UNCW in the News

UNCW in the News

Sept. 22 - 26

UNCW Chancellor Search Committee members named
A group of 19, comprised of university and Wilmington leaders, has been named to find the next chancellor of UNC Wilmington. UNC School System President Thomas Ross will come to UNCW Oct. 2 to formally charge the committee with the search of the next Chancellor.
Other coverage: Star News, Greater Wilmington Business Journal, Port City Dailyand WWAY

State's colleges among the best in the nation
Sun Journal
North Carolina has several nationally ranked public and private schools in the latest annual survey by U.S. News and World Report. Among those ranked in the top 30 national universities was Duke, Wake Forest and the flagship of the state system, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. UNC Wilmington was again ranked as one of the top 20 regional universities in the South, as were Elon and Appalachian State.

Technology that may predict your lifespan
Al Jazeera
On this week's TechKnow, our contributors put new age predicting technology to the test. It was first envisioned by Jay Olshansky, the Co-Creator of Face My Ageand also an aging expert at the University of Illinois. The website was brought to reality with the partnership of Karl Ricanek, a professor of computer science at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

Red wolves in the crosshairs
Science Magazine
The fate of the world's only population of red wolves is at stake. In a controversial move, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has begun a rapid assessment of its efforts to save the species in the wild. Coyotes remain a long-term problem. To keep them from diluting the red wolf stock, biologists use so-called sterile placeholders. "The program has gone well," says Brian Arbogast, a biologist at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

Oysters: more than just for shucking
A retirement community has partnered with a group of UNCW Marine Biologist's to recycle oysters and clean the waters of the Intracoastal Waterway. "Giving back to our environment is something we can do now that we're retired," saidOyster RecyclingProject Manager Taylor Ryan. UNCW marine biology students are using the St. James oyster beds as a real life laboratory. Their professors said the experience is invaluable.

August 2014 posts record high global temperature for the month
On Thursday the National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C. announced in its monthly report that August 2014 had a higher global average combined land-ocean surface temperature than any August on record. Of great concern is the effects warming ocean temperatures are having on native and invasive species of marine life. A scientific paper released by the NOAA and the University of North Carolina Wilmington reported data on continuing studies being done to determine the role that climate change plays in the migration of various marine species.

In the Role of College President, Many Politicians Shed Their Partisanship
The Chronicle of Higher Education
Moments after Florida State U.'s Board of Trustees named State Sen. John E. Thrasher as president, students erupted in protest. The controversy it caused may be intense, but this appointment has a very familiar ring to it. In recent years, college presidencies have become regular landing places for former politicians. The good news is that most former politicians shed their partisanship and put their advocacy skills to work in support of the college, said William A. Sederburg, interim chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

UNCW Economist Woody Hall To Retire
Greater Wilmington Business Journal

William "Woody" Hall, professor of economics at University of North Carolina Wilmington, said he plans to retire at the end of the current academic year, leaving a nearly 41-year career at the school.

Free lecture to cover Shakespeare and feminism
Star News
"Shakespeare and Feminism" will be the topic of a lecture Thursday at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. 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 speak at 6 p.m. in the Warwick Center.

A Local Look at Banned Books Week
It's Banned Books Week. And with the recent challenges to books in Brunswick County schools, Clyde Edgerton, a UNCW Creative Writing professor, provides his perspective. Novelist Clyde Edgerton is no stranger to censorship. His first two novels were challenged, and his third novel, The Floatplane Notebooks, was briefly banned from a Virginia high school. Edgerton has followed the local book debate.

Banned Books Week begins
Star News
Banned Books Week starts Sunday, Sept. 21, celebrating the freedom to read by celebrating books that have, for one reason or another, been banned or challenged over the years. Over at UNCW's Randall Library, they're setting up a display of banned or challenged books on the second floor. A 100-minute "Read Out" is planned, beginning at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, in front of the library.

Local events to celebrate national Banned Books Week
Port City Daily
Banned Books Week aims to draw attention to the harms of censorship, and highlights the importance of free and open access to information. UNCW's Randall Library has created a second-floor exhibit that features recently banned or challenged books, as well as redacted FBI files from the library's Government Documents Collection and items from the general collection that inspire the freedom to read. UNCW's English department will also hold its Read-Out in front of the library at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Successful IT Breakfast Series An Indicator Of Tech Growth In Wilmington
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
A well-attended information technology event Wednesday morning is evidence that Wilmington's tech community is expanding, said Thomas Janicki, the Gordon Hurlbert/Duke Energy Distinguished Professor of Information Systems at University of North Carolina Wilmington. The breakfast panel program, organized by Janicki and others at UNCW, drew 71 IT professionals and students.

Progressive Farms to Launch Community Supported Agriculture Program
Time Warner Cable News
Area residents who are on the lookout for farm-fresh produce will soon have a new place to find it. Progressive Farms is set to launch a community supported agriculture program next week. "The cost is not greater," said Dr. Leslie Hossfeld, a professor at UNCW and executive director of Feast Down East. "In fact, it's probably lower because this is a locally-grown product. It's in season, plentiful, and you're getting a lot for your value."

Fourth Friday: 'Layers of Here and Now' opens at New Elements Gallery
Star News
New Elements Gallery presents the opening reception of "Layers of Here and Now," an art exhibition featuring recent works by Wilmington artist Eric Lawing and Southport artist Susan Mauney. Lawing, who teaches at the University of North Carolina Wilmington's Department of Art, works with pencil, charcoal and enamel on paper to create a cool-toned and abstract composition that vaguely implies a cityscape sidewalk.

Lumina News
The University of North Carolina Wilmington Theater Department presents a new translation of Moliere's "The Doctor in Spite of Himself." Directed by Anne Berkeley, this 1666 satire of the medical profession tells the story of an unhappy wife who convinces her woodcutter husband he's actually an eminent physician. Medical hijinks ensue.

UNCW gets old-school, in a new-school way, with "The Doctor in Spite of Himself"
Star News
This weekend and next, the University of North Carolina Wilmington's Department of Theatre will go back in history with 17th century writer Molière's satirical farce "The Doctor in Spite of Himself," which opens Sept. 25.

Human skeletal remains found at downtown construction site
Port City Daily
New Hanover County government has reported the discovery of human skeletal remains at its construction site for the under-renovation 320 Chestnut St. building in downtown Wilmington. A release from the county Friday confirmed that "intact human skeletal remains" were discovered at the site and reported to the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office, the University of North Carolina Wilmington and the North Carolina Office of State Archaeology.

Cheaper Energy to Grain Signaling Tame Inflation for U.S.
The longest commodity slump in more than two decades is helping to keep U.S. inflation in check as consumers benefit from cheaper supplies of everything from gasoline to peanuts. While commodities usually have a smaller impact on inflation than housing costs or wages, lower raw-material prices may allow the Fed to maintain interest rates that have remained near zero percent since 2008 in a bid to spur growth, said Cetin Ciner, a professor of finance at the University of North Carolina Wilmington's Cameron School of Business.

Experts: FDIC Could Appeal Judge's Decision To Dismiss Cooperative Bank Suit
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) may decide to appeal a recent decision to dismiss its lawsuit against the officers and directors of failed Cooperative Bank, several banking experts say. "I might expect the FDIC to aggressively appeal this ruling, to remove precedents for future cases." William Sackley, professor of finance at University of North Carolina Wilmington, said in an email. UNCW professor of finance Ed Graham believes evidence points to the fact that Cooperative's leadership was acting in good faith.

Conner paintings bring 'Clarity'
Star News
Echoing Andy Warhol, Wilmington artist Ann Conner strives to create minimalistic artworks that "look like a machine made them" by hiding almost all elements of human error. The exhibition is on display at Cape Fear Community College's Wilma W. Daniels Gallery. Conner, who teaches painting at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, will deliver a lecture in the gallery 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25.

Duke Energy creates $10 million Water Resources Fund for waterways in the Carolinas and neighboring states
Market Watch
Duke Energy announced eight Water Resources Fund seed grantees on Wednesday. UNCW will receive $75,000 to provide underserved middle school students with science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) experiential learning opportunities through one of Watson College of Education's outreach programs that promises to engage them with aquatic life.
Other coverage: Times Dispatch, Rockingham Now and WFMY

Leadership Wilmington Honors Three With Awards
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
The seventh annual Karl Davis Leadership Wilmington Alumnus of the Year Award was presented to 2007 Leadership Wilmington graduate Wilma Daniels during the recent Leadership Wilmington Alumni Association reception. Daniels, who is president of Daniels Management, was honored for her extensive volunteer work and for giving back to the community. She is a trustee of the University of North Carolina Wilmington and is the founder of the Katherine S. Finley Scholarship for Certified Nursing Assistants at Cape Fear Community College

East Europe migrants focus of new exhibit
Star News
The Pender County Library is excited to announce the opening of a new exhibit that will be featured at the main Burgaw branch titled "Push and Pull: Eastern European and Russian Migration to the Cape Fear Region." The exhibit, which features many personal items and narratives from Pender county residents, was researched, designed and fabricated by graduate students in the public history program of the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

What can 275 years of history reveal about Wilmington's future?
Star News
When Wilmington celebrated its 250th birthday in 1989, the city had about 55,000 people. Mayfaire was a farm, the final stretch of Interstate 40 was not yet finished. As Wilmington turns 275 this year, the city's population has doubled to 112,000. The city is projected to continue growing - by some 50,000 people, according to one estimate - over the next 25 years. Wilmington already boasts a growing K-12 public education system in addition to Cape Fear Community College and the University of North Carolina Wilmington. UNCW and CFCC officials anticipate enrollment growth.

Gurganus on "Bookwatch"
Star News
Favorite Tar Heel author Allan Gurganus will be the next guest on "N.C. Bookwatch," the book chat show on UNC Public Television. Gurganus was a visiting writer at UNCW some years back, and one of the great moments in Tar Heel literature occurred when he and Clyde Edgerton teamed up (in wigs and dresses) for a dramatic reading from Edgerton's novel-in-progress, "Lunch at the Piccadilly."

Assistant Principal of the Year named
Jacksonville Daily News
Bridget Grady, the assistant principal at Sand Ridge Elementary School, has been chosen as Onslow County Schools' 2014-15 Assistant Principal of the Year. Grady was among five finalists nominated for the designation. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

Chi Phi back at UNCW
Truth, honor and personal integrity are the core values Chi Phi fraternity is standing by as members rebuild their program at UNC Wilmington. In 2005, the fraternity was suspended for drinking and hazing offenses. Nearly 10 years later, the organization has returned to campus.

Review - 'The Wonder of All Things'
Star News
Columbus County native Jason Mott's "The Wonder of All Things" deals with ordinary people suddenly confronting the supernatural. If anything, "The Wonder of All Things" is faster-paced than "The Returned." Mott, who attended Cape Fear Community College and earned BFA and MFA degrees from the University of North Carolina Wilmington, was a poet before he was a novelist, and his narration drips with lines of poetry.

Thalian director honored with art display
Port City Daily
A bust of executive director Tony Rivenbark was donated to the hall by a group of supporters on Sept. 14 in recognition of his 35 years on the job. Over those years, annual use of the facility has grown from about 60 events per year to more than 500. After graduating with bachelor of arts degrees in history and theater from UNCW, he went on to UNC for graduate work.

WCPS Principal and Teacher Honored
Goldsboro Daily News
The Wayne County Public Schools Principals and Assistant Principals' Association recently named Mount Olive Middle principal, Tammy Keel, the WCPS 2014 Principal of the Year, as part of the Wells Fargo North Carolina Principal of the Year program. She is currently working to complete a doctoral degree in school administration from the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

Nationally ranked UNCW men's soccer to host Duke on Tuesday
Port City Daily
Fresh offenteringthe national rankings,UNCWwillhostDuke at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the UNCW Soccer Stadium. UNCW is ranked 26th byCollege SoccerNewsin its rankings released on Monday. The Seahawks were ranked in 2013 after the first week of the seasonwhen they won the Wolstein Soccer Classic at Ohio State. UNCW is also receiving votes in Top Drawer Soccer's top-25 and the NSCAA will release its regional and national rankings on Tuesday.
Other coverage: Star News

UNCW men knock off Blue Devils
Star News
Jacob VanCompernolle dropped to his knees at the feet of his goalkeeper moments after UNCW's 2-1 win over Duke on Tuesday night. It was an expression of gratified relief for the Seahawk defender after battling the Blue Devils in the rain, wind and cold through a roller-coaster second half.
Other coverage: WWAY, WECTand Port City Daily

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

UNCW hopes to collect 250 pints of blood during CAA Blood Challenge
The University of North Carolina Wilmington hopes to collect 250 pints of blood next week as part of the annual CAA Blood Challenge. Each year, CAA universities and college members participate in a blood drive battle as a fun way to emphasize the critical importance of donating blood. The school the collects the most donations is crowned the winner.

Tennis legends entertain and inspire
Lumina News
Lindsay Davenport and Grand Slam champion Rennae Stubbs, along with former tennis champions Mikael Pernfors, Jimmy Arias and Bobby Reynolds, entertained attendees of the Landfall Foundation's Legends of Tennis Tournament Sept. 19 and 20. Guests also enjoyed watching local players of all ages share the court with the professionals. Zander Veys, a freshman on the University of North Carolina Wilmington tennis team, took on Bobby Reynolds in an eight game pro set.

Tennis champion Lindsay Davenport in town for Legends of Landfall exhibition
Port City Daily
American tennis superstarLindsay Davenportis in town for this weekend's Legends of Landfall Tennis charity exhibition event hosted at theCountry Clubof Landfall's Drysdale Sports Center complex. Proceeds will go directly the Landfall Foundation'sgrantsprogramsand 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.
Other coverage: Star News and Lumina News

UNCW baseball to hold fall exhibition to benefit Miracle League
Port City Daily
The UNCW baseball team will meet the Ontario Blue Jays in a scrimmage on Oct. 1 to benefit the Miracle League of Wilmington. The scrimmage will be the third in as manyseasonsfor theSeahawksas Coach Mark Scalf'sclub playedhostto Team USA and the Czech Republic National Team the past two seasons.

UNCW's Eldridge tied for 9th at Rees Jones Intercollegiate
Freshman Thomas Eldridge carded a one-over-par 73 in the opening round of the Rees Jones Intercollegiate and is in a 10-way tie for ninth after 18 holes. The Seahawks enter the second round in eighth.

Porters Neck Tennis Open features $10,000 in prize money
Port City Daily
Porters Neck County Club will host the fifth annual Porters Neck Tennis Open Sept. 26-28. Each year, 32 professional and college players from all over the United States come to participate in the event. This year's tournament purse is at $10,000. Net proceeds will support the UNC Wilmington men's tennis team.

Porters Neck Tennis Open to raise funds for scholarships
Some of the top college and professional players in the country will gather at Porters Neck Country Club this weekend for the $10,000 Porters Neck Tennis Open to raise money for UNCW men's tennis scholarships.

UNCW men's soccer gets overtime win over Old Dominion
Port City Daily
Jamie Dell'ssecond goal of the evening lifted UNCW to a 2-1 overtime win over former ColonialAthletic Associationrival Old Dominion on Saturday at the ODU Soccer Complex. TheSeahawks finishedtheir three-game road stretch with a 3-0 mark and improved to 5-1-1 on the season.
Other coverage: WECT

Seahawks play to draw with East Carolina; Hokies down UNCW in volleyball
Port City Daily
Longtime rivals UNCW and East Carolina battled to a scoreless drawFriday nightinwomen's soccer, with each team enjoying several chances in the renewal of the 21-game series between two old Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) foes at the UNCW Soccer Stadium.
Other coverage: Star News

UNCW men's golf ties for fifth
Star News
Junior David Kostyal, a graduate of Topsail High School, shot an even-par 72 on the final day of the Rees Jones Intercollegiate to lead the UNCW men's golf team into a tie for fifth in the team standings with Campbell.

Wilmington is no exception to love of sports
Star News
UNCW basketball upsets Southern Cal in 2002 (not 2003 like it says on the paper): The Seahawks played Cinderella, outlasting fourth-seeded Southern California, 93-89, in overtime for their only NCAA Tournament win. UNCW, seeded No. 13, led most of the way behind CAA Player of the Year Brett Blizzard but needed an extra period to finish the upset.

Healthy Herring getting chance to shine for Pirates
Star News
Lexi Herring and the East Carolina University women's soccer team rekindled its regional rivalry with the UNCW Seahawks on Friday night, battling to a scoreless draw. For Herring, stepping on the field for a UNCW soccer match was a familiar feeling.

Baseball: UNCW releases 2015 schedule (UPDATED)
Star News
UNCW baseball should have plenty of chances to craft a resume worthy of NCAA Tournament consideration with its 2015 schedule, released Wednesday. The Seahawks are set for a total of 17 games against eight teams that advanced to NCAA regional play last spring, including nine at Brooks Field.
Other coverage: WWAY

What's new with Keith Rendleman? Lots
Keith Rendleman is one of the best basketball players to ever suit up for UNCW. One day his jersey may hang high in the rafters at Trask Coliseum. Now, Rendleman is taking his talents to Switzerland. "
Other coverage: Star News

Five enter Cary High Sports Hall of Fame
Cary News
State champions lead the way for this year's Cary High Sports Hall of Fame class. Five individuals combined for six individual state titles for the Imps in their time at Cary. Kirk Hudgins wasn't just an all-state soccer player at Cary High, he was one of few North Carolina high school players to be named All-South by the N.C. Soccer Coaches Association. He went on to play four seasons at UNC Wilmington, starting all but a handful of games.