UNCW in the News

March 14 - 18

NC voters approve $2 billion bond
Voters across North Carolina overwhelmingly supported the state's $2 billion bond initiative. The result is not official until county canvasses on March 22. Locally, the bond includes $66 million for a new building at UNCW.
Additional coverage: WHQR

UNCW, community colleges eye Connect NC-funded projects
Greater Wilmington Business Journal 
Officials at the University of North Carolina Wilmington were upbeat Wednesday following the passage of the $2 billion Connect NC bond referendum Tuesday. UNCW will receive $66 million of bond funds for a new facility.
Additional coverage: Port City Daily; Examiner Gazette

UNCW, partners to conduct housing affordability survey
University of North Carolina Wilmington professors Kristen Devall and Christina Lanier, in partnership with the Cape Fear Housing Coalition, are conducting a survey of housing affordability in New Hanover County.

UNCW chancellor encourages support for Connect NC
UNCW Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli is encouraging voters to support the Connect NC bond referendum.

What's at stake in NC bond vote for state's universities
WRAL Tech Wire
UNCW would get $66 million for a new building to house its College of Health and Human Services. The 165,000-square-foot facility would house academic programs in health and applied human sciences, nursing, clinical research and social work. The university says enrollment in the college has grown 135 percent since its establishment in 2010.

Fox News weekend co-host named Azalea Festival queen
N.C. Azalea Festival officials announced the 2005 University of North Carolina Wilmington graduate and current Fox News weekend co-host Anna Kooiman as the 69th Azalea queen Thursday morning.
Additional coverage: WWAY

UNCW-Developed Test Promotes Seafood Safety, May Fight Lionfish
Greater Wilmington Business Journal (*Sponsored content)
Guarding against toxicity in fish that’s sold for human consumption and battling a dangerous invasive species may seem to have little in common. But in fact, a novel diagnostic test developed by researchers at the MARBIONC Center is proving useful in addressing both challenges.

Cameron School of Business To Offer Free Tax Preparation Assistance
Greater Wilmington Business Journal (*sponsored content)
The UNCW Cameron School of Business is proud to once again offer free tax assistance as part of an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) sponsored program known as Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA).

Smith teacher and semi-finalist for top district honor has always had her students’ backs
News & Observer
A native of Greensboro and alumna of UNCW, Brittany Packer is a fifth-grade teacher at Smith Elementary School. Last month, she was selected as one of 26 semi-finalists for the Wake County Public School System’s “Teacher of the Year” award.

Trolly Stop helps Step Up for Soldiers
On Feb. 17, Trolly Stop Hotdogs on Fountain Drive, with help from the UNCW Leaders Club, held a fundraiser for Step Up For Soldiers.

Tidal Creek survey shows mostly favorable reaction to proposed downtown move
Port City Daily
The community-owned store recently lost adjacent parking and green space at the former Cinema 6 theater. The co-op leased the space from UNC Wilmington, which owned the property. But when UNCW sold it last year, it changed Tidal Creek’s tenancy status.

Local UNCW student awarded scholarship
UNCW student McKenna Nelson was one of three recipients of the 2016 Anders Tellstrom Scholarship, awarded by Cochlear. She has suffered from hearing loss in her left ear since birth, but that hasn’t stopped her from reaching her goals.

Cape Fear Housing Coalition seeks citizen input in survey
The Cape Fear Housing Coalition (CFHC) and UNCW are seeking help from the community regarding affordable housing in the area. CFHC and UNCW are asking that residents complete a brief survey.

Mural transforms wall in Wilmington's Northside
A drab retaining wall in the city's Northside is no longer a blank canvas. Janna Siegel Roberston, a professor in the Watson College of Education at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, took on the project. Robertson has helped enroll sponsors and connect UNCW students with the project. 

UNCW's finance curriculum earns CFA designation
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
University of North Carolina Wilmington has been designated a CFA Institute “Recognized Institution,” according to a recent news release.

CIE Recognizes Emergence Of Social Entrepreneurship, Plans For Growth
Greater Wilmington Business Journal (*Sponsored Content)

The UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship continues to take steps to ensure that social entrepreneurship becomes a part of its overall focus.

At UNCW, Houston Ballet II will perform a variety of styles from several eras
The Houston Ballet's second company, sparkling with youth and beauty, comes to UNCW's Kenan Auditorium Tuesday for an evening of Romantic, Classical and modern ballet designed to show off its 12 dancers.

UNCW Community Music Academy concert is March 24
The UNCW Community Music Academy is hosting a benefit concert and reception March 24 on the campus of the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

Foodscaping Seminar is March 26
The program is sponsored by New Hanover County Farm Bureau, UNCW Watson College of Education and New Hanover Cooperative Extension.

WB marathon runner doesn't let blindness stop the race
Lumina News
Tyler Millard, 31, lost much of his vision due to retinitis pigmentosa. Millard will cover the full marathon with the help of guide runners and is hoping to raise $1,000 for the foundation. Millard currently lives outside of Greensboro but is familiar to the Wilmington area, graduating from UNCW with a graduate degree in 2011.

It's David vs. Goliath when UNC Wilmington meets Duke
Charlotte Observer 
UNC Wilmington sits in an enviable place — on college basketball's biggest stage against the defending national champion. The upstart Seahawks (24-7), who press at every turn, are relishing the challenge of facing Duke (23-10), the fourth seed in the West Regional, on Thursday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Additional coverage: NCAA; News & Observer; WWAY; StarNews; Port City Daily

UNCW's showdown with Duke presents Chris Flemmings opportunity for ultimate bragging rights
Fayetteville Observer 
The mother of UNCW’s Chris Flemmings is a life-long Duke fan. However, she is making the trip to Providence to cheer for her son as he battles her team.
Additional coverage: WRAL; WNCN

UNCW hosting viewing party in Trask Coliseum
UNCW will host a viewing party for the UNCW-Duke basketball game on Thursday at Trask Coliseum.
Additional coverage: WWAY

UNCW fans come from near and far to Providence
UNCW brought a legion of long-time supporters on its charter flight to ensure there will be at least a small pocket of teal in the crowd for its return to the NCAA Tournament on Thursday.

Vaccaro, UNCW living the dream

Standard Speaker

Mike Vaccaro has been interested in sports for as long as he can remember. Some of his earliest memories include attending Hazleton High School games with his father. So it was only natural for the lifelong sports fan to pursue a career in sports. Today when the opening tip is thrown in the UNCW versus Duke game in Providence, R.I., Vaccaro will be there calling the action as the radio voice of UNC Wilmington.

Test your knowledge of UNCW basketball and March Madness
As the UNCW Seahawks get ready for their game against Duke in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, test your knowledge of their past appearances.

Seahawk baseball team drops fourth in a row
UNCW was unable to overcome nine walks and home runs off the bats to Connor Owings and Dalton Ewing as the Chanticleers clipped the Seahawks, 6-4, on Wednesday at Brooks Field.
Additional coverage: StarNews; Port City Daily

2016 NCAA Tournament First Round Preview: UNC Wilmington Seahawks vs Duke Blue Devils
Mid-Major Madness
UNC Wilmington is back in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2006 when the Seahawks earned a nine seed under now Clemson head coach Brad Brownell.

Colorful NCAA sendoff for UNCW Seahawks
The UNCW men's basketball team and their entourage landed in Providence, Rhode Island Tuesday afternoon. We were on campus Tuesday morning when the players were greeted with a colorful sendoff.
Additional coverage: Lumina News

My Turn: Keatts hire fueling UNCW success
It's remarkable to see how one key hire can really change an organization. You don't have to look any further than the success of the UNCW Seahawks men's basketball team.

Game on, but so are classes for UNCW students
A grassroots effort to convince the UNCW administration to cancel classes Thursday afternoon in order to allow students to watch the Seahawks first game in the NCAA tournament in a decade was rejected by the university Tuesday.
Additional coverage: WWAY

Wilmington restaurant offers to pick up lunch tab if UNCW advances in tournament
Carolina Ale House in Wilmington is serving up a sweet deal for the UNCW Seahawk's appearance in the 2016 NCAA tournament.

UNCW's C.J. Gettys endured rough start for satisfying finish
C.J. Gettys had to get into shape again to become a key piece in UNCW basketball's NCAA Tournament run.

Why UNC Wilmington should be your NCAA Tournament upset pick
SB Nation
For a while, the UNCW Seahawks languished near the bottom of the CAA, but two people have helped turn everything around. The first is coach Kevin Keatts. The second is Chris Flemmings, a Division II transfer and walk-on.

Seahawks draw No. 13 seed and Duke in NCAA Tournament
Port City Daily 
The UNCW men’s basketball team will make its fifth NCAA Tournament appearance later this week as the Seahawks learned their fate for the Big Dance during Selection Sunday. The Seahawks are the No. 13 seed in the West Region and battle No. 4-seeded Duke on Thursday at 12:15 p.m. at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island. The game will be broadcast on CBS.
Additional coverage: StarNews; WECT; WWAY; News & Observer

Fans cheer on Seahawks for NCAA Tournament
Hundreds of fans gathered in Trask Coliseum Sunday to hear what's next for the UNCW Men's Basketball team.
Additional coverage: WWAY

March Madness: 9 guards who can lead a Cinderella run
Denzel Ingram, UNCW-- A fearless shooter, the transfer from Charlotte tied the school record for 3-pointers when he buried eight from long range in a 97-94 overtime victory over William & Mary. Ingram, a junior, also buried this game-winner in a pivotal regular season victory over Hofstra, helping the Seahawks share a piece of the Colonial Athletic Association regular season championship.

Hoops (M): A look at UNCW's NCAA profiles past
Kevin Keatts made UNCW's case for at least a No. 12 seed this week. A look at how UNCW’s profile compares to its NCAA squads of the past. It seems most similar to the 2003 team with maybe a few more bad losses this time around.

Seahawks finish weekend with a 10-3 win
Freshman third baseman Hannah Adamczyk posted two hits and drove in two runs as UNCW closed out play at the Hampton Inn and Suites Seahawk Softball Invitational with a 10-3 victory over Presbyterian at Boseman Field.

UNCW Baseball swept by North Florida
Corbin Olmstead tripled with the bases loaded and two outs as North Florida rallied from an 11-9 deficit in the bottom of the ninth for a 12-11 win on Sunday at Harmon Stadium to complete a sweep of UNCW.

NCAA Upset Predictions 2016: Cinderella Picks for March Madness  
Bleacher Report
With UNCW’s Chris Flemmings ability to score in a variety of ways and Duke unable to take advantage of the underdogs inside with their own worries on the block, UNC Wilmington will pull off the bracket-busting upset in the first round.

What's the $ impact of UNCW being in NCAA Tournament?
Winning the CAA Tournament a week ago brought a fair amount of attention to UNCW, but it pales in comparison to the attention the school will get this week for playing against Duke in the NCAA Tournament.

UNCW continues tourney prep for Duke
Two days away from their first NCAA Tournament appearance in 10 years, the UNCW Seahawks held their final practice at Trask Coliseum before heading off to Providence, RI for their matchup against the Duke Blue Devils.
Additional coverage: WWAY; StarNews

UNCW Hosts NCAA Selection Show Celebration
TWC News 
More than 1,000 Seahawks fans gathered at UNCW on Sunday afternoon for a very exciting announcement. For the first time in 10 years, members of the men’s basketball team patiently waited to hear the team's name called on the NCAA Selection Show.

UNCW students petition to cancel class for game
One UNC Wilmington student started a petition Monday morning for teachers to cancel class on Thursday. UNCW will face off against Duke, the reigning champion, in the first round of the NCAA tournament on Thursday afternoon at 12:15.

Buzzer beaters always remain a memory
Drew Nicholas' 3-pointer to beat Anthony Terrell and UNCW in 2003 remains one of the NCAA Tournament's classic buzzer beaters.

Major League Soccer's FC Dallas signs 2016 draft pick out of UNCW
Port City Daily
The dream of playing professional soccer recently became a reality for former UNCW men’s soccer standout Colin Bonner after signing with FC Dallas of Major League Soccer.

Fastest kids in county race to front
UNCW hosted the first "Fastest Kid in New Hanover County" event on Saturday during the Seahawk Invitational at the Harold Greene Track and Field Complex.

Duke Beats UNC Wilmington 93-85 in NCAA 1st Round
Time Warner Cable News
Lead defending national champion Duke pushed past UNC Wilmington 93-85 on Thursday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Additional coverage: WWAY; News & Observer; Port City Daily; WECT; StarNews

Duke cracks UNCW's system
Kevin Keatts promised to give Duke the full UNCW basketball experience in Thursday's NCAA Tournament matchup. UNCW knocked Duke out of its comfort zone early to build its upset bid. Ultimately, the Blue Devils figured out how to exploit that system well enough for a 93-85 victory.

UNCW fans fill Trask Coliseum watch party with energy
The UNCW Men's Basketball Team is out of the NCAA after losing to Duke this afternoon, but their fans were heard loud and clear from the port city.
Additional coverage: Time Warner Cable News; Lumina News

Storify - Reactions to UNCW-Duke game

A glimpse of what people around the country are saying about UNCW's loss to Duke in the NCAA Tournament.

Keatts posters make rounds at UNCW, in Rhode Island
Local companies made posters to distribute at Trask Coliseum and in Providence, Rhode Island in support of UNCW ahead of their NCAA match against Duke.

Seahawks hope to get back on track
The UNCW baseball team enters this weekend's series with Iona in a bit of a rut. With Wednesday’s 6-4 loss to Coastal Carolina, the Seahawks have lost four in a row.