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Seahawk Stories

Seahawk Stories is an online collection of profiles about the people who make UNCW soar.  By sharing their stories, we are also sharing the university's story.

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Dusty Sanders ’23

After eight years of service in the U.S. Army and serving in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, Dusty Sanders ’23 began...

Gia Long '91

Gia Long '91 has deep and long-standing ties to the university. Soon after graduating, she joined the UNCW Alumni Association Board of...

Denise Henning

Denise Henning, director of UNCW/3C, is an Equity Champion Consultant for the Racial Equity for Adult Credentials in Education Collaborative, a...

Allie Best '23M

UNCW graduate student Allie Best received the North Carolina Sea and Space Grant, a fellowship awarded to students whose research explores...

Mayra Robles ’18, ’23M

Mayra Robles’ connection with UNCW has come full circle. Her first interaction with the university began as a high school student. In...

Lauren Brooks '23

Wilmington native and elementary education major Lauren Brooks wanted to follow in the footsteps of her father and brother and graduate from UNCW,...

Mason Crawford ’19, ’21M, ’23M

If Mason Crawford ’19, ’21M, ’23M had to describe their UNCW experience in three words, the soon-to-be three-time alum would...

Nathan Hedrick '23

Nathan Hedrick '23 used his marketing skills to organize an Esports tournament, bringing together nine other colleges to compete in the Rocket...

Katie Barton '23

Katie Barton has always wanted a career centered around animals, so a biology major was her first choice. Participation in UNCW's First Year...

Deepak Rauniyar

A native of Nepal, Deepak Rauniyar has found his home at UNCW as a teacher and a filmmaker.

Heather Wilson ’05M

Art museums have always been a sanctuary for Heather Wilson ’05M. She hopes to create that same atmosphere for visitors to the Cameron Art...

Daelon Petty '26

For Daelon Petty '26, being a first-generation student means changing the trajectory of his life and possibly those he will aid in his future...

Rochelle David '26

Rochelle David takes immense pride in being a first-generation student and American. It is important to her that she use every opportunity while at...

Louis Bon-Ami, NextGen Postdoctoral Fellow

Louis Bon-Ami hopes to repay the investment educators made in him by investing in other students. Bon-Ami serves as a NextGen Postdoctoral Fellow.

Mike Oblinger, Director of Athletics

A graduate school mentor set Mike Oblinger on the path that led to him taking over UNCW Athletics this past April.

Stephanie Caulder, CHSSA Founding Dean

When Stephanie Caulder considered the opportunity to return to her hometown to lead a brand-new college at UNCW, she knew it was a calling and her...

Ron Vetter, CSE Founding Dean

Ron Vetter believes change offers opportunities for improvement – in technology and in life. For nearly three decades, Vetter has taken...

Jack Watson, CHHS Dean

Jack Watson always thought he would become a practicing sports psychologist, but in graduate school he discovered a passion for teaching that led...

Joe Browning

Joe Browning has racked up impressive stats during his 37 years as a collegiate athletic administrator at UNCW.

Kelli Griggs '09   

One of communication studies graduate Kelli Griggs’ '09 core memories of her time at UNCW are late nights in the editing bays working on...

Nolan Byrd ’23

When former Senior Class President Nolan Byrd ’23 was considering his future after UNCW, he knew he wanted something that would not only pay...

Emily Andrews '23

Emily Andrews ' 23 got her foot in the door at local television station WWAY through a summer internship she started at the urging of Jeff...

Sarah Olson '23

After completing her degree in finance with a minor in international studies, Sarah Olson '23 is considering heading back to Africa or Asia to...

Nakyah McNeal ’23   

Nakyah McNeal ’23 hopes to put her social work degree to use helping college students and plans to pursue a master’s degree in...

Terry Artis Jr. ’23

Since becoming a student at UNCW, Terry Artis Jr. '23 has performed in numerous campus and community events, from commencement to the...

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