News Archive 2022

Aswani K. Volety Named Chancellor-Elect of UNCW

May 26, 2022 - Dr. Aswani K. Volety, an experienced leader in higher education with deeply rooted connections to the University of North Carolina Wilmington, will return to the institution on July 1, 2022, as the seventh Chancellor. Chancellor-Elect Volety previously served as the Dean of UNCW’s renowned College of Arts & Sciences and the Executive Director of the Center for Marine Science. He is currently Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Elon University. More...

Assistant Professor Wins DAISY Award

May 26, 2022 - Dr. Julie Hinkle, an 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. More...

Social Work Graduate Hired as First Social Worker in Jacksonville Police Department

May 23, 2022 - UNCW Master of Social Work graduate, David Reese, has filled the first social work position in the history of the Jacksonville Police Department (JPD).

Rather than accompanying law enforcement on calls, Reese follows up on certain filed reports that would require his expertise. For example, he may contact parties involved in a domestic disturbance situation days after the report was filed to offer further consultation and resources that would positively impact their situation. As police officers may lack the proper skills and the time to follow up on certain situations, social workers like Reese are able to make a huge difference in better serving the community. More...

Isaac Bear Early College High School Visits CHHS

May 23, 2022 - On Friday April 22nd, ninth grade students from Isaac Bear Early College High School (IBECHS) visited the College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) at UNCW. Students participated in a tour of Veterans Hall and engaged in a variety of demonstrations by School of Health and Applied Human Sciences faculty in both the Anatomy and Physiology and the Movement Activities labs.

In 2008, the School of Health and Applied Human Sciences established a collaborative partnership with the Isaac Bear Early College High School. Dr. Ashley Wells, the College’s assistant dean of community engagement says of the partnership, “It is vitally important that we connect with our educational partners to nurture the next generation of health and human services professionals. Pipeline programming such as the event with IBEC is one example of how we are committed to workforce development in the fields CHHS represents.” More...

Lane Wins Griot Award

May 20, 2022 - Dr. Tiffany Lane, associate professor in the School of Social Work, was recently awarded the Upperman Center's Griot Black Faculty Award at the Center's annual Senior Sankofa graduation ceremony. Dr. Lane was recognized for her devotion to Black student success, partnering with the Center, and commitment to the university. 

Keeping with the West-African theme, a griot is a historian, storyteller or praise singer whose long-standing support and institutional memory of black life at UNCW makes them a community leader. More...

Bice Wins Rising Research Achievement Award

May 18, 2022 - Dr. April Bice, assistant professor in the School of Nursing, has won an inaugural UNC Wilmington Rising Research Achievement Award. The Rising Research Excellence Award honors faculty who are generating a substantial volume of high-quality research, innovation, scholarship, and creative work, and who are emerging as leaders in their fields as recognized by their peers. Winners receive $2,500 to support research related activities.

Dr. Bice’s research focuses on pediatric nursing pain and comfort management, holistic comfort care of individuals and general pediatric holistic health. After receiving the news, Dr. Bice says she was honored to be selected as one of the Rising Research Excellence recipients. More...

We Are UNCW: Danielle Broman

May 17, 2022 - Danielle Broman '20, '22M had always known she wanted to work in health care, but she had to walk away from a successful career as a surgical technician to find where she truly belonged.

A desire to be more involved in patient care and evaluation drove Broman to return to UNCW to earn a Master of Science in Athletic Training.

“Wanting to be more hands-on, this profession was where I needed to be,” Broman said of her switch in occupation. “The profession is maturing to become more an integrated part of the health care team.”

In May, Broman became a member of the first cohort to graduate from the MSAT program at UNCW. After receiving her board certification, she will work at Emerge Ortho in Wilmington. Not only was she a student intern there, but she also knew them in her previous career. More...

CHHS Names Leadership Fellow for Partner Engagement, Diversity and Health Equity

May 12, 2022 - The College of Health and Human Services announces a newly created college leadership fellow position that will support the expansion of partner engagement efforts, with an emphasis on health equity as well as the coordination of diversity, equity, inclusion, and access issues. Dr. Kent Guion, professor of public health, will serve on the college leadership team as the CHHS Leadership Fellow for Partner Engagement, Diversity, and Health Equity. More...

We Are UNCW: Levi Mullis

May 11, 2022 - Never would Levi Mullis '22 have imagined that during his time at UNCW he would endure not one, but two hurricanes and a global pandemic before he graduated (with a 3.741 GPA no less). “But I did, and I did it well,” he said. More...

Two Social Work Students Awarded NASW-NC Equity and Inclusion Student Award

May 10, 2022 - Every year, the National Association of Social Workers North Carolina Chapter (NASW-NC) provides a monetary award and a membership to undergraduate and graduate social work students enrolled in a Council of Social Work Education accredited social work program in North Carolina. UNCW Bachelor of Social Work students Marisa Tatum and Nakyah McNeal are among this year’s recipients. More...

We Are UNCW: Charmaine Cox

May 10, 2022 - Charmaine Cox ’22 will complete a journey she started more than 20 years ago when she walks across the stage to receive her degree in social work. The mother of two took a break from her studies to care for her daughter with cerebral palsy. More...

Volunteers Needed for Mentor Protégé Reading Program at Gregory School

May 6, 2022 - The School of Social Work, housed in the College of Health and Human Services, is partnering with the Barbara Highsmith Academy’s Mentor Protégé Reading Program to volunteer – and help recruit volunteers – to read to second graders at the International School at Gregory. More...

First Master of Science in Athletic Training Cohort to Graduate

May 3, 2022 - UNC Wilmington’s athletic training degree program, housed in the School of Health and Applied Human Sciences, transitioned from an undergraduate degree program to a graduate degree program in February 2019. The first cohort of students in the newly established Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) degree program started classes in the summer of 2020 and will graduate May 14. More...

Reel Named Interim Dean for College of Health and Human Services

April 25, 2022 - Following an internal search process, Dr. Justine Reel, associate dean and professor in the College of Health and Human Services, has been selected to serve as the interim dean for CHHS for the 2022-23 academic year, beginning July 1, 2022.

“Dr. Reel is an experienced leader dedicated to student, faculty and staff success,” Provost James J. Winebrake said. “I am confident she will guide the college successfully this coming academic year as CHHS continues to expand its impact regionally and nationally.” More...

We Are UNCW: Thomas Nietman

April 19, 2022 - After a severe bout with pneumonia that required hospitalization and a long recovery, Thomas Nietman needed extensive respiratory therapy, a life-changing and life-saving experience that ultimately led to a new career path. More...

Dr. Linda Haddad Selected as Dean of the Loewenberg College of Nursing at the University of Memphis

April 18, 2022 - Dr. Linda Haddad, Director of the School of Nursing and Irwin Belk Distinguished Professor, has been selected to the position of Dean of the Loewenberg College of Nursing at the University of Memphis effective August 1, 2022. More...

Wells Named Associate Director in School of Health and Applied Human Sciences

April 14, 2022 - Dr. Ashley Wells, assistant dean for community engagement in the College of Health and Human Services, has accepted the position of associate school director for quality assurance in the School of Health and Applied Human Sciences. More...

UNCW Student Named Wilmington's First Social Worker in Veterinary Medicine

March 2022 - UNCW Master of Social Work student, Charity Moorhous, has made history as Wilmington’s first social worker in veterinary medicine. Since last summer, she has worked as an intern at the Animal Emergency & Trauma Hospital, Wilmington’s only emergency veterinary clinic. While the veterinary profession lacks social work positions throughout the country, Moorhous’s new employment is paving the way for a whole new outlet of social work jobs and careers. More...

CHHS Establishes Health Science Scholarship

March 2022 - The UNCW SEEDS Scholarship in Health Science has been established by the College of Health and Human Services, with funding provided by Novant Health-UNC Health, to increase pipeline initiatives for rural and disadvantaged students interested in allied health careers. THE UNCW SEEDS (Students Engaged in Enriching Diversity in Sciences) Scholarship in Health Science is an initiative under the umbrella of the Novant Health-UNC Health SEEDS Scholarship Program, a collaborative between the UNCW College of Health and Human Services (UNCW CHHS), Cape Fear Community College (CFCC), Southeastern Area Health Education Center (SEAHEC) and UNC School of Medicine Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (UNC SOM ODEI) to strengthen, provide intentional mentorship, resources, exposure, and support to increase diversity within the health science careers. More...

Founding Dean Charles J. Hardy Transitions from Administration to Faculty

Feb. 16, 2022 - After nearly 40 years in academia and 11 years as founding dean of the College of Health and Human Services, Dr. Charles J. Hardy is transitioning from administration to faculty. Hardy is looking forward to shifting his focus from the executive leadership of the college and is enthusiastic about returning to his roots in the classroom. Read more about Dr. Hardy’s impact on health and quality of life in the region.

Bryant Awarded UNCW Alumni Association's Distinguished Citizen of the Year Award

Feb. 1, 2022 - Dr. Lolita Bryant ’04, ’11M, is a faculty member in the School of Nursing and a patient safety coordinator at Novant New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

She recently established the Dr. Lolita B. Bryant, Abram Bishop and Family Endowed Scholarship for Diversity in Nursing to honor her great-great-grandfather, Abram Bishop. His former homestead was once located where UNCW’s Trask Coliseum now stands.

Dr. Bryant received the UNCW School of Nursing Outstanding Alumni of the Year award in 2010 for her commitment and contributions to the university. In 2011, she received the UNCW Graduate Student Achievement Award. She was recognized by the Gardner-Webb University Hunt School of Nursing during its celebration of National Nurses Month in 2020.

Her volunteer service includes past member of the UNCW Alumni Board of Directors, past president of the UNCW African American Graduate Association and past chair of the alumni scholarship and awards committee.

Dr. Bryant received her associate’s degree in nursing from James Sprunt Community College and her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from UNCW. In 2020, she completed her Doctor of Nursing Practice from Gardner-Webb University. Hear more from Dr. Bryant.

SHAHS Faculty Help Create Fitness Facility at Wrightsville Beach Fire Department

Feb. 8, 2022 - After the death of Wrightsville Beach's Ocean Rescue Captain Jeremy Owens in 2020, Drs. Wayland Tseh, John Lothes and Alex McDaniel in the School of Health and Applied Human Sciences mobilized to create a state-of-the-art fitness center in his honor. In addition to health and fitness opportunities, they hope the facility will provide services for the first responders at Wrightsville Beach and to raise awareness about mental health struggles and the available resources.

“There’s a strong relationship to some type of fitness, physical well-being, health and reductions of depression and anxiety,” Lothes said. “We’re really trying to help come together to help the first responders with the things that they’re dealing with in their life." More...

MSW Student Wins NASW-NC Presidents’ Award 

Feb. 1, 2022 - The National Association of Social Workers North Carolina Chapter (NASW-NC) has named Anastasia Kuz-Grady as the recipient of the 2022 NASW-NC Presidents’ Award for Master of Social Work (MSW) students for the 2021-2022 academic year. Anastasia Kuz-Grady is an outstanding graduate student in the Master of Social Work (MSW) program.

The NASW-NC Presidents’ Award recognizes Ms. Kuz-Grady’s leadership within her department and local community, her volunteer work in promoting voter education and turnout, and her commitment to community organizing and social justice. More...

Healthcare Administration Program Wins AUPHA Engagement Award

Jan. 27, 2022 - UNC Wilmington’s Healthcare Administration program has won an Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA) Engagement Award. The award recognizes a new Program member for accomplishments within a single year. Eligibility criteria include AUPHA program membership for less than five year and cumulative faculty participation in a variety of areas including publishing in the Journal of Health Administration Education and participation in meetings, networks and forums. More...

School of Nursing Programs Ranked Among Best Online Programs by U.S. News and World Report

Jan. 25, 2022 - U.S. News and World Report, the global authority in education rankings, today released the 2022 Best Online Programs rankings. Several UNCW nursing programs were recognized among top online programs.

U.S. News considers a variety of factors in developing its ranking of “Best Online Bachelor’s Programs,” which applies to undergraduate programs in which all required coursework is completed online. UNCW’s qualifying program for 2022 is the RN to BSN online nursing program.

Among the online graduate programs recognized, the UNCW master’s in nursing online program made it on several national lists, ranking 46th overall for “Best Online Master’s in Nursing” – rising 34 places from 80th last year and tying with Clarion University of Pennsylvania/Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, Duquesne University, University of Missouri-Kansas City and University of San Francisco.

Additionally, for the first time, the nursing program was ranked for both “Best Online Master’s in Nursing for Veterans” (12th) and “Best Online Master’s in Nursing Education Programs” (9th). More...

SON Assistant Professor Receives $50,000 Grant from Rita and Alex Hillman Foundation

1/22 – School of Nursing Assistant Professor Dr. Lisa Anne Bove received $50,000 from the Rita and Alex Hillman Foundation for her research project titled, "Promoting Health in African-American Population through Partnership with Barbershop and Wearable Activity Trackers." More...

Portion of AIDS Quilt on View in Veterans Hall

1/22 - A panel of the renowned National AIDS Memorial Quilt is on view in the south wing Veterans Hall through March 2022. The quilt is a traveling piece of history and folk art that began with the start of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the 1980s. More...