University Relations

June 19 - 23

GenX community forum gives some answers, creates more questions
A panel of experts responded to questions about GenX at a community forum Wednesday night. The panel included UNCW assistant professor Susanne Brander and professor Larry Cahoon, as well as health experts, a lawyer, a pediatrician, and the Cape Fear River Keeper. 
Additional coverage: StarNewsWWAY

GenX: A Question of Chemistry
Dr. Susanne Brander is an assistant professor in the Department of Biology and Marine Biology at UNC Wilmington. She says to understand GenX, one needs to look at its predecessor.

FEAR FROM UNCERTAINTY: Citizens, Researchers and Officials React to GenX in the Cape Fear River, a.k.a. ‘Tap Watergate’
GenX is an endocrine disrupter, according to Dr. Larry Cahoon, a professor in the biology and marine biology department at UNCW. He had a conversation with Susanne Brander, an assistant professor in the biology and marine biology department at UNCW, to confirm it interferes with proper hormone function.

The Reverse Osmosis Plant Proposal in Leland: What You Need to Know
North Brunswick Magazine
There are further concerns about the discharge permit, which authorizes the release of one million gallons of treated wastewater per day into the Brunswick River, a primary fishery nursery area. The National Pollution Discharge Elimination System permit allows for treated wastewater to be discarded into the Brunswick River, with a provision that the UNCW Center for Marine Science will monitor the discharge to safeguard the environment.

Bringing First-Class Mobile Apps to Small Communities
Greater Wilmington Business Journal – Sponsored content provided by UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
We live in a world where 72 percent of smart phone users check their phones at least once per hour, and the average user spends almost 70 hours per month using mobile apps. For businesses and communities, app development is increasingly becoming a more attractive way to engage people.

After Injuries and Transfers, Sharks' Kep Brown Ready for UNCW
Kep Brown was recently presented the opportunity to join Mark Scalf’s program at UNCW.

Editorial, June 22: The arts pay off; let’s sell them better
Back in the old days, that super-salesman Hugh Morton would have come up with an ad campaign, reaching across North Carolina and the Southeast, promoting Wilmington as an arts destination. He’d be mentioning the busy local theater scene and UNCW’s new Lumina Festival of the Arts, with its summer Shakespeare, Bizet’s opera “Carmen,” modern dance and ballet.

Bookmarks: Movie planned of 'Boy Erased'; philosopher ponders golf 
“Boy Erased,” the critically acclaimed 2016 memoir by former UNCW grad student Garrard Conley, is about to become a feature film. W. Thomas Schmid, a UNCW professor of philosophy, publishes “Golf as Meaningful Play.”
Testing the Waters
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
N.C. Sea Grant recently submitted a proposal to NOAA to expand oyster farming in the state by improving production methods and developing business planning models.The project would involve Cape Fear Community College and University of North Carolina Wilmington to establish an oyster farming training program.
Cape Fear Revolutionary War Round Table
The Cape Fear Revolutionary War Round Table will meet June 21 at the Southport Community Center. Chris E. Fonvielle Jr., associate professor of history at UNCW, will present “All in the Name of Liberty: Brunswick County, NC, in the American Revolution.” 

StarNews looks back on 150 years

Melton McLaurin, professor emeritus of history at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, and Earl Sheridan, professor of public and international affairs at UNCW and Wilmington mayor pro tempore, reflect on how the StarNewshas made a difference to the community.

Plastic Ocean Project hosts offshore cleanup competition
The Wilmington-based nonprofit Plastic Ocean Project Inc. held what it hopes will become the first of many “Fishing 4 Plastic” events on June 3 in Beaufort. Executive Director and UNCW staff member Bonnie Monteleone saw it as an opportunity for participants to learn more about the effects plastics have on the ocean environment. 

Archaeology students conduct four-week excavation on San Pedro Maya site
San Pedro Sun
As part of a four-week archaeological field study, 14 students majoring in anthropology have been excavating the “San Pedro Maya” site, located at Hostel La Vista on Barrier Reef Drive. Under the supervision of Scott Simmons, professor of archaeology at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, and Tracie Mayfield, University of Arizona anthropology instructor, the students hope to unveil clues to the ancient Maya cultural systems, trade and their interactions among other regions.

It's just gotten easier to dive on this sunken Civil War ship
News & Observer 
When UNCW student Jessica Stallings explored the Condor, a sunken Civil War blockade runner, last July, the water was so murky she kept bumping into the wrecked ship.

Local pastor with heart transplant to compete globally to help others in need
Brian Barndt returned to his life-long love of swimming and he's getting ready to compete in the 2017 World Transplant Games.He swam for UNC Wilmington, until he found himself treading water when his heart began to fail. He had cardiomyopathy - weakening the muscle.
New UNCW Men's Basketball Coach Shares Winning Approach
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
In both business and basketball, building relationships and making sure everyone on the team is invested in common goals are keys to success, said C.B. McGrath, UNCW's new men's basketball head coach.

UNCW women's basketball adds two assistants
UNCW head women’s basketball coach Karen Barefoot continues to build her coaching staff with the addition of Dave Caputo and Brittany Morris as assistant coaches. 

Frankoff grateful to pitch for Chicago Cubs
Former UNCW player Seth Frankoff made his first-ever MLB appearance on June 9.

Betting on himself: Inside Brandon Beane's unlikely rise to Buffalo Bills GM
Instead of attempting to extend his football career, Beane went to UNC Wilmington, which doesn't even have a football team, with his childhood best friend Todd. At that time, he thought he wanted to be a coach, so his father told him to major in education.

Retired Sailor does her part in the community through programs for less privileged
The Camp Lejeune Globe
Helping children and expecting mothers is a passion for Christina Malu, Early Head Start Family and Community Partnership mental health coordinator. “Since retiring, I completed my undergraduate degree in social work at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and volunteered in the community. In 2018, I will be completing my MSW degree in social work from East Carolina University.”

Volleyball tournament supports stroke awareness
Ranse Jones was just 34 when he suffered a rare stroke and died. The University of North Carolina Wilmington graduate was known in the local beach volleyball community as a competitive athlete. On June 24 and 25, his family will host the fifth annual Ranse Jones Beach Jam volleyball tournament at Capt’n Bill’s Backyard Bar & Grille to raise awareness about strokes.

Debra Michelle Nipper, 44, fearless fighter for human rights
Port City Daily
Debra Michelle Nipper, 44, lost her lengthy battle with Amyloidosis and Multiple Myeloma Thursday, June 15, 2017, at Duke Medical Center surrounded by family and friends and listening to the blues that she loved. Debra was a 1990 graduate of North Johnston High School and received her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from UNC Wilmington.

Communique: Why CFLC Needs You – And Why the French Hate Us | Dr. Engel at the Literacy Luncheon
Dr. Elliot Engel, who will be the keynote speaker at the Cape Fear Literacy Council’s Literary Luncheon June 28, spoke with WHQR about past visits to Wilmington: “… UNCW has an evening program where they have a dinner … And I think I just did my 43rd for them ….”

Credit union awards ‘People Helping People’ Scholarships
Salisbury Post
Local students awarded the State Employee’s Credit Union’s “People Helping People” scholarship included: A $10,000 four-year college scholarship to Elizabeth Nicole Yousey, a senior at Jesse Carson High School. The scholarship was awarded for study at UNC Wilmington.

First United Methodist Church awards scholarships
Salisbury Post
First United Methodist Church presented the Roy and Lula Goodman Scholarships to 22 students during Senior Sunday on June 4. First-time recipients included Samantha Hensley, daughter of Michael and Sarah Hensley, UNC Wilmington.

Fleming to lead strength and conditioning for Seahawks
Ben Fleming, who spent the last four years as an assistant at Ole Miss, has been named the new strength and conditioning coach at UNCW.

MULL AGAIN: Youngest Isley carries on family golf tradition
Among the local contingent, UNCW senior Patrick Cover was the top finisher. After a slow start, he fired 140 on the weekend to finished T-9 at 290.

Tri-City Dust Devils 2017 Season Preview
The first name that pops up could be Nick Feight, 19th round pick out of UNC Wilmington who was very impressive in the Cape Cod League last summer.

Grand Junction Rockies recap, June 21, 2017
Grand Junction Daily Sentinel
It didn’t take long for several draftees who arrived over the weekend to make their professional debuts, with six newcomers in the lineup. Center fielder Joey Bartosic (19th round, George Washington) hit leadoff, Jeff Bohling (17th round, Gonzaga) played third, Casey Golden (20th round, UNC Wilmington) played right field, Todd Czinege (29th round, Villanova) was at second base, Nic Motley (14th round, McLennan CC) caught, and Brett Stephens (28th round, UCLA), was in left field.