UNCW Receives $130,000 From State of North Carolina to Support Student Health Programs

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The University of North Carolina Wilmington’s Division of Student Affairs has received two grants from the State of North Carolina to support student outreach, awareness and prevention programs on campus, the university announced today.
Rebecca Caldwell, director of CARE and CROSSROADS, secured $125,000 for the UNCW Collegiate Recovery Community Pilot Project from the North Carolina Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services. Caldwell also partnered with Noell Rowan, associate professor in UNCW’s College of Health and Human Services, to secure the $5,000 North Carolina Problem Gambling Outreach, Prevention and Awareness Grant.  
“Dr. Caldwell is a great advocate for all of our students and works diligently to create and provide programs that will support them beyond the classroom, helping to ensure academic success during their time at UNCW,” said Patricia Leonard, vice chancellor of student affairs.
The addition of these two grants places Caldwell over the $2 million mark in secured funding. Caldwell has received support from multiple local, regional and national programs on behalf of Student Affairs, including grants from the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Violence Against Women, Cape Fear Memorial Foundation, New Hanover County and the Coastal Horizons Center.
“Funding from our partners allows us to develop innovative programs and services for the campus and our region that help make our community safer and healthier,” said Caldwell. “These grants are vital for the development and implementation of CROSSROADS’ programs. It is an honor to support the university’s commitment to our students and community.”
Caldwell’s efforts are focused on collegiate substance abuse prevention, university and community partnerships for adolescent drug prevention and collegiate violence prevention and victim services. She joined UNCW in 2002 as a coordinator with UNCW CROSSROADS Substance Abuse Prevention & Education Programs. In August 2005, Caldwell founded the UNCW CARE violence prevention and intervention program.
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The University of North Carolina Wilmington, the state’s coastal university, is dedicated to learning through the integration of teaching and mentoring with research and service. A public institution with over 15,000 students, the university is widely acknowledged for its superb faculty and staff and a powerful academic experience that stimulates creative inquiry, critical thinking, thoughtful expression and responsible citizenship. With an array of high-quality programs at the baccalaureate and master’s levels, and doctoral programs in marine biology and educational leadership, UNCW is consistently recognized at a national level for academic excellence and affordability. The university is dedicated to offering a community rich in diversity and inclusion, global perspectives, and enriching the quality of life through scholarly community engagement in such areas as health, education, the economy, the environment, marine and coastal issues, and the arts.