UNCW in the News

UNCW in the News

Oct. 27 - 31

Editorial - UNCW gets points for putting academics first
Star News
When it comes to sports, bigger schools get more recognition. But the University of North Carolina Wilmington deserves credit for its efforts to prevent the type of academic fraud that has tarred the reputation of its larger sister university in Chapel Hill. UNCW was a state leader in efforts to make sure the focus is on education above all else when it comes to student athletes.

UNCW graduation success rate increases slightly
Star News
UNCW posted a graduation success rate of 83 percent for athletes who entered the university between fall 2004 and spring 2008, according to figures released Tuesday by the NCAA. UNCW's score rose by one percent over data released last year that covered students who started from 2003-to-2006.

At UNCW, athletics numbers go beyond wins, losses
Star News
About three years ago, UNCW was at the forefront of the state movement to collect more data related to its athletes' academics. The university's system for monitoring and assisting athletes with academics is set up so its three academic coordinators have reporting responsibilities not only within the athletic department, but also to other departments in an effort to make the process more transparent.

Forum at UNCW on Ebola stresses education over hysteria
Star News
Community leaders gathered Thursday at the University of North Carolina Wilmington to educate students and the public about Ebola. Prompted by the media attention focused on the disease that is most prevalent in western Africa, the forum stressed education over hysteria.
Other coverage: WECT

Wilmington Symphonic Winds to debut Sunday
Star News
The Wilmington Symphonic Winds makes its debut 7 p.m. Sunday in Kenan Auditorium. The group includes 63 musicians, including faculty members from the University of North Carolina Wilmington and Cape Fear Community College. John LaCognata, assistant professor and director of bands at UNCW, will conduct.

Women to Watch Award in Education
The 2014 Women to Watch winner in the Education category is LORI MESSINGER, director of the SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORKin the University of North Carolina Wilmington's College of Health and Human Services. Messinger started her fourth year as head of UNCW's School of Social Work this fall.

Writing class linked to multi-media show
Star News
A group of photographers and writers embedded with Marines out of Camp Lejeune set up a Facebook page and website to share their stories and experiences. One thing led to another, and the result was "BASETRACK Live," a touring multi-media show to reflect the lives of current American military personnel and veterans. "BASETRACK" will be serving as artists in residence Nov. 3-6 at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, and a big performance of their work will be presented at 8 p.m. Nov. 8.

Performance at UNCW depicts Marines in Afghanistan
Jacksonville Daily News
A team of photographers and journalists embedded with a Marine Corps unit in Afghanistan composed a Facebook page to capture stories of modern-day Marines. It became the inspiration for a multimedia performance, "Basetrack Live." As part of the Artist in Residence Program at the UNCW, Basetrack Live artists are conducting workshops, exhibits and presentations.

Local poet to read reflections of Vermeer
Lumina News
A poet, storyteller and painter since fourth grade, Michael White's love for writing and visual art led him to pen his newest poetry book about the artwork of 17th-century Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer. White will read from "Vermeer in Hell" Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. in the University of North Carolina Wilmington's Kenan Hall, room 1111.

Skeletal remains at building site not the first to be found there-may not be the last
Port City Daily
Renovations to the building at the corner of Fourth and Chestnut streets are revealing more and more bones at the building's foundation. Nora Reber, associate professor of archaeology and chairwoman of the UNCW Department of Anthropology, led an excavation at the site and is studying the bones' conditions. UNCW's Midori Albert, a professor of biological anthropology who provides similar services for the county sheriff's office, is also conducting a forensic analysis.

UNCW students host run to the polls
It was literally a race to the polls. UNCW Students and Wilmington residents walked, ran and biked to make their early vote count in the first ever 'Run to the Polls' race. 'Run to the Polls' was a project put on by UNCW's Election Campaign Communication Class. UNCW Professor Jennifer Brubaker says organizing the event has given students hands-on experience with campaign management.

Run to the Polls Event Targets Young Voters
Time Warner Cable News
Young voters will soon make their ways to the polls in full running mode. Run to the Polls, a voter mobilization event, begins Thursday at 5 PM at Leutze Hall on UNCW's campus. Participants will make their way from there to the Government Center voting site via Racine Drive. The event is being organized by UNCW students who are taking the school's Election Communication Campaign course.

UNCW Students Tackle Cyber Security
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
A group of tech-savvy students at University of North Carolina Wilmington are paying attention, and they are preparing for careers in the demanding and in-demand field of cyber security. Because UNCW offers no cyber security degree or program, they have taken the initiative to educate themselves: inviting speakers, setting up workshops and organizing practice sessions, playing data defense against an opposing team of local security professionals posing as hackers.

Canvas On Demand Founders Share Startup Advice During Entrepreneurship Week
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
In a talk, titled "Entremanureship," Tom Lotrecchiano and Joe Schmidt related the ups and downs of their quirky business journey. Their presentation to an audience of students late Thursday afternoon was part of Entrepreneurship Week at University of North Carolina Wilmington, and the two weren't shy about sharing stories of their failures as well as their successes.
Other coverage: Star News

Food Day Promotes Healthy and Sustainable Eating
Time Warner Cable News
"Food Day" festivities were held on UNCW's campus on Friday. Dr. Leslie Hossfeld, Feast Down East's co-founder, said the event was meant to raise awareness about how to source food locally, support those who may not have access to healthy foods, and make healthier diet choices.
Other coverage: WWAY, Star News and Port City Daily

Food Day a feast for all at UNCW
Lumina News
Feast Down East and the University of North Carolina Wilmington celebrated national Food Day 2014 with plenty of kale tastings, local chef battles, and information about sustainable agriculture and eating local Friday, Oct. 24. UNCW campus dining chef Cory Webb was hard at work creating creamy tomato bisque with kale, sweet potato and basil on an outdoor burner while another UNCW chef prepared an autumn squash bisque.

Ecotone to celebrate birthday with family-style feast
Star News
With its most recent issue, Ecotone, the University of North Carolina Wilmington's award-winning literary journal focused on the wonder of place, is exploring the sustenance food provides. The journal turns 10 this year, and to celebrate Ecotone is having a five-course, family-style feast of dishes on Nov. 7 as a capstone to the Department of Creative Writing's annual Writers' Week.

CIE Tenant Lands Seed Money Investment From Raleigh Team
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
Port City Ventures has garnered a seed-money investment from the Raleigh-based entrepreneur and investor team of Tom Lotrecchiano and Joe Schmidt. The investment agreement was cemented last week when Lotrecchiano and Schmidt brought their Entremanureship show to UNCW's Lumina Theater as part of the university's Entrepreneurship Week.

Wilmington-based NextGlass earns Wall Street Journal honor
Star News
Wilmington-based NextGlass was one of the five tech start-up companies selected to present at the Wall Street Journal's global technology conference. "This is a very unique opportunity for a young company from Wilmington to be on global stage in front of the rock stars of the tech industry," said Jim Roberts, executive director of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

Carousel Center Names New Board Members
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
The Carousel Center Inc. has added seven people to its board of directors, the organization announced recently. The new board members include Edelmira Segovia, interim association provost for diversity and inclusion at UNCW.

Director with ties to Port City on hand for talk at screening
Star News
Writer-director Ira Sachs said he's gotten a lot of different responses to his new feature, "Love is Strange." Local viewers get a chance to see it on Monday when it opens a three-night run at Thalian Hall. While in town, Sachs will join in a discussion of the film from an LGBT perspective 5 p.m. Monday in the CIS building at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. The public is invited.

THE PLAN: 10 things to do this weekend, Oct. 31-Nov. 2
Star News
Get yourself into the Halloween spirit before heading out on the town with one, two or three movies at UNCW's Lumina Theater. "Beetlejuice" starts at 1 p.m., "Scream" at 3 p.m. and "The Exorcist" at 5:15 p.m. And on Sunday, Metropolitan Opera singer April Evans will be performing at the University of North Carolina Wilmington backed by music department pianist Elizabeth Loparits.

New Hanover launches infectious disease website
Port City Daily
New Hanover County has launched a new website intended to serve as a portal of information and resources regarding infectious diseases. WellnessNHC.com will serve as "a clearinghouse of information contributed from local, state and national agencies," the county said in a release. Information from the White House, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is provided through the site, which was developed with input from local health and emergency agencies including Wilmington International Airport and UNCW.

Frugal Proposals That Don't Sacrifice Romance
US News & World Report
If you've been dating someone for a while and marriage is on both of your minds, you may be thinking of popping the question with the holidays on the horizon. Even if things don't go as planned, as long as you have a plan and a solid relationship, you're probably going to get a yes. Christopher Hall, a relationship therapist and associate professor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, proposed at the beach. His experience didn't go as well as planned, at least at first.

Students in UNCW dorms may face issue at New Hanover Co. polls
College students may run into some trouble voting in New Hanover County this year. The county Democratic Party chair says students who live in dorms at UNCW may be turned away if they do not know the exact address of their building. That is why Poole says they have provided the New Hanover County Board of Elections with a list of all of the dorms at UNCW.

Former NC woman made up like Scar from "The Lion King" is Halloween magic
My Fox 8
Former North Carolina resident Rachel Helms has always loved going the extra mile on Halloween. And she just won the Internet whenshe wasmade-up to resemble Scar from "The Lion King." Originally from Weddington, Helms is a 2012 graduate of UNC Wilmington.

How I Paid Off $158,169 in Debt
Rachel Gause wanted to give her three kids more than she had growing up. "I earned my degree in business administration from the University of North Carolina Wilmington last year. But while I was there, I saw so many kids taking courses for a second and third time because they were failing and they weren't going to class. So I told my daughter, you'll pay for that first year, and we'll see how you manage. Then I'll assist you with your second, third and fourth years. But first, I need to make sure you're dedicated."

The 2013 High Heel Race Champ Tells All
For two years, Inertia Dolce, the red-wigged alter ego of 28-year-old William Dennis, has been the runner to beat in DC's annual High Heel Race, last year finishing the three-block hoof down Dupont Circle's 17th Street in 49 seconds. Dolce competes for a third straight title on October 28. A former Division 1 cross-country and track-and-field runner at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, Dennis was born fast, but he gave us a few tips anyone can use.

The Jersey Girls: Bringing their Northern charm and adopting new friends in North Carolina
Livin' Out Loud
Cindy Lundy and Peggy Verlangieri are two "Jersey Girls" who took different paths in adopting new friends. Peggy and her husband moved from New Jersey in 2011, but were very familiar with the area because their son had graduated from the University of North Carolina Wilmington in 2000. They never had any thought about moving here until 2009 when family they came to visit family told them about Brunswick Forest.

Residents train for nuclear meltdown
Star News
The odds of a nuclear event occurring in the Wilmington area may seem extremely remote. Regardless of the long odds, New Hanover County officials are planning for the unthinkable. In a real emergency, after scanning, radioactive individuals would be sent to an area to dispose of their clothes and shower. The plan is to use Trask Coliseum at the University of North Carolina Wilmington as the processing center.

Group protests voting requirements for college students
Star News
Before voting, North Carolinians must confirm their names and addresses with election workers. But Poole said students who live in on-campus dormitories, including those at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, might not know their exact addresses. A dozen Democratic Party members and supporters rallied outside the county Board of Elections' meeting Tuesday, calling on members to distribute lists of dorm addresses to polling places.

"Bookwatch" previews luncheon writer.
Star News
"N.C. Bookwatch," the literary chat show on UNC Public Television, is giving an unexpected plug this week to the AAUW "Lunch With Carolina Authors," coming up at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Orr will be a guest speaker at the Nov banquet, along with local historical novelist Anne Clinard Barnhill and UNCW creative writing faculty member May-lee Chai.

Effort focuses on rights during police encounters
Star News
The Wilmington Police Department wants residents to know what rights they have when they come into contact with law enforcement. Monday's presentation will include representatives from the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office, the New Hanover County District Attorney's Office, the New Hanover County Schools, the University of North Carolina Wilmington and the New Hanover County NAACP, among others.

Hoops (M): UNCW gears up for scrimmage
Star News
A Halloween carnival in Trask Coliseum pushed UNCW men's basketball practice to the student recreation center Wednesday. The Seahawks drilled their new defensive sets just a few yards from the pickup courts where students of varying skill levels.

St. Andrews Hunter Seat Team Increases Region Lead With Weekend Win
The Pilot
The St. Andrews University Hunter Seat team earned High Point Team during the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) competition held Sunday at Echo Creek Farm in Hillsborough. The victory moves St. Andrews into sole possession of first place in the regional point standings ahead of second place Duke University. The University of North Carolina Wilmington, North Carolina State University and East Carolina University round out the top five in the regional standings.

Kevin Hickson joins UNCW as walk-on
Star News
Former Wofford forward Kevin Hickson has joined the UNCW men's basketball team as a walk-on. The late addition gives the Seahawks 12 eligible players on the active roster this season.

UNCW men get key soccer victory over Hofstra
Star News
The UNCW men's soccer team kept its hopes of a regular season CAA title alive on Saturday night, defeating Hofstra 2-0 on senior night at UNCW's soccer stadium. Hofstra came into the contest holding the first-place position in the conference, but after the match it was the Seahawks who stood at the top of the table.
Other coverage: Port City Daily

UNCW volleyball sweeps Huskies
Star News
The Seahawks (16-8, 6-4 CAA) snapped a three-match losing streak by hitting .341 and committing just 10 hitting errors.

Wake Forest wins Landfall Tradition
Wake Forest used a record-setting performance to become the first three-time champion in the 13-year history of The Landfall Tradition Sunday at the Country Club of Landfall's Pete Dye Course. UNCW finished 16th overall in the competitive field after fashioning a 300 score on Sunday. "I thought the tournament was one of the best we've hosted in the 13 years," said Cindy Ho, UNCW's veteran coach. "
Other coverage: Star News

Golf (W): Meghan Theiss closes strong at Landfall Tradition
Star News
Cindy Ho spent nearly an hour with the UNCW women's golf team after Friday's opening round at the Landfall Tradition. The coach's mostly positive session on the first tee box at Country Club of Landfall's Dye Course offered much needed time to regroup, relax and decompress for a young squad in an unfamiliar spotlight.

UNCW freshman Thompson takes it all in to improve her young golf game
Star News
Just weeks into her college career, Kayla Thompson has already flashed top-of-the-lineup skills for the Seahawks. The West Bladen High School graduate will put her still-improving game on display for a local audience at the 13th annual Landfall Tradition, which begins Friday.

Game-winner nets Seahawk CAA honors; UNCW soccer looking to clinch top spot in conference
Port City Daily
Brayden Smith's first career goal was an important one as his strike in the second half against Hofstra lifted nationally ranked UNCW into first place in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA). For Smith, it was his second CAA Rookie of the Week honor after also earning the award on Sept. 15.