News Archive 2022

Impact Like No Other: UNCW Celebrates Its Research Leaders

September 21, 2022 - The achievements, scholarly productivity and creative works of UNCW’s research leaders were formally applauded at the 15th annual research celebration on Sept. 20. The event honored those who have participated in extramurally sponsored research in the form of proposals or awards within the preceding academic year. Six faculty and the College's reserach team were recognized for their efforts. More...

UNCW Recognizes Faculty for Excellence in Teaching, Research and Service

September 16, 2022 - Each year, UNCW recognizes faculty who have made significant contributions to teaching, research and service. These individuals distinguished themselves within the university and in the broader community. Five faculty members were honored during the annual fall faculty meeting on Sept. 15. Provost James J. Winebrake and Faculty Senate President Nathan Grove announced this year’s award recipients. More...

School of Health and Applied Human Sciences Faculty Developing Neck Strength Assessment Tool

September 15, 2022 - Strong necks are one way to prevent head and traumatic brain injuries, and the School of Health and Applied Human Sciences’ Alex McDaniel, assistant professor of exercise science, and Lindsey Schroeder, associate professor of athletic training, have invented a device to measure this strength. More...

UNCW Earns High Ranking on “Best Public National Universities” List

September 12, 2022 - The University of North Carolina Wilmington ranks as one of the best public national universities in the state and nation, according to the “2022-2023 Best Colleges” rankings from U.S. News & World Report. More...

UNCW's School of Health and Applied Human Sciences Partners with Ugandan University

August 25, 2022 - After the School of Health and Human Sciences’ public health program fostered a partnership between UNC Wilmington and Ndejje University in Luweero, Uganda, UNCW has signed two agreements that solidifies a collaborative relationship between the institutions. UNCW has active agreements with universities and institutions in the United States and around the world, but this is the university’s first in East Africa.

This accomplishment is due to the efforts of Dr. Michelle Cathorall, program coordinator and associate professor, and Dr. Sabrina Cherry, associate professor, who spent several weeks in Uganda this summer cultivating relationships and setting the stage for faculty and student exchanges in the coming years. These agreements outline faculty and student exchanges, curriculum development and joint research opportunities. UNCW will support up to two Ndejje students per year to spend up to a year taking public health classes at UNCW. More...

Byers Named Leadership Fellow for Student Engagement

August 2022 - Krystal Byers, a respiratory therapy major and clinical research minor in the College of Health and Human Services (CHHS), has been named a leadership fellow for student engagement. She is the first student member of the College leadership team in its history and will serve as an advisor to Interim Dean Justine Reel. Duties in this role include serving as the liaison for the Dean's Student Leadership Advisory Council (DSLAC), enlisting engagement between the dean and students across campus, providing recommendations for increased student involvement and serving on the CHHS Advancement Council. More...

College of Health and Human Sciences Hosts Simulation Pre-Pilot

August 2022 - This summer, the Schools of Health and Applied Human Sciences, Nursing and Social Work pre-piloted a new program focused on interprofessional healthcare education. Students created a simulation that demonstrated the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration in holistic patient care and practiced skills unique to their programs. More...

Bingham Promoted to Pre-Health Coordinator

August 17, 2022 - Ashley Auerbach Bingham has been promoted to pre-Health coordinator in the Student Success Center within the College of Health and Human Services.

Bingham has served in the Student Success Center for seven years as a student success advisor where she advised allied health students with pre-health aspirations, developed and implemented programming, designed and taught courses, supported students facing academic challenges, onboarded new team members and coordinated outreach events. More...

Jones Named School of Nursing's Interim Associate Director for Academic Programs

August 4, 2022 - Carolyn W. Jones, PhD, RN, NNP-BC has been named the School of Nursing’s new interim associate director for academic programs, effective August 1. Dr. Jones has been with UNCW since 2012. In this new role, she will be responsible for oversight of all undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral academic degree programs and certificates across all levels and instruction modalities. "Her experience with curriculum processes and curriculum development will be an asset to this position," says Dr. Matt Gallek, interim director of the School of Nursing. More...

Wells Named to 2023 Leadership Wilmington Class

August 3, 2022 - Dr. Ashley Wells, associate director for quality assurance in the School of Health and Applied Human Sciences, is among the 36 individuals selected for the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce’s 2023 class of Leadership Wilmington. The 10-month program challenges and motivates local leaders to use their skills to improve the community. Reacting to the news, Wells said, “I am looking forward to this opportunity to learn with, from and about leaders in our community and to continue to serve on behalf of UNCW.” More...

Seahawk Stories: Miriam Vázquez-Materdo

August 2022 - Her father's hospitalization following an accident inspired Miriam Vázquez-Materdo '25 (public health) to discover what she wanted to do with her education. Watch...

Vaughn Named Leadership Fellow for Innovation and Interprofessional Education

July 27, 2022 - Dr. Jacqueline Vaughn, clinical assistant professor in the School of Nursing, has been named the Leadership Fellow for Innovation and Interprofessional Education. She will serve as co-chair of the Interprofessional and Innovation Advisory Council and support partnerships of interprofessional clinics, School of Medicine spaces and other facilities within the College of Health and Human Services. Vaughn will strengthen relationships with community and clinical partners, while focusing on health equity and IPE, and will continue the CHHS signature project (mega-simulation) in collaboration with other faculty members, staff and students. More..

MHA Student Awarded Healthcare Management Scholarship

July 20, 2022 - UNC Wilmington Master of Healthcare Administration student Nina Ziemba is among the 2022 recipients of the American College of Healthcare Executives’ Foster G. McGaw graduate student scholarship for healthcare management. The $5,000 scholarship is designated for students enrolled in their final year of a healthcare management graduate program. More...

CHHS Faculty Awarded 2022 Cahill Grants

June 29, 2022 - Charles L. Cahill Grants for Faculty Scholarship are granted annually to full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty to provide seed money for the initiation of projects that subsequently may:

  • Attract funding from other sources,
  • Motivate new research or artistic endeavors,
  • Support travel to research collections, and
  • Encourage the development of specific professional skills.

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College of Health and Human Services Welcomes UNC School of Medicine to Veterans Hall

June 27, 2022 - The College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) is welcoming the UNC School of Medicine (SOM) Wilmington branch campus administrative team to Veterans Hall beginning in the fall 2023 semester, due to growth in its program. Having dedicated office spaces in the facility will also benefit CHHS students. Undergraduates will directly interact with SOM faculty administrators and participate in interprofessional collaboration opportunities. More...

College of Health and Human Services Hosts Inaugural iHeal Camp

June 22, 2022 - The College of Health and Human Services hosted 11 rising ninth graders from the Cape Fear region for the inaugural Interdisciplinary Health Education for Aspiring Leaders (iHeal) Camp. Students spent four days and three nights on campus exploring a variety of health careers and majors within the College and other academic institutions in the state, including UNC Chapel Hill.

Funded by Novant Health, UNC Health and UNC School of Medicine, iHeal was designed for students to gain an understanding of the health careers available in southeastern North Carolina, how social determinants and structures impact health and how academic programs can prepare students to become health leaders. More...

School of Social Work Partners with Carteret Community College to Provide Bachelor’s Degree Pipeline

June 16, 2022 - UNC Wilmington has partnered with Carteret Community College to create the first transfer program within the University of North Carolina System for students wishing to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Social Work. More...

Social Work Assistant Professor Wins Distinguished Scholarly Engagement and Public Service Award

June 16, 2022 - Dr. Josalin Hunter, assistant professor in the School of Social Work, has won the UNCW Distinguished Scholarly Engagement and Public Service Award, Junior Scholar. The Distinguished Scholarly Engagement and Public Service Awards recognize excellence in addressing crucial local, regional, national or global issues through collaborative scholarly activity directed towards persons and groups outside UNCW. More...

UNCW Selected for National Curriculum-to-Career Innovations Institute

June 15, 2022 - UNCW is one of 54 institutions selected to participate in the 2022 Curriculum-to-Career Innovations Institute. Co-directed by the American Association of Colleges and Universities and IBM, the virtual institute supports efforts to strengthen connections between college learning and workforce preparation and developing productive campus-industry partnerships. More...

Yoga Studies Minor Students Graduate with Certification

June 14, 2022 - On May 3, 39 UNCW students graduated with their Yoga Alliance certification. The minor provides students with the knowledge needed to teach yoga as a career or use yoga as a tool when working with clients as physical therapists, occupational therapists, recreational therapists, personal trainers, social workers, teachers and more. More...

Erichsen Appointed CHHS Leadership Fellow for Advancement and Foundations

June 10, 2022 - Tiffany Erichsen, coordinator of the Center for Workforce Development, will also take on the newly created position of CHHS Leadership Fellow for Advancement and Foundations beginning July 1. In this role, she will build relationships with corporate sponsors, foundations, alumni and donors with the goal of creating philanthropic and grant funding opportunities within the College of Health and Human Services. More...

Gallek Named Interim School of Nursing Director

June 10, 2022 - Dr. Matthew Gallek, associate director for academic programs and associate professor in the School of Nursing, has been appointed to serve as the interim director for the School of Nursing for the 2022-23 academic year, beginning July 1, 2022. More...

Mayo Named Interim Assistant Dean for Community Engagement and Health Equity

June 9, 2022 - Leah Mayo, Center for Healthy Communities coordinator in the College of Health and Human Services and co-director of the North Carolina Public Health Training Center, has been appointed to serve as the interim assistant dean for community engagement and health equity for the 2022-23 academic year, beginning July 1, 2022. More...

Turrise Named CHHS Leadership Fellow for Research and Scholarship

June 7, 2022 - The College of Health and Human Services is pleased to announce that Dr. Stephanie Turrise, associate director for administration and a tenured associate professor in the School of Nursing, will step into the newly created leadership team position of CHHS Leadership Fellow for Research and Scholarship to help propel the momentum associated with our growing research enterprise. More...

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...