UNCW in the News

March 7 - 11

UNC Wilmington beats Hofstra 80-73 in overtime to win CAA
News & Observer
Kevin Keatts walked into the media room, netting in hand. Joining his smiling players on the stage, UNC Wilmington's second-year coach dropped the freshly shorn nylon over the trophy his team received as Colonial Athletic Association champions.
Additional coverage: CBS Sports, SB Nation, Yahoo Sports, New York Post, Newsday, Chicago Tribune, WWAY, WECT, Charlotte Observer

Jose Sartarelli: Vote for a healthy future
But you may be asking why a university needs “another building,” and wondering how a new UNCW health care education facility could possibly affect you. Allow me to tell you how I think it affects us all – and how this isn’t a new building for UNCW, but for our community and region as a whole.

Gov. Pat McCrory to visit UNCW Wednesday
Gov. Pat McCrory will make a stop at the University of North Carolina Wilmington's Trask Coliseum tomorrow to promote the Connect NC bond.
Additional coverage: WWAY

McCrory shoots hoops, talks bond on visit to UNCW
Gov. Pat McCrory shot some hoops with the NCAA tournament-bound University of North Carolina Wilmington basketball team on Wednesday. McCrory was at UNCW to talk about the educational and economic benefits of the $2 billion Connect NC bond that will be on Tuesday's ballot.
Additional coverage: WWAY; Port City Daily; WECT; Greater Wilmington Business Journal; TWC News

UNCW creates Military Affairs Office
The University of North Carolina Wilmington has formed an Office of Military Affairs and named its first director. Bill Kawczynski, a Marine Corps veteran, will serve as the head of the newly created office. He had been serving as the university’s community partnerships program specialist.

Kawczynski to lead Office of Military Affairs
UNCW has named Bill Kawczynski to be the director of its newly created Office of Military Affairs, the university announced on Tuesday.

UNCW poet wins Vassar Miller Prize
Anna Lena Phillips Bell, a faculty member at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, has received the 2016 Vassar Miller Prize for poetry from the University of North Texas Press.

Editorial, March 6: Why we support the statewide bond issue
On March 15, voters will be asked to decide if the state should borrow $2 billion for new buildings and infrastructure and renovation of existing facilities for the 17-campus UNC System, the state’s 58 community colleges, failing municipal water and sewer systems, the N.C. National Guard and other projects. The StarNews editorial board stands in full support of the bond proposal.

Some question claim that NC bond won't raise taxes
On March 15, voters in North Carolina will be asked to vote on a $2 billion bond for education and public infrastructure improvements. If the bond passes, UNCW is scheduled to receive $66 million for a new building for the university's nursing school and health and applied human services program.

Wilmington Regional Science Olympiad Held on UNCW Campus
TWC News
The Wilmington Regional Science Olympiad took place on the UNCW campus this Saturday.
Additional coverage: WECT

UNCW Chancellor Installation Planned
The University of North Carolina Wilmington will hold an installation ceremony for Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli later this month.

Ex-Congressman Donates Documents for Exhibit
The Robesonian
A new exhibition at the University of North Carolina Wilmington boasts an array of artifacts donated by former Congressman Mike McIntyre, a Lumberton native who for 18 years represented the 7th District in the U.S. house.

Artists and Restaurants Make, and Fill, Ceramic Bowls to Fight Hunger
In 2014, Empty Bowls sold 1,700 bowls, raising $40,000 for local charities according to Vicky Smith, a local ceramics artist on the Empty Bowls board. Smith is one of the people in charge of rallying local potters to produce enough bowls for the event, recruiting custom dishes from members of the Coastal Carolina Clay Guild -- an organization of potters spanning from Richmond, Va., to South Carolina -- as well as from local artists and students at Cape Fear Community College and the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

Growing Oysters Virginia Style
Coastal Review Online
Jay Styron, president of the N.C. Shellfish Growers Association, is a strong advocate for increasing North Carolina’s leasing efforts. Most weekends, he travels from his job at the University of North Carolina Wilmington to his leased waters off Cedar Island, in Down East Carteret County, where he started Carolina Mariculture about seven years ago.

Penn State downs UNCW in series finale 5-4
Nick Feight and Steven Linkous had two runs batted in a piece, but UNCW fell short in a 5-4 loss to visiting Penn State as Justin Hagenman held the nation's leading offense in check on Monday at Brooks Field.
Additional coverage: Centre Times Daily

UNCW Scientists Invent Diagnostic Tool For Endangered Reef Ecosystems
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
Doing a better job of assessing the health of coral reefs is a vital task for ensuring the health of our entire planet, but scientists have struggled to find effective ways to do that. Now a team of researchers at the University of North Carolina Wilmington has developed a prototype diagnostic device that we think will make a huge difference in this essential branch of marine science.
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State Lawmakers Will Talk About Oysters
Coastal Review Online
The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries is set to present its reports, including a 10-year plan mandated by the General Assembly in 2015 to build and manage new oyster habitat, to the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Agriculture and Natural and Economic Resources when it meets at 1 p.m. Tuesday in Wilmington. The meeting will be held at the University of North Carolina Wilmington’s CREST Research Park.

Nursing shortage felt in ENC
Public Radio East
All of the health systems in the region, including Carolina East, are competing for newly trained nurses coming from local community colleges, the University of North Carolina Wilmington and East Carolina University’s College of Nursing.

3rd Graders Cook Up Healthy Snack on UNCW Food Truck
3rd grade students at Forest Hills Elementary School had a chance to tour the UNCW food truck and whip up a healthy snack of sweet potato pancakes and beet whipped cream.
Additional coverage: StarNews

Details released about UNCW 'Selection Sunday Celebration'
UNCW Seahawk fans are invited to a special party at Trask Coliseum on Sunday to see where the men’s basketball team is placed in the NCAA Tournament.

UNCW big men shine at right time
UNCW wouldn’t be dancing for the first time in a decade without a major boost from C.J. Gettys, Marcus Bryan and Devontae Cacok who found a way to make a difference over three days at the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament.

UNCW hoops returns home to celebrate CAA Tournament title
The UNCW men’s basketball team kept its celebration going Tuesday, moving the party from the court at Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore back to campus. The Seahawks arrived home on the heels of its Colonial Athletic Association Tournament title just before 3 p.m. to a spirited crowd of supporters outside Trask Coliseum.
With: Photos: UNCW basketball team back in Wilmington
Additional coverage: WECT, WWAY

All the pieces fit in UNCW’s build to NCAA run
Three players were already on the dais Monday night when UNCW men’s basketball coach Kevin Keatts climbed the stairs and draped the remnants of a freshly snipped net over the Colonial Athletic Association tournament championship trophy. To his left, Craig Ponder – the fifth-year senior who not long ago was buried on the bench for a 23-loss squad – finished answering a question. Denzel Ingram and Chris Flemmings had seats, too.
With: Photos: UNCW 2016 CAA championship,
Additional coverage: WWAY, Port City Daily, News & Observer, Baltimore Business Journal

The Rise of UNC Wilmington Star Chris Flemmings, an Unrecruited Walk-On and Division II Transfer
NBC Sports
The turnaround that UNC Wilmington has undergone in the two-year tenure of head coach Kevin Keatts is as drastic and as unpredictable as any coaching hire in recent memory. But the most fascinating part of their story is Chris Flemmings, the team’s leading scorer and best player: A 6-foot-5 wing that averages 16.0 points and 5.9 boards, has the ability to score at all three levels offensively and that was tasked on Monday with slowing down Hofstra’s best player, Flemmings was never recruited to UNC Wilmington.

NCAA tournament bracketology: Projecting the field of 68
USA Today
Three more bids were earned on Monday with Chattanooga, UNC-Wilmington and Iona securing their spots in the field of 68.

Top seeds Hofstra, UNC Wilmington to meet in CAA tournament final
Baltimore Sun
The top-seeded Pride (24-8) will face No. 2 seed UNC Wilmington (24-7) in the title game Monday night. The Seahawks beat Northeastern in the CAA semifinal 73-70 Sunday afternoon.
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Foster deals for UNCW baseball in series opener against Penn State
Port City Daily
Senior right-hander Ryan Foster put in a strong performance on the mound as UNCW had three players with multi-hit games to grab a 5-1 win over visiting Penn State in the first of a three-game series on Saturday at Brooks Field.
Additional coverage: StarNews; WECT

Connelly keeps it simple at the plate
Terence Connelly reached base five times in Wednesday's win over UNC-Greensboro. The UNCW senior jumped his batting average 74 points to .281 with three singles and two intentional walks against the Spartans.

UNCW Softball defeats UVA in 12 inning thriller; splits Sunday
Freshman infielder Hannah Adamczyk collected four hits, including a pair of doubles, and drove in four runs as UNCW closed out its season-opening home stand by splitting a pair of games against Virginia and Radford at the Seahawk Softball Showcase at Boseman Field on Sunday afternoon.

UNCW beach volleyball set for debut
UNCW's newest team begins play this weekend.