University Relations

Sept. 18-22

UNCW Professor Awarded $1.5M Grant to Research Future of Coastal Communities
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
Dylan McNamara, associate professor and chair of the UNCW Department of Physics and Physical Oceanography, has been awarded a $1.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation to investigate ways public policies will affect economic decisions and the coastal environment in the future.
Additional coverage: WWAY

UNCW rings in 70 years
UNCW started back in 1947, just around the end of World War II. Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli believes even the first chancellor expected the university to be a staple for years to come.

Tango Buenos Aires leads off multi-venue Dance Passport series
Tango Buenos Aires is set to perform “Spirit of Argentina” on Tuesday in UNCW’sKenan Auditorium. The appearance launches a series of dance performances, available with a multi-venue Dance Passport, made possible by the joint efforts of Kristen Brogdon, director of UNCW’s Office of the Arts; Shane Fernando, director of Cape Fear Community College’s Wilson Center; and Tony Rivenbark, executive director of Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts. 

UNCW CARE holds annual kindness week
UNCW CARE is holding their annual Kindness Week. The tradition was started in an effort for students to be kind to one another and recognize kindness around campus. 

EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE: The Radical Love Mural Project
Snipes Academy students are taking part in a project put together by students and staff at UNCW

Theatre preview: 'Good Kids' explores drinking, teens and rape
The University of North Carolina Wilmington’s theatre department is known for staging thought-provoking shows, and this week they’re starting the 2017-2018 season in expected fashion with “Good Kids,” which opens on Thursday, Sept. 21.

LGBTQ immigration activists speaks to dozens at UNCW
Jennicet Gutierrez made headlines when she interrupted former President Barack Obama during a speech about LGBT people in ICE detention centers. She was on UNCW’s campus to speak to the feminist student alliance.

Sarus Festival brings provocative public dance pieces to downtown, UNCW 
The Sarus Fall Equinox Retreat, a series of free performances of in-progress works that will allow artists to workshop their creations before the public, is taking place Thursday through Sunday at the University of North Carolina Wilmingtonand along the Riverwalk.

As NC pollution concerns grow, so do environmental budget cuts
News & Observer
Governor Roy Cooper vetoed House Bill 56, which would amend several environmental laws and give $435,000 to the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority and UNC Wilmington to begin addressing the pollution in the Cape Fear River that came to light this summer.
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UNCW researcher details possible water studies funded with HB 56
Ron Vetter, chief research officer at UNCW, provided insight into ongoing research of GenX and other water contaminants as well as additional studies that would be funded through House Bill 56 if passed into law, which was vetoed by Governor Roy Cooper Thursday morning.

Hurricane Matthew Still Plagues NC Coast as Other Storms Loom
Public News Service
Larry Cahoon, professor of biology at University of North Carolina Wilmington, has studied waste management and says the state isn't prepared for the next big storm.

CoastLine Candidate Interviews: Wilmington City Council - McKay, White, Briggs
Political scientist Aaron King of the University of North Carolina Wilmingtonsays there’s a disconnect between how much local politics matter and how much interest there is. 

9 things to do in the Wilmington area this weekend, Sept. 22-24
Saturday: Sonia De Los Santos. This family-friendly performance is part of the Seahawk FAM series at UNCW and is presented in collaboration with Centro Hispano. It features De Los Santos, who plays a mix of original songs and folk tunes that kids will enjoy and are intended to help build bridges between cultures.

Lab school initiative to begin at DC Virgo prep
Parents and staff at DC Virgo Prep Academy are talking about turning the school into a lab school. It would partner with the administrative staff at UNCW.

Campbell named KCS Principal of the Year
Independent Tribune
Fred L. Wilson Elementary School Principal Dr. Mandi Campbell has been named Kannapolis City Schools’ 2017-18 Principal of the Year. She graduated from UNC Wilmington with a bachelor's degree in elementary education.

Kiwanis Pancake Day Nov. 4 
The Kiwanis Club of Wilmington will hold their 47th annual Kiwanis Pancake Day, Nov. 4 in the cafeteria of Hoggard High School. All proceeds benefit community youth programs and scholarships at Cape Fear Community College and the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

WITN'S Teacher of the Week: Sarah Ruddock of Creekside Elementary School 
WITN's Teacher of the Week is Sarah Ruddock of Creekside Elementary School in Pitt County. She teaches fourth grade ELA/Social Studies. She graduated from UNC Wilmington with a BA in elementary education and a minor in history.
UNCW Men's Soccer holds steady in National Rankings
The UNCW men’s soccer team continues to be ranked in each of the four major Division I national rankings, which were released earlier this week.
Additional coverage: WECT

Thomas Eldridge named CAA Golfer-of-the-Week
Senior Thomas Eldridge was named Men’s Golfer-of-the-Week by the Colonial Athletic Association after his fifth-place finish lifted UNCW to a third-place finish at the Golfweek Conference Challenge in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Additional coverage: WECT

UNCW's Straume finds focus, leading to success
UNCW senior Madara Straume will represent the CAA at the ITA Masters Championship in Malibu starting Thursday. The showcase event features the best male and female tennis players from each conference in singles and mixed doubles competition.
College Baseball Central Podcast: Talking UNC Wilmington Baseball with Alex Riley
College Baseball Central
On this episode of the College Baseball Central Podcast, Joe Healy talks UNC Wilmington baseball with Alex Riley of the StarNews

Roy Williams headlines as keynote speaker at the UNCW men's basketball team tip-off banquet
North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams was the keynote speaker for the UNCW men’s basketball team’s tip-off banquet on Thursday night.
Additional coverage: StarNewsWWAY

UNCW women and Elon play to 1-1 draw
UNCW opened its Colonial Athletic Association women's soccer schedule Thursday night by earning a 1-1 draw against Elon.