University Relations

March 12-16

Hundreds of students compete at UNCW Regional Science Olympiad
Hundreds of middle and high school students from around the Cape Fear converged on UNCW Saturday to test their brains in the Regional Science Olympiad. 
Additional coverage: WECTStarNews

UNCW Clocktower to chime 17 times during National School Walkout
The UNCW Clocktower’s chimes will sound 17 times on Wednesday morning to honor the 17 lives lost in Parkland, Florida. 

Film on Wilmington's 1898 massacre makes it to big screen
A short film based on the coup d’etat will screen locally a decade after production began. Nelson Oliver began his education on the 1898 coup and massacre as a film student at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

Students study ghost nets, ocean debris
Carteret County News-Times 
Fifth-graders at Morehead City Elementary School studied the negative impacts of the nets, known as ghost nets, during “Ghost Net Busters,” a program presented by UNC Wilmington MarineQuest.

Bookmarks: Gerard's stories probe secrets
“Things We Do When No One is Watching” by UNCW Professor Philip Gerard will be the subject of the next Prologue program on March 12.
Social media's worrisome role in local school threats
“Social media has a disinhibitory effect, causing people to post hurtful and violent messages they would be inhibited from delivering in person,” said Chadwick Roberts, a communications professor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

Opera for children by Wilmington native gets local preview

Singers from the production are being drawn from the opera workshop at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, directed by Nancy King, along with soloist Carl Samet.

EDITORIAL: Tournament weekend had thrills, spills
Hardy congratulations to the 1,200 high school and middle school students and 150 volunteers who gathered Saturday at UNCW’s Trask Coliseum for the Wilmington Regional Science Olympiad.

Wednesday on CoastLine: The Growing Emergence of Local Charter Schools
The number of charter schools is growing in the Cape Fear Region. UNCW faculty member Robert Smith will discuss what it means for the community.

NC Catch Hosts Commercial Fishing Summit
Spectrum News
When it comes to oysters, they’re bouncing back after challenges from over-harvesting and diseases. "They have had different bushel requirements in the past, so changing those around and changing times of dredging and areas have probably contributed to the increase in the population,” said UNCW’s Jay Styron.

UNCW business school offers free tax prep services
UNCW's Cameron School of Business is offering free tax preparation through the IRS's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program. The program is for anyone who earned less than $66,000 last year.
Additional coverage: WECT

STAYING POWER: Nancy Murray talks her famed siblings and her performance as Catherine of Siena
Nancy Murray will take on Catherine of Siena and the numerous folks who influenced her life for one night only at UNCW.

LIVE LOCAL, LIVE SMALL: Adrian Varnam opens string-instrument retail space
For Adrian Varnam, a UNCW grad who has played violin since age 5, a reliable string store staffed by knowledgeable and experienced people was sorely lacking in Wilmington.

Striped dolphin dies after washing up in Nags Head
A striped dolphin died after being found washed up in Nags Head on March 13. The dolphin was transported for a necropsy by UNC Wilmington.

'My 17' campaign organized by New Hanover County coincides with national school walkouts
Port City Daily
Whether walk outs were choreographed nationally or not, UNCWassistant professor of political science James Taylor says it doesn't matter.

6 things to know about Wilmington's week in arts and culture, March 19-25
Guest artists will join up with faculty from the University of North Carolina Wilmington's Department of Music during this week's three-day UNCW New Music Festival.

Mill Prong House will host Gaelic scholar
Laurinburg Exchange
The afternoon celebration is open to the public to view research displays prepared by UNC Wilmington graduate students. 

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day at 19th annual parade
The 19th Annual Friends of Hibernians St. Patrick's Day Parade and Festival will take over downtown Wilmington on Saturday. The festival will start directly after the parade and features traditional Irish dancing performed by UNCW Slainte Irish Dance Group and the Walsh Kelly School of Irish Dance.

Community leaders handcuffed, and jailed. The crime? A good cause
Ten local leaders, from Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo to UNCW women's basketball coach Karen Barefoot, were locked in a cell at The Carolina Room on College Road, but it was all for an event known as the Miracles of Rotary.

Joined in Madness: NCAA games are ritual for three friends
Winston-Salem Journal
Scott Semke, Al McKoy and Ken “Roy” Brown met while students at UNC Wilmington and bonded over a love of basketball.

Brandon Beane: UNCW grad follows his passion to become an NFL GM
UNCW graduate Brandon Beane worked his way up in the Carolina Panthers organization before becoming the General Manager for the Buffalo Bills.
Winning out West: UNCW clinches series at Arizona State
A blast over the wall in left center broke a tie with the Sun Devils and propelled UNCW to a 3-1 win and the series victory. 
Additional coverage: WECT

A Royalty Adventure: Stepfather of UNCW pitcher drives to Arizona
The highway has become a way of life for Rob Lease as he follows his stepson, Alex Royalty, and the UNCW baseball team around the country.

UNCW athletics become Gesell family tradition
Oldest brother sees siblings follow in his footsteps with baseball Seahawks.

Battery tested: UNCW alum Hatcher ready to mentor young A's
Kinston native and UNCW graduate Chris Hatcher has shown versatility in his MLB career.

UNCW baseball proves it belongs
Team grabs history with series win at Power Five school.

Devontae Cacok rises to First-Team All-District
UNCW junior forward Devontae Cacok, the nation’s leading rebounder, has moved up to First-Team NABC All-District 10 in balloting by the National Association of Basketball Coaches.
UNCW drops game one to Ohio State
Mason Berne collected three hits for the Seahawks, but UNCW was unable to overcome five unearned runs as Ohio State picked up an 8-3 road win.
Additional coverage: WECT