Paula Reid

5/20 - Associate Professor Paula Reid (School of Nursing) recognized that a few of her graduate students, including nurses on the front lines of the pandemic, were struggling due to stress and concerns about COVID-19. She picked up the phone to check on them and to see how she could offer help.

Students Create Videos to Highlight Importance of Mental Health

5/20 - May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Students in School of Social Work Assistant Professor Dr. Josalin Hunter-Jones' HEA 300: Mental and Emotional Health course along with students of the Association of Self-Care for Future Health Professionals created inspiring videos for other students amidst a chaotic semester. Their goal is to encourage the UNCW community to do its part to eliminate the stigmas surrounding conditions of anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, addiction, along with so many others. School of Nursing Assistant Professor Dr. Anka Roberto also helped with the project.

We Are the Class of 2020: Megan Bolden, Social Work

5/20 – Finishing her last semester at UNCW while also working as an essential employee at New Hanover Regional Medical Center would be a heavy load for any student, but doing so during a global pandemic certainly adds another layer to the challenge for Megan Bolden ’20. Bolden said learning that “change is constant” during her time at UNCW is helping her navigate this time of uncertainty.

The Wilmington native will miss the College of Health and Human Services when she completes her studies, and particularly the School of Social Work.

Former Seahawks Battling Invisible Opponent

5/20 – They come from different sports and different times, but four former UNCW student-athletes are de facto teammates today on the front lines as health care professionals in the battle against global nemesis COVID-19.

Debbie Warner '76 (physical education and health), Anna Grauel '19 (nursing), Savannah Andrews '18 (public health) and Dr. Alyssa Ritchie '15 (biology) each faced formidable opponents during their time as Seahawks. Today’s current foe – the coronavirus - may be the toughest.

Gerontology Students Pen Pals with Older Adults for Service Learning

4/20 – In the spring semester, gerontology students in the GRN 101 class did pen pal activities with older adults for their service learning.

SSW Training Goes Virtual - with More Attendees

4/20 – Due to the coronavirus, the School of Social Work and the local chapter of National Association of Social Workers held its March 27 “Expanding Knowledge and Skills with Technology and Substance Use Disorders Treatment and Recovery” training seminar online. More than 100 people attended, exceeding the in-person event’s capacity of 75.

CHHS Seeks Quality Matters Certification for Online Programs

4/20 - The School of Health and Applied Human Sciences is seeking Quality Matters (QM) Certification for its online Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) program.

Quality Matters (QM) is a global name in enabling a quality assurance process for online and blended programs through three critical components-Rubric Standards, Faculty and Staff Professional Development and Course & Program Reviews. QM program certification is a gold standard of quality assurance for online programs with a focus on four critical areas of program design, teaching support, learner support and learner success. Achieving certification in all four critical areas within a three-year period will receive Exemplary Program Status from QM.

UNCW Ranked Among the Best Graduate Schools by U.S. News & World Report

4/20 - The School of Social Work’s MSW Program, which tied for 77th in the 2020 rankings, remains on the U.S. News & World Report list of “2021 Best Graduate Schools.”

Intergenerational Connections During the COVID-19 Crisis

UNCW researcher Dr. Anne Glass is looking for adults aged 18 and older to participate in a short online research survey about how you’re using technology to connect during this unique time of social distancing. It will help us understand how this period of staying at home is affecting you and your connections.

UNCW Appoints Dr. James J. Winebrake as New Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

4/20 - Dr. James J. Winebrake has been named Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, effective July 1, 2020, the University of North Carolina Wilmington announced today. An award-winning educator and experienced administrator, Winebrake has served as Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, N.Y., since 2011.

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!