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Campus Programs & Announcements

UNCW's most recognizable tradition, Beach Blast, welcomes new Seahawks to our coastal community with a full day at the beach to celebrate the new academic year right before the first day of classes! UNCW Seahawks head to Wrightsville Beach for a day of fun in the sun. Over 4,000+ students attend each year for this university tradition like no other!

UNCW students will be provided more information about the event including transporation, best practices for health, safety, and wellbeing, and rules and regulations set forth by the Town of Wrightsville Beach to ensure we treat our beach with care and respect. This information will be sent directly to UNCW emails. 

Questions about Beach Blast can be directed to Campus Activities & Programs at

Cultural & Union Programs focus on creating socially inclusive opportunities all with the goal of creating meaningful connection. Whether we bring students together for lunchtime socials or showcasing student talent in our facilities, you are welcome to our spaces. Highlight Cultural & Union Programs include Lunch Buddies, Lost & Found Concert Series, and The UNITY Wheel Project. 

Cultural & Union programs are designed specifically for Campus Life facilities including the Fisher University Union, Fisher Student Center, Burney Center, Warwick Center, and Campus Commons. 

Homecoming is a university-wide celebration with many events and activities supported by Campus Activities & Program through the Association for Campus Entertainment (ACE). Homecoming 2024 dates will be announced by University Advancement in Fall 2023. Information such as dates, registration, royal court, and more will be available here at a later date. 

Campus Life: Student Involvement and Leadership presents the 2023-24 Leadership Lecture Series. The Leadership Lecture Series provides an exploration of leadership through stories and experiences shared by guest speakers inviting the campus and local community to engage in conversations on contemporary issues that shape and affect us at a local, national, and global level. Tickets available through the Kenan Auditorium Box Office one (1) month from show date at UNCW students, staff, and faculty are free admission. General admission is $10.00. Questions about the Leadership Lecture Series can be directed to 

Learn more about each of the Leadership Lecture Series events on WaveLink here. Purchase your tickets to one (1) or more of the Leadership Lecture Series events at the UNCW Kenan Auditorium Box Office here.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 17. 2023. UNCW Burney Center. 7:00 P.M. 

TARA SCHUSTER. Former Vice President of Talent and Development at Comedy Central, Best-Selling Author, & Accomplished Entertainment Executive. Once best known as the Executive in Charge of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning show, Key & Peele, Tara Schuster turned her struggle with chronic anxiety and depression into a best-selling book and a mission to help others. Her humorous takes on taking charge of one’s mental health—always backed by empowering action steps—have won praise from readers ranging from Wharton professor Adam Grant to Academy Award-winner, Anjelica Huston and best-selling author, Glennon Doyle. InStyle, People Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Goodreads, Buzz Feed, Goop and many others have chosen her memoir as one of the best new books of 2020. 

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 6. 2023. UNCW Kenan Auditorium. 7:00 P.M. 

DONNA BRAZILE. Veteran Democratic Political Strategist and New York Times Bestselling Author., and KARL ROVE. Foremost Conservative Commentator and Strategist. Political powerhouses Donna Brazile and Karl Rove square off in a candid, informative, and at times hilarious debate to decode the uncertainty and partisanship of Washington today, and provide prescient insight and actionable takeaways on the future political landscape. Renowned political strategists from opposite ends of the aisle, Brazile and Rove delve into the dynamics of their respective parties, and dive into everything from health care to taxes and the evolving American electorate. True Washington insiders combined with decades of experience, they take audiences from the campaign trail to Capitol Hill, to the White House. 

TUESDAY, MARCH 19. 2024. UNCW Burney Center. 7:00 P.M. 

REBEKAH TAUSSIG. Disability Advocate, Educator, and Best-Selling Author. Rebekah Taussig will challenge everything you think you know about disability as she invites us into her experience of living in a body that looks and moves differently than most. “What would it mean for disabled folks if society saw us as acceptable, equal, valuable parts of the whole?” she writes in her memoir, Sitting Pretty: The View From My Ordinary Resilient Disabled Body (HarperOne).   

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10. 2024. UNCW Burney Center. 7:00 P.M. 

JASON COLLINS. First Openly Gay Player in Major League Sports and Former NBA Player. A retired 13-year NBA veteran, Jason Collins has played center for seven teams including New Jersey, Memphis, Minnesota, Atlanta, Boston, Washington, and the Brooklyn Nets (formerly the New Jersey Nets). In his 13 years in the league, Collins’ teams earned 10 trips to the playoffs, including 2 NBA Finals appearances. After the 2012-13 NBA season concluded, Collins publicly came out as gay in a cover story for Sports Illustrated, becoming the first male active player in any of the four major American professional sports to announce that he is gay. President Obama expressed his gratitude to Collins for his courageous announcement and said he “couldn’t be prouder” of Collins, recognizing this as a point of progress for the LGBT community, and one more step in America’s goal to treat everyone fairly and with respect. Collins has traveled the country with the mission of empowering people to live their lives as their true selves and has become an active member of numerous charities, foundations, and organizations. 

Are you going to be in Wilmington taking classes during the summer? Enjoy a break from classes with Summer at The Dub Programs! Take advantage of social events on campus or learn about all the things the local beaches and the port City have to offer.

  • Summer Session 1 begins Monday, May 22, 2023., and ends Tuesday, June 20, 2023.
  • Summer Session 2 begins Tuesday, June 27, 2023., and ends Wednesday, July 26, 2023.

A complete list of offerings for Summer at The Dub programs is available on WaveLink. 

Contact CAP

Campus Activities & Programs is located within the Campus Activities & Involvement Center (CAIC).

CAIC Business Hours:

Monday - Wednesday, 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Thursday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Closed on Saturday and Sunday. 

Summer 2023 Business Hours:

Monday - Thursday, 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Closed on Saturday and Sunday.