News Archive 2021

Recreation Therapy Student Wins $500 Scholarship from MOAA

12/21 – Recreation Therapy student Aron Lanie was awarded a $500 scholarship from the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA).

MOAA is an independent, nonprofit organization that plays an active role in military personnel matters and especially proposed legislation affecting the career force, the retired community and veterans of the uniformed services.

Faculty & Staff Awarded Cultural Activity Grants

12/21 – CHHS faculty and staff were recently awarded Cultural Activity Grants for their interprofessional, intercultural projects.

Cultural activities promote broad cultural change via the promotion of diversity and inclusion, community engagement, student engagement, and the arts. Projects challenge issues related to culture and diversity perspectives.

Clinical Assistant Professor Wins DAISY Award

12/21 - Dr. Valerie Tarte, a clinical assistant professor in the School of Nursing, has won the School’s DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing Faculty. The DAISY Award is an international recognition program that celebrates colleges/schools of nursing faculty for their commitment and inspirational influence on their nursing students.

UNCW Researchers Jennifer McCall and Susan Niven Awarded Two Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium Grants

11/19/21 - Two UNCW researchers have received grants, totaling $168,009, from the Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium to develop accurate field testing for shellfish farmers and to study Florida Red Tide migration.

Jennifer McCall, an assistant professor in the Clinical Research Program in the School of Nursing in the College of Health and Human Services, and Susan Niven, a research specialist at the Center for Marine Science, are collaborating with Mote Marine Lab to provide better real-time information to shellfish farmers during harmful algal blooms of Florida Red Tide.

UNCW College of Health and Human Services Receives $100,000 Grant to Help Fund Human Cadaver Lab

11/2/21 - The UNCW College of Health and Human Services has received a $100,000 grant from the New Hanover Regional Medical Center Foundation South East Area Health Education Center Legacy Fund to help support the construction of an on-campus human cadaver laboratory.

The New Hanover Regional Medical Center Foundation SEAHEC Education Legacy Fund grant, in combination with a gift received from the Cape Fear Memorial Foundation and two private gifts secured during Like No Other: The Campaign for UNCW, will fund the lab, said CHHS founding dean and professor Charles Hardy.

“We are thrilled with the collaboration amongst these funders in supporting innovative facilities like the cadaver lab that will enhance high-impact learning opportunities for students, support future degree programs, and offer continuing education and professional development opportunities to health professionals in southeastern North Carolina,” said Hardy.

Critical Stress Management Team Trained for Crisis

10/21 – Developed in response to Hurricane Florence, the School of Social Work partnered with Open Gate Domestic Violence Shelter and Services; Coastal Horizons Center, Inc.; Catholic Charities; and New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office to develop the Critical Stress Management Team. The team provides a supportive space for individuals to understand the facts of a crisis after it has occurred and direction to resources to process through thoughts, questions and feelings. The team also connects people to mental health professionals, when needed.

Staff Inducted into James F. Merritt Million Dollar Club

10/21 – Leah Mayo, coordinator for the College’s Center for Healthy Communities, has been inducted into UNCW’s James F. Merritt Million Dollar Club. Mayo’s role is centered on building relationships with the surrounding communities and identifying what their needs are to make connections with faculty, staff and students and to create collaborative funding opportunities.

Aligning Priorities to Enhance Our Region

10/21 - With the sale of New Hanover Regional Medical Center to Novant Health, the College of Health and Human Services remains engaged in collaborative efforts with the hospital and UNC Chapel Hill to provide regional experience and expertise in the partnership.

SHAHS Establishes Dr. Deborah Dowd Memorial Scholarship  

10/21 – The School of Health and Applied Human Sciences established the Dr. Deborah Dowd Memorial Scholarship Fund in honor of the late Dr. Deborah Dowd. The fund will support exercise science undergraduate students.

Staff Recognized for Years of Service

10/21 - The following College of Health and Human Services staff were recently honored for years of service at by UNCW Human Resources.

DNP Program Adopts Holistic Admission Process to Increase Diversity

10/21 – In an effort to increase diversity in the Doctor of Nursing Practice program, a holistic admission process was adopted in 2020.

Continuing the Legacy of the Student Social Work Organization

by Dr. Tiffany Lane, associate professor and BSW program coordinator

10/21 - Despite the many challenges related to the pandemic, the undergraduate social work student leaders answered the call to continue the legacy of the Student Social Work Organization.

SON Celebrates Health Care Simulation Week

10/21 - To bring awareness to the importance of simulation in health care education, the School of Nursing (SON) celebrated Health Care Simulation Week on Sept. 13-19.

Recreation Therapy Recognized at 2021 ATRA Virtual Conference

10/21 – American Therapeutic Recreation Association (ATRA) recognized CHHS students and faculty at its virtual conference and awards ceremony on Sept. 14.

Support System: SAMHSA Grant Provides Valuable Training in Efforts to Treat Substance Misuse

10/15/21 - UNCW School of Nursing faculty member Amanda Culp-Roche and colleagues have been funded $340,000 by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to bolster the psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and family nurse practitioner curriculum.

Over the next three years, the funds will be used to train doctor of nursing practice students completing required medication-assisted treatment education. Joining Culp-Roche are faculty co-investigators from the SON – Tammy Arms, Sara Hubbell, Tami Link and Anka Roberto. SON associate professor Matt Peterson will assist with data analysis.

Faculty Engaged in Research to Help Marginalized Communities

9/21 - Five UNCW tenure-track faculty across the disciplines of social work, English and nursing are engaging in research that stimulates change in marginalized communities.

Social Work Pilots Kognito Virtual Simulations

9/21 - The School of Social Work recently piloted virtual Kognito simulations in the substance use disorders and addictions class.

Faculty and Staff Honored for Teaching, Scholarship and Service

9/21 - UNCW honored the dedication and talents of its faculty at the annual fall faculty meeting on Sept. 9. Provost James J. Winebrake announced the award recipients. Six CHHS faculty were honored for their outstanding accomplishments in teaching and service.

Leading the Charge While Leaving a Legacy: Reel and Bucciere Support the CHHS Experience

8/2021 - Several years ago, Justine Reel led a group of UNCW students on a study abroad course to Sweden. The course’s topic was health care and innovation. But she quickly realized that the cross-cultural experience – and even the airplane ride – were as much a part of the learning experience for many students as the course material.

“The exposure to diverse cultures is life-changing,” says Reel, associate dean for research and innovation in the College of Health and Human Services. Reel’s husband, Robert Bucciere, also works for CHHS as a systems training and reporting specialist and helped with travel logistics. “Creating a way for students to experience Sweden and Denmark opened our eyes and underscored the importance of these immersion experiences, especially when we learned that many of the students had never been outside the state of North Carolina.”

University of North Carolina Wilmington Partners with UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy to Train Future Pharmacists

8/16/21 - UNCW is collaborating with the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy in a shared commitment to train the future public health workforce. The two universities are creating an Early Assurance Program, offering an automatic interview with the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy’s Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program admissions committee for qualifying UNCW students. UNCW will verify that interested students meet the participation qualifications identified by the two schools and provide processes and resources to support interested students. 

The partnership will involve UNCW’s College of Health and Human Services and the College of Arts and Sciences. Officials are developing processes to track students to ensure they meet the requirements, said Chris Lantz, associate dean for academic affairs in the College of Health and Human Services.

“Students who express interest in participating in this agreement will receive support from UNCW and UNC-CH,” said Lantz. “The agreement provides structure and gives our students a clear pathway. The real beneficiary of this is the population we serve in the health care workforce. We are putting high-quality students into degree programs that are of great value.”

Public Health Assistant Professor Featured in Vaccine Documentary

8/2021 - Dr. Sabrina T. Cherry, an assistant professor of public health in the School of Health and Applied Human Sciences, is featured in a new documentary entitled Vaccination from the Misinformation Virus. The project was spearheaded by Chris Schueler, an Emmy Award-winning producer. The documentary aims to help address vaccine concerns by explaining why vaccines are safe, crucial to community health and save millions of lives annually. While the project includes Covid vaccination, it addresses all elements of vaccines including their history, how they are created, tested and what they contain. It also addresses misinformation and how to overcome that “epidemic.”

School of Nursing Named NLN Center of Excellence

8/5/21 - The School of Nursing in the College of Health and Human Services at UNC Wilmington has been named a 2021 National League for Nursing (NLN) Centers of Excellence.

Each year, the NLN selects schools of nursing and health care organizations as its Center of Excellence honorees based on demonstrated excellence in a specific area. UNC Wilmington’s program was one of 23 programs selected this year and will receive formal recognition for this prestigious designation at the organization’s 2021 NLN Education Summit at the Honors Convocation on September 25. The School of Nursing was one of six schools recognized in the area of Promote the Pedagogical Expertise of Faculty.

Center for Healthy Communities Helps Develop Housing Resource Guide for Health Departments

7/2021 - Local health departments in rural areas are often the only providers to offer key health care services and health education, making them ideal partners in addressing housing needs in rural communities. This brief is designed to guide the use of Medicaid managed care levers to address homelessness and housing insecurity and improve health outcomes for rural Medicaid enrollees. This resourse was created for local health departments in collaboration with the Center for Healthy Communities and the Center for Health Care Strategies with support from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation.

CHHS Welcomes New Director of Operations

7/2021 - Lincoln Walburn joins the CHHS team as the director of operations. He will manage the daily operations, events, facility management and space planning for the college. 

Walburn has worked in higher education facility management for 15 years in various roles, most recently serving as the associate director of the Armstrong Student Center at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He is also a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. He is a two time alumnus of Western Carolina University and holds a bachelor of science in criminal justice and a master of education in college student personnel. Walburn also earned his doctorate in education leadership at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi, and his research interest is student veterans transitioning into higher education. Walburn has extensive experience supervising and developing student employees and is looking forward to helping develop students’ skill sets at UNCW.

UNCW Signs Articulation Agreement with Carteret Community College

7/2021 - The Respiratory Therapy program now offers an articulation agreement to allow students with an Associate of Applied Science in Respiratory Therapy from Carteret Community College and Fayetteville Technical Community College to seamlessly complete their Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy at UNC Wilmington. This online accelerated degree program is designed to provide graduates with additional knowledge, skills and attributes in leadership, management, education, research and/or advanced clinical practice that will enable them to meet their current professional goals and prepare them for practice as advanced degree respiratory therapists.

“The College of Health and Human Services is incredibly excited to be partnering with Carteret Community College to offer a pathway for students pursuing careers in respiratory care to obtain their bachelor’s degree in respiratory therapy,” says Chris Lantz, associate dean for academic affairs for the College. “The articulation agreement outlines specific transfer courses and provides qualifying students automatic admission to UNCW’s respiratory therapy program. Working together, we are directly addressing a pressing healthcare need for access to high quality respiratory care in our region and across the state by increasing student access to this exciting new degree program.”

For more information, please contact Jamy Chulak, program coordinator, at

UNCW Selected to Participate in Institute on High-Impact Practices and Student Success

6/3/21 - UNCW is among 61 institutions selected to participate in the Association of American Colleges and Universities’ 2021 Institute on High-Impact Practices and Student Success.

The institute is designed to advance efforts to achieve quality, equity and student engagement goals through the design, implementation and assessment of active teaching and learning practices widely known as “high-impact practices” or HIPs. The institute will be held virtually from June 15-18.

“The institute is an opportunity for UNCW to develop an action plan for advancing HIPS and student success with campus and community stakeholders,” said James DeVita, interim director of applied learning and associate professor of higher education. “What makes it especially meaningful is the invaluable feedback we will receive from experts and lessons we will learn from our peer institutions, which we can use to inform our work with HIPS at UNCW.”

Recreation Therapy Faculty Member Receives Mather Institute Award

6/21 – On May 6, Recreation Therapy Assistant Professor Angie Sardina and her collaborators received the Innovative Research on Aging Silver Award from the Mather Institute for their manuscript entitled, Older Black Adults’ Satisfaction and Anxiety Levels After Completing Alternative Versus Traditional Cognitive Batteries.

UNCW Names Sheri Shaw Interim Bridge Coordinator for New Student Support Program

7/8/21 – College of Health and Human Services Assistant Dean for Student Success Sheri Shaw is a proven expert when it comes to building award-winning student supports, so it’s no surprise that she will lead efforts to create a new UNCW program that empowers underrepresented Seahawks.

Shaw, who was instrumental in developing successful bridge programs at Drexel University and University of Illinois, has devoted her career to helping students thrive in college and beyond.

Lecturer Awarded AWHONN Nurse Leader of the Year Award

5/21 - School of Nursing Prelicensure Clinical Coordinator and Lecturer Nina Williams was awarded the NC Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) Nurse Leader of the Year Award for her continued dedication to women’s and children’s health in North Carolina.

Nursing Lecturer Wins Inaugural DAISY Award

5/21 - Dr. Paula Baisden, a lecturer in the School of Nursing, has won the School’s inaugural DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing Faculty.

The DAISY Award is an international recognition program that celebrates colleges/schools of nursing faculty for their commitment and inspirational influence on their nursing students.

Social Work Lecturer Appointed to NC Mental Health Commission

5/21 - Ryan Estes, a part-time lecturer in the School of Social Work, has been appointed to the North Carolina Commission for Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services by North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper. The Commission’s mission is to promote excellence in prevention, treatment and rehabilitation programs for persons with mental illness, developmental disabilities and substance abuse disorders in North Carolina. 

Estes serves as the treatment operations director of Coastal Horizons Center, Inc. for Pender County. He is also on the National and North Carolina State Board of Directors for the National Association of Social Workers.

BSW Coordinator Leads Lift as We Climb: An Intercultural Learning Experience

5/21 - Lift as We Climb was a two-part series of panel discussions sponsored by the College of Health and Human Services Cultural Activity Grant. The series was led by Dr. Tiffany Lane, an associate professor and BSW coordinator in the School of Social Work. The series engaged Black women who work in diverse helping professions in critical discourse on the intersection of race and gender issues in the workplace.

Staff and Faculty Participate in Anti-Racist Study Groups

5/21 – During the 2020-2021 academic year, Student Success Center (SSC) staff and College faculty participated in anti-racist study groups in an effort to help improve campus culture.

Gerontology Program & AARP Partner to Share Vaccination Info

5/21 – This spring, gerontology students and faculty worked with the AARP to contact older adults living in Robeson and Swain counties to provide information about COVID-19 vaccine eligibility, how to sign up for an appointment and who to contact with additional questions.

CHHS & Office of the Arts Host Aging Exhibit

4/21 – College of Health and Human Services’ Center for Healthy Communities, the School of Health and Applied Human Sciences’ gerontology program and the UNC Wilmington Office of the Arts is hosting a photography exhibit entitled A World of Aging.

Dr. Jeffrey M. Levine, is an associate professor of geriatric medicine and palliative care at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and a nationally-recognized expert in wound care and pressure injuries. Levine is also an accomplished artist and photographer whose images have appeared in numerous publications including The Gerontologist, the Journal of the American Medical Directors Association and the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

A World of Aging is a portion of Levine’s portfolio from his travels in the United States, India, Russia and several countries in both Central Asia and South America. The exhibit is designed to foster intergenerational, international and interprofessional discussions about the subject of aging.

A Healthy Start: Newly Launched MHA Program to Graduate First Students

4/27/21 - Although UNCW’s Master of Healthcare Administration program has only been online for approximately a year, six of its 122 students will be graduating this spring.

Created and approved by the North Carolina Board of Governors in 2019, the program accepted its inaugural class last spring and ramped up enrollment in fall 2020.

“Given that we were already online, our operations were minimally affected by the pandemic,” said Eric Richardson, assistant professor in the School of Health and Applied Human Sciences and the program’s first coordinator. “We experienced unprecedented growth in student enrollment and faculty hiring.”

Message from Chancellor Sartarelli

4/20/21 - Now that the verdict in the State v. Chauvin case has been announced, the question on the minds of many of us today is this – where do we go from here? For far too long, communities of color have borne the brunt of social and racial injustices that have denied them the fundamental rights and dignity they deserve. We recognize this historical fact while  also understanding the complicated nature of human identity. We acknowledge the ways in which race has privileged some and disenfranchised others, while we know that race is not the sum of the human existence. We can work to confront our deeply troubled lived experiences with race while we also fight to affirm the dignity of those with other, marginalized identities.

UNCW Receives Funding to Support Regional COVID-19 Relief for Vulnerable Populations

4/12/21 - The Center for Healthy Communities, part of UNCW’s College of Health and Human Services, has received a $330,000 grant from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust to assist in slowing the spread of COVID-19 in southeastern North Carolina.

The funding is designated for local health departments in Robeson, Bladen, and Columbus counties to enhance their capacity for adapting to the emerging needs of COVID-19 response in vulnerable populations. The grant will be used over a one-year period to support increased testing and vaccinations, supplies and community outreach to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Public Health Student to Receive Outstanding Undergraduate Major of the Year Award

4/21 - Public health senior Paige Lundberg has been selected to receive the Eta Sigma Gamma (ESG) National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC) Outstanding Undergraduate Major of the Year Award.

Athletic Training Student Wins NCATA Presidential Scholarship for Leadership Award

4/21 - Benjamin Williams, a senior in the Athletic Training program, won the NC Athletic Trainer’s Association (NCATA) Presidential Scholarship for Leadership Award at the NCATA’s 2021 virtual awards ceremony.

CHHS Members Give 3-Minute Thesis at Research & Innovation Day

4/21 - Since Health and Human Services Week was virtual this year, Research and Innovation hosted a Three-Minute Thesis competition on Research and Innovation Day.

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.