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MarineQuest Turns Hurricane Disaster into Education Outreach Opportunity

Following Hurricane Florence, UNCW’s MarineQuest partnered with Engineering Expectations to design a new hurricane science and engineering curriculum for students in grades 4-12. The program, offered free of charge to schools impacted by the storm, has been introduced at eight schools engaging 325 students to date. MarineQuest will bring the program to an additional 24 schools in December and January. more...

Watson College News

WCE Introduces New Teacher Pipeline Programs

UNCW is a lead institution for the new Future Teachers of North Carolina program. The UNC System Office in collaboration with NC DPI has brought three universities together with 18 teachers statewide to pilot FTNC during the 2018-19 academic year. WCE has also introduced a Future Teachers Career Academy at Isaac Bear Early College High School in partnership with New Hanover County Schools. more...

MarineQuest Receives NOAA Grant for new Turtle Trash Collectors Program

UNCW’s MarineQuest has received $262,206 in a matched grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to continue marine debris education programs first introduced in 2015 with Watson the Whale. The new grant will fund Turtle Trash Collectors, a project that focuses on sea turtles as the key species to engage elementary students in marine debris prevention. more...

WCE Introduces Bachelor’s/Master’s and Mentoring Certificate Programs

The Watson College has introduced a new five-year bachelor’s/master’s degree program in secondary education. Students enrolled in mathematics, science, history or English programs at UNCW who are interested in teaching at the high school level are eligibly to apply. WCE will also introduce a Coaching and Mentoring Certificate program in Fall 2019. more...

Student and Alumni News: WCE’s Ed.D. in Higher Ed

The Watson College is pleased to share news from higher education doctoral students and alumni. Jake Eubank ’17 Ed.D. is an assistant professor at Lehman College in New York; Leah Frierson is assistant dean of academic advising at UNC-Chapel Hill; Kara Ostlund is assistant dean of students at the University of Wisconsin La Crosse; and Sara Thorndike is vice chancellor for administration and finance at East Carolina University more...

Nicole Geczi Receives 2018 UNCW Staff Award for Excellence

Nicole Geczi, executive assistant in WCE’s Office of Teacher Education and Outreach, has been awarded the 2018 UNCW Staff Award for Excellence. A record 28 UNCW staff members were nominated for the award, including WCE staff members Kerri Fowler, Melissa Newcity and Jan Siko. Geczi and other nominees were recognized at a ceremony at UNCW’s Burney Center on November 15. more...

UNCW Named in Rankings for Innovation, Online and Study Abroad Programs

The University of North Carolina Wilmington was named the 5th most innovative public university in the South by U.S. News & World Report in September, tying with Georgia College & State University. UNCW is also ranked 5th in 2019’s list of the Best Online Colleges in America and 5th among peer institutions in number of students studying abroad. more...

Inaugural STEM SENC Meeting Held at UNCW; Founders Attend Conference in CA

Alyssa Briggs, director of STEM Learning Ecosystems facilitated the inaugural meeting of STEM SENC partners, held Nov. 2 at UNCW. STEM SENC was formed in 2018 to expand STEM learning opportunities for students in Southeastern North Carolina. Members of UNCW’s STEM Learning Cooperative represented STEM SENC at an international conference held Nov. 14-16 in Newport Beach, California. more...

Freebird McKinney, NC Regional TOYs Visit the Watson College

NC’s 2018 Teacher of the Year Freebird McKinney was keynote speaker at WCE’s Beginning Teacher Conference Day on Nov. 2. NC Regional TOYs Julie Pittman (Western) and Lindsey Sise (Sandhills), New Hanover County TOY Christy Howe and Brunswick County TOY Claire Herrington joined McKinney for a panel discussion at the event. more...

Virgo Students Create Holiday Window Displays for Mayfaire

Stop by Mayfaire this holiday season! Students at 14 area schools including D.C. Virgo have created holiday window displays for the stores. Art teacher Carolynn Phillips coordinated the project at Virgo, where students in grades K-8 designed displays for seven stores with help from UNCW student, faculty and staff volunteers. The students’ holiday displays will be available for viewing through Dec. 31. more...

Watson College Recognitions

Congratulations to Bill Sterrett, recipient of UNCW’s 2018 Graduate Mentor Award! The Watson College is pleased to share this story and other faculty, staff, student and alumni news. more...

Upcoming Events

Homecoming Champagne Brunch – Feb. 2, 2019

Catch up with faculty and fellow alums at the third annual homecoming champagne brunch on Feb. 2. The event will feature great food, informational displays and hands-on activities for kids of all ages. Registration opens in December. more...

Education Updates and Features

Student Opportunities & Student News

WCE Welcomes 81 New KDP Members

UNCW’s Alpha Alpha Pi Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi welcomed 81 new members this fall. KDP is an international honor society dedicated to scholarship and excellence in education. more...

New at Virgo: WCE Field Placements, Cultural Events and Athletics

WCE Principal Fellow Justin Fischetti was a principal intern at D.C. Virgo this fall, and 21 Watson students participated in field placements coordinated by Jessica Swencki, Jim Stocker and Brian Brinkley. Virgo students and families attended the Step Afrika! performance at UNCW on Oct. 18. The school also fielded middle school football and basketball teams. more...

Support for Educators in the Field

Programs for P-12 Students

High School Students attend Future Teacher Conference at WCE

Fifty-five students from four area high schools participated in a Future Teacher Conference at the Watson College on Oct. 30. The event, held each semester, gives high school juniors and seniors an opportunity to learn more about the teaching profession and programs offered by the Watson College. more...

MarineQuest Hosts Ghost (net) Busters Engineering Competition

Families from around the region gathered at the Watson College on Nov. 3 to engineer solutions to ghost nets, fishing nets that have been lost or abandoned at sea. MarineQuest offered the Engineering Competition as part of their Ghost (net) Busters program, funded through the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. more...

WECHS Students Hold Exhibit at Art in Bloom Gallery

WCE professor Janna Robertson has served as art club teacher at Wilmington Early College High School since 2013. In November, five students she has mentored since freshman year - Harry Antoniades, Robby Carl, Sarah Miller, Jessie Robertson and Holly Woodcock - showcased their work in a “Thirteenth Grade” exhibit at the Art in Bloom Gallery in Wilmington. more...

Our College Community

WCE Introduces #WatsonStrong

The Watson College welcomed students back to campus in October with a new campaign, #WatsonStrong. The initiative was designed to encourage faculty, staff and students to support each other and the community in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. more...