UNCW in the News

April 11 - 15

Razor Walker Award winners announced
Each year, the UNCW Watson College of Education presents the Razor Walker Awards to individuals whose vision, tenacity, courage and sacrifice have made a difference in the lives of young people. Recipients will accept their awards at an invitation-only ceremony Monday at UNCW's Burney Center.

Fed's Lacker backs four interest rate hikes in 2016
The U.S. central bank should stick with its earlier plan to raise interest rates four times this year, said Richmond Fed President Jeffrey Lacker on Tuesday. In a speech at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, Lacker said the plan still had his support.

The Queens of Nonfiction: 56 Women Journalists Everyone Should Read
New York Magazine
UNCW creative writing faculty member Wendy Brenner is recognized for her essay, “Life and Death in the Cape Fear Serpentarium,” The Oxford American, 2006.

InnovateNC Tour Looks At Economic Development Resources In Area
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
The group spent the morning at University of North Carolina Wilmington’s MARBIONC facility, hearing from the university’s marine science researchers and from Deb Mosca, head of the Marine Biotechnology Center of Innovation.

Technology conference brings students and professionals together
The Wilmington Information Technology eXchange Conference, held on the UNCW campus, gave folks a chance to connect with the minds behind some of the technology they use every day.

Results revealed in Wrightsville Beach smoking ban study
Back in 2012 voters supported the smoking ban on the beach strand at Wrightsville Beach and it went into effect 2013. Thursday night town leaders learned if the ban was working. Sara Melick, a UNCW graduate student, presented to the board of alderman the results of her research project.

Experts: Right Whales are Declining, and Proposed Airgun Blasting Would Jeopardize Their Survival
Natural Resources Defense Council
A group of marine scientists released a public statement raising "profound concern" about the impacts of proposed seismic oil and gas prospecting on North Atlantic right whales. The statement is signed by some 28 marine biologists with particular expertise on the right whale, from such institutions as Cornell, Duke, the New England Aquarium, UNCW and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

Surging Wilmington-area home sales a 'good sign' heading into spring
"The real estate market has just about recovered from the effects of the Great Recession," said Woody Hall, a retired professor of economics at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

Wine Women & Shoes fundraiser benefits Make-A-Wish Eastern NC
Folks in the Cape Fear came out to the Burney Center at UNCW in support of a good cause.

Researchers in eastern NC asking for your help in fighting COPD
Researchers from the University of North Carolina Wilmington need your help to advance the treatment of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).

Statewide business development programs highlights Wilmington's innovative climate
Lumina News 
TekMountain director of business development Sean Ahlum, UNCW Provost Marilyn Sheerer, UNCW Assistant to the Chancellor Mark Lanier and Brunwick Community College President Susanne Adams discussed the region’s qualities as an innovative business climate this week as part of a statewide economic development initiative based out of a North Carolina State University program focused on expanding 21st century industry within the state.

Students research effectiveness of WB smoking ban
Lumina News
University of North Carolina Wilmington students have been studying the effects of Wrightsville Beach’s smoking ban, and while they say Wrightsville Beach is “doing good so far,” they’re proposing several ways for the town to do better.

Brunswick Community College prepares to invite startups to new incubator
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
In addition to Brunswick Community College’s Small Business Center, partners in the incubator initiative are SCORE, University of North Carolina Wilmington’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, the UNCW-affiliated Small Business and Technology Development Center and several of the area's chambers of commerce.

Fighting human trafficking, one phone call at a time
Lumina News
To directly reach out to local victims of sex trafficking, Dawn Ferrer, direct support services coordinator with A Safe Place, has called the phone numbers listed for Wilmington and Jacksonville in online escort ads on a widely used internet classified advertising site. She and an intern, a University of North Carolina Wilmington social work major, began placing the calls in February.

Public meeting on fair housing set for Thursday
Port City Daily
The CFHC has also sponsored a survey on defining affordable housing, which closes this Friday, April 15. The questions were composed by UNCW faculty members, and the results will help the joint City of Wilmington-New Hanover County ad hoc committee that will be formed to help tackle the issue.

UNCW aims to get bike-share spinning
UNCW is considering setting up a bike-share program on campus.

Stargazers invited to Carolina Beach for delayed Star Party
The Statewide Star Party comes to Carolina Beach State Park on Friday night, and everyone is invited. Brian Davis, professor of physics at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, is scheduled to give a laser-guided tour of the night sky.

Seahawks collect five NCAA public recognition awards
Five UNCW programs have received Public Recognition Awards from the NCAA for placing among the top 10 percent nationally in the classroom, marking the largest number of Seahawk teams honored since the first year of the program in 2004-05.

Match Point
Wilma Magazine
Amy Bambenek has been the head indoor volleyball coach at the University of North Carolina Wilmington for the past seven years. This spring, however, she became a new type of coach after realizing how beneficial a beach volleyball program could be to UNCW. 

Congress honors artist Harry Davis
Wilmington Journal
Congresswoman Alma Shealey Adams (NC-12) has presented a special resolution honoring Wilmington native and artist Harry Davis. He earned a B. A. degree in Sociology from UNCW in 1979.

Medicaid reform public hearing Wednesday in Wilmington
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services will hold a public hearing in Wilmington on Wednesday to get feedback from citizens and other stakeholders on the draft N.C. Medicaid Reform plan. The hearing is from 6 until 8 p.m. tomorrow in the McNeill Hall Lecture Hall on the UNCW campus.

Wine, Women & Shoes set for Thursday
The fifth annual Wine, Women & Shoes event, a fundraiser for Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina, will be held Thursday, April 14, at the Burney Center on UNCW's campus.

Wilmington Walk to Defeat ALS to take place Saturday
The Wilmington Walk to Defeat ALS, also known as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease,” is one of 185 walks of its kind in the nation and raises funds to sustain patient care and support research. You and your family can take part in the fun Saturday at UNCW’s Greene Track and Field Complex.

New on Stage - This week's openings held together by common thread of history
Ed Wagenseller is directing the UNCW Department of Theater’s Production of "Mad Forest," a complex piece of historical fiction about the nine-day Romanian Revolution in December 1989, when rebels overthrew the country's Communist government.

As housing numbers continue to rise, groups present economic report
Greater Wilmington Business Journal 
Recent numbers for the sale of single-family homes and new houses under construction remain strong locally, according to the first Cape Fear Area Housing Economic & Climate Report presented Monday. Woody Hall, professor emeritus of economics for the University of North Carolina Wilmington, and national experts contributed to the report’s production.
Additional coverage: WSFX; Lumina News; WWAY; StarNews

UNCW chancellor: ‘Obligations’ to follow HB2 won’t trump campus inclusion
Port City Daily
UNC Wilmington is falling in line with North Carolina campuses to designate bathrooms as single-sex after the state university system announced it would abide by the new law.

Arts council, CFCC team up for first Wilmington Arts Summit
Beth Handler-Riebe, an art history professor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington who worked for years as a museum curator in New York City, will talk about how Wilmington can build its arts audience and crystallize its arts identity.

Family of Marine who died in Marana crash finds truth — and peace
Connie Gruber is an instructor and supervisor of elementary education students at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. She lost her husband Brooks Scott Gruber in an aircraft crash in the Marana desert 16 years ago.

Organizations team up for 'Autism Takes Flight'
‘Autism Takes Flight’ gives children and their families the opportunity to practice checking bags, getting boarding passes, going through security, and even view a plane. The event is co-sponsored by Cape Fear Applied Behavior Analysis, Coastal Autism Solutions, UNCW Psychology Department and Wilmington International Airport.

Protesters stage restroom sit-ins at UNCW, other NC campuses
Students and faculty at UNCW gathered outside the restrooms on the first floor of Morton Hall for a sit-in in protest of House Bill 2, which was signed into law last month.
Additional coverage: Time Warner Cable News

Book review -- 'Barbecue' isn't just a Tar Heel tradition
"Barbecue" by John Shelton Reed is out, and mouths can start to water. In 1997, Reed delivered the Buckner Lecture at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, and in 2000, he was UNCW's commencement speaker.

Author and next Prologue guest saves Mrs. Hudson's reputation
UNCW alumna Xhenet Aliu has just sold her debut novel, "Brass," to Random House.

Pine Valley Elementary to hold 2nd 24-Hour Skype-a-thon
Pine Valley Elementary School students will participate in lessons and activities with other students from around the world in a continuous 24-hour session that will begin at 6 a.m. on Apr. 14. Students will learn and find solutions to global issues. Pine Valley teachers, some of UNCW’s Watson College of Education students and even Sammy the Seahawk will be on hand to lead the activities.

ECU's Cliff Godwin got his coaching start at UNCW
East Carolina coach Cliff Godwin got his start in college coaching under UNCW's Mark Scalf in 2004.

Diamond Hawks, East Carolina washed out; Leland's Linkous named CAA Player of the Week
Port City Daily 
Due to inclement weather, Tuesday’s baseball game with East Carolina has been canceled and will not be made up. UNCW speedster Steven Linkous was named Colonial Athletic Association Co-Player of the Week after helping the Seahawks to four wins, including a conference road sweep at William & Mary on Sunday.

Fischer's 'Volley Trolley' adventure hits Wilmington
UNCW beach volleyball coach David Fischer has a unique background as a former touring player.

Seahawks get back to work
After what was designed as about three weeks of rest and recovery, the UNCW men’s basketball team resumed official workouts at Trask Coliseum last Tuesday.

UNCW's CJ Gettys intends to play his final season elsewhere
UNCW red-shirt junior C.J. Gettys has one year of eligibility left, but he wants to play his final season of college basketball somewhere else.

'Harry's Game' to feature UNCW soccer vs. Duke; former Seahawks soaring at pro level
Port City Daily 
Head Coach Aidan Heaney and the UNCW men's soccer team entertain Duke at UNCW Soccer Stadium for the fourth annual “Harry's Game” on Saturday, April 16 to benefit children with special needs.
Additional coverage: WECT

It's five straight road wins for UNCW baseball
Nick Feight and Casey Golden both homered and Justin Crump tossed five shutout innings as UNCW shutdown High Point, 5-1, on Wednesday at Willard Stadium.
Additional coverage: Port City Daily

UNCW women's soccer team hosting 'Be The Match' drive
The UNC Wilmington women's soccer team will host a "Be The Match" bone marrow registry drive during the Seahawks' seven vs. seven tournament on Saturday, April 16, at the UNCW Soccer Stadium.

CJ Gettys leaving UNCW basketball team
UNCW men's basketball player CJ Gettys doesn't plan to return to the school for his final season. Gettys, who is a redshirt junior will graduate in May, and not return for his senior season.

Stack a jack of all trades for Seahawks
Daniel Stack entered the season with one career hit, but he's emerged as a regular for the Seahawks this season.

Theiss takes long road back from hip surgery
Meghan Theiss started her rehabilitation program the day after hip surgery in January 2015. The UNCW golfer was back on the putting green shortly after shedding her crutches a month later.

UNCW Seahawks edge the Tribe in baseball
Casey Golden leadoff with a home run and Steven Linkous plated the eventual game-winning run later in the sixth inning as UNCW edged William & Mary, 2-1, in a Colonial Athletic Association series opener on Friday.
Additional coverage: WECT; Port City Daily

UNCW softball falls to Delaware in series finale
Led by sophomore Mariah Kondravy, Delaware scored four runs in the top of the seventh inning to claim a 5-1 victory over UNCW in the finale of a Colonial Athletic Association series at Boseman Field on Sunday afternoon.

Seahawks stumble at River Landing Classic
The UNCW women’s golf team closed out the regular season this weekend by hosting the River Landing Classic at River Landing Golf Course in Wallace, N.C.