University Relations

March 13-17

At UNCW, building a black academic hub
Sean Palmer of the UNCW Upperman African American Cultural Center is designing a pair of courses and student trips centered on Gullah culture.

Bookmarks: UNCW scholar traces early relations with Muslims
Pascale Barthe of UNCW has published "French Encounters with the Ottomans, 1510-1560."

Chief District Court judge visits UNCW campus
Judge J.H. Corpening, chief district judge of the Fifth Judicial District, will speak to students at the University of North Carolina Wilmington on Wednesday about laws that could affect the justice system under consideration by the N.C. General Assembly.

The Growing Demand of Cybersecurity Professionals
Greater Wilmington Business Journal (*sponsored content provided by Robert T. Burrus, Jr., Dean of the Cameron School of Business)
Ulku Clark, associate professor of management information systems, discusses how UNC Wilmington and the Cameron School of Business are deeply involved in preparing our students to face the marketplace’s cybersecurity needs.

Profane puppet takes center stage at UNCW in 'Hand to God'
Kait Distler plays Jason, and his devilish puppet alter ego Tyrone, in "Hand to God," presented by the UNCW theater department's Student Lab Series.

Award-winning author to hold workshop at UNCW on social change
Award-winning author Bettina Love is scheduled to hold a community workshop on teaching, social change and intersectionality on March 14 at UNCW.

The Role of Small Species in Genetic Modification
Most of us know very little about the organisms in our own backyard, bedroom, roommate or even on our bodies. Rob Dunn, a professor of applied ecology at North Carolina State University, will try to change that when he speaks tomorrow night at UNCW.

Going to prom without breaking the bank
The Prom Closet gives Brunswick County middle and high school students free, gently-used prom dresses, shoes and accessories. Community donations make up the inventory, including more than 60 dresses from UNCW.
Additional coverage: WWAY

Bladen Community College to host poetry reading by UNCW author
Elizabethtown Bladen Journal
Bladen Community College will welcome UNCW professor Mark Cox to campus for a poetry reading and discussion on Monday, March 20.

Dark comedy about a boy and his puppet opens at UNCW
“Hand to God,” a dark comedy about a boy who's either really good with puppets or has a connection to the underworld, takes the stage at UNCW's SRO Theater this week.

UNCW Community Music Academy Faculty to Perform
The faculty of the UNCW Community Music Academy will perform a benefit concert at 7:30 p.m. on March 16 in Beckwith Hall on the campus of UNCW.

Wilmington law enforcement participates in implicit bias training
Members of the Wilmington Police Department, New Hanover County Sheriff's Office, UNCW Police and the community participated in an implicit bias training on Friday at Thalian Hall. 

The Games We Play – Site Selection
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
What does it take to attract an established business to Wilmington? “We aren’t the only nice town east of the Mississippi, and this is an incredibly competitive game,” said University of North Carolina Wilmington Cameron School of Business economist Adam Jones.

Winston-Salem man wins Rose Post Creative Nonfiction Contest
Salisbury Post
Joseph Mills of Winston-Salem has won the 2017 Rose Post Creative Nonfiction Contest. Sponsored by the North Carolina Writers’ Network and administered by the UNCW Department of Creative Writing, the competition encourages the creation of lasting nonfiction work that is outside the realm of conventional journalism.

Allen Patrick Flood, 31, proudly pitched for the UNCW Seahawks
Port City Daily
Former UNCW athlete Allen Patrick Flood died Wednesday, March 8 after a protracted battle with cancer.

Perrantes, Shayok carry Virginia to 76-71 win against UNCW
ABC News (*Similar stories ran in most major media markets)
London Perrantes scored 24 points, Marial Shayok added a career-high 23 off the bench and No. 5 seed Virginia rallied from 15 points down to beat 12th-seeded UNC Wilmington 76-71 in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday. 

Bracket busters: Al Roker picks UNCW to win it all
The TODAY show team showcased their picks Thursday morning and Al Roker predicted the Seahawks would win the entire tournament.

Thousands of fans cheer on UNCW Seahawks at Trask Coliseum
This is the second year in a row UNCW has hosted an NCAA Tournament viewing party at Trask Coliseum.
Additional coverage: WECTStarNews

Fans welcome UNCW hoops team back from NCAA tournament
UNCW students joined fans of the team, braving the chilly night to show support for the basketball team.

Player to watch: UNCW's Devontae Cacok is on the verge of an NCAA record
Washington Post
It wouldn’t be accurate to say UNC Wilmington forward Devontae Cacok can’t miss, but this season he comes closer to fitting that description than any player in NCAA history.

Love of Disney on display for Seahawk basketball player
One UNCW men's basketball player was very excited when the team found out the Seahawks where headed to Orlando to play Virginia. Senior forward Marcus Bryan is a huge Disney fan, so much so that he has Disney characters tattooed on his left leg from his ankle to his knee.

2017 NCAA Tournament: How to watch Virginia vs. UNC Wilmington, game time, TV info, live stream (*Similar stories ran in most major media markets)
No. 5 seed Virginia plays No. 12 seed UNC Wilmington in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Here are some things to keep in mind about each team.

A Quick Look at Virginia-UNC Wilmington in the NCAA Tourney
U.S. News & World Report (*Similar stories ran in most major media markets)
Virginia and UNC Wilmington play contrasting styles, with the Cavaliers' pack-line defense wanting to slow the game down and the Seahawks' high-scoring offense hoping to get up and down early and often.

As UNCW Prepares For NCAA Tournament, Giving On the Rise for Seahawk Club
Greater Wilmington Business Journal 
The excitement of local basketball fans is on the rise as the UNCW Seahawks prepare to play in the NCAA Tournament on Thursday, and so are this year’s pledges to the university’s athletics fundraising club.

UNCW heading to Orlando to start NCAA Tournament against UVA
The Seahawks, who won the CAA Championship last Monday night in South Carolina, head to Orlando for a NCAA Tournament first-round match-up against Virginia Thursday.
Additional coverage: StarNewsWECTTWC News

Seahawks getting comfortable at NCAA Tournament
The nerves are still there. After all, this is the NCAA Tournament. But for the UNCW men's basketball team, there's a sense of calm in the chaos. This is a team that has been there and done that. 
Additional coverage: WECTWWAY

Kevin Keatts got UNC Wilmington in NCAA tournament shape in a hurry
In three years, Kevin Keatts has remade the Seahawks' program and restored it to the type of success it had in making four NCAA tournament appearances from 2000-06.

Thanks, Obama: Former President picks UVA over UNCW
Despite the chatter by several on social media that the 12th-seeded UNCW Seahawks could be a trendy choice to upset fifth-ranked Virginia on Thursday, the former president is sticking with the Cavaliers to advance in the NCAA men's basketball tournament.

UNC Wilmington's Cacok a can't-miss player
The Daily Progress 
UNC Wilmington forward Devontae Cacok rarely misses shots, mostly attributed to the fact that most are dunks.
Additional coverage: Roanoke Times

Senior cherishes another shot at Big Dance
Last year, Chuck Ogbodo contemplated whether he wanted to remain a Seahawk. He decided to stay put and now he’s got another shot at playing in the Big Dance.

Chuck Ogbodo grabs WWAY microphone, what happens next?
Chuck Ogbodo interviews UNCW teammate Ambrose Mosley in Orlando.

Wings Up Player Profiles: Marcus Bryan
After Marcus Bryan sat out the 2015 season while transferring to UNCW, he got his taste of victory last year.

Near-upset of Duke still on minds of former North Meck star, UNC Wilmington teammates
News & Observer 
A year removed, the loss still lingers in C.J. Bryce’s mind. Bryce, a former star at North Mecklenburg High, and his UNC Wilmington teammates appeared on the brink of upsetting Duke in the first round of last year’s NCAA tournament. But after leading at halftime, they fell just short in a 93-85 defeat.

UNCW to open Trask Coliseum to watch Seahawks in NCAA Tournament
Can't make it to Florida to watch the UNCW Seahawks play in the NCAA Tournament this week? You can still be part of the excitement and join hundreds of fellow fans in Trask Coliseum. 
Additional coverage: WECT

UNCW looking to make more history against Virginia in NCAA Tournament
North State Journal (*Similar stories ran in most major media markets)
UNCW is hoping to bounce UVA in the first round of the NCAA Tournament like it nearly did to Duke the year prior.

Seahawks depart for Orlando
Going to the NCAA Tournament should never get old. For some of the UNCW players it's a return trip. For some, it's a first. 
Additional coverage: StarNews

Wings Up Player Profiles: JaQuel Richmond
JaQuel Richmond didn't get the chance to play last season, but this year he has made an impact for UNCW coming off the bench.

Wings Up Player Profiles: Chuck Ogbodo
Chuck Ogbodo, the big man in the middle, came to UNCW four years ago. In that time, he has brought home two CAA titles, tallied nearly 200 career points and experienced what it’s like to play on the big stage.

Wings Up Player Profiles: Jordon Talley
Jordon Talley already has two CAA titles under his belt. Now in his third year at UNCW, he is expected to be a leader, but that doesn’t bring any pressure to him.

Kevin Keatts: It's weird when UNC Wilmington makes the NCAA, we’re matched against an ACC team (*Video)
UNCW’s Kevin Keatts joins the Sports Shop prior to his Seahawks traveling to Orlando to take on Virginia in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday.

Kevin Keatts is the mid-major coach you didn't know you needed
Rock M Nation
From Hargrave Military Academy to championship assistant, UNCW’s Kevin Keatts checks a lot of boxes.

Not sure on your bracket? Learn what's in a nickname
Sammy C. Hawk has origins in Iowa, of all places. UNCW chose its nickname in 1947 based off the success of the Iowa Seahawks, who were a preflight basketball team during World War II.

New Hanover County student serves as UNCW Basketball Team Manager
A student in the New Hanover County Schools Special Education Transition Program for Young Adults is part of the UNCW men’s basketball team. Christian Michael White has served as the team’s manager for the past three years.

UNC Wilmington-Virginia Preview (Mar 16, 2017) (*Similar stories ran in most major media markets)
In a game featuring two teams with wildly different styles, the No. 12 seed Seahawks will push their up-tempo attack against the stingy, fifth-seeded Cavaliers in an East Region opener Thursday afternoon at the Amway Center in Orlando, Fla.

Cacok proves a changed man for UNCW hoops
UNCW’s Devontae Cacok put in a lot of offseason work to become one of the nation's best low-post threats.

Wings Up Player Profiles: Denzel Ingram
In just two seasons with the Seahawks, Denzel Ingram has become the focal point on its red-hot offense.

Wings Up Player Profiles: Ambrose Mosley
Ambrose Mosley got some interest from other teams before transferring to UNCW, but there was something special that made him want to come to the Port City.

Diamond Hawks split doubleheader with Longwood
Brian Mims had three hits while Clark Cota and Robbie Thorburn drove in three runs apiece as UNCW roughed up Longwood, 11-1, in the second game of a doubleheader to win the weekend series on Saturday at Brooks Field.