UNCW in the News

May 16 - 20

Festival of Basant at UNCW welcomes spring season
International scholars gathered at UNCW this week to discuss translating cultures across global boundaries and they ended the week with celebration.

UNCW professor Donna DeGennaro to speak at Smithsonian
Donna DeGennaro, an education professor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, has been invited to speak at the Smithsonian as part of Hispanic Heritage Month, to share her work with students in Guatemala.

Plastic soup
Resource Magazine
Evidence is mounting that chemicals can transfer from plastic to animals rather than passing through them and back out to the ocean. Cover artist Bonnie Monteleone explains some research she’s involved with at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. “Anything that winds up in the air is going to wind up potentially in the water, and through runoff, it ends up in our oceans, so that’s one way that fertilizers that we spray on crops wind up there.”

Symposium aims to deepen opera's local roots
Opera Wilmington is branching out, holding the first of what organizers hope will be an annual series of opera symposiums. Sessions are planned Friday and Saturday at Cape Fear Community College and the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Several UNCW music faculty members and students are involved with the upcoming sessions.  

Expanded Wilmington MLS features help promote environmental sustainability, building council panelist says
Lumina News
Lawrence Cahoon, professor of biology and marine biology at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, said that climate change would lead to stronger hurricanes, with average wind strength rising from 120 mph up to 140 mph.

The Movie that May Have Helped Change the Outcome of an Election: “All the Presidents Men”
History News Network (HNN)
Article by Robert Brent Toplin, professor emeritus at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

How The Ban-the-Box Initiative May Change Your Hiring Practices
Greater Wilmington Business Journal (*sponsored content)
Martha C. Andrews, professor of management and management department chair in the UNCW Cameron School of Business, and Jessica Mesmer-Magnus, professor of management, weigh in on a relatively recent trend in the world of Human Resources – a drive to “ban the box.”

Hatchery Is Breeding Better Oysters To Boost North Carolina Aquaculture
Greater Wilmington Business Journal (*sponsored content)
In 2011, North Carolina began supporting a hatchery on the CREST Research Park in Wilmington. UNC Wilmington faculty researchers and student workers are using selective breeding techniques, supplemented by some high-tech genetic research, to develop new strains of oysters to suit our state’s waters.

UNCW, BCC graduates find jobs after turning the tassel
The rates of graduation from our local universities to employment in their chosen field are on the rise, according to two recent surveys. The UNCW Career Center conducts an annual survey called "First Destination" to record each graduating class in their success in the job market. Career Center Director Thom Rakes said 77 percent of UNCW’s class of 2014-2015 graduates participated in the survey.

Researchers to study protein folding
Using genomic analysis, genomic screening and other technologies, a research team is studying corn to better understand how plants deal with stress conditions that negatively impact productivity. Iowa State University‘s Stephen Howell is the primary investigator on the project and is working with researchers at Iowa State, Michigan State University and the University of North Carolina Wilmington to study the role of “protein folding.”

Wrightsville Beach cafe gives new meaning to enjoying Sundays
Port City Daily
In the last few weeks, Sundays Café has set up shop above South End Surf Shop. Locals once again have a spot on the island’s south end to grab an iced coffee after a morning surf session or a cold beer after an afternoon one. “We wanted to liven it up a bit,” said Marissa Ruehle, a University of North Carolina Wilmington graduate who operates the new café.

Retired teacher is a judge on Election Day
Entering the W-13 Precinct in the Osher Learning Institute of the University of North Carolina Wilmington, voters find an orderly polling place with officials working efficiently. Evelyn Hinnant is one of them.

Moody's Upgrades UNC Wilmington's Bonds to Aa3 and A1 & Assigns A1 to Series 2016 Bonds; Outlook Stable
Moody's Investors Service has upgraded the University of North Carolina Wilmington's (UNCW) $14 million general revenue bonds and $21 million Series 2010D pool revenue bonds to Aa3 from A1.

Researchers not likely to find cause of shark's death
Lumina News
Sometime last fall, a great white shark in the Atlantic Ocean took a tremendous bite out of a 50-pound black drum, swallowing nearly two-thirds of the 4-foot-long fish. It was the last meal of the shark that on Dec. 7 would wash ashore on Wrightsville Beach, said Thomas Lankford, a University of North Carolina Wilmington biology professor studying the animal.

Adult coloring: an exercise in letting go
Lumina News
Adult coloring has become a popular method of relaxation, as evidenced by the widespread availability of adults’ coloring books with intricate black-and-white drawings. UNCW senior Jocelyn Santillián experienced that firsthand when she introduced coloring to the older adults at the Fannie Norwood Memorial Home, where she volunteers.

EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE: The Journey to a Perfect Smile
UNCW graduate Gustavo Gasca, a dentist in Burgaw, is “Our Extraordinary Person of the Week.”

'Young and the Restless' cast has North Carolina ties
The cast of “The Young and the Restless” includes two people quite familiar with North Carolina. Actress Mara McCaffray, who grew up in Wilmington, portrays Natalie Soderberg. McCaffray graduated from Wake Forest University in 2013 and is the daughter of UNC Wilmington history professor Susan McCaffray.

William Fortune 'Bill' Jones, 63, mischief maker and chief instigator of fun
Port City Daily
William Fortune ‘Bill’ Jones, 63, died on Friday, May 13, 2016, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. A longtime resident of Wilmington, he went back to school at 50 for his teaching certificate at UNCW and received an Advanced Business Management Certificate from UNC Chapel Hill.

Brooks Field to host 2017 CAA Tournament
The 2017 CAA Baseball Championship will be held at Brooks Field on the campus of UNCW in Wilmington, N.C., while the 2018 and 2019 CAA Baseball Championships will be conducted at Veterans Memorial Park on the campus of James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va.
Additional coverage: WWAY; StarNews

Gesells find home at UNCW
All four of Corey and Lisa Gesell's children have or will play at UNCW.

Tuesday's golf update: UNCW duo in NCAA regional
UNCW’s Patrick Cover played an even-par round of 72 but dropped into a tie for 11th overall after two rounds at the NCAA Franklin Regional on Tuesday at the Vanderbilt Legends Club. Teammate Thomas Eldridge finished three over for the round and is tied for 40th.

UNCW Baseball falls at Coastal Carolina
Gavin Stupienski collected three hits and UNCW's bullpen allowed just one run, but Coastal Carolina picked up a 4-1 win over the Seahawks on Tuesday at Springs Brooks Stadium.
Additional coverage: StarNews

Looking Back on a Balanced 2015-16 CAA Season: Part I
Mid-Major Madness
Led by UNC Wilmington, Hofstra and a competitive middle tier of teams, the CAA had one of the country's highest RPI's in 2015-2016.

Nashville Regional: Led by Doug Ghim's 64, Texas builds big lead
UNCW's Patrick Cover, one of two players from his team playing as an individual in Nashville, opened with a 67 and is tied for fifth.
Additional coverage: WWAY

UNCW baseball team poised for another NCAA berth
UNCW baseball still seems in good shape to make the NCAA Tournament, even after dropping a series at James Madison.

Local flavor for Wilmington Sharks once again
The Wilmington Sharks will open the 2016 season at home at Buck Hardee Field on May 31 against the Morehead City Marlins. UNCW’s Clark Cota and Ryan Jeffers are on the roster.

Howerton honored at state level
Sampson Independent
Phoebe Howerton, the 11-year-old piano student of Mary Goodwin, placed first in her class at the North Carolina Music Association state level competition at the University of North Carolina Wilmington April 16. On April 30, she was honored at a recital held during the State NCMA convention at UNCW.

James Madison rallies to beat Diamond Hawks 8-6
Brian Mims doubled and homered for UNCW, but it was the relief pitching of James Madison's Michael Evans that lifted the Dukes to an 8-6 win over the Seahawks on Saturday at Veterans Memorial Park.
Additional coverage: Port City Daily

Two UNCW seniors set sights on NCAA Track Championship meet later this month
Ten Seahawks recently earned all-CAA honors at the conference meet. On top of that, two have their sights set on the upcoming NCAA Division One Track & Field Championship.

This time, Dayton Dragons get the bounce
Dragons outfielder Zack Shields has turned in a pair of plays that have made him a hit on YouTube, one from his days at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and one from last year at Billings. The UNCW catch was featured on SportsCenter’s Top 10 plays and includes a diving backhanded catch in the gap of right-center.