UNCW in the News

May 9 - 13

5 things to know about UNCW graduation weekend
UNCW held graduation ceremonies Friday and Saturday. The event was the biggest in school history.
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Shining a spotlight on entrepreneurs
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
Since 2009, the Coastal Entrepreneurship Awards have been a joint effort between University of North Carolina Wilmington’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) and the Greater Wilmington Business Journal to identify and recognize fast-growing organizations and businesses that have the potential to make a significant impact on the region.   

2016 CEA Winner In Biotechnology: Atlantic Biotechnology
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
After graduating from the University of North Carolina Wilmington with a degree in marine biology, Richard Huse had a decision to make. He was thinking of something “half aquaculture and half business,” and after having time to think during an eight-hour plane ride to France, Atlantic Biotechnology was born.

2016 CEA Winner In Professional Services: Edu-tell
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
When asked to speak about mentoring at a conference sponsored by Watson College’s Professional Development System, UNCW assistant professor Marsha Carr instead spoke of self-mentoring, a new concept that many had never heard of. She had no intention to start another business, but ended up founding Edu-tell in 2006.

2016 CEA Winner In Emerging Company: Lapetus Solutions
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
Founded just a year ago, Lapetus Solutions – named for Lapetus, the Greek god of mortality – was the outgrowth of Lapetus Software, created in 2014. That company resulted from the collaboration of Karl Ricanek, a computer science professor who has worked in facial recognition software at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, and S. Jay Olshansky, an expert in biodemography. 

ToBecomeATeacher.org Launches National Rankings for Best Education Programs in America
PR Web
The 2016 National College Education Program Rankings have been released by ToBecomeATeacher.org. UNCW has been named among the top 20 colleges and universities in the United States.

Initiative to prepare workforce, support growth in local CRO industry ahead of schedule
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
An effort to strengthen and expand Wilmington’s clinical research industry is making progress and is ahead of schedule, officials said Tuesday. Under the umbrella of the N.C. Coast Clinical Research Initiative, a number of players are working to create a more cohesive CRO community and forge relationships among those businesses, University of North Carolina Wilmington and community partners.

Paws 4 People
Paws 4 People is a nonprofit group based in Wilmington, NC that trains service dogs for children and veterans. The program coordinates with UNCW to have students train the final two semesters of the dogs’ specialization for clients.

GE Hitachi, Duke Energy to bring annual nuclear science event to area
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
The event will also draw 50-75 professionals in nuclear science fields. Exhibitors and presenters will highlight the many ways in which nuclear technology is used today. The technology expo, a movie screening and many of the other activities will be held at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and will be open to the public.

UNCW scholarship recipient plans to help another
The Project One Scholarship Fund is one man’s unique, multifaceted way of paying it forward. The first recipient is now a proud UNCW grad.

Indigenous Youth: Media Expression Through "Unlocking Silent Histories"
Donna DeGennaro, a faculty member in the UNCW Watson College of Education, is the founder and director of “Unlocking Silent Histories,” an organization that provides critical and creative media opportunities for indigenous youth. The organization, headquartered in Wilmington, NC, is being featured at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC in partnership with the Maya Traditions Foundation. 

Meet the Staff: Kathryn Yarbrough - Circulation sales and marketing manager
Kathryn Yarbrough began her career at the StarNews after graduating from the Cameron School of Business at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

NC Student Housing Obtains Refinancing
Multi-Housing News
The Lofts at Randell, a student housing property in Wilmington, N.C., has obtained cash-out refinancing. The building includes 54 units and 216 beds and serves students attending the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW), a coastal city in that state.

May-lee Chai to explain 'China A to Z' at Prologue book club
Writer and UNCW assistant professor May-lee Chai will field questions at Prologue, the book club co-sponsored by the StarNews and public radio station WHQR.

Belville celebrates grand opening of Brunswick Riverwalk
Belville’s commissioner invited UNCW archaeology professors and students to search for Buchoi Plantation ruins near the park's entrance. UNCW notified CAMA officials about concerns that the park's development might disturb as yet uncovered remains.

UNCW/ECU Student Provides Unique Insight to Outer Banks Surfers
Ellis Kalaidjian is a life-long surfer from Rhode Island currently majoring in Oceanography at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. This semester, he was a visiting ECU/CSI student as part of a new UNCW-ECU coastal semester program.

'Official Grinch' heads back to school
Lots of UNCW grads are hitting the pavement this week looking for that first job. In Wilmington, there’s a man who’s doing that, in reverse. Quentin Proulx is going back to UNCW, thanks to the GI Bill; his degree will be in theater arts.

Students complete program
Sampson Independent
Last year, Sampson Community College, with the University of North Carolina Wilmington, entered an agreement for a dual enrollment partnership called RIBN, or Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate Nursing. The first three students to enroll under the new program completed their associate’s degree obligations at SCC during their pinning ceremony.

Sold-out Raise The Barn Event Takes Place Saturday at Arboretum
Greater Wilmington Business Journal

Eleven local restaurants take part in Saturday’s Raise the Barn farm dinner and benefit organized by Feast Down East. The tapas-style farm-to-fork dinner features locally grown and raised ingredients and the culinary skills of local chefs and UNCW Campus Dining.

EXPOSING ARTISTRY: New photography show takes over Brooklyn Arts Center on Sunday
Kelly Starbuck became fascinated by UNCW student Halley Robbins’ stark black and whites. Though the European architecture Robbins captured was visually stunning, the dark profile of a white lily really struck Starbuck. As it turns out, Robbins is the youngest artist in the show, and she attended the teen academy at the same center of photography Starbuck once taught at in NYC.

He's just 5, but Leland's 'Mini Thor' has Big Apple attention from favorite club
Port City Daily
Ashtin Gerberg currently plays in Leland for the Cubs in machine pitch. He’s also served as bat boy on several occasions for the UNCW softball team this spring, with his dad Aaron proudly looking from the press box while he serves as play-by-play announcer on the Seahawk Digital Network. 

Green Building Council Dinner: Climate Change, Sea Level Rise, & Resilient Design
The North Carolina Chapter of the US Green Building Council is holding its signature social event tonight at Bluewater Waterfront Grill in Wrightsville Beach. UNCW Professor and Biologist/Oceanographer Lawrence Cahoon and Stephanie Kelly, the Education and Programs Chair of the Green Building Council, talk about the evening and the issues.

DREAMY ROMANTICISM: 'The Fantasticks' opens at Thalian's Cube Theatre Thursday
Shane Fernando, executive director of the Wilson Center, Cape Fear Community College’s Fine Arts and Humanities Center, will direct the first musical to be staged in the renovated Cube Theatre at Thalian Hall this week. “The Fantasticks” is a Fernando favorite - he brought a touring production of it to UNCW two years ago when he was executive director of UNCW Presents.

Nationally ranked UNCW knocks off nationally ranked UNC in baseball
Gavin Stupienski homered twice and UNCW pitchers combined to limit North Carolina to one earned run as UNCW topped the Tar Heels, 6-2, on Wednesday at Brooks Field.
Additional coverage: StarNews; Port City Daily; WWAY

UNCW's Elinoora Moisio named CAA rookie of the year in women's golf
UNCW freshman Ellinoora Moisio has been named as the 2015-16 Colonial Athletic Association Women’s Golf Rookie-of-the-Year in a vote of the league’s head coaches.

Six Seahawks earn All-CAA recognition
Six members of the UNCW softball team were selected to the All-Colonial Athletic Association softball team on Tuesday.

UNCW baseball hosts UNC in Brooks Field finale
The UNCW baseball team wraps up its home slate Wednesday at Brooks Field against No. 20 North Carolina.
Additional coverage: WWAY

Topsail's Berne earns NJCAA Region 10 Player of the Year
Port City Daily
Mason Berne (Topsail) was named Region 10 Player of the Year, while Kevon Perkins (North Brunswick) was selected with second team honors. Berne and Perkins are sophomores at Spartanburg Methodist and both have committed to continue their baseball careers at UNCW this fall.

UNCW soccer adds Clarke as volunteer coach
The UNCW men's soccer team has named Taylor Clarke as a volunteer assistant coach.

Jones and Bozzi win CAA titles
Seniors Trey Jones and Meredith Bozzi of UNCW won individual titles as the curtain closed on the 27th Colonial Athletic Association Track & Field Championships Saturday at Elon’s Jerry and Jeanne Robertson Track & Field Complex.

Former Seahawk standouts land pro soccer contracts
Port City Daily
UNCW women's soccer standout Katrina Guillou will have the chance to continue her career after signing a professional contract with Oulu Nice Soccer (ONS).

UNCW Baseball falls in 10 innings, snap six game win streak
The College of Charleston plated three runs in the top of the 10th inning to complete a comeback and knock off Colonial Athletic Association leader UNCW, 8-5, to avert a series sweep on Sunday at Brooks Field.
Additional coverage: StarNews; Port City Daily

Softball: Seahawks make SportsCenter Top 10 cameo
The UNCW softball team dropped both games of a doubleheader Saturday at Towson to miss out on claiming a Colonial Athletic Association Tournament bid but ended up with some national attention anyway. A home run-saving catch by senior Darian Roberts in the second game made it on ESPN’s SportsCenter at No. 2 on its list of Top 10 plays of the day.
Additional coverage: WECT

Baseball - Despite rocky finish Sunday, UNCW bullpen has earned trust
The UNCW baseball team’s hopes for another sweep at Brooks Field slipped away Sunday afternoon. That sloppy finish interrupted an otherwise sterling weekend for the UNCW bullpen.

More progress for UNCW softball
Kristy Norton has orchestrated a slow and steady build over four seasons with UNCW softball, progress behind the scenes sometimes celebrated as much as wins and losses for a program with so far to go.

Hoops (M) - Chuck Ogbodo expected to return for senior season
Coach Kevin Keatts granted Chuck Ogbodo permission to seek a transfer from the UNCW men’s basketball team last month but never slammed the door on the reserve center’s possible return.