UNCW in the News

March 21-25

UNCW names new associate vice chancellor
The University of North Carolina Wilmington has named Paul Townend as the associate vice chancellor and dean of undergraduate studies. Townend, an associate professor and chair of the UNCW Department of History, will assume the role on April 1.

UNCW associate professor wins teaching excellence award
Sridhar Varadarajan, an associate professor of chemistry at UNCW, has won the 2016 UNC Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching.

58-foot inflatable whale teaches students how trash affects marine life
Students at Greene County Middle School crawled inside a life-size 58-foot inflatable whale to learn how trash affects marine life. Watson the Whale travels to schools across the coastal Carolinas throughout the school year. It’s a part of an outreach program through UNCW’s MarineQuest.

Marine Bio-Technologies Center Of Innovation Is A 'Nexus' for Research, Commerce
Greater Wilmington Business Journal (*sponsored content)
The Marine Bio-Technologies Center of Innovation was created to serve a “nexus” between marine scientists and potential biomarine business partners up and down the North Carolina coast. MBCOI’s staff works closely with marine biologists across the UNC system, including UNCW, and at other major research institutions such as Duke and Wake Forest universities.

University Relations Staffers Earn Promotions
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
University of North Carolina Wilmington’s Office of University Relations (OUR) recently promoted several employees.

Ben & Jerry's co-founder to speak at UNCW
Jerry Greenfield, a co-founder of Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream, will speak at UNC Wilmington on Wednesday, March 30.
Additional coverage: Time Warner Cable News; StarNews

Wilmington's Top Musicians Play Tango & More At Beckwith Recital Hall Thursday
A group of superb musicians are joining forces on Thursday, March 24 to support UNCW's Community Music Academy (CMA). The performance is a benefit concert featuring a reception, lush music and a silent auction.

Got kids? There's a summer camp for that
The University of North Carolina Wilmington offers two summer camp programs sure to bring out the scientist in your child: MarineQuest and Engineering and Robotics. UNCW also offers a Young Writers Workshop that pairs high school students with faculty and graduate students from its creative writing program.

Possible manatee spotted at Topsail Beach
The UNCW Marine Mammal Stranding Team was contacted to get more information about manatees in our area. William McLellan noted that while it is now quite common to see manatees in this area during the summer and fall, it would be fairly rare for a manatee to be in the coastal waters of North Carolina in March.

UNCW students studying abroad are safe
Kara Pike Inman, the Director of Education Abroad, said UNCW sends almost 1,000 students abroad every year. There are 200 abroad this semester, and most of the students are visiting Europe. Inman said every student that is abroad is safe and accounted for.
Additional coverage: StarNews

Students talk traveling abroad after terrorist attacks
For students at UNCW this morning’s attacks were sobering, yet not disheartening. “If you live in fear of what could happen to you, you’re never going to live your life,” said senior Madison Roberts.

ONLY ON 3: UNCW tennis player from Belgium reacts to attacks
UNCW Tennis Player Xander Veys said he found out about the attacks near his hometown in Belgium during a busy day of school and practice in the port city.

A Spark in the Community: UNCW's Community Music Academy
Žeželj-Gualdi, accomplished violinist and violist, and part-time professor in UNCW’s Department of Music, discusses CMA’s upcoming performance and the young musicians it benefits.

Possible cannon uncovered during Water Street renovations
Local historian and UNCW professor Chris Fonvielle said the cannon appeared to be a Colonial or Revolutionary War-era cannon. It was probably discarded for being obsolete, then used as back fill to help build up Water Street when it was created in the 1820s.

WWII coalition director saw war's effects in London
Doreen Sigvaldsen was recently appointed to the World War II Wilmington Home Front Heritage Coalition’s board of directors. An author and poet, she believes it's important to preserve history and remember those who fought. She came to Wilmington to study at UNCW as part of a foreign exchange program.

Closings for Good Friday and Easter
UNCW offices will be closed Friday. 

UNCW knocks off nationally ranked NC State in baseball
Home runs by Nick Feight and Brian Mims back timely pitching by the Seahawks as UNCW beat nationally-ranked NC State, 6-4, in non-conference baseball action at Brooks Field on Tuesday.
Additional coverage: StarNews; Port City Daily; WECT

UNCW's Jordan named Pitcher of the Week
UNCW's Peyton Jordan has been named as the Colonial Athletic Association Pitcher of the Week.

Keatts focused on future at UNCW
Kevin Keatts inherited a foundering UNCW men’s basketball program two years ago and last week got the Seahawks within a few plays of an NCAA Tournament upset of mighty Duke. At least for now, the coach is moving full steam ahead into Year 3.

UNCW Baseball outscores Iona 41-12 in weekend sweep
Fueled by a combined eight hits and 12 runs batted in from Brian Mims, Gavin Stupienski and Nick Feight, UNCW posted a season-high for runs scored in a 19-7 win over visiting Iona on Sunday at Brooks Field.
Additional coverage: StarNews; Port City Daily; WWAY

UNCW future bright after NCAA loss
Kevin Keatts’ Seahawks looked plenty comfortable matching Duke blow-for-blow before falling 93-85. It still seems likely their best basketball is ahead of them. “I think we’re ahead of schedule,” Keatts told reporters. “I expected this as a coach in year three, not year two.”

Stepping up: Flemings' performance earns praise from Duke, Ingram
UNCW’s Chris Flemmings didn’t exactly win his matchup with Duke’s Brandon Ingram, but he sure got closer than most could have expected. The 6-foot-5 guard scored 18 points on 7-of-16 shooting in 39 minutes.

Hammerheads optimistic despite preseason loss
As the final whistle blew on the Wilmington Hammerheads’ preseason finale on Saturday evening, the scoreboard didn’t show a result in their favor. In spite of falling to UNCW 1-0, there is plenty to be optimistic about ahead of the team’s regular season kickoff next weekend.

Unexpected power surge leads Seahawks to sweep
The wind might have been blowing at Brooks Field over the weekend. That didn’t make UNCW’s nine home runs in a three-game series any less impressive.

Feight named CAA Player of the Week
Sophomore catcher/designated hitter Nick Feight was named Colonial Athletic Association Player-of-the-Week after helping fuel a UNCW offense that outscored Iona, 41-12, in a three-game sweep of the Gaels over the weekend.

Relive UNCW’s NCAA Tournament return
It’s been a week equal parts busy and memorable for the UNCW men’s basketball team. Take a stroll along with the Seahawks from Selection Sunday through the end of the NCAA pod here in pictures and words.

Black Coaches in March Madness
Los Angeles Sentinel
The NCAA National Basketball Tournament has featured buzzer-beating shots, several upset matches, and talented college players. Among the 68 teams in the tournament, 12 have African American head coaches. Kevin Keatts is the 10th head coach of the UNCW Seahawks men’s basketball team. UNCW fell to the 4-seeded Duke 85-93 in the first round.

And then there were sixteen…
The Slate Online
On March 17, the spectacle that is March Madness began. The tournament tipped-off with Duke taking on the University of North Carolina Wilmington. The Seahawks led the Duke Blue Devils 43-40 at halftime, but a 53-point second half propelled Duke over North Carolina Wilmington, 93-85.

UNCW men's golf rolls on home course
The UNCW squad seems to be rounding into form at the right time. The Seahawks finished second to Duke last week at the Cape Fear National Intercollegiate in Leland.