University Relations

June 26 - 30

How to Avoid a Shark Attack — and What to Do If You're Attacked (Hint: Don't Aim for the Nose!)
Although shark attacks are very rare, beach season is heating up, so PEOPLE spoke with Larry Cahoon, professor of biology and marine biology at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, about what do to if you come face-to-face with a shark.

Bookmarks: Two Clyde Edgerton novels back in print
The University of South Carolina Press has just released paperback editions of Clyde Edgerton’s “Raney” and “Floatplane Notebooks” in its “Southern Revivals” series. Edgerton has taught at the University of North Carolina Wilmington since 1998, where he is now the Thomas S. Kenan III Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing.

Family-friendly shows on stage this summer
Keep your children entertained with some family-friendly shows at UNCW this summer. The matinee performances will be held at Kenan Auditorium through the end of next month.
Additional coverage: WHQR

NC woman spreading positivity with painted rocks
Janna Siegel Robertson, a professor in the Watson College of Education, started a group that is spreading positivity throughout the community one rock at a time. She says there are currently painted rocks in every park in the area and a lot hidden on the UNCW campus.

Akinleye named new chancellor at NC Central University
WECT (*Similar stories ran in most North Carolina media markets and on higher-education news websites)
North Carolina Central University has a new leader after Dr. Johnson Akinleye was named chancellor Monday afternoon. Akinleye takes over for Debra Saunders-White, who died last year following a battle with cancer. Akinleye previously served as associate vice chancellor for academic programs at UNC Wilmington and held various leadership positions at Edward Waters College and Bethune-Cookman University in Florida.

GenX Public Forum Wednesday, June 28th at Kenan Auditorium
Speaking about the human impacts of GenX will be Philip Tarte, New Hanover County health director; Larry Cahoon, a marine biologist at UNCW who specializes in aquatic ecology; and Stan Harts, director of Environmental Health and Safety at UNCW.

Despite GenX worries, well water can bring own set of concerns
Roger Shew, a University of North Carolina Wilmington geology lecturer, said tapping into the Castle Hayne or Pee Dee aquifers under New Hanover County could possibly limit exposure to GenX.
Additional coverage: WHQR

Wilmington Fire Department names first deputy chief
Assistant Chief Jon Mason was promoted Monday morning and will serve as the Wilmington Fire Department’s first-ever deputy chief. Mason began his career in fire service in 1987 as a volunteer member of the Wrightsville Beach Fire Department while attending the University of North Carolina Wilmington, a biography on the Wilmington Fire Department website stated.

Just graduated and starting your first job? These workers have advice
News & Observer
Ellen Bailey grew up in Raleigh and graduated with a history degree from UNC Wilmington in 2006, but she knew she didn’t want to go to graduate school or teach history. After graduating, she went to work for Scott & Stringfellow, an investment firm that’s now part of BB&T Bank.

With Lazzy Frog downtown, Meads continuing family tradition
The Daily Advance
A love for numbers led Lisa Meads to complete her undergraduate degree in math education at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. She now owns Lazzy Frog, a new casual clothing business on W. Fearing Street in Elizabeth City.

New ag agent shares passion for health, nutrition
The Wilson Times
The new family and consumer science agent in the North Carolina Cooperative Extension office in Wilson County says working in health and nutrition is a perfect blend of two of her passions. Cassidy Hobbs is a graduate of the University of North Carolina Wilmington in public health studies with a concentration in community health education.

William Franklin Lowe Jr., 83, retired director of UNCW Modern Language Department
Port City Daily
He started his career teaching German at Millsaps College in Jackson, Miss., before accepting a similar position at UNCW, where he also was a general college advisor. He retired in 1999 as the director of the Modern Language Department, spending greater than four decades as an educator.

Jerre Roper Jones Garnett, 78, psychiatric and mental health specialist
Port City Daily
Jerre Roper Jones Garnett, 78, passed away Sunday, June 18, 2017. She was a lecturer at UNCW in psychiatric/mental health nursing. 

City says goodbye to Nolan Schroeder
Hot Springs (SD) Star
The Star visited with Schroeder a bit to review his time as city administrator and talk about the future. … “After two years at USD I participated in an exchange where I paid USD tuition, but attended the University of North Carolina Wilmington.”

GenX public forum to feature 16 panelists
Stan Harts, director of Environmental Health & Safety at UNCW, and UNCW marine biologist Larry Cahoon are among the 16 panelists who will appear at Wednesday’s public forum about the GenX water crisis. The forum -- sponsored by StarNews Media, WWAY News and WHQR News 91.3 FM -- will be from 7 to 9 p.m. at UNCW’s Kenan Auditorium.
Additional coverage: Greater Wilmington Business Journal; Encore

UNCW's Moore, Reeves nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year Award
Graduated seniors Lauren Moore and Amber Reeves of UNCW are among the record 543 nominees for the 27th Annual NCAA Woman of the Year Award.

Pair of Seahawks making most of time with Hammerheads
Rising UNCW juniors Joel Bylander and David Lozano are making the most of their time with the Wilmington Hammerheads. 

One month in, UNCW's Barefoot instilling 'teal-collar' work ethic
Meetings, recruiting and camps have filled the first month's schedule for new UNCW women's basketball coach Karen Barefoot.

Holmes shares CAA track and field athlete of the year honor
UNCW's Moe Holmes and William & Mary's Taylor Frenia shared the CAA men's track and field athlete of the year award, the league announced Monday.

Baseball notebook: Logan Farrar, Brian Mims, Alec Bettinger, Nick Feight make their pro debuts
Inside NoVa
Brian Mims went 2 for 4 Sunday with one RBI and a double in his first game with the Williamsport Crosscutters (PA), the Philadelphia Phillies’ short-season team. The Phillies drafted Mims in the 22nd round out of UNC Wilmington. On Saturday, Nick Feight went 1 for 4 with a walk as the designated hitter for San Diego’s Arizona Rookie League Team. The Padres drafted Feight in the 19th round out of UNC Wilmington.

For Donlon, leaving UM for Northwestern about family, not career
The Detroit News
There are but two scenarios under which Billy Donlon would've left Michigan. One was another shot at head coaching, and the other was Northwestern. Donlon’s coaching career also has included stops at his alma mater, UNC Wilmington, and American.

For the Love of the Game: Nighthawks Tackle Teaching Roles
Valley News (West Lebanon, NH)
The Nighthawks’ McConnon, Mike Coss, Ryan Jeffers, Ashton Raines, Blake Deatherage and Will Carnley along with Upper Valley head coach Jason Szafarski ran drills, gave instruction and provided guidance to 40 athletes. Sage Johnson, a 10-year-old from Hanover, impressed the University of North Carolina Wilmington’s Deatherage with her no-nonsense attitude. “It’s fun to be out here playing and active,” Johnson said as her group took turns hitting in Maxfield’s batting cages.