News Archive 2021

Hawk’s Eye View: Evonne Meyreles ’21

3/21 - Evonne Meyreles ’21 (pictured above, kneeling bottom right) set her sights on a career in health care at a young age, after participating in several fundraisers for breast cancer and children’s cancer research. After graduating from UNCW’s School of Nursing in May, she’s hoping to further support those causes by working on a pediatric oncology unit at a hospital or clinic – and, someday, for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

In this Hawk’s Eye View, Evonne shares how her experiences in the clinic and in student leadership have prepared her for her next steps.

We Are UNCW: Sheri Shaw, Assistant Dean for Student Success

3/22/21 - Giving takes on many forms for Sheri Shaw: the gift of time to mentor a student, monetary support of scholarships, community activism and engagement, and even organ donation.

When Shaw was an undergraduate, she donated a kidney to her cousin, Vernon Anderson, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. She continued her education after the transplant with the help of scholarships, course extensions and additional support.

Response to National Events

3/19/21 - As Dean of the College of Health and Human Services, I support the Chancellor’s statement denouncing violence and hate crimes occurring across the country, particularly the recent and increasing number of acts against the Asian American community. 

The CHHS is a community dedicated to anti-racism and justice, and we firmly condemn hate and violence of all forms. We recognize the immense emotional toll and trauma these continued events have on members of our community, especially when experienced in addition to the global pandemic and ongoing racial violence in the United States. 

As health and human services professionals, we must continue to foster a culture of inclusive excellence. We will continue to support one another, hold ourselves and others accountable, and continue our commitment to embrace the socioeconomic, physical, cultural, racial, and ethnic differences of our students, faculty and staff. - Charlie Hardy

Hawk's Eye View - Howard Smith '19

3/21 - When he started college, Howard Smith ’19 thought he wanted to become a lawyer. But first-year classes in biology, culture and anthropology nudged him in a different direction. As he searched for a major that could fuse those three disparate interests, he settled on public health. That decision led him to transfer to UNCW before his sophomore year; to Duke University’s master of biomedical sciences program, which he completed in 2020; and to his current role as a medical assistant at Duke Primary Care in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Rec Therapy Develops Virtual Internship

3/21 - Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, recreation therapy internship sites were denying in-person interns and, in some cases, cancelling internships altogether. To solve this issue and to avoid delayed graduations, School of Health and Applied Human Sciences recreation therapy faculty developed a virtual internship program, where students could serve clients in a contactless, clinical environment.

SON Facilitates Mass Vaccine Rollout

3/21 - Heroes don’t just wear capes; they wear scrubs, too!

In February, School of Nursing faculty and students partnered with New Hanover Regional Medical Center (NHRMC) to administer the COVID-19 vaccine to people who need it most.

Social Work to Host Virtual International Conference

2/21 - The School of Social Work and the St. Joseph’s College School of Social Work in Bangalore, India are co-sponsoring a virtual international conference entitled “Cross-National Perspectives on Social Work in the Time of COVID-19” March 18-20, 2021.

CHHS Faculty Nominated for YWCA Lower Cape Fear Women of Achievement Awards

3/21: Faculty from all three professional schools in the College of Health and Human Services have been nominated for a YWCA Lower Cape Fear Women of Achievement Awards.

  • Dr. Paula Baisden, lecturer, School of Nursing: Education Award
  • Dr. Jacquelyn Lee, associate professor, School of Social Work: Education Award
  • Dr. Amelia "Kit" Huelskamp, assistant professor, School of Health and Applies Human Sciences: Education Award
  • Dr. Nina Williams, lecturer, School of Nursing: Health and Wellness Award

The YWCA Lower Cape Fear Women of Achievement Awards recognizes the outstanding contributions and achievements of women and young leaders who are active in Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover and Pender counties.

Meyersons advance nursing programs, research and innovation in the College of Health and Human Services

3/21: Longtime Wilmington-area health care advocates Dr. Martin Meyerson and Deborah Meyerson '94, '01M have made a $500,000 gift to establish the Martin B. Meyerson, MD and Deborah J. Meyerson Endowed Trust Fund at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. The fund will support a variety of initiatives within the College of Health and Human Services (CHHS). Their gift is part of Like No Other: The Campaign for UNCW, that has received more than $80 million in support to date.

“We are motivated to support Dean (Charles) Hardy and his vision for CHHS because we care about health care in this region, and we know that means an investment in higher education, research and innovation initiatives, and health care workforce development,” says Martin Meyerson, a retired Wilmington-area radiation oncologist who currently volunteers as a physician at a community clinic.

A significant portion of the gift will support the School of Nursing, of which Deborah Meyerson – who enjoyed a long career as a nurse practitioner – is a two-time alumna. The fund will support need-based scholarships in the school and the newly established Mrs. Deborah J. Meyerson Award of Excellence for Family Nurse Practitioners which will recognize an outstanding student in the Family Nurse Practitioner program, among other priorities.

UNCW Student Veteran to Speak at National Conference

2/16/21 - Ashlie Anderson ’21, an exercise science major in the CHHS, is a featured speaker at the Student Veterans of America National Convention.
The Air Force veteran will discuss her experience as a female leader of a Student Veterans of America chapter. “Along with three other women, we will each discuss our experiences in being a leader not only in the SVA, but in general and what situations we have had to overcome as minority leaders, and how we did so,” she said.

CHHS Hosts Its First Fulbright Scholar

2/21 - For Uganda University Dean Saidah Najjuma, research is important because it helps her create a fairer world. Through her research of women living with HIV/AIDS, she explores economic empowerment as a means to lessen women’s suffering, among other strategies to sustain their livelihoods. She envisions a world where empowering women economically becomes more useful in the management of HIV/AIDS.

Healthful Living & Fitness Education Program Partners with Special Olympics

2/21 – The Healthful Living & Fitness Education (HLFE) program is partnering with the Special Olympics to provide virtual adapted physical and health education programming for athletes.

UNCW Alumni Association Recognizes Distinguished Alumni, Supporter

2/21 - Philip M. Brown Jr. ’88 is the recipient of this year’s UNCW Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award. Dr. Brown remains active in the Seahawk community. He serves as the medical director for the master's program in athletic training and on the Dean's Advancement Council in the College of Health and Human Services. He often lectures as a guest in CHHS and mentors students interested in a medical career.

Friends of UNCW Offers Annual Grants

2/21 - As the spring semester begins, we want to remind you of the annual grants offered from The FRIENDS of UNCW. Our application and award process takes place each spring and we encourage you to apply.

UNCW Launches Comprehensive Fundraising Campaign

2/21 - UNCW launched its comprehensive fundraising campaign on Feb. 2, 2021.

Like No Other: The Campaign for UNCW is a $100 million university-wide initiative that began on July 1,2015 under Chancellor Sartarelli’s leadership. It seeks to enrich and expand upon what makes the university one of a kind. To date, UNCW has raised $86 million of its $100 million goal as a part of the multi-year fundraising campaign to support students, faculty, programs and facilities.

Building A Health Care Innovation Certificate: It's a Team Effort (Wilmington Biz Insights)

1/4/21 - Over a year ago, University of North Carolina Wilmington and New Hanover Regional Medical Center began efforts of educating health care professionals and College of Health and Human Services faculty on how to build a new innovative business, and solve a real time health care problem. As usual, we did this in our silos of our organizations. Realizing that true successful innovation comes from the diversity of ideas and experiences, we formed a team of health care professionals and faculty to design a health care innovation certificate program. This program would not only be for health care professionals and faculty but also students and others in our community that are interested.

SHAHS Assistant Professor Elected to SOPHE Board of Trustees

1/21: SHAHS Assistant Professor Sabrina Cherry was elected to the 2021-22 Society for Public Health Education, Inc. (SOPHE) Board of Trustees.

UNCW Ranked in Top 20 Nationally Among Best Online Bachelor’s Programs by U.S. News & World Report

1/26/21 - The University of North Carolina Wilmington is ranked 19th nationally on U.S. News & World Report’s list of “2021 Best Online Bachelor’s Programs,” and several graduate programs were also recognized among top online programs.

This is the third consecutive year that UNCW’s online bachelor’s programs have ranked in the U.S. News Top 20. UNCW is tied with George Washington University.
Several graduate programs were also recognized among the best online programs: Nursing; MBA Programs; Non-MBA Business Master’s Programs; and Education. Each program improved its ranking from 2020, and the graduate nursing program rose 33 places to 80th nationally, tied with the University of Iowa and the Lewis University College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

SON Associate Director Selected Into 2021 NLN Leadership Institute

1/21 – Dr. Matthew Gallek, associate director for academic programs and associate professor within the School of Nursing, has been selected into the 2021 National League for Nursing Leadership Institute.