UNCW Homecoming 2016: Celebrating Teal Traditions

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

UNCW’s Homecoming 2016 includes a diverse mix of activities, events and traditions for students, alumni, faculty, staff and the Seahawk community.

Student activities begin Jan. 23 and will continue through Jan. 31. Most alumni and community events are scheduled Jan. 29-31. Many events require registration and/or tickets, but most activities are free and open to the public. The women’s basketball team will play Towson on Jan. 29 in Trask Coliseum, and the men’s team will take on Charleston Jan. 30. Please see Homecoming 2016 for the complete schedule, tickets and registration information, parking, extended book store hours and other details.

“We look forward to bringing students, alumni, the campus and the community together to celebrate Homecoming 2016,” said Alumni Relations Director Lindsay LeRoy. “We have a full slate of activities planned, including reunions to celebrate alumni connections to UNCW, the pregame TEALgate featuring local food trucks, bounce houses and the Pep Band and, of course, cheering for our Seahawks in Trask Coliseum!”

Campus events include the Reel Teal Film Festival, Battle of the Bands, Dub Idol and the Homecoming Step Show. The College of Arts & Sciences is hosting a 5K run, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) is hosting a Met Opera Live performance of “Iolanta/Duke Bluebeard's Castle” and International Programs is hosting iWeek.  

During Homecoming, the UNCW Alumni Association will also recognize three distinguished alumni for outstanding professional achievement and personal commitment to community engagement. According to LeRoy, this year’s distinguished alumni award recipients represent the excellence that defines the UNCW experience.

“The UNCW Alumni Association is honored to recognize Caroline Reda, Travis Corpening and A. Farrell Teague as distinguished examples of what it means to be a Seahawk,” she said.

Caroline Reda ’85, Distinguished Alumna of the Year
Reda is the Vice President, North America Region, for Power Services, a $15 billion organization within GE Power. The largest industrial services business in GE, Power Services and its affiliates have approximately 25,000 employees in more than 150 countries. In this role, Caroline is responsible for developing and delivering a regional strategy that provides utility customers the technology, knowledge and insights they need to manage the entire lifecycle of their power plants. Reda previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy, where she was responsible for leading the global nuclear business and overseeing the joint venture between GE and Hitachi Corp. Through Reda’s leadership, GE has recruited a number of UNCW interns and full-time employees. She holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from UNCW and a master’s degree in industrial engineering from North Carolina State University. Reda actively supports a number of charitable organizations, including the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and the United Way of the Cape Fear Area (UWCFA). During her tenure at GE Hitachi, the company’s campaign raised approximately $500,000 annually to support United Way-affiliated charities, providing nearly 25 percent of the UWCFA’s total operating budget. At UNCW, Caroline and Ralph Reda, a former UNCW faculty member, are members of the Clocktower Society and the UNCW Society. They funded installation of a campus beautification project, including a sundial, at the entrance of DeLoach Hall and recently established a studio art scholarship in memory of her sister, Teresa L. Koska ’91, who passed away after a long battle with cancer in October 2015.

Travis Corpening ’00, ’06M, Young Alumnus of the Year
Corpening is the Director of the Nixon Minority Male Leaders Program at Cape Fear Community College and a doctoral student at Hampton University. He also serves as one of the state advisers for the Minority Male Mentoring Program (3MP).  After earning a bachelor’s degree in psychology, he founded a company called ShaperSpeaks to educate and empower young people. He later designed “Eye of the Mentor,” a staff development training program with an accompanying book, as a means to bridge the cultural divide between students and educators. Through his company, he leads a program for future entrepreneurs called “Young Mogul” and he conducts a weekly Cumulus Broadcast radio show. In 2014, Corpening was recognized by the Wilmington StarNews as one of “12 to Watch” in the Cape Fear area.

A. Farrell Teague ’54, Distinguished Citizen of the Year
Teague, a Wilmington College graduate (as UNCW was known before joining the University of North Carolina system in 1969) is one of the earliest recipients of the President’s Medal of Achievement, now called the Hoggard Medal, in honor of former President John T. Hoggard. After graduation, he volunteered for the U.S. Army and was stationed in Japan with the 9th Engineer Battalion for much of his military career. After completing his service, Teague returned to college, earning a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of South Carolina. Teague, now retired, had a lengthy professional career as an executive with Belk Inc. He first joined the company while in college, working in the Wilmington store. His career included leadership roles at locations in Wilmington, Sanford, New Bern and Hickory, N.C. In each city, Teague was actively involved in many civic and church organizations. In 2015, he discovered that the Wilmington College historical marker on the south side of Market Street was missing, and he worked closely with the Alumni Association to arrange for its replacement. Last fall, he and his wife Geraldine established the A. Farrell Teague Merit Scholarship, to be known as The Teague Award. This award will be presented during the Cornerstone Awards, the same award ceremony where the Hoggard Medal is presented.

-- Andrea Monroe Weaver