University Relations

Jan. 16-20

National Host Roland Martin to Speak at UNCW MLK Event
TV One’s
 Roland Martin will be the guest speaker at the UNCW Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration Event on Thursday. Martin will deliver the keynote speech, which will be followed by a Q&A session moderated by WWAY’s own Amanda Fitzpatrick.
Additional coverage: StarNews

Roland Martin headlines UNCW's MLK Celebration
National TV show host Roland Martin spoke to nearly one thousand eager listeners at the UNCW MLK celebration Thursday night.
Additional coverage: WECT

UNCW Police team up with WPD for pedestrian and bike safety
UNCW Police are teaming up with Wilmington Police to crack down on traffic violations like jaywalking and to promote pedestrian and bike safety.

UNCW Hawk Wheels bike share program opens
Thousands of UNCW students use a bike to get around campus every day. The university now offers the Hawk Wheels bike share program which allows students or staff to rent bikes from stations on campus.

Virtual reality simulation at UNCW highlights texting dangers
UNCW students were able to go through a virtual reality simulation to learn the dangers of texting and driving. 
Additional coverage: WECT

Writer Jason Mott to give reading at UNCW
Writer-in-residence Jason Mott will give a reading at 7 p.m. Thursday in room 1111 Kenan Hall, on the campus of the University of North Carolina Wilmington. A native of Bolton, Mott earned BFA and MFA degrees in creative writing from UNCW

UNCW freshman attending inauguration and ball
UNCW freshman Connor McCaffrey will take a step into history next Friday. She will be one of the hundreds of thousands of people who get an up-close look at Donald Trump being sworn in as the 45th president of the United States.

Veteran, family moves in to Step Up For Soldiers Kramer House
UNCW student veteran Jackson Ertel and his family now call The Edward Kramer House home. Step Up For Soldiers built the house with the help of volunteers. Ertel, a Marine veteran, began his first semester at UNCW in the fall.
A business school without walls
Greater Wilmington Business Journal (*Sponsored content)
The Cameron School of Business recognized years ago the need to supplement the traditional approach to education with activities and experiences beyond the classroom. The school has a rich tradition of bringing in guest speakers and providing activities that require students to connect with business professionals and get into the outside world.
MLK Parade gets new additions to lineup
New mascots have been added from Cape Fear Community College, various police departments, UNCW and several high schools.
Additional coverage: WECT
Students bring history to life through coloring book
With the help of Support the Port, technical support from Professor Janna Robertson of UNCW and New Hanover High School staff, students created a “Wilmington in Color” coloring book to help inform people on the history of the city.
CoastLine: Being a Woman of Color in Academia
Dr. Candace Thompson is an associate professor in the University of North Carolina Wilmington’s Watson College of Education. She teaches the social and cultural foundations of education.
Explore that ‘other war’ with the Cape Fear Revolutionary War Round Table
Port City Daily
Since 2007, the Cape Fear Revolutionary War Round Table has been meeting regularly to explore the colonial era with professional and amateur historians. On Wednesday, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m., the group will gather at the Southport Community Building, 223 E. Bay St. Group president and renowned UNCW history associate professor, author and historian Chris E. Fonvielle Jr. will welcome speaker Mike Powell, who will present “Birth of the Continental Navy.”
Big problem, big data: Groundbreaking apps aim to put Eastern Shore a step ahead of sea level rise
The Virginian-Pilot
The Coastline Change app is largely the work of scientists at Randolph-Macon College, Duke University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and UNC Wilmington. They compiled the data to help users see how each of the barrier islands has been reshaped over time and look ahead at how various sea level rise scenarios and other factors would affect the islands’ erosion.
David Morrison helps nonprofit startups
If you want to create a nonprofit and have no idea on how to get started, David Morrison may be the man to help you. Morrison is working on his master’s degree in public administration at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, concentrating on nonprofit management.
Man turns health challenges into triathlon motivation
Brent Nix collapsed in early 2010. He was diagnosed with high cholesterol, high blood pressure, the onset of diabetes and an enlarged chamber of his heart. His health situation was largely attributed to his weight. With encouragement from his son, Aaron Nix, who was at the time a member of the triathlon team at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, Nix completed the Azalea Triathlon in 2011 on the UNCW campus.
Strong local support guiding Kids Run the Nation program in Wilmington
Port City Daily
In an era where iPads, video games and cell phones saturate the minds of youth and dominate their free time instead of playing outside in the neighborhood the national youth running initiative Kids Run the Nation (KRTN) is gaining popularity in the area. Beginning this January, each local practice will be held on the campus of UNC Wilmington.
Beach mailbox has held people’s life stories for decades
The Washington Times
For the last several years, the journal entries have been archived and housed at the University of North Carolina Wilmington’s William Madison Randall Library.

Racial Discrepancies in the Criminal Justice System
Satellite PR News
Guilford Technical Community College will present, Justice Not Seen for All: How Racial Bias Determines Capital Punishment Sentencing, a presentation by Dr. Kimberly Cook, professor of sociology and criminology at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

STATE: Cooper names leaders for Natural and Cultural Resources
Stanly News & Press
Governor Roy Cooper has selected Susi Hamilton, a state legislator with broad professional experience in economic development, regional planning and the arts, as secretary of the state Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and earned an MPA from UNC Wilmington.

UNC Wilmington drops Charleston 65-59 to top CAA standings
USA TODAY (*This story ran in all major media markets)
C.J. Bryce had 13 points and 10 rebounds and Jordon Talley added 17 points as UNC Wilmington beat College of Charleston 65-59 Thursday night in a battle between the top two Colonial Athletic Conference teams.
UNCW’s Devontae Cacok reacts to national television exposure
Last Thursday after UNCW’s win over William & Mary ESPN’s Kevin Connors gave kudos to Seahawk Devontae Cacok for leading the nation in field goal percentage. We caught up with Cacok on Saturday to get his reaction to his national television exposure on ESPN. “It was a great experience to go through,” Cacok told WWAY’s John Rendleman.
Additional coverage: Port City Daily
Seahawks getting on the same page
The pace favored UNCW, like it usually does. Another night of relentless up-tempo offense turned into another 100-point outing and another conference victory in Thursday’s battle with William & Mary. This is what coach Kevin Keatts envisioned when he arrived in Wilmington three seasons ago. Slowly but surely, it’s come to fruition.
Additional coverage: Port City Daily
UNCW’s Chris Flemmings named CAA player of the week
UNCW senior guard and Preseason CAA Player-of-the-Year Chris Flemmings has been named one of the Colonial Athletic Association’s top players for the week of Jan. 16.
Seahawks win sixth straight, stay perfect in CAA
Senior guards Denzel Ingram and Chris Flemmings combined for 38 points and preseason favorite UNCW remained unbeaten in the Colonial Athletic Association with an 84-76 victory over stubborn Hofstra early Saturday at Trask Coliseum.
Additional coverage: Port City DailyWashington TimesThe Daily Progress (Charlottesville, Va.)

UNC Wilmington Baseball listed in preseason Top 25
Port City Daily
Coming off another NCAA tournament appearance and returning seven position starters from one of the nation's top offenses, UNC Wilmington is ranked 24th in D1Baseball’s preseason top-25 rankings released on Tuesday.
Additional coverage: WWAYNorth State Journal (subscription)

CBB Coach of the Year rankings
CBS Sports Gary Parrish’s list of college basketball’s top Coach of the Year candidates includes UNCW Men’s Basketball Coach Kevin Keatts.

UNCW basketball not overselling unbeaten battle with Charleston
While Thursday night's game has big implications in the CAA standings, UNCW isn't getting caught up in the hype.

Three new Seahawks added to women's soccer squad
UNCW has announced the addition of three new Seahawks to the women's soccer team - Morgan Nanni, Chelle Mahoney and Lauren Ellis.

University of North Carolina Wilmington add Ignasi de Rueda to spring roster

Tennis World
Mait DuBois, men's tennis head coach, has added five newcomers to the University of North Carolina Wilmington squad, including 18-year-old Spaniard Ignasi de Rueda.

Differing styles set to face off in Charleston-UNCW matchup
StarNews Dub Hub
Earl Grant doesn’t want to divulge too much information. The College of Charleston men’s basketball coach has a game plan for Thursday’s meeting with UNCW
UNCW Completes Sweep Over Davidson
Swim Swam
Senior Will Ryan won three individual events and sophomore diver Adyson Lowe won both women’s diving events as UNCW swept Davidson in swimming and diving action on Friday.
Drexel Dragons down UNCW women 71-38
Senior forward Sarah Curran scored a game-high 17 points and added five rebounds as Drexel earned its second straight win, a 71-38 Colonial Athletic Association victory over UNCW at Trask Coliseum on Friday evening. 
UNCW women fall to William & Mary
Sophomore guard Bianca Boggs led four William & Mary players in double figures with a game-high 13 points as the Tribe won for the 13th time in the last 14 games with a 57-43 Colonial Athletic Association victory over UNCW at Trask Coliseum on Sunday afternoon.
Villanova jumps KU to take top spot in hoops poll
KAKE (Wichita, KA)
Others receiving votes: TCU 29, Southern Cal 14, SMU 8, Nevada 7, Northwestern 7, UNC Wilmington 6, Iowa St. 5, Akron 1, Kansas St 1.
Additional coverage: The Cleveland Plain DealerWinston-Salem Journal
Hoop Thoughts: Five-minute guide for the second half of the season
Sports Illustrated
UNC Wilmington (17–2, 6–0 CAA). The Seahawks played Duke tough in the first round of last year’s NCAA tournament. They are the clear favorite to win the CAA.