UNCW in the News

UNCW in the News

August 18 - 22

UNCW welcomes new students, interim chancellor
If you noticed a lot of traffic around UNCW this weekend, it's because thousands of new students, and even a new leader, were moving in for the school year. "We have 1,800 volunteers welcoming 1,920 new students, and the spirit is just positive and exciting," UNCW's Interim Chancellor Bill Sederburg.

UNCW's Interim Chancellor explains plans for university
As 1,400 UNCW students flood to campus to start their fall semester, Interim Chancellor Bill Sederburg is also getting ready to start his job. Sederburg has only been in town two weeks, but said he is on the fast track to learning about UNCW and its community.

UNCW trustees look toward university's future
To build a bright future for the University of North Carolina Wilmington, the university's board of trustees talked about its past issues and successes during several discussion sessions held Thursday in Chapel Hill. "The board has gone through some challenging times," said Interim Chancellor William Sederburg, who took over the position on Aug. 1. "In essence, most of the issues are history when you really look at them. We want to say, 'That's part of the history; it's part of the past. What is the direction we want to go?' It's a matter of reaffirming where we want to take the institution."

UNCW reports 20 percent fundraising jump during tumultuous year
Despite unrest, the University of North Carolina Wilmington fundraisers said donations jumped 19 percent last year.The university reported gifts and pledges exceeding $11.3 million in the budget year that ended June 30.During that same time, donations across the country grew by 5.4 percent, according to the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education.

UNCW Launches New WE ARE UNCW Web Portal
The University of North Carolina Wilmington is proud to introduce WE ARE UNCW, a new web portal that features the faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends of the university who make it shine on campus and in the community. The UNCW family is thousands of people strong, but it takesindividualsto make UNCW unique.

UNCW's updated plan to overhaul athletic facilities faces vote by trustees
Star News
UNCW's revised plan for a wide-ranging overhaul of its increasingly outdated athletic facilities goes before the Board of Trustees on Friday. Associate vice chancellor for facilities Bob Fraser and athletic director Jimmy Bass will present updates to the original plan approved in December.

Back in Session: UNCW bills a multitude of exciting events
The dog days of summer are coming to a close and that means UNCW is jumpstarting its fall semester. Like every year, their myriad organizations and departments have culled together an abundance of culturally enlightening events.

UNCW library wins award
Star News
William Madison Randall Library at the University of North Carolina Wilmington received a Pelican Award earlier this month from the N.C. Coastal Federation. The UNCW library was honored for cataloging documents from the Coastal Federation's files and making them available to the public in a digital format.

UNCW students spreading the word of healthy eating
Some UNCW students hit the books early to help their classmates get a leg up this semester. Eleven students went through a three-day hands-on training to become peer educators. Courtney Simmons, campus dietitian, said the peer educators main goals are to debunk myths and prevent students from falling into fad diets. Starting next week, peer educators will into residence halls and classrooms to promote healthy eating.

What's Change Got To Do With It?
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
For some, the mere mention of the word "change" can be paralyzing, causing a flood of emotions and feelings of uncertainty. For others, change is fun and exciting - an opportunity to start anew with a clean slate. The Cameron School of Business saw its fair share of changes in June 2014. Cameron is welcoming the leadership changes, accepting and embracing the new leadership styles, and responding to the newness with optimism and excitement.

Researchers working to improve tidal creek water quality with rain gardens
Fox Wilmington
Years of development have affected some natural habitats in southeast North Carolina, including sacred watersheds. The City of Wilmington's Watershed Coordinator, Erin Carey, said, "Unfortunately not…but that's part of our mission - to teach people what a rain garden is!" Carey works to protect local tidal creeks working with other organizations like New Hanover County, North Carolina State University, and the University of North Carolina Wilmington.
Story also ran on WECT

UNCW students tell us their plan to stay out of student loan debt
In 2012, 58% of UNCW seniors graduated with an average debt over just $25,000 dollars. However, UNCW students say they have turned the corner when it comes to student loans, and they are slamming the door on debt. "What I try to do is apply to as many scholarships as possible," explained Brieanna Phipps, a UNCW student. "That way if I get them all I will have an over flow. So this year I had around $2,000 dollars extra so that will take care of student loans for this year."

UNCW to host campus fireworks celebration
Port City Daily
UNC Wilmington is ringing in the new school year with a fireworks extravaganza for faculty, staff and students. The event-set for 9 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, in the gazebo recreation area-is not open to the public, but area residents should be aware they may hear controlled fireworks and music. The display is scheduled to last no more than 45 minutes.

2014 UNCW Beach Blast unfolds under sunny skies
Lumina News
A slight chance of rain did not stop the 2014 UNCW Beach Blast from unfolding near Wrightsville Beach's Crystal Pier. Jon Kapell, director for campus activities and involvement with UNCW,said he expects as many as 4,000 students to celebrate the last day of summer before classes start Aug. 20.

Beach Blast unfolds under sunny skies
Lumina News
Clear skies and plenty of sunshine the afternoon of Aug. 19 set the stage for the 2014 University of North Carolina Wilmington Beach Blast. With temperatures hovering near 90 degrees, Jon Kapell said staff focused on keeping students safe from the heat. The university partnered with the town to maintain order and safety on the beach, contracting three officers through the Wrightsville Beach Police Department in addition to 25-30 UNCW staff members and 11security officers roving through the crowd.

UNCW alum Scott Dean joins WWAY as chief meteorologist
Scott Dean has joined WWAY NewsChannel 3 as the station's new chief meteorologist. Scott, a UNCW alum, returns to Wilmington after spending the last seven years at WTVD, the ABC station in Raleigh-Durham.

News & Notes - Summer Ventures; local student serves as page; scholarship awarded
Star News
Margaret Ann McSpeen, a teaching assistant from Codington Elementary, was recently awarded the New Hanover County Retired School Personnel scholarship. McSpeen is working toward obtaining her teaching degree from UNCW.

Video released of UNCW seahawk statue theft
UNCW Police have released security camera footage of the July theft of a seahawk statue on campus. They also announced that Crime Stoppers of the Cape Fear is offering a reward for information about the theft or for the return of the statue.
Also covered by: Port City Daily, Star News and WECT

Reinventing eye surgery
Lumina News
Like the secret headquarters of any comic book superhero, Dr. Alan Brown's MindSkid Labs is tucked away behind the façade of this local doctor's Shipyard Boulevard ophthalmic surgery clinic. As an inventor, Brown said Wilmington's biotech and small business startup atmosphere is rapidly improving with the formation of organizations like the University of North Carolina Wilmington's Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and the Wilmington Investors Network.

Hamm Joins Wilmington Health Gastroenterology
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
Jamie Hamm, a board-certified family nurse practitioner, is now seeing patients with Wilmington Health's Gastroenterology division, the medical group announced in a recent press release. Hamm has a master's of science degree in nursing from the University of North Carolina Wilmingtonand will be based at the medical group's 1202 Medical Center Drive location.

Men's soccer: Preseason check-in
Star News
In college soccer, experience doesn't always translate into wins. This year, UNCW has six seniors, and the players in the large recruiting class that made a major impact as sophomores are now juniors.

Duke Blue Devils Slip Past UNCW Seahawks In Exhibition, 1-0
Beach Carolina
Freshman midfielder Imani Dorsey scored just 50 seconds into the game and No. 18 Duke held on to edge host UNCW, 1-0, in the second and final preseason exhibition game for the Seahawks on Saturday at the UNCW Soccer Stadium.

Soccer (M): After exhibition loss, UNCW looking to get healthy
Star News
Aidan Heaney expected to face difficult lineup decisions this season, returning a roster stacked with experienced contributors. The UNCW men's soccer coach dealt with a different problem Sunday night against N.C. State. The Seahawks had just 15 healthy field players available in their exhibition debut, forcing Heaney to juggle the formation to fit his personnel.

Women's soccer: Preseason check-in
Star News
UNCW was young last season in many key spots and not surprisingly, took its lumps early in the fall. The Seahawks rebounded nicely from five losses in their first six games but still needed a win on the last day of the regular season to make the CAA Tournament. UNCW won't have to break in many new pieces this time around, but several returners will have to adjust to new roles.

NCAA reform a tough pill to swallow for schools like UNCW
Star News
The wheels of NCAA reform are in motion, but that doesn't mean UNCW and the Colonial Athletic Association agree with all of the possible changes. With the new governance structure, the major conferences - ACC, SEC, Pac-12, Big 10, Big 12 - are expected to pursue changes in the way they support athletes, including a stipend to account for the extra costs of attendance that scholarships don't currently cover.