University Relations

Nov. 6-10

Seahawks at 70: UNCW celebrates past, looks to future
What started as Wilmington College in 1947 with 238 students is today the University of North Carolina Wilmington, a school 16,500 students strong.

UNCW chancellor to match contributions made by graduating seniors
UNCW Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli has announced he will match contributions given to the university by the Class of 2017-18 as part of a new gift effort.

Professors from around the world join UNCW at Marine Summit
Scientists from across the world attended the UNCW Global Marine Science Summit on Monday.

UNCW chancellor to match donations from graduating students
Seniors graduating this year from UNCW have the chance to make their chancellor pay up.

UNCW launches 'history outside the classroom'
The two-year Masters in Public History curriculum includes a year when students work at local historical institutions.

The North Atlantic right whale faces extinction
Science Magazine
Ann Pabst of the University of North Carolina Wilmington says, “It’s going to take a bold effort on the part of everyone involved to save the species. We have to redouble our efforts.”

Is Trump sending mixed messages when blaming mental illness for Texas mass shooting?
Modern Healthcare
"We should not stigmatize mental health," said Antonio Puente, a professor of psychology at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and president of the American Psychological Association. "This is something that is much more complicated, much more prevalent and less violent than we often make it out to be."

Necropsy reveals details about whale washed up at Oak Island
Ann Pabst with UNCW’s Marine Mammal Stranding Program said the necropsy revealed the animal was emaciated, leading researchers to believe it had not been successfully feeding for some time.

Cucalorus Connect highlights tech, business innovations
Developed through a partnership between tekMountain and UNCW’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Cucalorus Connect has emerged as one of the region’s most important annual economic development showcases.
Additional coverage: WRAL Tech Wire

Injured sperm whale euthanized on North Carolina beach

ABC News
A necropsy is planned for a sperm whale that beached itself in Oak Island, North Carolina. Research biologist Bill McLellan from the University of North Carolina Wilmington said it was emaciated and had probably been in distress for weeks.
*This story ran in most major media outlets.

Revolutionary potential, and potential abuse, of facial recognition technology developed at UNCW
Port City Daily
The “Face Lab” at the University of North Carolina Wilmington has generated technology that has helped capture criminals and foil terrorists and could provide life-saving breakthroughs in diagnostic technology. But that technology could also be exploited for profit or to violate privacy.

Cucalorus Festival offering discount for veterans
In observance of Veterans Day on Friday, Cucalorus Connect will offer two-day passes to veterans for $35. On Thursday, the VETRACONx panel will be held. US Army vet Siobhan Norris of the UNCW Office of Military is among the panelists.

Degree of debt: Woman struggles to pay $200k in student loan debt
The average student loan debt for graduates at UNCW is $25,000, which is slightly below the national average of $28,000. Dr. Rich Ogle, an associate provost at UNCW, says the school has many programs in place to help students be smart about how much they borrow.

On stage in Wilmington, Nov. 8-19
The UNCW Department of Theatre opens “Billy Witch,” a play about an awkward young man's adolescent awakening at Blue Triangle Nature Time Summer Fun Camp.

Another unknown chemical in Wilmington's drinking water?
CFPUA asks state for Chemours’ records after red flag raised by UNCW faculty member Larry Cahoon.
Additional coverage: WECT
UNCW group educates Williston Middle students on clean water
The UNCW Global Water Brigade held an event to educate students from Williston Middle School about third world countries and water shortage.

UNCW Japan Club honors Hiroshima bombing victims
On Sept. 30, the Japan Club at the University of North Carolina Wilmingtonplanted a gingko tree to honor victims of the bombing of Hiroshima.
Famous UNCW faces: 6 notable people who are Seahawks
From the athletic field to the podium to the anchor’s desk, the University of North Carolina Wilmington has turned out many notable people.

Travis Corpening uplifts minority men by showing them excellence is possible
Port City Daily
After graduating from the University of North Carolina Wilmington with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, Travis Corpening landed a position at Wilmington Health Access for Teens, and has been working with youth ever since.

14 short films to see at the Cucalorus Festival
There are 19 blocks of short films screening at Cucalorus 23. Not counting the shorts that screen before feature films, that’s over 150 “shorties” to take in. Here’s a few worth checking out – some of which are directed or written by UNCWalumni.

Study: NC should spend more improving current beach accesses
UNCW researchers say beachgoers want more restrooms, showers and parking.

#MeToo is here too: a local look inside the #MeToo movement
Jen Adler is the director of UNCW Collaboration for Assault Response and Education, a campus resource dedicated to the prevention of and response to sexual violence. The services and education provided by the center help to change the culture and the stigma that surrounds it.

Cucalorus Festival aims to help military veterans with discounts, entrepreneurship panel
At a panel titled VETRACONx, speakers shared advice and personal stories about entrepreneurship after the transition to civilian life. “I actually struggled with my transition and I felt lost,” said panelist Siobhan Norris, who served in the military for four years. Now, she works as the military liaison and program manager at UNCW to help entrepreneurs in the community.

C.B. McGrath excited for first real game with UNCW
New UNCW men’s basketball coach C.B. McGrath got a taste of what it is like to be a head coach in college basketball last weekend, but Saturday he will coach in his first full regular season game against NC Wesleyan.
Additional coverage: WECT

UNCW women's basketball signs three recruits for 2018-19 season
UNCW head women's basketball coach Karen Barefoot has announced the addition of three student-athletes to her roster for the 2018-19 season.

UNCW soccer's Ekdal named CAA Rookie of the Year
UNCW freshman Hjalmar Ekdal has been tabbed the CAA's Rookie of the Year. He's the third Seahawk to earn the accolade. 
Additional coverage: WECT

RMA's Jones picks UNC Wilmington
Rocky Mount Telegram
Casey Jones signed a national letter of intent on Thursday to play softball for the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

Seahawks Win Two of Three Games in Disaster Relief Benefit
First-year Head Coach C.B. McGrath said the defending Colonial Athletic Association champion UNCW men’s basketball team gained a lot of valuable experience in a series of games to benefit the governor’s Disaster Relief Fund on Sunday at the Dean E. Smith Center.
Additional coverage: WECT

Offseason changes mean plenty of unanswered questions for UNCW hoops 
UNCW men's basketball coach C.B. McGrath inherits the defending CAA champions. It's a high standard he's looking to meet.

Talley focused on leaving UNCW where he started -- on top
UNCW players call him the leader. Through every change, Jordan Talley has been the glue keeping things together.

UNC Wilmington Secures Verbal from Back/IM Specialist Brent Hoshall
Brent Hoshall of Pinehurst has announced his verbal commitment to swim for the University of North Carolina Wilmington.