UNCW in the News

Feb. 29 - March 4

City of Wilmington throws support behind Connect NC
Port City Daily
The city of Wilmington is officially supporting the ConnectNC bond, which will be put before voters on the March 15 primary election ballot. Locally, it would fund a $66 million health and human services and nursing building on the campus of UNC Wilmington.
Additional coverage: WECT

Townend named associate vice chancellor at UNCW
Paul Townend has been named as UNCW's associate vice chancellor and dean of undergraduate studies, the university announced Thursday.

UNCW, Housing Coalition Team Up For Affordable Housing Survey
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
A group working to increase access to affordable housing in the area has teamed up with UNCW to seek input from the public through a new survey.

Science Olympiad to be broadcast live Saturday
For the fourteenth year, NHCS-TV will present exclusively on The Learning Network, live coverage from the Regional Science Olympiad 2016 on Saturday. Competitors from middle and high schools in five counties will compete in 32-science based events on the University of North Carolina Wilmington's campus.

New Maps May Help Reduce Threats for Whales, Dolphins in US Waters
Duke Today
Scientists have created highly detailed maps charting the seasonal movements and population densities of marine mammals in the waters of the U.S. East Coast and Gulf of Mexico. The new models were developed with help from researchers at the University of California Santa Barbara; NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center and Southeast Fisheries Science Center; the University of North Carolina Wilmington; the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center and Duke.

What do Romney's comments mean for the party?
Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney slammed Donald Trump calling him a phony and a fraud. “It really does show the strong divide within the republican party right now between the establishment and the anti-establishment,” said UNCW Assistant Professor of Public International Affairs Aaron King.

Wilmington native Percy Heath tapped for NC Music Hall of Fame
Jazz innovator and Wilmington native Percy Heath will be one of this year’s eight inductees to the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame, the group announced Wednesday. Heath was a regular presence in Wilmington during his later years. He received a star on Wilmington’s walk of Fame and an honorary doctorate from the University of North Carolina Wilmington in 2002.

Funding unsure with expected high turnout for March 15 primary
Jacksonville Daily News
Lack of space and an anticipated doubling of students in the nursing and health-related programs in the next several year is why UNCW Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli is vocally advocating for the $2 billion Connect NC bond.

Letters to the Editor
The Connect NC Bond represents a much-needed investment in our state’s higher education infrastructure. With major investments on every campus in the UNC and Community College systems, the value of the bond to our state’s future is immense. UNCW has a growth plan with a target of 20,000 students by 2020. By expanding the available learning facilities and accommodating our growing student population, the voters of North Carolina will have the opportunity to make the Old North State the pride of Southern education once more.

UNC medical school opening Wilmington campus
Greater Wilmington Business Journal 
The University of North Carolina School of Medicine will open a Wilmington campus at New Hanover Regional Medical Center, officials said Friday. UNCW is involved because it offers a physicians leadership certificate program through the Cameron School of Business that the medical students can pursue while in Wilmington.
Additional coverage: WECT

Commentary: The Uncertain Future of University Governance
Chronicle of Higher Education
Commentary by William A. Sederburg, former Utah commissioner of higher education, Republican state legislator in Michigan, and interim chancellor of the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

UNCW students to protest as Spellings takes over UNC System
Some University of North Carolina Wilmington students plan to protest on Tuesday as Margaret Spellings is scheduled to officially take office that day as president of the UNC System.

UNCW ranks in Peace Corps' Top 25
For the second year in a row, the University of North Carolina Wilmington was recognized by the Peace Corps as one of the top 25 volunteer-producing institutions among medium-sized colleges and universities in the United States.

UNCW names Costello associate vice chancellor
The University of North Carolina Wilmington has named Ronald Costello the first associate vice chancellor for distance education.

UNCW researcher finds evidence of past penguin supercolony
For more than two decades, University of North Carolina Wilmington biology and marine biology professor Steven Emslie has traveled to Antarctica to study Adélie penguins. During his most recent research trip from December to January to Cape Adare in the northern Ross Sea, Emslie found evidence that an Adélie colony that breeds on a lower terrace in the region may have once been double in size.

UNCW professor creates custom pens for his students
UNCW’s Dr. Kirk Brown is a busy man, directing the university’s athletic training program, but when he’s not inside the classroom, you can find him in his woodshop. Brown taught himself how to make pens three years ago when he inherited his father’s woodshop and has been making them, daily, ever since.

Book review - When 'Tin Pan Alley' still made a racket
One of the most delightful local features on Wilmington's public radio station WHQR is "The Great American Songbook," airing at 8 p.m. weeknights on 91.3 FM. Host Philip Furia, a professor of creative writing at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, tells the story behind one or more of America's great pop standards.

Recent and Past Development Projects Honored With Stewardship Awards
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
The Lower Cape Fear Stewardship Development Coalition gave out Outstanding Stewardship Awards Thursday. Significant Achievement awards went to the University of North Carolina Wilmington’s Student Recreation Center and Seahawk Crossing.  

Women's conference to share advice on career, life skills
A women's conference this weekend will bring women together and empower them. The "Second Annual UNCW Women's Conference: Smart Women Paving the Way" is open to UNCW students to help them learn skills they can use in their careers and life.

UNCW, City Task Force draws questions from council member
A resolution, to be brought before council Tuesday night, would approve the renaming of the University Community Relations Task Force to the University Community Relations Alliance. According to the resolution, the Task Force was created in 2004 by the City and UNCW to “primarily address the concerns of the neighborhood areas immediately surrounding UNCW.”

Prologue: "Dark of the Island" by Philip Gerard
On Monday, March 14, at Prologue Ben Steelman of the StarNews speaks with writer and UNCW professor Philip Gerard about his most recent novel Dark of the Island.

Book review - When 'Tin Pan Alley' still made a racket
One of the most delightful local features on Wilmington's public radio station WHQR is "The Great American Songbook," airing weeknights on 91.3 FM. Host Philip Furia, a professor of creative writing at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, tells the story behind one or more of America's great pop standards. Furia and his wife, UNCW computer scientist Laurie Patterson, have, in effect, taken the "Songbook" into print with "The Tin Pan Alley Era," one of five volumes issued by Oxford University Press.

Hilburn named SeHealth's Emergency Services Director
The Robesonian
Sonja Hilburn has been named director of Southeastern Health’s Emergency Services. She earned an associate’s degree in nursing from Southeastern Community College in 2004, a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

Assurance Financial Enters Wilmington Market
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
Assurance Financial has opened its local office at 1213 Culbreth Drive, Suite 207. Pamm Jones serves as the company's area manager for the North Carolina region. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

Super Tuesday muddles GOP presidential field more
The only thing Super Tuesday served to do in the Republican presidential primary election was muddy the waters a little more, a political science expert said Wednesday. "There's not a lot of clarity," said Aaron King, a professor of political science at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

CoastLine: The case for and against the $2 billion Connect NC Bond
North Carolina voters will decide onMarch 15 whether to approve a $2 billion general obligation bond that would fund community colleges, UNC System campuses, water and sewer projects, parks, National Guard projectsand the Zoo.

Spellings' fist day as UNC president incites protests
Washington Times 
Margaret Spellings has started her job as University of North Carolina system president, and students at six campuses walked out of class to protest. Students at UNC-Chapel Hill, Appalachian State University, N.C. A&T; State University, UNC Charlotte, UNC Greensboro and UNC Wilmington assembled for protests.
*This story ran in all major media markets.

Officials: Wilmington Medical School Campus Could Help Attract Physicians to Area
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
Creation of a new University of North Carolina School of Medicine campus based at New Hanover Regional Medical Center could help change the health care landscape in southeastern North Carolina. Medical students will be able to enroll in the Physicians Leadership Certificate program offered by UNCW’s Cameron School of Business.

Whale of a tale
Sampson Independent
UNCW MarineQuest has developed a coast-to-classroom program to bring marine life to schools and offer children a chance to be engaged in the learning process.

NC State and Chance Shepard take the undefeated part out of UNCW's season
Gavin Stupienski and Nick Feight had two hits apiece for UNCW, but NC State used five pitchers to hold the Seahawks in check in a 5-2 win on Wednesday at Doak Field.
Additional coverage: StarNews; WECT; Port City Daily

Area college teams taking conference titles into postseason play
Lumina News 
The college basketball postseason begins this weekend for several area teams with strong contention for conference titles and aspirations to compete for national titles. While the University of North Carolina Wilmington men’s basketball team repeats as regular season champions in the Colonial Athletic Association, both the Cape Fear Community College men’s and women’s teams took their Region 10 conference regular season titles.

Kevin Keatts wants his Seahawk team to be loose heading into CAA tournament
UNCW head basketball coach Kevin Keatts told WWAY on Wednesday afternoon that he’s excited about his team taking advantage of their great opportunity. The opportunity is plain and simple. Win on Saturday in order to play Sunday. Win on Sunday to get into the CAA championship on Monday. Win that one and you’re in the NCAA Tournament later this month.

UNCW women fall at Charleston 68-24
The College of Charleston held the UNCW women's basketball team to just 9 second-half points as the Cougars beat the Seahawks 68-24.

College basketball: 12 questions for 12 league tournaments
In the regular season meetings between the two top seeds in the league tournament, Hofstra won by one and UNCW won by three. Hofstra is 22-8, including a win over Florida State. UNCW is 22-7, including two overtime victories, running Kevin Keatts’ two-year OT record as coach to 5-0. If you don’t get his Seahawks in the first 40 minutes, you don’t get them at all.
Additional coverage: StarNews

UNCW baseball rotation still coming into focus
Mark Scalf hasn't found much room to critique on a UNCW baseball offense that's piled up 79 runs through six games.

Seahawks improve to 6-0 on diamond
Led by Robbie Thorburn and Steven Linkous, the UNCW baseball team scored an 11-4 victory over VCU on Sunday during the Hughes Bros. Challenge at Brooks Field.
Additional coverage: StarNews

Tennis community sets fundraiser to help son of St. James pro
The local tennis community is organizing fundraisers to help for medical expenses of Owen Preston, the 7-year-old son of St. James tennis pro (and UNCW alumnus) Brian Preston. Doctors found cancer in Owen's brain in early January.
Additional coverage: WNCN

UNCW win clinches share of CAA crown, #2 tourney seed
Dylan Sherwood and Marcus Bryan scored 14 points apiece as UNCW fought off Towson, 74-68, in the Colonial Athletic Association men's basketball regular season finale for both clubs early Saturday at Trask Coliseum.
Additional coverage: WECT; Port City Daily; StarNews

UNCW women can't keep up with JMU Dukes
Senior guard Jazmon Gwathmey scored a game-high 25 points with five rebounds and five assists as James Madison extended its winning streak to 14 straight games with a 77-41 victory over UNCW in a Colonial Athletic Association game at Trask Coliseum on Friday night.
Additional coverage: StarNews; WECT

UNCW baseball stays perfect with 10-7 win over Eastern Kentucky
The UNCW baseball team scored in double figures for the fifth straight game as they beat Eastern Kentucky 10-7, to stay perfect on the season.
Additional coverage: WWAY; StarNews

Leland's Linkous guides UNCW baseball in win over VCU
Port City Daily
Steven Linkous and Robbie Thorburn combined for seven hits and five runs scored as UNCW finished off a sweep of the Hughes Bros. Challenge with an 11-4 win over VCU at Brooks Field on Sunday.

UNCW softball splits Sunday games
Junior outfielder Merritt Wilkinson posted three hits, including a pair of doubles, and drove in four runs as UNCW earned a split of its final two games at the Hampton Inn University Area Seahawk Softball Classic against Bucknell and N.C. Central at Boseman Field on Sunday afternoon.

UNCW's Kevin Keatts named CAA Coach of the Year
UNCW's Kevin Keatts became the first coach in Colonial Athletic Association history to win Coach-of-the-Year honors in consecutive seasons. Keatts, who piloted the Seahawks to their second consecutive CAA regular season title, was the overwhelming choice as the circuit’s top coach after proving pollsters wrong for the second straight year.
Additional coverage: StarNews; Daily Press

UNCW hoops look to clinch spot in NCAA Tournament at conference championship
Port City Daily
The pairings are set for the 2016 Colonial Athletic Association Men’s Basketball Championship after a very competitive regular-season race, which included a tie for the regular-season title and a three-way tie for third place. The evening session features second-seeded UNCW meeting the CofC/Delaware winner at 6 p.m.

Flemmings' rise no surprise for Seahawks
It only took a few summer pickup games to realize new UNCW men's basketball teammate Chris Flemmings was no run-of-the-mill walk-on. The Chris Flemmings story could soon find a wider audience. A CAA Tournament title would put UNCW on the NCAA stage where such underdog tales get the spotlight treatment.