UNCW in the News

UNCW in the News

Sept. 15 - 19

Editorial - North Carolina must be dedicated to strong university system
Star News
UNCW is again one of the top 20 regional universities in the South, according to the much-watched U.S. News & World Report's rankings. North Carolina also has several nationally ranked schools in the magazine's annual survey.

Rising Atlantic Ocean Temperatures Could Pose Threat to Reefs
US News & World Report
A study of 40 species along the reefs off the North Carolina coast shows northward movement by the invasive and poisonous lionfish, according to researchers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the University of North Carolina Wilmington, who published their findings in the September issue of Marine Ecology Progress Series.
Other coverage: World Maritime News and Saving Seafoo

UNCW Entrepreneur Center Uses $50,000 Grant to Support Coastal Start-Ups
Time Warner Cable
The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at UNC Wilmington is the recent recipient of a $50,000 grant, which officials say will be used to further support coastal start-ups. CIE officials said that fewer than 1 percent of 800 applicants were chosen to receive the grant money.
*This interview ran in all major media markets statewide: Charlotte, Raleigh, Triad, Sandhills and Coastal

UNCW coaches, Seahawk Club work together for future
Star News
Updated and approved by the Board of Trustees last month, UNCW's Outdoor Enhancement Plan lays out an ambitious future. There's a new tennis stadium and major upgrades for baseball, softball, soccer and track & field. The long-term wish list also includes an addition to Trask Coliseum and a new field house.

UNC Wilmington Offering Real-Life Training to Nursing Students
Time Warner Cable News
UNC Wilmington has ramped up its real life learning experiences for nursing students. Over the last several months the university started using standardized patients in more classes. These are volunteers who act like patients in different real-life medical and health scenarios. In the last year or so, the university went from having one to 21 volunteers.

Miracle League part of growth, improvement for local groups
Star News
Each batter was introduced to the crowd on their way to home plate and music was playing as a mascot danced to the rhythm. This pageantry played out as the official start of the fall season for special-needs participants at Wilmington's Miracle Field. About 50 volunteers were out Saturday to assist the players, a number of them from the UNCW recreation therapy and special education programs.

The Bard and broads
Star News
Marianne Novy, professor of English and women's studies at the University of Pittsburgh and a former trustee of the Shakespeare Association of America, will deliver the next UNCW Bucker Lecture at 6 p.m. Sept. 25 in the Warwick Center at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Admission will be free.

UNCW student Josh Cohen guest stars in 'Red Band Society'
Star News
Josh Cohen has always been taught there is no such thing as a small role. Cohen guest starred in the pilot episode of Fox's new drama "Red Band Society," which premiered Wednesday. The University of North Carolina Wilmington senior theater major pops up the very first scene of the seriesand required Cohen to tackle something he had no prior experience with: cheerleading.

Stranding crew unable to save beached whale and her calf
The Outer Banks Voice
Two pygmy sperm whales beached themselves Tuesday morning in Nags Head. Prior to the arrival of the Outer Banks Marine Mammal Stranding Network, beachgoers tried to get the two to return to deeper water. An exam will be conducted on the whales to help determine the cause of the stranding as well as help biologists gain more understanding of the species. The assessment will be conducted by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Center, UNC Wilmington, the NC Marine Fisheries Commission and the NC State School of Veterinary Medicine.

Paul Townend - 'Great Britain' must be estimated one of history's great success stories
Star News
The referendum on Scottish independence on September 18 will be close. Whatever the result, the debate and the increasingly heated disagreements north of the River Tweed about where Scotland's interests lie, indeed about what Scotland means, reveal much not only about very modern fault lines within the political culture of the British Isles, but also about the ongoing importance of history in shaping the present. *Editorial by Paul Townend, chairman of UNCW's History Department

New Hanover moving tax dollars to inlet maintenance
Star News
The New Hanover County Commissioners on Monday approved an agreement that will allow a portion of the room-occupancy tax collected in the unincorporated areas to be used for inlet maintenance. Chris Dumasof the University of North Carolina Wilmington Department of Economics and Finance helped to author the study presented during the commissioners meeting. He estimated that if Carolina Beach Inlet were fully maintained, the economic impact would increase sales by about $8 million and employment by 91 jobs.

Jewish holidays to be topic of program
Star News
Jarrod Tanny, associate professor of history and a Block Distinguished Scholar in Jewish history, will discuss Jewish holiday customs and rituals. at 7 p.m. on Tuesday in room 212 of Cameron Hall.

Symphony opens season with Mozart
Star News
The Wilmington Symphony Orchestra launches its 2014-2015 season Saturday night with Mozart's "Concerto for Flute and Harp" and 20th century Danish composer Carl Nielsen's "Symphony No. 4," known as "The Inextinguishable." Steven Errante will conduct the orchestra beginning at UNCW's Kenan Auditorium. The two pieces "couldn't be more different," said Errante, a professor of music at UNCW.
Other coverage: Port City Daily

Young Voters Weigh in on Midterm Election
Time Warner Cable News
North Carolina's thriving college community weighed in on the quickly approaching midterm election. "There's a lot of spending issues that aren't long term driven. They're just very focused on the here and now and as the younger generation, we need to be worried about what's happening 20, 30 years down the line," said UNCW student James Northrop.

'Hands Up, Don't Shoot': UNCW students rally against police brutality
Dozens held a vigil Thursday for Michael Brown, the black teenager who was shot by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri last month. The message was to raise awareness for all victims of what they consider to be police brutality. The vigil was hosted by the UNCW Black Student Union and the Upperman African American Cultural Center.

First Presbyterian to discuss church in China
Star News
Wilmington's First Presbyterian Church will play host to a national conference on the state of the Christian church in China. Topics for discussion include an update on the church's growth, challenges in modern China and discovering opportunities for service. First Presbyterian has a long history of connections with China, said Conser, a professor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington with dual chairs in the departments of history and philosophy and religion.

Wilmington Police Department Looks to Improve Diversity
The Wilmington PD is taking steps to become more diverse.Wilmington Chief of Police Ralph Evangelous told City Council on Tuesday evening that they're looking to expand this training even further in the future. "We are currently working with the Department of Justice to evaluate a four hour block of training, which will be offered to the entire department. I'm working with UNCW and their law enforcement group to evaluate this and to use their resources."

Communications Firm Hires Buckley, Wallin
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
Spirit Communications has hired Jean Buckley and Carl Wallin for its Wilmington office, the company announced recently. Wallin has extensive experience in data base management, web design and underlying communications. A graduate of the University of North Carolina Wilmington, Wallin earned a B.S. degree in business with a marketing focus, according to their release.

Doyle named Onslow County Schools Teacher of the Year
Jacksonville Daily News
Onslow County Schools is pleased to announce Melissa Doyle, a third grade teacher at Jacksonville Commons Elementary School, is the district's 2014 Teacher of the Year. Doyle received a bachelor's in elementary education from UNCW.

People in Business - Sept. 14, 2014
Star News
Nabell Winslow Investments in conjunction with the University of North Carolina Wilmington has hired Paul Walker as an intern for the 2014-2015 school year.

Molly Ringwald bringing intimate jazz to JCC
The State
With more than three decades of film and television work under her belt, Molly Ringwald is readily identifiable as an actress. An Evening with Molly Ringwald" is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday in the Paul A. Johnston Auditorium at Johnston Community College. She and her band also perform Wednesday in Kenan Auditorium at UNC Wilmington.

Exhibition of paintings at the Cecelia Coker Bell Gallery
SC Now
Coker College presents an exhibition of paintings by Shaun Richards titled, "Safety in Numbers." Richards attended UNC Wilmington, where he earned a BA in Art in 1999. In 2003, he enrolled in SUNY Empire State College as a non-matriculated graduate student.

Seahawks take down CAA rival Campbell Camels
For the second time in as many outings, UNCW upended a nationally-ranked squad as Colin Bonner notched the game's lone goal to lead the Seahawks past #25 Campbell, 1-0, on Tuesday at the Eakes Athletics Complex.
Other coverage: WWAY, Port City Daily and News & Observer

UNCW athletes to compete in Cape Fear Literacy Council Spelling Bee
Port City Daily
Members of the UNCW men's tennis team will take a swing at spelling when they compete in Thursday's 27thAnnualCape FearLiteracy Council (CFLC) Spelling Bee. Three members of the Seahawk program that make up this year's spelling bee team including senior Sam Williams(Bristol, England), freshman Andres Torres(Armenia, Columbia) and freshman Taylor Cramer(Texarkana, Texas).

UNCW goes live a lot more often now
Star News
The Seahawks' dramatic 2-1 victory against UNC-Greensboro on Sept. 1 marked another step forward in the athletic department's digital push. It was the first soccer game ever broadcast on UNCWSports.com, now available in real time for free to almost any Internet-capable device via the site's revamped video portal. UNCW, in cooperation with a larger effort by the Colonial Athletic Association, has overhauled its official website and broadcast plan this season.

UNCW players honored by CAA
Star News
Brayden Smith, making his first career start for the UNCW men's soccer team, assisted the game-winning goal in Friday's 2-1 upset at nationally ranked South Carolina. In women's soccer, UNCW freshman Serenity Waters grabbed a hat trick in Saturday's 8-0 victory over Francis Marion. On the volleyball court, UNCW's Morgan Owney earned CAA Defensive Player of the Week honors.

CAA honors Waters as Rookie-of-the-Week
UNCW women's soccer freshman Serenity Waters exploded for a hat track in the first half of Saturday's 8-0 romp over Francis Marion, earning the newcomer from Sharpsburg, Ga., Colonial Athletic Association's Rookie-of-the-Week accolades.

UNCW's Owney digs her way to CAA defensive honors
After setting a career-high with 34 digs versus Campbell and averaging 5.73 digs per set for the week, UNCW's Morgan Owney was named Colonial Athletic Association Defensive Player-of-the-Week on Monday.

UNCW's Smith named CAA Rookie-of-the-Week
UNCW freshman defender Brayden Smith made the most of his first career start as he assisted on the game-winning goal in UNCW's 2-1 win over nationally ranked South Carolina last week.

Hoops (M): Kevin Keatts weekly talk show set for Monday afternoons
Star News
UNCW men's basketball games will no longer be heard on Sunny 104.5 FM. That means the coach's weekly call-in show moves to the web. A weekly show is part of coach Kevin Keatts' contract. Starting in early November, the one-hour show will be Mondays at noon. The plan is for Keatts' show to be streamed live online and then available in the archives, as well.

Landfall Legends tennis event starts Friday
The Landfall Foundation is pleased to announce American tennis superstar Lindsay Davenport will headline this year's Legends of Tennis. Proceeds from Legends of Tennis will go directly to the Landfall Foundation's grants programs and will also benefit the UNCW Men's and Women's Tennis Programs via the Seahawk Club, as they have been partners and beneficiaries since the event's inception.

UNCW baseball to play exhibition Oct. 1
Star News
The UNCW baseball team will meet the Ontario Blue Jays in a scrimmage on Wednesday, Oct. 1, to benefit the Miracle League of Wilmington, with the first pitch slated for 5 p.m. at Brooks Field.

UNCW golf embraces a new set of hands
Star News
UNCW received more than 90 applications for its assistant golf coach opening. The options included seasoned veterans with years of NCAA experience, eager newcomers fresh out of college and plenty in between.

UNCW tennis team smashes foes
Star News
The UNCW men's tennis team won all three doubles draws and went a sparkling 34-4 overall as the Seahawk Invitational drew to a close Sunday at Empie Park's Althea Gibson Tennis Complex.

UNCW women notch 15 goals in a pair of tourney wins
Star News
Katrina Guillou set her personal bar high with an explosive 2013 soccer season. The UNCW junior forward wants to at least match the 10 goals and 26 points she tallied last fall. She knows the Seahawks are counting on her for similar production, too.

UNCW fall sports start fast
Star News
Colin Bonner has made an art form out of using his 6-foot-4, 215-pound frame to turn position in front of the net into goals. The UNCW junior did it again Tuesday night, heading home a throw-in for the lone goal in a 1-0 win at Campbell.

UNCW track program faces reality of longer wait for new facility
Star News
UNCW had hoped a new track & field complex could be included in the first phase of the Outdoor Enhancement Plan, a $7.5 million project paid for with cash left over from the construction of the Student Recreation Center. Those funds fell short, leaving the athletic department to privately raise the $2 million needed to overhaul the facility.

Golf (M): Seahawks get off to rocky start
Star News
The UNCW golf team stumbled out of the gate over the weekend with a last-place finish at the Tar Heel Intercollegiate in Chapel Hill. Coach Matt Clark's lineup featured three newcomers - freshmen Ross Robison and Thomas Eldridge and Campbell transfer Grant Houser. Sophomores Thomas Lilly and Trey Guy don't have much more experience.

At UNCW, they're coaching 'em up off the field
Star News
Baseball, like many other UNCW programs, is slated to get a refurbished facility as part of the Outdoor Enhancement Plan. This plan stands to address some of UNCW's most glaring shortcomings, but the push to find the private funding to complete the projects won't be easy, especially for coaches with a variety of immediate needs and long-term goals.

UNCW men's soccer upsets #17 South Carolina
Jamie Dell's goal in the 82nd minute was the difference as UNCW topped 17th-ranked South Carolina, 2-1, in men's soccer action on Friday at Eugene E. Stone Stadium.

UNCW Roundup - Volleyball win streak ends
Star News
UNCW's Morgan Kline and Leah Gagliardi had 14 and 11 kills apiece, but the Seahawks were unable to overcome an early deficit to fall to Charlotte, 3-1, in the Wildcat Classic at Belk Arena on Saturday.

UNCW brings in top-level tennis teams for Beach Blast
Star News
The UNCW women's tennis played Virginia Tech in the season-opening UNCW Beach Blast.

Gophers Basketball Announces Big Ten TV Schedule
The University of Minnesota announced Tuesday the Gophers men's basketball TV schedule for the upcoming Big Ten Conference season. Before conference play starts, Minnesota will have two non-conference games broadcast on Big Ten Network. Those are Dec. 19 against Seattle University and Dec. 27 against UNC Wilmington.