UNCW in the News

June 13 - 17

Grant to aid UNCW military lounge
The University of North Carolina Wilmington received a $10,000 grant for improvements to its Military Resource Lounge.

Appointments announced for extension site
Jacksonville Daily News
Ann Marie Beall was recently appointed director of the Onslow County Extension Site for the University of North Carolina Wilmington. In addition, Ashley Adamovage was appointed to student services coordinator at the Onslow site. 

DREAMS mural transforms drab wall on city's Northside
A forest of frolicking animals now adorn what used to be a drab wall on the city's Northside. On Saturday, organizers officially unveiled the mural, which is adjacent to the DREAMS Center for Arts Education at the intersection of 10th and Fanning streets. The mural was the brainchild of University of North Carolina Wilmington professor Janna Robertson.
Additional coveragePort City Daily

Wilmington vigils for Orlando victims seek antidote to hate-based violence
A vigil Tuesday afternoon at the University of North Carolina Wilmingtonamphitheater brought together students, faculty and people from outside the campus community.
Additional coverage: Port City DailyWWAYWECT

Researchers, Aquariums to Study Sharks
Coastal Review Online
The North Carolina Aquariums and shark research group OCEARCH are teaming up to better understand the sand tiger shark. The collaboration will feature a special presentation by OCEARCH founder Chris Fisher at 11 a.m. Wednesday in UNCW's Lumina Theater.

5 reasons humans should follow OCEARCH's Cape Fear shark search
When OCEARCH's 126-foot vessel hits the open sea Thursday, young scientists from the University of North Carolina Wilmington will be on board. At a presentation at UNCW Wednesday, OCEARCH founder Chris Fischer said the school is one of 11 institutions whose scientists will get data from the trip.
Additional coverage: WECT

UNCW students uncover artifacts in Brunswick Riverwalk Park
After one month conducting an archaeological dig in Brunswick Riverwalk Park, the University of North Carolina Wilmington group has called it a day.
Additional coverage: Brunswick Beacon

Eastern NC Foreign Trade Zone proposal moves forward
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
In April 2014 local officials John Hayes and state Rep. Rick Catlin (R-New Hanover) announced their push to create a foreign trade zone (FTZ) in eastern North Carolina. The council and the University of North Carolina Wilmingtonwill present a conference about FTZ benefits Oct.12-13.

Sea Lice Not an Issue in North Carolina
TWC News
So far, sea lice have not been an issue for beach goers along the North Carolina coast, but they are found in warmer waters farther south. "We should always exercise vigilance when we're at the beach. If we see jellyfish, just remember we're interacting in their environment. So if there's a lot present, stay clear or stay out of the water,” said Rob Condon, UNCW biology professor.

Thursday on CoastLine: Plastic Ocean
On the next CoastLine, meet UNCW chemist and documentarian Bonnie Monteleone. She joins us to talk about her art that spans four oceans, on display at Expo 216 on Front St., and why she felt compelled to capture ocean trash as art.
Additional coverage: StarNews

Wilmington writer seeks help for refugees in Greece
Dana Sachs is organizing a local fundraiser to aid refugees in Greece. Sachs earned an MFA in creative writing from the University of North Carolina Wilmington and is the author of two novels and a memoir, as well as "The Life We Were Given," an account of child refugees from the fall of South Vietnam.

Clyde Edgerton ban stands out from others
Clyde Edgerton, a UNCW professor, has been barred from New Hanover County Schools properties.

Hires and promotions at Lehigh Valley businesses
Allentown Morning Call
Kenneth Teitelbaum has been named dean for the College of Education at Kutztown University, effective July 1. Teitelbaum will be the chief executive of the college, comprising five departments: Special Education, Elementary Education, Secondary Education, Library and Learning Technologies, and Counseling and Student Affairs. He comes to Kutztown from University of North Carolina Wilmington, where he served as dean and professor for the Watson College of Education beginning in 2011. 

Online Tool Puts Coastal-waters Data at Shellfish Farmers' Fingertips
Greater Wilmington Business Journal (Sponsored content)
Rebuilding North Carolina’s stocks of shellfish is both an environmental and an economic priority. The state’s current oyster resources amount to just 3 percent to 5 percent of what they were in their heyday in the late 1800s. Members of UNC Wilmington’s marine biology faculty and staff are working hard to help rehabilitate what was once a vital industry along our coast.

UNCW Mourns Loss of Swimming Coach
TWC News
The University of North Carolina Wilmington swimming and diving community mourns the loss of Marc Ellington, its first coach.
Additional coverage: Port City Daily

LGBT locals pledge to persevere
On Monday, with images and stories out of Orlando virtually inescapable, Americans are plugged directly into the tragedy and left to process grief along with the victims and their families. Alissa Dark-Freudeman, a psychology professor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, studies the effects of death and dying on communities and says the impact hits hardest within the LGBT community.

The Mineral City/Becoming Clyde
Celebrated author and UNCW professor Clyde Edgerton talks "Becoming Clyde" and what shapes him as an artist, father, educator and musician, as well as the inspirations behind his fiction unique to North Carolina.

Fundraiser held to open bike shop that employs adults with disabilities
Leah Sherrill, a recent UNCW graduate, is hoping to create a bike shop called Special Pedals, geared toward providing college students convenient, low-cost bicycles or bike repairs while training and employing adults with disabilities. A fundraiser was held Monday evening at the UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship to help this idea become a reality.
Additional coverage: WECT

UNCW University Relations team hires Vance
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
The University Relations team at UNCW recently added Tricia Vance as a public communications specialist.

Nurses' bond runs deeper than their profession
Rocky Mount Telegram
Rachel Oliver Smith was diagnosed at age 4 with T-cell lymphoma, a form of blood cancer, and she received chemotherapy treatments for two years at a pediatric hospital. Now 25, Smith is a registered nurse and works alongside nurses who took care of her years ago. She graduated from UNCW in 2013.

Susan Yonaitis-Kastner Memorial Scholarship recipients
A luncheon was held at the Mountain View Chalet in Asbury, to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Susan Yonaitis-Kastner Memorial Scholarship Fund. Annalise PeterPaul, one of the recipients, is a graduating senior at Delaware Valley Regional High School and plans to attend the University of North Carolina Wilmington in the fall and pursue a career in nursing.

Global Perspective Are Essential In Today's Business World
Greater Wilmington Business Journal (*sponsored content)
The UNCW Cameron School of Business recognizes the value of sending its students overseas - more than 150 go abroad each year through different initiatives.UNCW also works diligently to bring international students to the United States.

Traveling with Music: Dr. John P. LaCognata and the Wilmington Symphonic Winds Prepare for a Worldly Concert
The Wilmington Symphonic Winds will take listeners around the world this weekend with their concert at UNCW’s Kenan Auditorium. Dr. John P. LaCognata, director of bands at UNCW, and 65 professional wind and percussive musicians from across NC will explore sounds from multiple cultures.

Author Garrard Conley's time at UNCW helped form memoir
Garrard Conley set out to write fiction, but a class with Philip Gerard at theUniversity of North Carolina Wilmington changed his direction.

UNCW offers active shooter training free of charge
Twice a month, UNCW offers an active shooter training course. Though it's geared towards the university community, a UNCW Police Lieutenant said the course is available for anyone who wants to come, free of charge.

'Future's so bright' for 430 graduating Millville Senior High School
Vineland Daily Journal
A front row of seats on the commencement field were reserved in part for families of top-achieving seniors like Jacob Ryan Todd. He had his class’s ninth-highest grade point average while playing varsity soccer for four years. He’s going on to UNCW for a biology degree. 

Three Seahawks take home All-America honors
All-America honors continue to roll in for Nick Feight, Ryan Foster and Brian Mims after UNCW's second straight season of 41 wins and reaching a regional final in 2016. The trio were named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association All-America teams with Mims earning first-team honors and Feight and Foster landing on the second team.

UNCW's Taylor Hyssong talks MLB Draft day and Braves future
Taylor Hyssong tracked the MLB Draft at home in Maryland on Friday afternoon, fully prepared for his wait to stretch another day. The UNCW left-hander’s outlook changed when Atlanta Braves scout Billy Best called a few minutes before the start of the eighth round. 

Success makes for difficult scheduling balance for UNCW basketball
UNCW's Colonial Athletic Association men's basketball championship has provided an undeniable boost across the board for the athletic department. Coach Kevin Keatts wants the right mix of home and road games with chances to craft a decent NCAA Tournament resume but not too many to overload his players. 

4 UNCW Seahawks taken in MLB Draft
Steven Linkous was among four Seahawks selected in the 40-round draft. Lefty Taylor Hyssong was first off the board Friday to the Atlanta Braves in the eighth round, scooped up for his potential with a fastball that has touched 94 miles per hour. Catcher Gavin Stupienski and hard-throwing right-hander Jared Gesell also got picked Saturday.

No. 9: Men’s basketball runs winning streak to program-record 11 games, Feb. 13
UNCW's 2015-2016 school year provided plenty of memorable moments on the field. As the Seahawks head into summer, we're counting down the Top 10.

Four Diamond Hawks among MLB draft picks
Three more UNCW players were selected in the Major League Baseball Draft Saturday. That brought the total number of Diamond Hawks picked to four in this year's draft.
Additional coverage: WECTPort City DailyStarNews

Top 10 moments in UNCW sports for 2015-16
For the next 10 days, we'll be counting down the Top 10 memorable moments in UNCW sports for 2015-16. Check back every day for another look back.

Seahawks keep waiting for NCAA breakthrough
Mark Scalf spent most of Wednesday and Thursday in exit meetings with his UNCW baseball players. With one Seahawk after another, the coach dissected his 25th spring on the job and then began looking ahead.

Cheap Seat: Is ceiling set for UNCW Baseball?
Bummed about another regional loss, what can UNCW do to improve? Were 40 wins and a CAA title the best this program could ever expect? Is this the ceiling for a program that only a couple years ago wanted to be the Omahawks?