UNCW in the News

UNCW in the News

Dec. 1 - 5

Educational models provide insight into student groupings
Star News
There is no formula that can assign students to classrooms. Instead, there are models. Heterogeneous grouping is the most commonly practiced while the homogeneous method is less common. Kenneth Teitelbaum, dean of the Watson College of Education at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, said there are arguments that can be made for and against either method of grouping.

MARBIONC Startup Receives State Innovation Grant
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
Seatox Research Inc., located at University of North Carolina Wilmington's MARBIONC facility, was awarded $50,000 to support its efforts to develop an efficient, faster way to detect marine neurotoxins.

Jazz royalty swings onto campus
Lumina News
The world-renowned John Pizzarelli Quartet will swing into town to perform a holiday jazz concert. The show will take place Tuesday, Dec. 2 at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

Bas Bleu likes "Bobcat," too
Star News

Bas Bleu is featuring "Bobcat and Other Stories" by Wilmington's own Rebecca Lee. She is an associate professor of creative writing at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and also the author of the novel "The City is a Rising Tide."

Educational Opportunities - Both Overlooked And Available
Greater Wilmington Business Journal (paid content)
I have the distinct privilege of serving as the interim dean in an excellent business school (Cameron School of Business) at an excellent university (UNCW) in a state which has historically made a large commitment to education (North Carolina). I do, however, believe that there is an "overlooked" educational opportunity: financial literacy. My hunch is that I could say this anywhere I lived.

Branding team gets design ideas from UNCW students
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
For months, the regional Branding Initiative Leadership Team (BILT) has been developing a branding message designed to attract businesses, knowledge workers and additional visitors to the Cape Fear area. On Wednesday afternoon, members had an opportunity to see what that message might look like, through the eyes of six University of North Carolina Wilmington students.

Three new plays close out the year

Star News

Wilmington comedy troupe Pineapple Shaped Lamps is throwing it back - 365 days, that is - with its December show, "PSL Presents: The Big Book of Wilmington." Lighting the way down memory lane will be UNCW acting and directing lecturer Ed Wagenseller, who also wrote something for the show.

University of North Carolina Wilmington Student Recreation Center Renovation and Expansion
Athletic Business
The Student Recreation Center at UNCW opened in 2000 and was almost immediately outgrown, sparking a needs assessment that resulted in a 93,000-square-foot addition. The gym is designed for dual-use as an events center with removable dasher boards, a separate entry, full restrooms and storage support. The SRC also employs many sustainable features.

The Plan - 5 golden things to do this weekend

Star News
Led by UNCW music professor and tuba enthusiast Daniel Johnson, Tuba Christmas will feature holiday carols on the low end of the musical spectrum 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Independence Mall, 3500 Oleander Drive in Wilmington.

An evening of folk: Paul Stookey performs with the Wilmington Symphony
Lumina News
One thousand children and adults flocked to the University of North Carolina Wilmington's Kenan Auditorium to hear Paul Stookey - of the legendary folk group Peter, Paul and Mary - perform with the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra and the Wilmington Girls' Choir on Nov. 22.

Author to help out small bookstores on Small Business Saturday
Star News
"Small Business Saturday" is when consumers are urged to support their hometown stores and Mom-and-Pop enterprises. In Wilmington, activity seems centered on Pomegranate Books where Clyde Edgerton and a number of local authors have volunteered over the years. This year, the "star" was Rebecca Petruck, an MFA from the creative writing department at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and the author of the new young adult novel "Steering Toward Normal."

Editorial - It's a great day to visit area's multitudes of small retailers
Star News
Small Business Saturday is a nod to the local retailers and businesses. Wilmington is teeming with such businesses, and efforts to encourage entrepreneurial enterprises continue to grow. Those efforts include small-business incubators to an ambitious project such as UNCW's MARBIONC, an innovative facility that attempts to marry academic research with businesses that could turn marine science discoveries into products or services with market potential.

Wilmington's 275th anniversary card to make final stop
Star News
Wilmington's 275th community-signed anniversary card will make its final stop at the Cape Fear Museum this month before being placed in the museum's permanent collection. The life-size card was first signed at the 275th celebration party. Since then, it has made several stops around town, including planned appearances at Cape Fear Community College and the University of North Carolina Wilmington this week.

Editorial - Rising cost of higher education is pricing some N.C. students out of system
Star News
Since fall 2010, UNCW undergraduate tuition has risen nearly 33 percent. Many of the increases students are seeing are being fueled by cuts in state funding for higher education. The recession is over, but our acclaimed public universities are still being squeezed. To be sure, UNCW is among the most affordable in the state system, and it has developed a strong reputation for academic quality as well. Our universities are still considered a best buy in higher education circles, but each time tuition goes up, some students are priced out of the university they wanted to attend.

New Hanover High senior studies ocean pollution and its effect on marine life
Star News
Tyler Bray has completed his senior project, "Pollution's Effect on Marine Life," and it's on display at the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher. "I did my project on how pollution affects marine life," said Bray, who fills his schedule at New Hanover High School with honors and advanced placement classes. He intends to enroll at the University of North Carolina Wilmington next fall.

Leutze's GOP critique draws statewide notice
Star News
Former UNCW chancellor James Leutze's election-year political book "Entering North Carolina: Set Clocks Back 100 Years" has been drawing considerable press since the election. D.G. Martin profiled Leutze and his book, which runs in a number of Tar Heel newspapers. As Martin noted, a Charlotte Observer columnist had already declared "Set Clocks Back 100 Years" to be "the best book title of the year."

Onslow Co. assistant principal receives statewide award 

Bridget Grady, assistant principal at Sand Ridge Elementary School, has been selected as the 2014-15 North Carolina Outstanding Elementary Assistant Principal of the Year. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

Teacher of the Week: Melissa Jackson
Sanford Herald
Melissa Jackson is in her second year of teaching kindergarten at Broadway Elementary School. She graduated from Lee Senior High School and holds a bachelor's degree in communication studies and elementary education from the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

Bevin and Skills forever! Bevin Prince joins 'One Tree Hill' convention
Star News

North Carolina native and UNCW alum Bevin Prince will appear at the Wilmington convention honoring "One Tree Hill" in March.

Brady hires Hilbourn, Davis, Tames-Hale, Forman and Padgett 

Greater Wilmington Business Journal 

Josh Padgett has joined Brady's Human Resources Department as director of education and training. Padgett earned his master's degree from the University of North Carolina Wilmington and has worked in the HR field for 18 years.

People in Business - Nov. 29, 2014
Star News
David Kesler has joined North State Bank as vice president and commercial banker. A native of Winston-Salem, Kesler received his bachelor of science degree in business management from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Kesler is active in the community through involvement with Port City Community Church, Boy Scouts of America Cape Fear Council and the UNCW Alumni Association.

Four Seahawks earn soccer all-state honors

Star News

Following its second NCAA tournament appearance and advancing to the second round, the UNCW men's soccer team placed four players on the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association's All-State squads released on Monday.

Hickson's winding road leads to UNCW lineup
Star News
Kevin Hickson had plenty of reasons to transfer to UNCW last fall, but basketball didn't factor in. Hickson figured his college basketball career was finished when he left Wofford in May 2013 after two injury-marred seasons. The 6-foot-8 forward savored life as a regular student, free from the grind that slowly but surely sucked away his passion for the game. That outlook changed last month when UNCW's campus-wide search to fill out a thin bench led to a tryout invitation - and now a second chance.

Hoops (M): C.J. Bryce's game keeps evolving 

Star News
C.J. Bryce was a 6-foot-4 power forward when he arrived at North Mecklenburg High School prior to his junior season. Coach Duane Lewis saw a gem in need of polishing. Now a senior signed with UNCW, Bryce put his progress on full display Friday night in a 103-76 win over Mooresville.

Hoops (M): UNCW stays cautious with Dylan Sherwood injury
Star News
Kevin Keatts faced one of the more difficult decisions of his short UNCW tenure Saturday with Dylan Sherwood. The junior forward got the green light from trainer Drew Moore to play on an injured right ankle at Davidson. The first-year coach ultimately decided to take the cautious approach and keep Sherwood on the bench, mindful of the long-term implications.

Diamond Hawks announce incoming class for 2015-16 season
Port City Daily
UNCW head baseball coach Mark Scalfannounced that seven student-athletes signed letters of intent to play for the Seahawks in 2015-16. The list of incoming freshmen includes three players from the Wilmington area, including Clark Cota (Topsail), Walker Imwalle (Wallace-Rose Hill) and Eric Jenkins (West Columbus).

UNCW grabs pool honors
Star News
UNCW's Valtteri Halonen and Nathan Lane are the Colonial Athletic Association swimmer and diver of the week. The Seahawks finished second in both the men's and women's meets at the Patriot Invitational at George Mason.

UNCW hoops working on formula to entice fans
Star News
The UNCW men's basketball team makes its Trask Coliseum debut under Kevin Keatts on Wednesday. The contest against an NAIA opponent kicks off an unusual home slate for UNCW. The Seahawks host only three nonconference games and 12 overall this season. UNCW officials understood all the road games weren't the best formula to build excitement around a new coach, but they were necessary to get Keatts more long-term control of the schedule.

Hoops (W): UNCW builds season ticket base
Star News
UNCW men's basketball season ticket sales are up slightly, heading into Wednesday's home opener against St. Andrews. Like 17 extra tickets slightly. The women's basketball team, on the other hand, has already played four regular season games at Trask Coliseum with another coming Tuesday. Coach Adell Harris' squad has also enjoyed larger growth in its season ticket base, at least proportionally.

Home opener tonight for Seahawk men
After a four-game road swing to launch the new season, the UNCW men's basketball team is anxious to suit up at Trask Coliseum for the first time in 2014-15. 

Other coverage: Star News

Jackson's career-high 33 leads UNCW past St. Andrews
Senior guard Freddie Jackson erupted for a career-high 33 points and the UNCW men's basketball team presented new skipper Kevin Keatts with a convincing victory in his first home game as the Seahawks blew past St. Andrews.
Other coverage: Star News and Port City Daily

Hoops (M): UNCW takes momentum into exam break

Star News

UNCW men's basketball coach Kevin Keatts didn't get a ton of control over the schedule in his debut season. The Seahawks had enough existing contracts on the books and revenue game obligations to fill out most of the nonconference slate.

VCU holds off UNCW women in second half to earn 59-53 victory


Sophomore guard Monnazjea Finney-Smith (Wilson H.S./Portsmouth, Va.) came off the bench to score 14 points, including eight in the first half, as VCU (4-3) held off a second half charge by UNCW (2-4) to earn a 59-53 non-conference victory over the Seahawks.

UNCW men's, women's basketball suffer weekend setbacks
Port City Daily
Davidson held UNCW to 30.4 percent from the floor and forced 20 turnovers in a 72-49 post-Thanksgiving men's basketball victory over the Seahawks early Saturday at Belk Arena. Western Carolina (3-3) rallied from a seven-point halftime deficit to earn its second win in the last three games 64-53 in a non-conference victory over UNCW (2-3) in the final game of the 2014 UNCW Hampton Inn Thanksgiving Classic at Trask Coliseum on Saturday afternoon.

North Florida takes down UNCW
Led by freshman guard Sierra Shepherd and senior guard Destinee Smith, North Florida (2-3) overcame a 12-point halftime deficit to hand UNCW (2-2) its second straight loss, a 55-41 non-conference victory in the UNCW Hampton Inn Thanksgiving Classic at Trask Coliseum on Friday afternoon.

Hoops (M): Davidson postgame wrap
Star News
UNCW had the chance to finish out its season-opening stretch of four straight road games above .500, but it wasn't happening Saturday. The Seahawks never threatened victory in their 72-49 loss at Davidson.