University Relations

July 10-14

UNCW's Lumina Festival spotlights opera, jazz, dance and more 
Two years in the making, the University of North Carolina Wilmington will launch its 17-day Lumina Festival of the Arts on Friday.

THE ART OF GROWTH: New Lumina Festival of Arts enhances local art scene
With the addition of UNCW's Lumina Festival of Arts set to debut this weekend and last over 17 days, we can assume a notch will be added to the belt that holds up arts as a viable financial commodity in Wilmington.
Additional coverage: WWAY

Growing number of humpback whales found dead off the East Coast
News & Observer
Federal officials are taking a new look at the health of the whales after an increase in humpback deaths, or “strandings,” off the coast from North Carolina to Maine. “The numbers are increasing, but then we also get this concomitant increase in strandings,” said Bill McLellan of the Marine Mammal Stranding Program at UNC Wilmington.

Dierdre Parker was homeless in 2012 and is the story of inspiration. She graduated from UNCW and now works for the Department of Social Services.

UNKNOWN EXCURSIONS: Discover local hidden gems with 'Get in the Car and Go’
“Get in the Car and Go”—a new television show from Bits and Peaces Productions and the UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship—focuses on local businesses across the country, what they offer and how they interact with their communities.

GenX forum coming to Brunswick County
The panel will include Detlef Knappe, N.C. State University professor who was part of the team that found GenX in the Cape Fear River; Susanne Brander, a University of North Carolina Wilmington toxicologist; Kemp Burdette, the Cape Fear river keeper; Larry Cahoon, a UNCW biologist; and Daniel Wilson, the executive director of the N.C. Rural Water Association.

UNCW's Lumina Festival of the Arts features workshop with Dave Matthews Band saxophonist
The Lumina Festival of the Arts kicks off at UNCW on July 14 and features everything from theatre to visual arts. One of the highlights of the festival is a jazz workshop with Jeff Coffin, saxophonist for the Dave Matthews Band.

Shark Bites Both Legs of Miami Beach Swimmer Trying to Get to Shore: 'It Went Straight Towards Him,” Says Witness
Although shark attacks are very rare, beach season is heating up. 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.

We don't think about our brains enough, researcher says. That's why he's giving a talk in Virginia Beach
Len Lecci, a professor of psychology at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and Director of Clinical Services at MARS Memory-Health Network, will share the latest research and advice for maintaining a healthy brain on Tuesday.
CFPUA presses EPA for solutions 
While they wait for answers from the EPA, CFPUA is looking to UNCW for help and will meet with UNCW professors Monday to discuss water testing options.
Hitting the water for awareness around marine debris 
Plastics Recycling Update 
Op-ed by Bonnie Monteleone, a staff member in the UNCW Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry who helps run the Plastic Ocean Project.
Bookmarks: Bjorklund recounts ultra-conservative childhood 
Author Patricia Bjorklund has had an eventful life, only part of which made it into her memoir “U.S. and Them: The Re-Enchantment of a Cold War Childhood.” She holds an MFA from the University of North Carolina Wilmington and will be teaching there in the fall.
12 years ago this pastor was slowly dying. Two weeks ago, he was swimming competitively. 
News & Observer 
In the 12 years since Brian Barndt received a new heart, he has competed in two world games and four national ones, raking in 20 medals and breaking two records. He competed at the Division I level as a swimmer at UNC Wilmingtonand says he chose the college because they had a water polo team.
As New Hanover County's population grows, so does its public art footprint 
Around the time students graduate from the University of North Carolina Wilmington, Dumay Gorham III’s phone starts lighting up. People send the Wilmington artist and metal sculptor photos they’ve seen on social media of graduates and their families posing with “Soaring to Greatness,” Gorham’s copper and stainless steel sculpture of an osprey, or seahawk -- the UNCW mascot -- which he installed in 2009.

100 days and counting: A look at CB McGrath's start at UNCW
For years, Roy Williams told UNCW men’s basketball coach C.B. McGrath, ‘When you get your first head job, coaching basketball will be about five percent of it.’ Back then, McGrath scoffed at the notion. A hundred days into his first head coaching job, he’s seeing things from a new angle.

New AD Martin Jarmond inherits tough job tackling diversity, rebuilding BC’s athletics
The Boston Globe
Martin Jarmond’s journey from a walk-on at UNC Wilmington to a two-time captain who helped the Seahawks reach the NCAA Tournament in 2000 was an early example of knowing how he could add value. It was also the spark that started him on his path in athletic administration.
Additional coverage: WECT

UNCW coaches took different paths to common goal
While the three assistants come from a variety of places, they all want to help the Seahawks win.

CBS Sports Network will broadcast the CAA tourney semifinals and finals through 2021
UNC Wilmington was the auto-bid winner last season. The CAA has had six different teams win the league tournament over the past seven seasons.

McGrath expects immediate impact from former Sea Devil
Jacque Brown, who led Cape Fear Community College to a 24-8 record, will join the UNCW men's basketball team next season.

Gorham gets in summer work before playing at UNCW
This week's player is the Sharks' Breydan Gorham. Correspondent Noah Thomas spoke with Gorham, who has transferred to UNCW from Appalachian State.

Ocean City High School Alums Make Decisions on Basketball Futures
Grace Sacco, who graduated from Ocean City High School last month, will continue her stellar basketball career at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.