UNCW in the News

Feb. 22 - 26

$2 billion bond question in voters' hands
On March 15, North Carolinians will be asked to vote on a $2 billion bond for education and public infrastructure improvements. If the bond passes, UNCW is scheduled to receive $66 million for a new Allied Health and Human Services building.

N.C. bond could help efforts down on the farm
The $2 billion bond that North Carolina voters will consider next month would provide much-needed face-lifts to many parks across the state as well as give major financial boosts to higher education, including the University of North Carolina Wilmington and Cape Fear and Brunswick community colleges in Southeastern North Carolina.

UNCW touts certified internships at event for companies, students
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
University of North Carolina Wilmington’s Career Center has what it believes is a program that’s a win for area businesses as well as students looking for real-world experience. The initiative, called the Certified Internship Program, or CIP, seeks to place qualifying students in companies where they will be useful and where they will have learning opportunities.

Sunday Jazz with New Jazz Faculty: Dr. Natalie Boeyink
Dr. Natalie Boeyink, a jazz and bass instructor who joined UNCW's Music Department in August, gave her first faculty recital on Sunday.

American student blown away by the majesty of Caswell Bay
South Wales Evening Post
Bracy Heinlein is a second year environmental science student at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. She is visiting Europe for the first time as part of a semester of study at Swansea University. Having never visited the area before here, in words and pictures, is her first impression of Caswell Bay on Gower.

Guest lecturer discusses Civil War and its ties to modern race relations
Monday night Lewis and Clark College assistant professor Reiko Hillyer spoke with UNCW students and staff in a lecture called Memory Matters: Frederick Douglas, the Civil War and the Politics of Civil War Memorialization.

UNCW class prepares women for campus assault threats
Lumina News
The UNCW Police Department actively works to maintain a safe college environment by offering security escorts, random patrols of the residential areas, community feedback on areas that feel unsafe and by offering safety awareness classes.

UNCW food truck to visit elementary students
New Hanover County elementary schoolers will get a break from brown bags and cafeteria trays this March. Matt Rogers with University of North Carolina Wilmington Campus Dining and Jordyn Appel, Feast Down East's FoodCorps service member, have teamed up to bring the UNCW food truck and lessons on nutrition, food safety, cooking skills and other topics to several area schools.

Surfing classes bring the waves to UNCW classrooms
Lumina News
Many students attend the University of North Carolina Wilmington for its 7-mile distance to the beach, but this school year, UNCW is bringing the beach to the classroom by offering two courses on surfing.

Crews cruises to half marathon finish line
Lumina News
Race director Dan Mercer has a personal connection to the area. He played basketball at UNCW and found several ways to involve his alma mater in the event. Not only did the course meander through the college’s campus, but some of the event proceeds benefitted UNCW’s volleyball team, whose players volunteered at one of the race’s aid stations.

UNCW researchers' work used in new documentary
Researchers say something is threatening our oceans, something that is a part of our daily lives. A new documentary featuring research by UNCW staff is exploring the environmental impacts of plastic debris in the world’s oceans.

Brunswick once more hopes to attract tire plant
County leaders and industry experts stressed the process is just beginning. Typically, consultants whittle down the field by picking out flaws in applications. "They're looking for reasons to rule people out until they get down to a very small handful of sites," said Adam Jones, a regional economist at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

Wilmington locals and groups weigh in on non-discrimination decision
A non-discrimination ordinance in Charlotte allows transgender people to choose public bathrooms that match their gender identity. Opponents said that could present a safety risk, but supporters say the opposite. “We’re not inviting a bunch of men to go into the women’s room,” William McCarthy of the UNCW LGBTQIA resource office said. “What we’re looking at is people who are in great danger if they go to the restroom that does not accord with the way they present publicly.”

POWER PARALLELS: 'The Burial at Thebes' offers a lovely take on classical Greek theatre
UNCW's season continues with “The Burial at Thebes”—a version of Sophocles' “Antigone” by Seamus Heaney.

WHAT’S A PATRIOT? Mike Schlitt brings a different kind of Patriot Act to Ironclad
encore Online
As the campaign manager and a graduate of the UNCW Department of Theatre, Ashley Sparks thought bringing the Patriot Act to Wilmington was a good excuse to reconnect and collaborate with local arts. 

UNCW's increased involvement in Wilmington theater creates opportunities and growing pains
The UNCW theater department is more engaged with the Wilmington theater community than it perhaps has ever been.

NHCS, UNCW chosen for Kennedy Center partnership program
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
New Hanover County Schools, working with University of North Carolina Wilmington's Office of the Arts, was recently named Partners in Education with The Kennedy Center.

Review - Modern parallels abound in the antiquity of 'Burial at Thebes'
The echoes of human nature resound throughout “The Burial at Thebes,” Pulitzer-winning playwright Seamus Heaney's 2003 retelling of Sophocles' ancient Greek tragedy “Antigone,” which runs Feb. 25-28 on UNCW’s Mainstage Theatre.

After SC, some GOP presidential candidates may campaign harder in NC
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio's strong showing in South Carolina and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's decision to withdraw early could lead to more campaigning by GOP candidates by the time the campaign swings toward North Carolina, a political expert said. "I think there could be more campaigning here," said Aaron King, a professor of political science at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

Officials Complete Investigation of Student Assault
Time Warner Cable News
UNC Wilmington Police said they have completed their investigation of an assault that happened February 11. A UNCW student reported being assaulted on campus. However, after further investigation the university says the incident did not happen on campus.  

UNC Wilmington slips past College of Charleston 59-55 in OT
Denzel Ingram made 8 of his 17 points in overtime as UNCW slipped by College of Charleston 59-55 on Saturday night.
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UNCW Women fall to Northeastern
Freshman guard Jess Genco scored 13 of her 16 points in the second half as Northeastern used a strong shooting effort after the intermission to hand UNCW a 69-52 loss in Colonial Athletic Association women’s basketball action at Cabot Center on Sunday afternoon.

UNCW baseball team wins season opener; 800th career win for coach Mark Scalf

Steven Linkous and Robbie Thorburn had three hits apiece and UNCW plated 10 runs in the fifth inning as the Seahawks gave Head Coach Mark Scalf his 800th career win with a 15-2 victory on Friday at Brooks Field.
Additional coverage: WECT; StarNews; Port City Daily

UNCW Softball wins two
Junior outfielder Claudia Spinelli recorded four hits and drove in seven runs as UNCW extended its win streak to four straight games with a pair of victories over Lafayette and Rhode Island as part of the Lafayette Ford Lincoln of Fayetteville Showcase at Boseman Field on Saturday afternoon.

UNCW baseball puts opening success in perspective
StarNewsThe Seahawks capped their opening slate of games with a 12-9 victory over Richmond on Sunday, completing a sweep of their first weekend for the second consecutive season, but won’t get ahead of themselves.

UNCW completes opening weekend sweep
After jumping out to another huge lead on their opening weekend of play, the UNCW baseball team staved off a Richmond comeback attempt to win 12-9.

Local ballplayers on display to open the college baseball season
Port City Daily
More than two dozen local ballplayers took the field for various schools during the opening weekend of college baseball. On the UNCW campus, senior leadoff hitter Steven Linkouswent 7-for-16 in three wins for the Seahawks, with seven runs scored, one double and one triple.

Hoops (M): Seahawks show adaptability in win at College of Charleston
The UNCW men’s basketball team enters the final week of the regular season with the inside track to claim the Colonial Athletic Association regular season title and the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament.

2016 CAA Championship Preview
Swimming World Magazine
Beginning Wednesday, the Towson women will seek their fourth straight Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Championship. Last year, the William and Mary men ended UNC Wilmington’s 13 year streak.

Ponder grateful for Keatts' helping hand
Whenever UNCW’s Craig Ponder has been at a crossroads in his basketball career, Coach Kevin Keatts has helped him through it.

So far so good for McGovern as a Seahawk goalie
Jacksonville Daily News
It’s been so far so good for Kyle McGovern as a collegiate soccer player at NCAA Division I UNCW, the former Swansboro High goalkeeper.

Charleston's loss a boost for UNCW swimming
Two Charleston transfers are trying to help UNCW contend for a title. The Seahawk men had their streak of 13 straight championships snapped last year. The women are trying to build on a sixth-place finish.

UNCW ballgame against nationally ranked Coastal Carolina washed out
Port City Daily 
Tuesday's baseball game between UNCW and nationally ranked Coastal Carolina has been postponed due to inclement weather. UNCW will get back into action on campus this weekend.
Additional coverage: StarNews

Topsail’s Cota remains positive at UNCW, continues rehab after Tommy John surgery
Port City Daily
Topsail High School alum Clark has passed every test along the way and continues to put in the effort to get himself in the best position to contribute to the UNCW baseball program.

Big CAA showdown at Trask; UNCW hosts Hofstra on Thursday
First place in the Colonial Athletic Association and the inside track to the league’s automatic berth to the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) is on the table Thursday night when UNCW entertains explosive Hofstra in a critical conference game at Trask Coliseum.
Additional coverage: StarNews

Triangle stands down, cleans up after storms move through
News & Observer
Altogether, about four dozen public school systems and three universities – UNC Wilmington, Fayetteville State and East Carolina – dismissed early Wednesday, according to Gov. Pat McCrory’s office, which urged people to pay attention to the forecast.

USS North Carolina reaches major milestone
All season long both UNCW basketball teams have been doing their part to raise money with the Buckets for the Battleship 3-pointer fundraiser.

Hofstra edges UNC Wilmington 70-69, both tied atop CAA
Juan'ya Green made a pair of free throws with 27 seconds left to lift Hofstra past UNCW 70-69 on Thursday night.
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College basketball: Which states are the strongest?
UNCW is having a heck of a season under head coach Kevin Keatts, who has the Seahawks sitting at 21-6 in the CAA.

Growth dominates the story for UNCW's Cole
UNCW women’s basketball standout Shatia Cole is all smiles on the court. That wide grin wasn’t always there, though. Cole has experienced more than most 22-year-olds. A majority of those moments haven’t been positive.

UNCW baseball adjusts quickly for big innings
An opening weekend of offensive fireworks for the UNCW baseball team wasn't fueled by bombastic homers or a slew of miscues by the opposition - a relentless array of small successes created the biggest moments.