UNCW Students Invited to Speak at Board of Governors Meeting in Raleigh

Thursday, June 19, 2014

UNCW students Ryan Morris and Kahlah Stratton spoke about their experiences as UNCW Onslow Extension students at today's Board of Governors meeting in Raleigh.

Morris is an active member of the U.S. Marine Corps, serving as a Master Sergeant. He transferred from Coastal Carolina Community College and will graduate as a licensed elementary school teacher in 2015.

"Advisors in the UNCW extension office showed me how I could take two courses at a time and adapt the required field experience hours to fit my particular military schedule," said Morris. "The flexibility of the distance education degree options have supported by family in many ways. I would like to thank UNCW for providing many educational pathways for my family's future and for our military community."

A married father of three, he intends to teach second grade.

Stratton previously attended Guilford Technical Community College and UNC Greensboro.

"Many blessings have come my way since receiving my acceptance letter from UNCW," she said. "Onslow's Extension Site's affordable tuition made it possible for me to attend a university and complete my bachelor's degree."

Stratton's father was in the Air Force and she is currently married to a Marine. She expressed thanks to the faculty and staff at the Onslow extension site for welcoming her and her classmates as "true UNCW Seahawks." She is slated to graduate with a degree in Business Administration in the fall.

For nearly 20 years, UNCW's Onslow Extension Site has provided access for non-traditional students - active and retired military, military families, students that may work full time, single parents and others - to earn college degrees without commuting to Wilmington.