UNCW in the News

Jan. 25 - 29

Katherine Montwieler on My Name Is Lucy Barton
Los Angeles Review of Books
Katherine Montwieler, chair of the UNCW English Department, reviews "My Name Is Lucy Barton," by Elizabeth Strout.

Bemelmans & Loparits Perform Polish, Russian & Hungarian Classics
Acclaimed pianists Norman Bemelmans and Elizabeth Loparits perform in UNCW’s Kenan Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 28.

Whale washes ashore near Kure Beach Fishing Pier
A whale washed ashore in Kure Beach early Wednesday morning. Kure Beach Police said witnesses tell them the whale is between 20 and 25 feet and UNCW marine biologists have been notified.
Additional coverage: WNCN

Fisheries approves 15 coastal recreational fishing license grants
The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission approved 15 grants that totaled over $1 million for projects that provide coastal fishing access and fisheries and habitat research. One grant they approved included the partnership between the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries and UNCW. This would allow master's students and undergraduates to address specific research needs identified by NCDMF topic experts.

Feast Down East conference slated for Feb. 12
The sixth annual Feast Down East Regional Conference will be held Feb. 12 at UNCW's Burney Center.

By the numbers: Wilmington Theater Awards database reveals biggest winners, nominees
A breakdown of Wilmington Theater Awards nominations. The UNCW Department of Theatre has 30.

Atlantic Shores Environmental Services hires Swain
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
Atlantic Shores Environmental Services (ASE) recently added Elliot Swain to its team. Swain holds a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from East Carolina University and a Master of Science degree in environmental studies from the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

Necropsy reveals unhealthy organs in humpback whale found on Kure Beach
Port City Daily 
After a 7.5-ton humpback whale was found on the sand in Kure Beach Wednesday morning, a team made up of scientists from the University of North Carolina Wilmington’s Marine Mammal Stranding Unit, students from the school’s marine biology program and researchers from the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher performed a necropsy on the animal.
Additional coverage: StarNews; WWAY

Dead humpback whale washes up on NC coast
Washington Post
A dead humpback whale has washed up in the surf at Kure Beach south of Wilmington, North Carolina. William McClellan of the University of North Carolina Wilmington says the whale was a baby humpback between 1 and 2 years old.
*This story ran in all national media markets.

UNCW professors join the search for missing Wilmington Woman
Ebonee Spears, 30, has been missing since since January 18 and former UNCW co-workers are hoping to keep the spirit alive for her search.

King brings father's message of nonviolence to UNCW
Lumina News
Bernice King, the chief executive officer of the King Center, was the keynote speaker for the University of North Carolina Wilmington's Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Friday, Jan. 22 at Kenan Auditorium.

Film gives UNCW students perspective on 1898 race riot
Lumina News
A local filmmaker who is shining a light on one of darkest moments in Wilmington history held a screening for the documentary “Wilmington on Fire” for University of North Carolina Wilmington students last week, during which they explored the region’s complicated history of racial relations.

UNCW recognized for finance degree
The University of North Carolina Wilmington has been named a CFA Institute “Recognized Institution” based on high standards in the finance curriculum in the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration program.

UNCW professor remembers attending first Super Bowl
A Communication Studies professor at UNCW took part in a serious game in the history of sports, specifically football. Dr. David Weber went to the first ever Super Bowl, and today he talked with us about the big game.

UNCW In Partnership To Build Innovation Ecosystem
Greater Wilmington Business Journal (*sponsored content)
UNCW is one of several innovative organizations hard at work in Southeastern North Carolina, nurturing start-up businesses, recruiting investment, doing basic and applied research in marine and life sciences, and encouraging sustainable economic development.

Shellfish lease considered near Masonboro Island
Al Smeilus said he is hoping to lease the 4.7 acres to farm oysters for family business. Smeilus said he has also spoken with UNCW about potentially having students come do research projects at the farm.

Tips pour in as police search for Wilmington mom missing for two weeks
Port City Daily
Two weeks after her disappearance from the Wilmington community, 30-year-old Ebonee Shanetta Spears is still missing. Spears’ former colleagues at the University of North Carolina Wilmington are concerned, since her disappearance doesn’t mesh with the conscientious, reliable young mother they knew.

UNCW Scientists Believe 'Parasite Attack' Most Likely Caused Whale's Death
National Daily Press
Scientists with UNCW believe a parasite attack on a juvenile whale's organs likely caused its death. The humpback whale washed ashore at Kure Beach Wednesday morning.

Editorial, Jan. 29: Whale day
Wednesday, a dead juvenile humpback whale was found washed ashore at Kure Beach. Even for the old salts among us, whale encounters are rare enough to cause a stir. UNCW scientists think the 15,000-pound, 25-foot-long creature died from a parasite infestation.

UNCW graduate makes it to the next round in American Idol
UNCW graduate Jordan Sasser made it to the next round of American Idol in Thursday night’s episode.

JLF 2016: We need new narratives on Partition, says Ayesha Jalal
Hindustan Times
The Partition remains one of the most contentious issues in the subcontinent’s history. Venkat Dhulipala, associate professor of history at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, added that incendiary speeches that were made between 1940 and 1947 on the transfer of population were one of the key triggers of violence.

UNCW group, Support the Port come together to end violence
The UNCW National Pan-Hellenic Council came together with non-profit Support the Port to raise awareness about violence in Wilmington Monday.

New Hanover County brain drain: 114 up for retirement in 2016
New Hanover County is set to lose dozens of employees who are up for retirement this year -- all experienced and knowledgeable workers. The county hopes to fill most positions from within. Employees can now participate in leadership training through a partnership with UNCW.

MLK's daughter speaks at UNCW
UNCW hosted Bernice King, the daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., at Kenan Auditorium Friday night.

Community colleges to continue sending nursing students elsewhere for four-year degrees
Through the Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate Nurses program, students are dual enrolled at both a community college and partnering university. In the Wilmington RIBN program, students complete their first three years at CFCC and receive their Associate Degree in Nursing at the end of the third. The fourth year is completed entirely online through UNCW to complete their Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing.

UNCW bans indoor use of hoverboards
Port City Daily
Bicycles and skateboards are still a go for UNCW students, but hoverboards will no longer be allowed for use or charging in any building on campus.

Trump, Clinton have big NC leads
Greensboro News & Record
Aaron King, a professor of political science at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, said polls of North Carolina voters at this point — while fun — are taking a snapshot of a field that will be winnowed to fewer candidates by the state's March 15 primary.

LINC dinner features White House honoree
Daryl Atkinson, who was honored in 2014 as a Champion of Change by the White House, will speak at the Leading Into New Communities (LINC) annual fundraiser at the Wilmington Hilton Riverside on Friday, Jan. 29. LINC Board Chair and UNCW faculty member Kim Cook said the legal community, employers, business owners, court and law enforcement staff, and local government officials would benefit from attending the Milestone Dinner to hear about Atkinson’s work and local programs.

Meet Eryn Roberts -- Wilmington's Yelp ambassador
Yelp Community Ambassador Eryn Roberts has been here nearly her whole life, competing in area track meets and participating in Azalea Festival formalities as a child, later graduating from the University of North Carolina Wilmington and working on the popular Catch the Food Truck.

New Hanover County Science Fair winners announced
Nine projects were chosen to represent New Hanover County at the Regional Science Fair at the University of North Carolina Wilmington on Feb. 13.

Seahawks fight past Drexel on road
A big second half from Denzel Ingram helped the UNCW men's basketball earn its fifth straight victory, 77-71, over Drexel on Sunday afternoon at the Daskalakis Athletic Center.
Additional coverage: Port City Daily

UNCW women fall to Tribe 77-65
Senior guard Shatia Cole led four UNCW players in double figures with 16 points, but the Seahawks were unable to overcome a record-setting performance from William & Mary sophomore guard Abby Rendle as the Tribe earned a 77-65 Colonial Athletic Association victory over the Seahawks at Kaplan Arena on Friday evening.

UNCW battles weather, Drexel on memorable road trip
UNCW's journey started about 6 a.m. on Friday morning, less than nine hours after wrapping up a 79-71 home victory over Delaware. The Seahawks were scheduled to fly to Philadelphia but opted for a bus with so many flights affected by the weather.
Additional coverage: WECT

UNCW's CJ Bryce named CAA rookie of the week
UNCW freshman C.J. Bryce has been recognized by the Colonial Athletic Association as the league's Rookie-of-the-Week for the third time after sparking the first-place Seahawks to a pair of victories over Delaware and Drexel last week.

Hammerheads release preseason soccer schedule
Wilmington Hammerheads FC announced their 2016 preseason schedule this afternoon, featuring the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, UNCW and the Charleston Battery.

Alumni key to funding new UNCW baseball hitting cages
Former UNCW baseball players play a big part in the current team's future plan. New covered cages are set to rise down the first-base line at UNCW's home park, a $150,000 project that will significantly improve a daily ritual of the Seahawks' season.

UNCW wins 6th straight CAA affair; Seahawks now 7-2 in CAA
Chris Flemmings scored 23 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, and UNCW never trailed and held on to beat James Madison 78-73 on Thursday night.
Additional coverage: StarNews

CAA moving annual basketball tournament to North Charleston
The Colonial Athletic Association's men's basketball championship will be based out of North Charleston Coliseum starting in 2017. The agreement was announced Thursday afternoon. UNCW is a member of the CAA.

UNCW soccer player chosen in MLS draft
Lumina News
University of North Carolina Wilmington soccer standout Colin Bonner is the first player in UNCW men’s soccer history to be selected in the Major League Soccer SuperDraft.

Longest winning streaks for UNCW basketball in past 15 years
Seahawks aim for first six-game win streak since 2006.
Additional coverage: Lumina News

UNCW basketball continues to shuffle big men
UNCW's front court shuffle to a predominately four-guard lineup has left six big men essentially competing for one spot.

Hammerheads unveil 2016 schedule, add goalkeeper to roster
Port City Daily
Wilmington will close out the preseason on Friday, March 18 as they host UNCW at 7 p.m. at Legion Stadium.

UNCW baseball picked to defend CAA crown
Port City Daily 
UNCW was the overwhelming choice among the Colonial Athletic Association baseball coaches to defend its championship in the association's preseason poll released on Tuesday.
Additional coverage: WECT; StarNews

UNCW women fall on the road at Elon
Sophomore center Malaya Johnson led four Elon players in double figures with 15 points and added eight rebounds as Elon pulled away in the second half to earn a 70-53 Colonial Athletic Association victory over UNCW at Alumni Gym on Tuesday evening.