University Relations

Jan. 2-6

UNCW creative writing department receives grant
The creative writing department at the University of North Carolina Wilmington has received a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The funds are to be used to support the publishing and promotion of the department's literary magazine, Ecotone.

From Ocean Depths to High-Tech Labs
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
UNCW’s team of marine scientists have been collaborating with IKA Works, the Wilmington-based U.S. division of a German company that manufactures high-end lab equipment, and the growing public-private partnership is starting to pay dividends.

UNCW Professor studying increase in undersea volcano's activity (VIDEO) 
Port City Daily
Three hundred miles off the coast Oregon – and nearly a mile down – the Axial volcano has erupted twice in the last five years. Scott Nooner, who teaches marine geology at University of North Carolina Wilmington, is trying to understand this increase, a dramatic rise in activity since the volcano’s earliest recorded eruption in 1998.
Additional coverage: WECT 

UNC Wilmington director returns from Russia, with love
Port City Daily
Panda Powell, director of Sponsored Programs and Research Compliance at UNCW, visited the country last month to help build its university research administration capabilities.

Winter at NC beaches offers whale of a view
Myrtle Beach Sun News
Removing humpbacks from the endangered species list “means they’re doing well, and along with that it means we’re seeing a whole lot more calves,” said Bill McLellan, coordinator of the Marine Mammal Stranding Program at UNC Wilmington.

WALK THIS WAY: UNCW debuts Campus Art Walk
The Arts Council of Wilmington's monthly Fourth Friday Gallery Nights are a favorite among the community. On Thursday, Jan. 13, UNCW will host their own rendition of the event through their inaugural Campus Art Walk. 

Why people have been leaving their life stories in this mailbox on a beach for 40 years
News & Observer
The Kindred Spirit Mailbox stands on a beach on Bird Island, North Carolina. It houses notebooks where visitors from around the world share their prayers, joy, grief and secrets. In 2012, University of North Carolina Wilmington Randall Library Special Collections became home to the notebooks.

Growth and Progress in the New Year for the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra

Port City Daily
The Wilmington Symphony Orchestra remains committed to a strong and enduring partnership with UNCW, and is delighted to be expanding its role as an educational resource for Cape Fear Community College’s growing Department of Humanities and Fine Arts.

Books for New Year's reading
Lincoln Times-News
UNC Wilmington writing teacher Nina de Gramont is an admired writer of literary fiction. Her fans may be surprised that she begins her latest book, “The Last September,” with a murder. 

NEW SONGS OF THE NEW YEAR: Fourth Carolina Pine Songwriter Session features Cara Schauble and others at BAC
Cara Schauble graduated with a degree in elementary education from UNCW in May 2016. While she loves working with kids, she wants to completely focus on a career in music right now.

Cape Fear area authors publish plenty in 2016
UNCW professor Philip Gerard had a new novel out in 2016: "Dark of the Island," from John F. Blair. The thriller, dealing with offshore oil drilling on the North Carolina coast, employed some characters Gerard had introduced in his earlier novel "Hatteras Light.”

Wilmington's first 3 months of 2017 offer plenty of music, theater and more
For something a little different, UNCW's Office of the Arts is starting its Rush Hour concert series of early-evening Tuesday concerts at Kenan Auditorium Jan. 17 with the folk tunes and readings of Clyde Edgerton and the Rank Strangers. Other theater and music performances are scheduled as well.

New UNCW Entrepreneurship Center director is fishing for startups
WRAL Tech Wire
Throughout the journey that’s led Diane Durance to her new role as director of UNCW’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE), connectivity has always been her mission. 

CoastLine: The Ability Spectrum -- from Olympic athlete to death
Guest Julie Ann Scott-Pollock, an associate professor of communication studies at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, explores how we look at disability and what impact those views have on all of us.

The Benefits of Long-Term Financial Planning
Greater Wilmington Business Journal (*Sponsored content provided by Robert T. Burrus, Jr., Dean of the Cameron School of Business) 
UNCW professors Adam Jones and William Sackley offer tipson how to turn financial resolutions into results.

UNC Pres: 'We Abhor' UNCW Professor's Troubling Comments
In a statement released by UNCW, officials said that although one professor’s words didn’t represent the views of the university, they were protected by the first amendment. UNC System President Margaret Spellings said it’s a balancing act between making sure all are protected under the first amendment, but at the same time wanting to make sure all students feel safe.

Faculty object as legislators take trustee appointments away from North Carolina governor 
Inside Higher Ed 
The UNC Faculty Assembly's current chair, Gabriel Lugo, has heard concerns about House Bill 17. Lugo, an associate professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at UNC Wilmington, first sent a memo to the Faculty Assembly that referenced the Legislature completely controlling the boards of trustees’ composition and potential violations of SACS regulations on governing boards being free from influence from external bodies.

UNCW grad student joins CIE to help nonprofit startups 
Last year, the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship brought on UNCW graduate student David Morrison as the center's nonprofit advisor.
Additional coverage: Port City Daily

Apex High graduate switches gears to build a new legacy
News & Observer 
UNCW student Kaitlyn Long launched Legatum Planners, which sells customized organizers and calendars. She is already turning a profit.

Student Concerto Competition winners
The Wilmington Symphony Orchestra recently announced the winners of the 40th annual Richard R. Deas Student Concerto Competition. UNCW senior Quentin Lovett won in “Voice.”

Behind the Scenes
Wilma Magazine
UNCW theater student Lily Nicole became an assistant theater technician at Thalian Hall earlier this year. “It’s my dream job,” she says.

Lifelong Learning
Wilmington Magazine
Fun and engaging non-credit courses and programs for those age 50 and over are offered at UNCW by the Osher Foundation.

What's next for the Kmart site?
With department store closing, the 12-acre site could be ripe for redevelopment. Mayor Bill Saffo said it would be “natural” for UNCW to be interested in the property's future, although he didn't know if the school would go as far as buying the land.

MARBIONC Part of $250M Biopharmaceutical Consortium
Greater Wilmington Business Journal (*sponsored content provided by Daniel Baden, Distinguished Professor and Executive Principal MARBIONC at UNCW CREST Research Park)
A major emphasis for both academic and corporate researchers at UNCW’s MARBIONC Center has been developing new ways to manufacture pharmaceutical products derived from living organisms. That work will be expanded as part of a new, quarter-billion-dollar public-private consortium, supported by the National Institute for Standards and Technology.

UNC Wilmington beats Drexel 90-72 to start 3-0 in CAA
Washington Times (*This story ran in all major media markets)
Devontae Cacok scored 22 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, Denzel Ingram added another 22 points and UNC Wilmington rolled to a 90-72 victory over Drexel on Thursday night.

Former big leaguer Brian McRae to speak at Leland Hot Stove banquet; upcoming Diamond Trainer, UNCW baseball clinics
Port City Daily 
The spring sports season is fast approaching. The first day of high school baseball practice is on Feb. 13 and opening day for the UNC Wilmington baseball team is Feb. 17. For young ballplayers looking to improve their skills, there will be a pair of clinics featuring top level instruction over the next month.

UNC Wilmington looks poised to repeat in CAA and return to NCAAs
Sports Illustrated
At 13–2 on the season, the Seahawks have entered the top 50 on and are No. 19 in RPI. The Seahawks employ a press defense that’s forcing a turnover on 23.9% of its opponents’ possessions, the seventh best in the country.

UNCW men's basketball quickly back on the road for CAA trip
Another packed bag. Another early flight. Another stretch of days in a hotel. Such is the life of UNCW men's basketball so far. 
Additional coverage: WWAY

Along with its home city, UNC Wilmington is on the rise
Mid-Major Madness 
In a community that takes its basketball seriously, UNC Wilmington is raising expectations.

Top Stories of 2016, No. 7: UNCW men's basketball reaches NCAA tournament

For the first time in 10 years, UNCW men's basketball put on its dancing shoes.

UNC Wilmington beats Elon 79-63 behind Flemmings, Bryce
USA TODAY (*This story ran in all major media markets)
Chris Flemmings scored 19 points with four 3-pointers, C.J. Bryce added 19 and grabbed 11 rebounds, and UNC Wilmington pulled away early to beat Elon 79-63 on Monday night.

Flemmings' offensive woes not worrying UNCW

Nothing. That's the word UNCW men's basketball coach Kevin Keatts answered with when asked what Chris Flemmings needed to do to fix his offensive game.

Seahawk women drop CAA opener against JMU
Redshirt junior center Amber Porter came off the bench to score a season-high 18 points with six rebounds as James Madison earned its third win in a row, a 73-51 victory over UNCW.

UNCW's Nick Feight name first team preseason All-America
UNCW junior catcher Nick Feight, the reigning Colonial Athletic Association Player-of-the-Year and six-time All-America, was named first-team preseason All-America by Collegiate Baseball.