University Relations

May 22-26

UNCW to launch digital arts degree next year
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
A new bachelor’s degree in digital arts at UNCW will provide students with an artistic avenue into a growing technology-centered workforce. The UNC Board of Governors approved the program on May 19, and the new degree is expected to launch in fall 2018. It will be the 55th baccalaureate degree offered at UNCW.
Additional coverage: WECT

UNC looks at new ways to distribute money to university campuses
News & Observer
UNC President Margaret Spellings has launched a Funding Model Task Force to determine the best way to allocate state dollars distributed among the 17 public campuses to match up with strategic goals of access, affordability, student success and efficiency. UNC Wilmington Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli is a member.

ACE Fellows Named
Chronicle of Higher Education
Lori Messinger, associate vice chancellor for external programs at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, is one of 45 scholars chosen as a 2017-18 ACE fellow of the American Council on Education.

Researchers Work to Rid Oceans of Plastic
Coastal Review Online
Researchers at the University of North Carolina Wilmington are testing the burgeoning plastics-to-oil industry and learning more about how plastics work in the local ecosystem.

A NOAA Research Vessel Departs for Circumnavigation of Cuba
Cuba Journal
Two Remotely Operated Vehicles owned and operated by the Undersea Vehicles Program at the University of North Carolina Wilmington are part of an expedition to explore the coral reefs of Cuba. 

PlayerSpace named Coastal Entrepreneur of the Year
Greater Wilmington Business Journal 
PlayerSpace, a Wilmington-based sports management software company, has been named Coastal Entrepreneur of the Year. Todd John, founder and president of PlayerSpace, accepted the award Wednesday morning during the Greater Wilmington Business Journal’s Coastal Entrepreneur Awards ceremony at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

CoastLine: David Gessner on His New Book, Ultimate Glory, and Telling the Truth
David Gessner has written ten books, won numerous awards and chairs the creative writing department at UNCW. His newest book, Ultimate Glory: Frisbee, Obsession, and My Wild Youth, is set for a June release.

UNCW student Abby LaFave is getting national attention from the boss of her boss. The CEO of Chick-fil-A surprised her with thousands of reasons to keep up her award-winning ways.

Two North Carolinas Compete for One Identity
U.S. News & World Report
In the 1990s, familiar cracks began to appear in North Carolina’s 20th-century veneer. "The NAFTA free trade agreement went into effect in the early 1990s. Clothing manufacturing suffered increased competition from especially Mexico," says Chris Dumas, professor of economics at UNC Wilmington.

SPIRITED FUN: Cape Fear Shakespeare on the Green celebrates 25 years of community theatre
Cape Fear Shakespeare and UNCW have a 25-year connection.

This marriage proposal makes yours seem lame
Bridget Haley of North Plainfield, N.J., got engaged on May 20 to Justin Sykes on the White House lawn. They met while students at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

Horton to run for Congress
Dr. Kyle Horton has announced her candidacy for North Carolina's Seventh U.S. Congressional District. Horton, a graduate of UNCW and Wright State University, began her career as a primary care physician at Hunter Homes McGuire VA Medical Center.
Additional coverage: WWAY

Business Journal hires Larsen as Money reporter
South Florida Business Journal 
Keith Larsen has joined the South Florida Business Journal as the Money reporter. He holds a bachelor's in business administration from the University of North Carolina Wilmington, where he majored in finance and minored in journalism.

InnovateHER, and the Art of the Pitch
What do you get when you put six judges and seven entrepreneurs in a room together? A Small Business Administration pitch contest. It’s all happening at the University of North Carolina Wilmington’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. 

Inquiry about human resiliency leads to career in neuropsychology
An inquiry about human resilience and adaptation led Dr. Antonio Puente down the path of psychology. He is a professor at UNCW and maintains a private practice in clinical neuropsychology in Wilmington.

UNC system forging ahead with K-8 lab-school project on two campuses
News & Observer 
UNCW Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli told board members last fall that his campus was working with Columbus County Schools. But the coastal institution backtracked on that in January, telling Wilmington’s trustees the potential partnership was no longer in the works.

Wednesday on CoastLine: David Gessner, Nature Writer – and Ultimate Frisbee Fanatic
UNCW professor and creative writing chair David Gessner, who is also an award-winning writer, environmental advocate and Ultimate Frisbee enthusiast, joins us to discuss his constant reaching – for the perfect phrase, the wild osprey or the disc sailing through the air.

CoastLine: Everybody Dies; How Ageism Shuts Down End-of-Life Dialogues
Anne Glass, a professor in the UNCW School of Health and Applied Human Sciences and coordinator of the school’s gerontology program, discusses end-of-life care.

Wilmington company makes headway in concussion diagnostics
Port City Daily
University of North Carolina Wilmington psychology professor Len Lecci is helping develop a battery of concussion tests with LifeGait, which is housed in UNCW’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Analyzing “Expressiveness” in Frankenstein (1931)
Oxford University Press Blog
In Hollywood Aesthetic: Pleasure in American CinemaUNCW film studies professor Todd Berliner explains how Hollywood delivers aesthetic pleasure to mass audiences. His analyses, excerpted here, illustrate how to study a film’s aesthetic properties.

PHOTOS: Swimmers go pier-to-pier to remember former Wrightsville Beach lifeguard, UNCW swimmer
Lumina News
Swimmers from all around participated in the fourth annual “Stoked to Go Out” Grey Liston Memorial Swim in honor of the former Wrightsville Beach lifeguard and University of North Carolina Wilmington swimmer.

UNCW baseball caps regular season with strong finish
Rain forced UNCW to play two baseball games against Towson on Saturday to close the regular season. The Seahawks won the opener 7-6 and lost the finale 4-2.

UNCW's Golden, Royalty take home CAA top honors
For the second consecutive season, UNCW captured both the Colonial Athletic Association Player and Pitcher of the Year awards as senior Casey Golden was named the league's Player of the Year and sophomore Alex Royalty earned Pitcher of the Year.
Additional coverage: StarNews

Sharpe takes his own path for UNCW
UNCW freshman Zarion Sharpe has become the team's Saturday starter after beginning the season as a reserve player. 
Diamond Hawks look to rebound from early season mistakes
After two consecutive trips to the NCAA tournament, the UNCW baseball team’s expectations for 2017 were sky high. They turned out to be expectations that the team couldn’t live up to.

Burke named director of basketball operations at UNCW
Rob Burke has been named director of basketball operations for the UNCW men's basketball team.

UNCW ready for CAA tournament at home
The Colonial Athletic Association tournament is underway in Wilmington and the UNCW Seahawks are looking to take the crown on their home field.