UNCW in the News

April 4 - 8

S&P boosts UNCW bond credit rating
Greater Wilmington Business Journal 
The university received word from Standard & Poor's Rating Services that the company had upgraded UNCW's credit rating on limited obligation bonds from “A-“ to “A” with a stable outlook.

Making the Grade
Wilma Magazine
After seven-and-a-half years as provost at East Carolina University and seven months at UNCW as interim provost before being named to the post permanently February 1 by Chancellor Jose Sartarelli, Marilyn Sheerer seems excited to build on her administrative skills and knowledge of academic institutions in a new environment.

UNCW to host STEAM Expo on Friday
WECT
The great outdoors will be the theme as UNCW hosts a regional STEAM Expo on Friday, April 8, as part of the N.C. Science Festival.

When Talking About Sexual Consent, YA Books Can Be A Parent's Best Friend
NPR
Victor Malo-Juvera, an English professor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, taught Speak for years in a Florida public high school. Speak, a book Laurie Halse Anderson, is about a high school freshman who's raped at a party by a popular senior. It became a best-seller and is still regularly taught in high schools and middle schools across the country.

Technology turns plastic into oil
Lumina News 
Students and professors at the University of North Carolina Wilmington have a small contraption that they believe can simultaneously solve environmental and economic issues by turning plastic, a pollutant, into oil, a commodity.

Anna Kooiman crowned 2016 Azalea queen
StarNews
This weekend's 69th annual Azalea Festival marks a homecoming for the UNCW grad.
Additional coverage: WWAY; WECT; Port City Daily

Paws4people changes lives with service dogs
WECT
With a growing demand for service dogs nationwide, paws4people is making a difference by providing dozens of dogs per year to those in need. The program holds classes at UNCW, currently the only school in the country to have an assistance dog training program.

Inside The Start Ups
Wilma Magazine
Wilmington’s technology scene has been upwardly trending for some time now, and women have been a big part of that. Sarah Ritter is a graduate student at the University of North Carolina Wilmington studying mobile development. She is working on her Turnip Learning education tool at UNCW’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

UNCW staff senate chair speaks at chancellor's installation
StarNews
Janine Iamunno, executive director of the Office of University Relations at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, thought some of our readers might be interested in these remarks by Dawn Brown at the installation of UNCW Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli.

Protesters gather at UNCW against HB2
WWAY
Dozens gathered Friday in the amphitheater at UNCW in opposition to House BIll 2, which those protesting said is discriminatory and not a good reflection on the people of North Carolina.
Additional coverage: Port City Daily; StarNews; WSFX

Anna Kooiman honored by Azalea Festival crown
StarNews
Anna Kooiman, whose career in television news has skyrocketed since she graduated from the University of North Carolina Wilmington in 2005, said in a telephone interview she was shocked by the request to be the 2016 Azalea queen.

Leslie Torrence Servicky, 54, professor at UNCW Cameron School of Business
Port City Daily
Leslie Torrence Servicky, 54, passed away on Thursday, March 31, 2016, at Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter surrounded by her family. Her career included many years at PPD, where she was a senior project manager as well as being a professor at UNCW in the Cameron School of Business.

Each New Hanover high school has advanced program for students seeking something more
StarNews
At Isaac Bear Early College, students have a four-year experience, completing their high school classes in just two years, and the final two years are spent taking core classes such as math and science at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

Public input sought on Medicaid reform proposal
StarNews
There will be a session 6-8 p.m. April 13 at the University of North Carolina Wilmington’s McNeill Hall Lecture Hall, and participants are welcome to provide input about the proposal with comments limited to two minutes.

Seven questions for Gov. McCrory about his anti-LGBT law
The Daily Chappaqua
Dozens gathered in the amphitheater at UNCW in opposition to House BIll 2, which those protesting said is discriminatory and not a good reflection on the people of North Carolina.

April 15: Visions Film Festival at Lumina Theatre
WHQR
The Visions Film Festival & Conference is Friday, April 15 at UNCW's Lumina Theatre.  Passes to view multiple films and participate in other festival activities are available; single event tickets are also available.

Man's body found in Castle Hayne, no foul play suspected
WECT
Dr. A. Midori Albert, a forensic anthropologist and professor from UNCW, was called to the scene, who determined the body was that of a white male.
Additional coverage: WWAY; StarNews

Editorial, April 6: Realtors roll up sleeves
StarNews
Members of the Wilmington Regional Association of Realtors were out Tuesday to give some public spaces in our area some needed maintenance and sprucing up. People from our business community and other institutions such as New Hanover Regional Medical Center, UNCW and CFCC play a big role in helping our region thrive. Work they do for the community is often behind the scenes.

AZALEA GARDEN TOUR: 1705 Market Street
WWAY
The Kenan-Wise grounds hold a classic southern garden inside. The UNCW’s Chancellor’s home and alumni house on Market Street are part of this year’s Azalea Garden Tour.
Additional coverage: StarNews

Mayor on HB2: 'Wilmington will always be welcoming'
WWAY
Wilmington city council members addressed House Bill 2 during a Tuesday night meeting. During a public hearing, two people including a UNCW student spoke out against House Bill 2 and asked city council to protect LGBT rights in the Wilmington community.

Wilmington leaders blast controversial law HB2
StarNews
City council members addressed the controversial law at Tuesday's meeting. Public bathrooms are dangerous places for transgender people, said Nada Merghani, a University of North Carolina Wilmington student. Merghani pointed to the experiences of transgender/gender non-conforming people in Washington, D.C. -- 70 percent of survey respondents reported being denied access to public restrooms or being verbally harassed or physically assaulted.

Special Olympics holds Basketball Skills Day
WWAY
New Hanover County Special Olympics hosted their basketball skills day at UNCW today. Three hundred athletes practiced dribbling, shooting, passing and even played some 3 on 3 games.

McCombie, Other Former NewBridge Execs Enter Market With Southern Bank
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
Paul McCombie, Leon Pruzan and Lenny Smith have leased space in the Landfall Executive Center for a Southern Bank loan production office, a new market entry for the bank, McCombie said Wednesday. McCombie and Pruzan are UNCW graduates.

UNCW lecture on 'The Undead South'
StarNews
"The Undead South" will be the topic of the next Buckner Lecture at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Daniel Cross Turner, associate professor of American literature at Coastal Carolina University, will speak at 6 p.m. on Monday in Room 100, Morton Hall.

Black Mountain Institute Announces 2016-17 Fellows
UNLV NewsCenter
Malena Mörling, a Swedish-American poet and associate professor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, is one of eight writers who will bring their scholarly research and writing expertise to UNLV's Beverly Rogers, Carol C. Harter Black Mountain Institute (BMI) during the international literary center's 2016-17 cycle.

UNCW chancellor issues statement on HB2
WECT
UNCW Chancellor Jose V. Sartelli issued a statement on Thursday about how HB2 would affect the campus.
Additional coverage: StarNews

ONLY ON 3: Queen Azalea talks Wilmington, UNCW and WWAY
WWAY
This year's Azalea Festival Queen Anna Kooiman, an alumna of both UNCW and WWAY, said she is overjoyed to be back in Wilmington for the festival.

Golf tournament benefit May 2
StarNews
The Holt C-Store Golf Tournament will be held May 2 at Nicklaus Golf Course at the Country Club of Landfall, 800 Sun Runner Place. Proceeds benefit the conservation work of the North Carolina Coastal Land Trust, and the Holt Oil Fellowship in Public Education at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

Royalty makes smooth transition to UNCW rotation
StarNews
Alex Royalty has settled in as UNCW's Saturday starter with a 5-2 record and 3.89 ERA through seven outings.

UNCW's stability sticks out in CAA
StarNews
Three weeks into its offseason, UNCW looks to be in good shape, though. Coach Kevin Keatts appears set to return for his third season with a roster that remains mostly intact coming off a 25-8 season and an NCAA Tournament appearance.

UNCW picks up first road win of the season
WWAY

Nick Feight doubled twice, homered and drove in four runs as UNCW raced past Campbell, 11-4, on Wednesday at Jim Perry Stadium.

UNCW volleyball moves to the sand
Lumina News 
There’s plenty of overlap between University of North Carolina Wilmington’s championship-winning indoor volleyball team and the school’s new beach volleyball team. And while historic success on the indoor court hasn’t yet translated to the sand, a pair of wins in the program’s first-ever home tournament April 2-3 showed progress.

UNCW softball hosts Delaware in weekend CAA series
Lumina News 
With a record of 21-14, the Seahawks will look to improve on their 1-4 record in the Colonial Athletic Association when they face the conference's third-placed team, the Blue Hens, in a three-game series this weekend.

Wilmington Hammerheads FC look to continue strong start in Charleston
Port City Daily
UNCW alum Michael Mecham made his first start for Wilmington Hammerheads FC in the defense this past week and showed great presence in his pro debut.

Harris remains hopeful about UNCW women's future
StarNews
The college basketball season has wrapped up, but UNCW women’s coach Adell Harris is already looking forward to next year.

UNCW baseball - Terence Connelly out for the season with elbow injury
StarNews
Terence Connelly will miss the rest of the UNCW baseball season with an elbow injury. The senior third baseman is scheduled for Tommy John surgery to repair his throwing arm on Wednesday in his native New York, coach Mark Scalf said Tuesday.
Additional coverage: WECT

College report: Area ballplayers among nation's best in doubles, home runs and stolen bases
Port City Daily
Junior Collin Thacker (Gardner Webb) leads the country with 17 doubles, while Steven Linkous (UNCW) sits just outside the top 10 with 22 stolen bases.

Buzz Peterson, former UNCW coach, at home with Charlotte Hornets
StarNews
During Charlotte Hornets home games, Buzz Peterson will often retreat to his office in Time Warner Cable Arena. The former UNCW coach's job requires a working knowledge not only of the Hornets' personnel but also the rest of the NBA and top draft prospects, as well. He feels he can concentrate better in there.

Impressive home debut for UNCW beach volleyball team
WWAY
UNCW held off Coastal Carolina, 3-2, in the final dual of the UNCW Invitational to complete a 2-0 day on Saturday at the Dig & Dive Grille.
Additional coverage: StarNews

UNCW men's tennis takes down George Washington
WECT
The No. 63-ranked UNCW men's tennis team shook off an early rain shower by coming back strong to whitewash visiting George Washington, 7-0, in non-conference action on Saturday at the UNCW courts.

UNCW baseball drops series in Boston; Sunday's game washed out
Port City Daily
Dustin Hunt and Tyler Robinson combined to shut out UNCW on seven hits as Northeastern clinched a Colonial Athletic Association series with a 3-0 win on Saturday at Friedman Diamond.