University Relations

Jan. 8-12

UNCW makes 2 national ranking lists for online programs, value
The University of North Carolina Wilmington is making national headlines again, this time ranking #7 on the U.S. News & World Report list of Best Online Bachelor's Programs. The college was also included on the list of Best College Values for 2018 by Kiplinger's Personal Finance.
Additional coverage: Greater Wilmington Business Journal, BladenOnline.comPort City Daily
UNCW student group finalist in national campaign with Camp Kesem
A student group at UNCW has been named one of 13 finalists in a national voting campaign that could bring a new chapter of Camp Kesem to the school. Camp Kesem is a nationwide community driven by passionate college student leaders that supports children through and beyond a parent’s cancer.
The fight over GenX funding could be House vs. Senate, not Republican vs. Democrat
Raleigh News & Observer
Some key senators in the debate, like Wilmington Republican Michael Lee, wouldn’t say Wednesday what they thought about the House proposal. Instead, Lee pointed to a bill that the legislature passed in the fall of 2017 that gave some funding to UNC Wilmington and the local water treatment plant to begin addressing the GenX pollution.
Additional coverage: WWAY, WRAL, U.S. News & World Report, Jacksonville Daily News, Spectrum News, Port City Daily, WVEC, WHQR
Artist transforms trash into mail art treasure
Lexington Dispatch
Most artists would be offended by having their work called “trash” – but then again, Lexington native Jon Foster isn’t like most. The UNC Wilmington alum, who holds a B.A. and master’s in English with a concentration in literature, spends his fair share of time analyzing art; however, Foster doesn’t worry about what people think about his offerings on display through Feb. 6.
Pembroke musician Lakota John blends blues, Native American heritage
On Thursday, Jan. 18, Lakota John, as he’s known, will play Kenan Auditorium on the campus of the University of North Carolina Wilmington as the opening act for the Martha Redbone Roots Project. 

Economists talk positive outlook for Cape Fear region
Adam Jones, a regional economist and professor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, said that a year after the presidential election has offered a clearer picture.
Walmart raising starting pay, dishing out bonuses to employees
Adam Jones, an economics professor at UNC Wilmington, said the increase in minimum pay isn't surprising. “As the labor market tightens, we expect to see wages going up, and if the tax reform provides them additional income, they can then use that to compete for workers by paying more,” he said.

Could legal fight over partisan districts affect Southeastern NC?
Aaron King, a professor of political science at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, said redistricting has historically been something done to maintain a party’s control.
North Carolina college campuses rate highly on free speech, according to this group
News & Observer 
UNC Wilmington is one of eight campuses earning a “green light,” the group’s highest rating, for policies that protect free speech on campus.
Purpose and Passion: The Coggins Create New Scholarship for UNCW
Greater Wilmington Business Journal (*sponsored content provided by Rountree Losee LLP)
Rountree Losee LLP recognizes partner Steve Coggins and his wife, Louise Coggins, for funding the John P. Bennett, E.D. Scholarship in Health and Physical Education at UNCW.

SMS robotics program aims for fun lessons
Sampson Independent
Sampson Middle School's eighth-grade students may be five years away from making a decision about their future, but a program through the University ofNorth Carolina Wilmington offers them a glimpse into one career path.

UNCW Theatre announces 2018-19 season

To a robust crowd of students, faculty and administrators, the University of North Carolina Wilmington's Department of Theatre announced the four plays in its 2018-19 season Monday.

FROM 2D TO 3D: Shannon Bourne creates 'American Stories' 
Shannon Bourne teaches full time at UNCW. Film and TV shows take up moonlighting gigs in graphic design and prop-making. She found most enjoyment recently while doing work on the locally filmed FOX series, “Sleepy Hollow.”

Bryan's lone bucket gives UNCW 80-78 win over Elon in OT
Jaylen Fornes scored 20 points and Marcus Bryan's only basket of the game was the winning layup with 23.4 seconds left in overtime, and gave UNCW an 80-78 win over Elon on Thursday night.
*This story ran in most major media outlets.

Cacok relishing new role, bigger numbers
According to a statistical breakdown by, last year Cacok registered a measured analytic on 16.8 percent of UNCW's offensive possessions. This year, he's registered something on 28 percent. Coach C.B. McGrath has said numerous times that he wants Cacok to touch the ball as often as he can offensively, but knows the opposition is now scheming ways to stop that.
UNCW men's basketball working on defensive woes
The learning curve is proving to be steeper than first-year UNCW men’s basketball coach C.B. McGrath would like.
Additional coverage: WWAY