UNCW in the News

UNCW in the News

Dec. 8 - 12

Seatox developing rapid marine neurotoxin test
Lumina News
Founded by Wilmington resident and University of North Carolina Wilmington researcher Dr. Jennifer McCall, Seatox was formed when McCall saw a way to improve the sometimes days-long process of measuring marine toxicity levels following algal blooms.

NC Ranks First in National Board Teaching Certification
Time Warner Cable News
New numbers released show North Carolina leads the nation with the most National Board certified teachers. National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is the highest possible certification in the teaching profession and helps North Carolina educators earn a 12 percent pay raise. Nearly 25 National Board candidates spend their Saturdays at support sessions at UNCW's Watson College of Education.

Editorial - To balance budget, UNCW may eliminate four sports
Star News
With the exception of women's cross country, UNCW announced that it will eliminate all track and field programs. A recommendation calls for the elimination as part of a plan to help ensure the financial health of the athletics department and the remaining sports programs. The recommendation to Interim Chancellor Sederburg makes some strong points. If adopted, more resources would be available for the remaining sports.

John Pizzarelli Quartet performs jazzy jams
Lumina News
Concertgoers gathered in the University of North Carolina Wilmington's Kenan Auditorium for Pizzarelli's concert, a blend of jazz hits and holiday classics.

'Most Intriguing' People Share Passions, Principles
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
Wednesday's Power Breakfast event promised attendees they would hear from five of Wilmington's "most intriguing people of 2014," one of whom was a mystery speaker. The planned mystery speaker was Kevin Keatts, new head basketball coach at University of North Carolina Wilmington.
Other coverage: Star News

Tour by candlelight illuminates history, d├ęcor
Lumina News
The annual two-day event is one of many hosted by the Lower Cape Fear Historical Society and plans are already in place for 2015. Art historian Dr. Kemille Moore, of the UNCW's College of Art and Sciences, is the keynote speaker for the Lower Cape Fear Historical Society's annual meeting. Dr. Chris E. Fonvielle Jr., UNCW associate professor of history, will speak in March.

UNCW to present 'Tuba Carols' on Sunday at Independence Mall
Port City Daily
The UNCW Music Department will hosted its annual "Tuba Carols" event at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, at Independence Mall in Wilmington. Professor and legendary tubist Daniel Johnson led the program, which featured tubas and euphoniums, or tenor tubas.

Evaluation of New Hanover County's Drug Treatment Court Shows Signs of Success
When the state stopped funding Drug Treatment Courts in 2011, New Hanover County stepped up to support the program.To measure effectiveness since that switch, the drug court commissioned an evaluation, which was completed last week. UNCW sociology researchers found marked success, though recidivism rates for drug court clients are widely considered to be hard to gauge.

Back Then - Whiting was advocate for Fort Fisher
Star News
I want to spend a little time looking back at what was going on at Fort Fisher 150 years ago. Once again I'm basing my information on the finely researched and entertainingly written "The Wilmington Campaign: Last Rays of Departing Hope," by UNCW professor Chris Fonvielle. If there is anyone who knows more about the history of Fort Fisher and is more passionate about that history, I'd be surprised.

Editorial - Eshelman's donation to UNC will fund innovation
Star News
Over the years, Fred Eshelman has made a fortune off pharmaceutical enterprises. This week he made an announcement that the Eshelman School of Pharmacy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will receive a $100 million to fund the Eshelman Institute for Innovation. Eshelman, who lives in Wilmington, also gave $1 million to UNCW's athletic program a few years back.

Fairway Independent Mortgage opens Wilmington office
Port City Daily
Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation has opened a new location in the Wilmington area. "It's long been a goal of mine to open an office in Wilmington," branch manager Tom Tousignant said. "Not only is it one of the most beautiful areas in the Carolinas, I am the proud parent of two daughters attending UNCW."

Moving? Let Bellhops help with heavy lifting
Star News
A company that describes itself as the Uber for moving help has come to Wilmington and is using 75 UNCW students to do the heavy lifting. Bellhops, "an on-demand platform for local moving," aims its labor-only services at local, price-conscious folks who would otherwise be offering pizza to friends and family to help load the couch and bed onto a truck.

Imaginary Cakes Now Open For Retail
Greater Wilmington Business Journal (UNCW alumna)
Cindy Laverdiere began operating Imaginary Cakes in 2009 and has now opened a retail shop with cakes, petit fours, cookies, cupcakes and pies.

Real Estate News
Greater Wilmington Business Journal (UNCW alumna)
Bryan Sartin has announced that he is now an independent agent with Intracoastal Realty Corp. He will be based in the firm's Lumina 2 office, according to a news release.

UNCW's Heaney named NSCAA Midwest Region Coach-of-the-Year
UNCW head men's soccer coach Aidan Heaney was named Midwest Region Coach-of-the-Year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America after leading the Seahawks to a share of the Colonial Athletic Association regular season title and back to the NCAA tournament.

UNCW Roundup - Peacock Honored By AVCA
Star News
Junior middle Meredith Peacock was named AVCA East Coast Region honorable mention, becoming UNCW's first player to be so honored as such in the history of the program.

Keatts still solving Seahawks' playing time puzzle
Star News
With a short bench, UNCW men's basketball coach Kevin Keatts has learned to think outside the box.

UNCW standout on ballot for NABC Good Works Team
Port City Daily
UNCW senior forward Cedrick Williams is among a select group of NCAA Division I men's basketball players nominated for the 2015 Allstate NABC Good Works Team.

Seahawks Announce Adjustment In Sports Portfolio
Coverage includes: Star News and WECT

Finances, compliance spur UNCW sports cuts
Star News
UNCW AD Bass cited financial and Title IX concerns as the driving factors behind the move to trim UNCW's portfolio. The department will lose men's outdoor track and cross country and women's indoor and outdoor track. It will add women's sand volleyball.
Other coverage: Greater Wilmington Business Journal, WWAY and San Francisco Chronicle

Success on the track can't save UNCW running teams
Star News
The stack of papers on Jim Sprecher's desk has been steadily growing since UNCW announced plans Monday to drop four running teams.

Parents of UNCW Track & Field athletes write to UNCW trustees
Parents of members of the UNCW Track & Field have spoken out after their student's teams were suddenly and unexpectedly cut by the athletic department.

Students react to UNCW athletic cuts
Just last year the UNCW swimming and diving program was on the chopping block, and now four track and field teams are going to be cut. Student athletes like Samantha Miller aren't letting the program go down without a fight.

UNCW student athletes looking for answers after cuts
For the first-time since learning their sports would be cut, UNCW cross country and track & field athletes met Thursday with Athletic Director Jimmy Bass, and Interim Chancellor William Sederberg about Monday's moves. The meeting was open to student athletes, parents, coaches, and alumni. In the end, more than 150 people packed into UNCW's Golden Hawk room to ask questions for just over three hours. Other coverage: Port City Daily, WWAY and Star News

College spotlight: Area standouts in national rankings, local products shining at UNCW
Port City Daily
With the UNCW men's basketball team off to a 3-2 start under first-year coach Kevin Keatts, two local players continue to play a key role in the Seahawks' success. Seniors Freddie Jackson (New Hanover) and Addison Spruill (Pender) are among the two top scorers, averaging 18 points and 14 points per game, respectively.

Hoops (M): UNCW takes momentum into exam break
Star News
The Seahawks rolled into a 10-day break for final exams Wednesday with a thorough 105-47 demolishing of the Knights. The Seahawks jumped out early against an NAIA squad with eight players in uniform and didn't let up en route to the most-lopsided win in program history.

Cheap Seat - Same story but new outlook for Seahawks
Star News
The UNCW men's basketball program has been here before over the last eight seasons. We saw it just 365 days ago, in fact. Survive to the break for fall exams with a decent record after playing a power conference team or two and maybe grabbing a surprise win here and there. After that? Well, that's been discussed far too often for Seahawks fans. Win or lose, UNCW is showing a sense of self.

Kansas City Royals assistant GM to serve as UNCW baseball keynote speaker
Port City Daily
UNCW head baseball coach Mark Scalfhas announced that Kansas City Royals Assistant General Manager J.J. Picollo will serve as keynote speaker for the 13th Annual UNCW Spring Training Banquet, to be held on Jan.17, 2015, on campus at the Burney Center.

Pitino praises former asst. coach Kevin Keatts ahead of UofL game against UNC Wilmington
The Wave
Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino heaped praise on one of his former assistant coaches at Pitino's weekly news conference Thursday afternoon. Kevin Keatts is the head coach at UNCW, UofL's next opponent. The Cards and Seahawks duke it out Sunday at the KFC Yum! Center at 6 p.m. in the 13th Annual Billy Minardi Classic.

Next up for UNCW: 4th ranked Louisville
The Louisville Cardinals and the UNCW Seahawks have a connection in men's basketball. First of all, UNCW head coach Kevin Keatts used to be an assistant coach at Louisville. Secondly, the Seahawks will face Louisville later this week. The 4th ranked Cardinals will host UNCW on Sunday.

Volleyball: UNCW and sand volleyball
Star News
UNCW stands to save more than $700,000 over the next three years by dropping several sports and adding sand volleyball. The new volleyball team helps allay the Title IX proportionality concerns on a campus. The school will field nine women's teams and six men's teams, starting in 2015-2016.