University Relations

July 17-21

Alchemical Theatre debuts at Lumina Festival with Southern-style ‘Much Ado About Nothing’
Shakespeare’s comedy opens July 22 in UNCW’s Cultural Arts Building and features professional actors, including Fred Grandy.
Additional coverage: WWAY

Food, Drink to Accompany Opera Wilmington's Upcoming Performances
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
Friday marks the opening of Opera Wilmington's performances of Bizet's Carmen in the Mainstage Theatre of UNCW's Cultural Arts Building. The night will include food and drink for theatergoers during a Spanish-themed gala.

UNCW students help wounded service members
Twelve UNCW students in an adapted sports class had a chance to move their classroom to Chicago. They just got back from volunteering at the Warrior Games, which is an adapted sports competition for injured, wounded and ill active-duty and veteran service members.

Heard About the Facilities Arms Race? One Professor Says You Should Be Skeptical
The Chronicle of Higher Education
Kevin R. McClure, an assistant professor of higher education at UNCW, has read a lot of news articles about a facilities "arms race" in higher education that is frequently blamed for driving up colleges’ tuition prices and making them more selective.
BUSINESS, AS USUAL: Downtown businesses address Tap Watergate, receive no new answers
The Downtown Business Alliance hosted a panel of speakers from Clean Cape Fear to answer questions business owners may have regarding GenX in our waterways. Dr. Larry Cahoon, who teaches a forensic environmental class at UNCW, spoke in depth about activated charcoal filters and reverse osmosis filtration.
Opera Wilmington’s ‘Carmen’ has sex, death and toreadors
Bizet’s classic opera opens July 21 at UNCW for a two-weekend run as part of the Lumina Festival of the Arts. 
Additional Coverage: EncoreWHQR 

Fans get a sneak peek behind production of opera in Wilmington
Theatre fans toured the UNCW Cultural Arts Building Saturday to see all the sets, costumes, music and everything else that goes into the making of “Carmen.” The production opens Friday at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.
UNCW researchers discover new species of flying squirrel
Brian Arbogast, an associate professor of biology at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, along with a team featuring UNCW graduate student Katelyn Schumacher, recently discovered that there are actually three -- not two -- species of flying squirrels in North America. This new species, dubbed Humboldt’s flying squirrel, is the continent’s newest mammal.
(*This story ran in several statewide news outlets)

A message to UNC board: Don't micromanage and avoid undue political influence

News & Observer
“The intent of the Faculty Assembly has never been to question the authority of the board but to try to educate the board on what is a good model of governance,” said Gabriel Lugo, chairman of the Faculty Assembly and a professor at UNC Wilmington. “That includes shared governance with the faculty. When that’s understood, then the universities run much better.”
GenX not the only possible toxin in Cape Fear River
Fayetteville Observer
Susanne M. Brander, an assistant professor at UNC Wilmington’s Department of Biology and Marine Biology, said C8 has been linked to testicular, pancreatic and kidney cancer. Not as much is known about GenX. Even less is known about the other six chemicals similar to GenX that were found in the river. Larry Cahoon, a scientist at UNC Wilmington, said he can tell from the composition of the six that they are hazardous and corrosive acids. 

Talk Focuses on State's New Crowdfunding Measure
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
“Crowdfunding Your Next Fundraiser: The New NC Options” will be held from 5-6:30 p.m. on July 20 at UNCW's Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. A representative from the N.C. Department of the Secretary of State will be at the CIE event to talk about the new rules, which the state agency regulates, and crowdfunding developments in general.
THEATRICAL TRANSMUTATIONS: Alchemical Theatre transports classical stage drama ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ into post-Civil War South
Alchemical is the brainchild of dramaturge Christopher Marino, a seasoned actor, director and Shakespeare scholar who teaches at UNCW and has been known for putting his visionary stamp on multiple Shakespeare plays locally.
Feast Down East to host healthy eating workshop series
The local nonprofit organization Feast Down East will host a series of healthy eating workshops in several low-income neighborhoods. Presenters will include Emily Kraft of the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina; Carol Highsmith, MPA, RN of UNCW; Kimberly Martinez, RN and Paige Hales Gordo, both of MedNorth Health Center.
Brunswick County residents get answers during GenX Forum
UNCW faculty members Larry Cahoon and Susanne Brander were part of a forum in Brunswick County Wednesday night to address GenX concerns.

Bowling with Badges to benefit Special Olympics
The UNCW Police Department will hold Bowling With Badges on July 22 to benefit the Special Olympics North Carolina.

Invasive plant species can enhance coastal ecosystems
Popular Science
In a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers from the University of North Carolina Wilmington took a look at the seaweed Gracilaria vermiculophylla which spread out from Japan decades ago—likely with the export of oysters.
Additional coverage: Phys.orgThe Japan Times

JC Roe Center serves 700 suspended students in first year
Kim Cook, a sociologist at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, remembers Principal Glen Locklear kicking off one February school day with a quote from Martin Luther King Jr. “I personally appreciated hearing those words of wisdom that morning; I needed it,” Cook said. “The students that listen to it really take it in and value it.”
Skeet Ulrich talks about Riverdale, Scream, and the only time he ever got fired
The A.V. Club
Skeet Ulrich: “But yeah, I started out doing it for beer money when I was at UNC Wilmington, and then it wound up being a whole lot more. Then I started consuming films and it just took over everything I thought about all day long. So I started building sets for the theater department for UNCW, and that led to watching plays and then getting lost in that whole world.”
GenX: A Cautious Encouragement?
Dr. Susanne Brander is a toxicologist at UNC Wilmington. “It’s important to remember that the original study done by North Carolina State University and the EPA found that there were six other compounds in the water.”
GenX Public Forum Wed., July 19th at Odell Williamson Auditorium
A panel including UNCW biological oceanography professor Dr. Larry Cahoon, UNCW aquatic toxicology/environmental endocrinology assistant professor Dr. Susanne Brander, Cape Fear River Keeper Kemp Burdette, North Carolina Rural Water Association executive director Daniel Wilson and author of the “GenX Study” construction and environmental engineering professor Dr. Detlef Knappe will answer questions from the public.
Akinleye elected chancellor of NC Central University
Prior to joining NCCU’s leadership team, Akinleye served as associate vice chancellor for academic programs at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, where he was involved in leading online and distance education programs, increasing academic offerings, and leading the development and formation of the College of Health and Human Services.
Alcami Locates Global Headquarters in Durham, North Carolina
Area Development Online
Alcami will maintain its strong community ties in Wilmington where it employs over 450 employees and recently established a collaboration with the University of North Carolina Wilmington, company officials said.
WPD: Most crime down, but homicides up for first half of 2017
The plan is to create a working group to establish a collaborative response to growing domestic violence concerns. The group will consist of members from the Domestic Violence Shelter & Services, District Attorney’s Office, Social Services, NHRMC, UNCW, Health Department and the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office.
Inaugural performance of new theater company stars actor from The Love Boat
Christopher Marino, who is directing the performance and founded the new theater group, attended the Academy of Classical Acting with Fred Grandy. The performance is part of a first-ever event at UNC Wilmington. “We’re performing (during) the Lumina Festival of the Arts, which is inaugural for them, and we’re also starting a new professional company in town,” Marino said.
Alderwoman Johnson seeks another term with Harrells
The Sampson Independent
As a resident of Harrells, Kim Johnson has plans to continue her duties as an alderwoman. Johnson attended Sampson Community College and the University of North Carolina Wilmington, where she majored in business.
Statesville native on road to becoming doctor
Statesville Record & Landmark
Ellen Johnson Schneider graduated from UNC Wilmington in May with a Master of Science degree and bachelor’s degree in biology. She is currently attending Lincoln Memorial University’s DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine in Cumberland Gap, Tennessee.
Ed Hardin: Former UNC assistant C.B. McGrath now calling his own plays
Greensboro News & Record
C.B. McGrath had the attention of several hundred high school coaches on the first day of the N.C. Coaches Association Clinic and All-Star Games. This was an important day for McGrath, whose UNCW program is in the formative stage.
Cape Fear region represented at North Carolina Baseball Hall of Fame
Included in the collection is a UNCW baseball jersey that hangs in the ceiling, and plaques honoring the 1961 and ’63 Seahawks Junior College National Championship teams. 
UNCW adds Taphorn to soccer staff
Matt Taphorn has joined the UNCW men's soccer team as an assistant coach, the university announced Monday.

Despite Alcami decision, local leaders optimistic on pharma's future
Alcami spokeswoman Catherine Hanley said Wednesday that the company will continue an ongoing collaboration with UNCW.

Jacque Brown ready to show off his skills at UNCW
Former East Carteret High School basketball player Jacque Brown's dream of playing Division I basketball is about to come true.