UNCW in the News

UNCW in the News

August 25-29

UNCW elects chair, vice chair and secretary for 2014-15
The Board of Trustees at UNCW has elected a new chair and vice chair and has re-elected the secretary for the 2014-15 academic year. Kinston resident Michael Shivar will serve as the chair of the Board of Trustees. H. Carlton Fisher, a former member and chair of the UNCW Foundation Board, will be the acting vice-chair of the Board of Trustees. Wilmington resident Wilma W. Daniels was re-elected as secretary of the Board of Trustees.
Other coverage: Port City Daily, Greater Wilmington Business Journal, Star News and InsuranceNewsNet

Kinston Businessman New Board Of Trustees Chairman At UNCW
A Kinston businessman has been elected to head the UNCW Board of Trustees. The UNC Wilmington Board of Trustees picked Kinston resident Michael Shivar as chairman for the 2014-2015 school year.

Missing Seahawk statue returned to UNCW
Officials with UNCW announced Wednesday that the Seahawk statue stolen in July has been returned to campus. According to a campus email, officials recovered the statue after Crime Stoppers of the Cape Fear received an anonymous tip Thursday, August 21, one day after UNCW Police released surveillance video of the theft.
Other coverage: Star News, WWAY

Donations to UNCW outpace national trends
Port City Daily
UNC Wilmington has outpaced national trends in private donations. According to survey results released by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), giving levels grew by 5.4 percent.
Other coverage: World News

'Widespread methane leakage' from ocean floor off US coast
Researchers say they have found more than 500 bubbling methane vents on the seafloor off the US east coast. The team behind the new findings studied what is termed the continental margin, the region of the ocean floor that stands between the coast and the deep ocean. "These are significant geochemically, as they and our research teams found perhaps one of the largest seeps yet discovered with very active methane bubbling and large amounts of frozen hydrates," said Prof Steve Ross, from the University of North Carolina Wilmington.
Other coverage: University Herald

UNCW Professor Pioneers Face Aging Technology
Your face may be revealing more than you think. A UNCW computer science professor is developing new technology to predict how long a person may live based on a current photo. Dr. Karl Ricanek, Director of Face Aging Group (now known as the Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies in Identity Sciences), is using facial indicators to predict lifespan.

Changes in Entrepreneurial Landscape Open Space for Start-Ups in Small Cities like Wilmington
Silicon Valley and New York City used to be the exclusive homes of start-up businesses. Butthat economic landscape is changing, leaving room for smaller cities like Wilmington to become a hotbed for entrepreneurs. According to Hugh Forrest, to attract entrepreneurs, a city must have two things: affordable housing as well as other entrepreneurs and creative folks. Forrest is the Director of South by Southwest Interactive Festival and the keynote speaker for the Coastal Connect Entrepreneur and Capital Conference, hosted by UNCW's Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Officials begin follow-up work to make area more business friendly
Star News
New Hanover County Commissioners and the Wilmington City Council met jointly Tuesday to discuss the "Pathways to Prosperity" report, which was unveiled earlier this year by Atlanta-based Garner Economics. Jim Roberts, who helped facilitate the discussion, said the purpose was, in part, to identify recommendations that could be worked on and select organizations that could take on their review. "Let's not let this $100,000 report gather dust on the shelf," said Roberts, the executive director of the University of North Carolina Wilmington's Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Joint meeting sets priorities from Garner Report
Lumina News
Six of the 21 economic development recommendations outlined in the Garner Report made the short list of items needing immediate attention during the joint meeting between Wilmington City Council and New Hanover County Board of Commissioners. The meeting, held Tuesday, Aug.26, at the New Hanover County Executive Development Center, was facilitated by Dr.Thomas Porter, University of North Carolina Wilmington marketing department chair, and Jim Roberts, UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship director.

Cops keeping crosswalks safe
The Port City is one of the highest ranked states for pedestrian and bike related accidents. The City of Wilmington and local law enforcement decided to take action to lower those numbers by getting involved in a statewide program called, "Watch for me NC." "The first step is to let people know this program exists," explained Chris Berteram, assistant Chief of Police at UNCW. "We are putting a lot of information out at bike registrations, flyers, bus wraps."

Dance, classical, all that jazz to fill fine arts calendar
Star News
Wilmington's fine and performing arts scene is in a state of flux. Several groups are off the radar, while some things are as lively as ever. Upcoming events at UNCW include Piano Masterworks, Sept. 4; UNCW Faculty Brass Quintet, Sept. 7; An Evening With Molly Ringwald, Sept. 17; Mark Morris Dance Group, Sept. 13; UNCW Writers' Week, Nov. 3-7

Where pets replace children
"Children or Pet Companions?," an article by UNCW faculty member and novelist Karen E. Bender has been posted has been posted on the website ofThe Atlantic, the venerable and prestigious literary monthly.

Support shown for new teachers
Sampson Independent
Close to 30 new or fairly new teachers attended the BT (Beginning Teachers) Matters, a program made possible through the University of North Carolina Wilmington and the Institute for Emerging Issues out of Raleigh.

Opinion-Entrepreneurship: Impacting A Vital Wilmington
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
The UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) is preparing to host the first Coastal Connect Entrepreneur and Capital Conference - we should ALL attend the September 4th event.

Next Glass To Open HQ Downtown
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
Wilmington-based startup Next Glass will move into a building downtown to consolidate its work in one spot, officials announced Wednesday. Jim Roberts, executive director of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at UNCW, who has helped Next Glass evolve in a variety of ways through the CIE, also sees a bigger picture when it comes to the company's growth.
Other coverage: Port City Daily

World War I memorial to be refurbished, moved
Star News
Plans are firming to clean, repair and relocate New HanĀ­over County's lone World War I memorial, with a rededication ceremony scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 11. Speakers will include prominent WWI historians Dr. Janet Davidson of the Cape Fear Museum of History and Science, Dr. Taylor Fain of the University of North Carolina Wilmington, and Sion Harrington, formerly of the N.C. Office of Archives and History.

UDC's Civil War lecture series resumes Sept. 6 in Wilmington
Salisbury Post
The next free public lecture in the N.C. Division United Daughters of the Confederacy Sesquicentennial Lecture Series will be "1864: The Beginning of the End of the Civil War in North Carolina". The speaker will be Dr. Chris E. Fonvielle, Jr. He graduated from the University of North Carolina Wilmington and served as the last curator of the Blockade Runner Museum at Carolina Beach. Since 1996 he has taught in the Department of History at his undergraduate alma mater.

Longtime Wilmington arts group in a rebuilding year
Star News
The WCA is laying plans for a major revival in 2015 and 2016, when it will move its season from its longtime home of Kenan Auditorium on the campus of the University of North Carolina Wilmington to Cape Fear Community College's new Humanities and Fine Arts Center (HFAC). The move will make the WCA the HFAC's first local tenant.

News & Notes - Ocean rescue team earns awards; scholarships awarded; CFCC faculty, staff honored; students honored
Star News
The New Hanover County Board of Education has awarded Caroline Cook and Miranda Lancaster with the 2014 Board of Education Student Scholarship. Miranda Lancaster, also a Laney graduate and participant in the Laney Teacher Cadet program, has been accepted to the Watson College of Education at UNCW.

Sing with us to celebrate 200th anniversary of 'The Star-Spangled Banner'
Star News
It's the 200th anniversary of "The Star-Spangled Banner." Let's have a sing-along! To celebrate the occasion, we're asking you to record yourself singing our National Anthem. We'll combine all of the submitted recordings into a giant community sing-along. To help us all be in the same key and tempo, we asked some UNCW voice majors to get us started.

Sailing cruises for charity
Lumina News
The homeless and hungry men and women served by the Good Shepherd Center in Wilmington will be the beneficiary of two days worth of sailing charters during the Wrightsville Performance Sailing benefit weekend, Sept. 6-7. Dustin Frye, an alumnus of the University of North Carolina Wilmington and veteran sailing instructor, founded Wrightsville Performance Sailing in May 2014 with his 26-foot J/80sailboat.

New basketball book features UNCW women's coach Adell Harris
Port City Daily
Taking on the challenges that life brings-both on and off the court-is just another day in the office for UNCW's head women's basketball coach Adell Harris. The former Wake Forest point guard and Tusculum College head coach was recently invited by author C. Nathaniel Brown to write an excerpt for his book, "Xs, Os, and Ws."

Hoops (M): UNCW will keep working on Class of 2015
Star News
UNCW men's basketball got started on its Class of 2015 on Saturday night when swingman Mark Matthews pledged during an official visit. The Seahawks will have at least two more scholarships left to fill, so coach Kevin Keatts retains some flexibility as he plans for the future.

Hoops (M): Seahawks land commitment from Mark Matthews
The UNCW men's basketball staff spent the weekend entertaining recruits on campus. Those efforts paid off Saturday night when the Seahawks landed a verbalcommitment from Mark Matthews, a rising senior from Fort Myers, Fla.

Peacock, UNCW volleyball ready to flourish
Star News
The flight from Raleigh to Venice, with a layover in Atlanta, offered Meredith Peacock plenty of time to think. Going in, the UNCW middle hitter viewed her summer stint in Europe with a college volleyball all-star team as part vacation, part measuring stick and part leap of faith.

Unique course defines UNCW soccer's roles
Maddie McCormick is among a group of UNCW women's soccer players to put in the time to learn how to best captain the Seahawks on and off the pitch.

UNCW women's soccer preview: Program grows over 20 years under Coach Cairney
Port City Daily
A key part of the program since its inception 20 years ago this season, UNCW's women's soccer coach Paul Cairney is known for his ability to mentor future coaches.

Hoops (M): UNCW schedule update
UNCW hasn't yet released its men's basketball schedule for Kevin Keatts' debut season but plenty of other teams around the country have unveiled their 2014-2015 plans.

Harrold survives with some independent thinking
Former UNCW right-hander Stephen Harrold pitches for the Rockland Boulders in the independent Can-Am League.

Late goal lifts NC State past UNCW
Port City Daily
Freshman midfielder Annah Lindberg's second goal of the game with less than three minutes remaining lifted N.C. State over visiting UNCW.
Additional coverage: Beach Carolina Magazine

UPDATED: Stolen Seahawk statue returned to UNCW; arrest warrants issued
Port City Daily
The UNCW campus police department announced yesterday that the bronze Seahawk statue stolen from outside Warwick Center in July has been located and returned. Arrest warrants have been issued for three men-Joseph Edward Berry, 21, of Hillsborough; Robert Joseph Touhey, 22, of Ocracoke; and Nicholas Ryan Siano, 19, of Wilmington.
Additional coverage: WWAY; StarNews; WECT; WFMY News 2; Winston-Salem Journal; Lumina News; Greensboro News & Record

In Depth: Connect Entrepreneur and Capital Conference
Time Warner Cable News
Wilmington is a great city for entrepreneurs and next week there will be the first ever Coastal Connect Entrepreneur and Capital Conference. Jim Roberts, Executive Director of the UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, has more information about the conference and innovation in the Port City.

How old do you really look? FaceMyAge has an app for that
WRAL Tech Wire
A software spinout from the University of North Carolina Wilmington called FaceMyAge hopes to connect analysis of facial features to better estimates of lifespan.

Kayce Smith and Robert Smith - Schools should be safe for everyone
Op-Ed by Robert W. Smith, coordinator of the secondary undergraduate teacher education program at UNCW's Watson College of Education.

Area happenings, Aug. 28
The Topsail Advertiser
The Historical Society of Topsail Island will meet at the Assembly Building, 720 Channel Blvd., in Topsail Beach, on Sept.11 at 11:30 a.m. for its monthly luncheon and lecture. The speaker will be Dr. David La Vere from the history department at UNCW.

'Let's Talk About It' programs to start
Carteret County Public Library in Beaufort will delve into American history with its next "Let's Talk About It" program starting Monday, Sept. 8. Bill DiNome of UNC Wilmington will speak on Nov. 3.

Hoops (M): UNCW releases full 2014-2015 schedule
The path is set for the UNCW men's basketball team's first season under Kevin Keatts. The athletic department on Thursday released the full 2014-2015 schedule.
Also covered by: WWAY

Volleyball Has All the Right Pieces as Season Begins This Weekend
Coastal Carolina Official Athletic Site
The Coastal Carolina volleyball team will open the 2014 regular season on Friday with the first of three games at a UNC Wilmington tournament.