UNCW in the News

Dec. 5-9

UNCW holds fall commencement Saturday
Nearly 2,000 students will celebrate their graduation from the University of North Carolina Wilmington on Saturday.

Power Breakfast Features Intriguing Leaders
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
Diane Durance, the director of UNCW’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, told the more than 550 attendees the challenges that Wilmington faces in becoming a startup community.
Additional coverage: WWAY

Recent whale sighting excites Johnnie Mercer's Pier anglers
Lumina News
William McLellan, a marine mammalogy research associate at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, said the whales most common to the area are the North American right whale, which is critically endangered, and the humpback whale, which is fairly common and regularly swims very close to the beach.

UNCW bike-share program soars
The new addition to UNCW’s campus, Hawk Wheels Bike Share, is growing, and fast.
Additional coverage: StarNews

Hundreds Attend Wilmington Gathering for Peace in Support of Minority Groups
TWC News 
Lauren Krouse, a UNCW grad student, says she felt the nation has become so divided since the election. She originally created the event on Facebook as a way to have a productive conversation and to remind people how important it is to come together.
Additional coverage: StarNewsWECTWWAY

Trailblazers: Women Who Paved Their Own Ways
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
Linda Pearce Thomas was the first African-American woman to chair the University of North Carolina Wilmington Board of Trustees.

UNCW's BIotech Business Graduates Are Making A Global Impact
Greater Wilmington Business Journal (*sponsored content provided by Daniel Baden, Distinguished Professor and Executive Principal MARBIONC at UNCW CREST Research Park)
Among the most fruitful ways UNC Wilmington is bridging the gap between academics and industry is our Business of Biotechnology program, which lets scientists continue their research while earning a masters degree in business administration.

Service dogs get tested on training skills
Paws4People is a local nonprofit that gives people with a disability assistance through canine companionship. Each canine has been through a two-year course. If they pass, they move on to Saturday’s graduation at UNCW.

UNCW Professsor Mike Adams charges defamation over colleagues' statement
Port City Daily
Friday, 19 professors in the department of sociology and criminology at the University of North Carolina Wilmington signed a statement denouncing harassment of students. The statement appeared to be obliquely aimed at Professor Mike Adams for his recent online behavior. Adams called his colleagues’ statement defamation.
Additional coverage: StarNews

EDITORIAL, Dec. 4: Adams flap about professional standards, not free speech
On Friday, most of UNCW’s Sociology and Criminology faculty released a one-paragraph letter seeming to distance themselves from Professor Mike Adams, stating they are committed to an “inclusive educational environment for all students.”

UNC System President comments on UNCW controversy
UNC System President Margaret Spellings commented Friday on the ongoing controversy at UNC Wilmington after a professor wrote a public opinion piece on a student. 

Open for just a year, CFCC's Wilson Center has already changed Wilmington’s art scene
Kristen Brogdon directs UNCW's Office of the Arts, and she allows that "our programming has gone in a little bit of a different direction" with the advent of the Wilson Center. "We're not the big Broadway house anymore," and she's booking more jazz and interdisciplinary performances.

Campus free speech debate ignites after professor writes about gay Muslim student
News & Observer
When a UNC Wilmington professor posted an online article about a student activist under the title “A ‘Queer Muslim’ Jihad,” was it harassment or free speech?
Additional coverage: Teen Vogue

NC: UNCW's Bike-Share Offers Free, Green Transportation
At UNCW, Seahawks now have a free set of wheels to go with their wings. On Nov. 21, the university kicked off the "Hawk Wheels Bike Share," a program that allows people to check out bicycles around campus.

Seahawks hope to avoid snow en route to Buffalo, or do they?
UNCW is 7-1 overall. St. Bonaventure is 6-2. The weather is a bit sketchy. These are two of the best mid-major programs going head to head in less than 48 hours. 

UNCW to offer master's in data science next fall
UNCW will offer a master's degree in data science beginning in the fall of 2017. The University of North Carolina Board of Governors approved the new degree program during its meeting in Chapel Hill on Dec. 2.

'Art of Illumination' lights up the Cameron Art Museum with creativity
The exhibition was judged by Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County executive director Rhonda Bellamy; Cape Fear Community College art instructor Ben Billingsley; Wilmington artist Bruce Bowman and UNCW's Candace Thompson.

Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County announces $67,000 in grants
The Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County announced Tuesday that more than $67,000 in grants will be distributed to 19 artists and 22 arts organizations based in Southeastern N.C. UNCW Presents was awarded $3,750 for Seahawk FAM Family Arts Matinee Series.

Wilmington band Feather will rock you softly with its songs
Feather includes longtime Wilmington musician Kenny Els on bass and backing vocals; Robert Rogan, chair of Brunswick Community College's English department, on acoustic guitar and backing vocals; Brandon Guthrie, head of CFCC's Humanities and Fine Arts Department, on vocals and acoustic guitar; and Nick Laudadio, UNCW English professor, on drums. 

Director leaves UNCW business and tech center for new position
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
Fran Scarlett left the Small Business & Technology Development Center hosted by UNCW's Cameron School of Business to become director of programs and services for the Institute of Nonprofit News. She will continue to teach organizational entrepreneurship and management classes at UNCW.

Brady adds to controls team
Greater Wilmington Business Journal 
Brady, a company that provides energy savings through comprehensive HVAC building solutions for commercial and industrial facilities across North Carolina, has announced the addition of Caite Terranova as a sales engineer for the controls department in Wilmington. She received her MBA from University of North Carolina Wilmington.

UNCW's Julio Moncada honored by National Soccer Coaches Association of America
UNCW redshirt junior forward Julio Moncada has been named as a Second-Team selection on the National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-Midwest Region Men’s Soccer Team.

Villanova returns to No. 1 in AP Top 25 basketball poll
Another to watch is UNC Wilmington, which is another program rising very fast.

Wilmington Sports Podcast: Coach Keatts and UNCW hoops; football playoffs; youth sports take over
Port City Daily
This week’s Wilmington Sports Podcast highlights UNCW’s strong start under Coach Kevin Keatts in men’s basketball.

Records Fall as UNC Wilmington Outlasts Pfeiffer 126-113
TWC News 
Nine UNCW school records were broken and set in a fast-paced game at Trask Coliseum Saturday.
Additional coverage: Port City DailyStarNews