UNCW in the News

April 18 - 22

Connor Kenneth Vogel, 22, UNCW student cherished the chance to serve others
Port City Daily
Connor Kenneth Vogel, 22, of Wilmington, passed away Saturday, April 16, 2016. He was a graduate of Cape Fear Community College with an Associate's Degree in Computer Science and was approaching senior-year status at UNCW.

UNCW visiting writer holds poetry reading
StarNews
Nikky Finney, a visiting writer at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, will give a reading at 7 p.m. Thursday in Room 1111 of Kenan Hall.

UNCW Appoints Townend, Palmer To Leadership Roles
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
The University of North Carolina Wilmington recently named Paul Townend associate vice chancellor and dean of undergraduate studies. The university also named Sean Palmer the new director of the Upperman African American Cultural Center.

UNCW Faculty Senate calls for Governor McCrory to repeal House Bill 2
WECT
The UNCW Faculty Senate is officially asking the N.C. General Assembly and Governor Pat McCrory to repeal North Carolina's House Bill 2.
Additional coverage: WWAY

Panel to discuss Wilmington's Confederate past
StarNews
"Engaging Wilmington's Confederate Past" will be the topic of a panel discussion at 6 p.m. April 25 at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. The program, sponsored by the UNCW history department, will meet in the auditorium of Randall Library.

A POWERFUL EVENING: ‘Mad Forest’ presents a kaleidoscope of vignettes on Romanian life
encore
UNCW closes their season with a startling production of Caryl Churchill’s “Mad Forest.”

Weather Balloon Project Underway
WECT
The Wilmington Academy of Arts and Science pairs up with UNCW for a weather balloon project.

LIVE LOCAL, LIVE SMALL: What lies ahead if HB2 isn't repealed
encore
David Sedaris considered canceling his UNCW talk last Sunday, but instead decided to move forward and donated his pay from the sold-out event ($20,000) to Equality NC

New Wilmington gallery Expo 216 to focus on art, fashion and activism
StarNews
On April 22, in coordination with Fourth Friday Gallery Nights and with the plastic theme of Expo 216's year-long opening exhibit, representatives from the University of North Carolina Wilmington's Plastic Ocean Project, an ocean advocacy group, will be on hand to disseminate information on plastic's negative impact on the ocean.

Professor Spotlight: Lisa Pike
The Patriot
A biology professor at FMU is making waves in the community by creating a program at a local elementary school to show students real-life applications of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Lisa Pike received her master's degree in marine biology from the University of North Carolina Wilmington and did her post-graduate research in Australia.

Jones Senior HS's Tyler French is WNCT's STEM Teacher of the Month
WNCT
Last year, Tyler French was nominated by his school district and he was chosen to receive the Promise of Leadership Award from the University of North Carolina Wilmington, where he was able to create and implement a professional development program for other teachers.

7 things to do this weekend, April 22-24
StarNews
Sunday: Opera Wilmington meets Gilbert & Sullivan. UNCW's award-winning Mark D. Sorensen will costume the show, which will be narrated by Thalian Hall's own Tony Rivenbark.

UNCW gives extensions to AD Bass, hoops coach Keatts
StarNews
The quick rise of the UNCW men's basketball team under Kevin Keatts has brightened the future of the entire athletic department. The university rewarded the second-year coach and the athletic director who hired him with contract extensions Monday.
Additional coverage: WECT; WWAY; Port City Daily

Police investigating death of UNCW student involved in fight
StarNews
The Wilmington Police Department is investigating the death of a UNCW student involved in a fight over the weekend.
Additional coverage: Time Warner Cable News; WSFX

UNCW chancellor asks city council to help fund track
WWAY
UNCW Chancellor Sartarelli presented a proposal for help funding the university’s track to city council Monday morning. Sartarelli said after the threat of removing track and field from UNCW, it became clear how important the track was not only to the school but to the community as well.
Additional coverage: WECT; StarNews

UNCW's 'Mad Forest' provides thoughtful look at a society in flux
StarNews
That is not the Eastern Europe of Caryl Churchill's “Mad Forest,” in production through Sunday at the Cultural Arts Building's Mainstage Theatre by the UNCW theater department. Under the direction of professor Ed Wagenseller, the play chronicles, in three very disparate acts, the months and days surrounding the December 1989 Romanian Revolution.

David Sedaris to donate UNCW speaking fee because of HB2
StarNews
Writer and humorist David Sedaris will donate his fee for speaking at the University of North Carolina Wilmington to Equality NC.

CresCom Wilmington office opens
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
After months of preparation, CresCom Bank opened its Wilmington office Monday. The full-service branch includes an ATM and drive-thru service, according to UNCW graduate Marshall Cooper, Wilmington market executive and senior vice president.

3 things to know from the New Hanover County Commissioners meeting
StarNews
The New Hanover County Board of Commissioners on Monday honored teams from the University of North Carolina Wilmington for their stellar seasons before getting back to the more mundane work of governing the county. 

UNCW student dies in fall
StarNews
The Wilmington Police Department is investigating the death of one man over the weekend. Connor Vogel, 22, was a student at the University of North Carolina Wilmington studying software programming and coding.
Additional coverage: WSFX; WWAY; WECT

UNCW officials considering asking city, county for assistance in upgrading track and field facility
WSFX
UNC Wilmington Chancellor Sartarelli will brief Wilmington City Council members Monday morning on efforts to improve the track and field facility on campus.

Team of high school students to compete in Robotics World Championship
WECT
A team of students from five Wilmington high schools have winning down to a science. “Winning the state competition was amazing for these young people,” said Ben Barbour, team coach and computer science lecturer at UNCW.

David Sedaris considered cancelling UNCW appearance over HB2
StarNews
Author and humorist David Sedaris considered cancelling his Sunday appearance at the University of North Carolina Wilmington in response to North Carolina's controversial HB2 law, a spokesman said Friday.

Bridging The Skill Gap With The SBTDC
Greater Wilmington Business Journal (*sponsored content)
The Small Business and Technology Development Center is bridging the gap between the university and the business community by connecting students with crucial real-world experience. It has offices hosted by all of the campuses of the University of North Carolina system.

Peter Karl Meyer, 63, retired ER physician who made exploring the coast his full-time job
Port City Daily
Dr. Peter Karl Meyer, 63, died on Tuesday, April 12, 2016. He practiced medicine in the Emergency Department at Cape Fear Memorial Hospital, MedCare Urgent Care and as medical director of UNCW Student Health.

Goodwill - Grieving pet owner thanks strangers
StarNews
The loss of a family pet brings grief at any time of life. But when it happens unexpectedly, pet owners have no preparation for the emotional shock. Even the smallest gestures of kindness and empathy can mean a lot at such a time. UNCW student Sara Liquori wrote us about it.

Dooley named director of Camp Kirkwood
WSFX
Luke Dooley has been named the new camp director of Camp Kirkwood, the Wilmington Family YMCA announced Friday. This will be a return to the Wilmington area for Dooley, who graduated from UNC Wilmington on 2002.

New place to put your phone at a UNCW baseball game
WWAY
Not only will Pocket Palz® be found on Brooks Baseball Field Stadium seat backs, in the press box, and in the restrooms, you will also find them installed at UNCW in The Fisher Center Student Union, The Burney Center, Trask Coliseum, academic buildings and public restrooms in the residence halls.

UNCW beats ETSU 17-7 running win streak to seven
WECT
Nick Feight and Brian Mims led an explosive UNCW offense as the Seahawks pounded East Tennessee State, 17-7, to clinch a non-conference series on Saturday at Brooks Field.
Additional coverage: StarNews; Port City Daily

CAA Golf Championship: Delaware crowned champs in Southport, Seahawks finish fourth
Port City Daily 
Senior Meghan Theiss and sophomore Kayla Thompson each carded a 7-over par score of 79 on Sunday as UNCW finished with a fourth-place effort.
Additional coverage: StarNews

UNCW's Feight earns CAA Co-Player of Week Honors
WECT
UNCW sophomore Nick Feight continued his run batted in rampage last week with 13 RBI's and was named Colonial Athletic Association Co-Player-of-the-Week for second time this season.

Weekend Seahawk sports roundup: baseball, golf & tennis
WWAY
UNCW's men have earned the No. 1 seed for the fourth consecutive year while the women collected the No. 5 seed for this week's Colonial Athletic Association Tennis Championships in Elon, N.C.

College report: Local ballplayers continue to represent this spring
Port City Daily
The UNCW baseball team extended its winning streak to eight straight games following a 16-11 victory over East Tennessee State on Sunday to earn the series sweep. The Seahawks are 23-9 overall and 18-2 at home this season. 

Latest Academic Progress Rate scores show more improvement for UNCW
StarNews
UNCW showed widespread improvement in the latest round of Academic Progress Rate scores, released by the NCAA on Wednesday. All 17 sports measured met the minimum requirements to avoid penalties. Twelve of them improved their four-year averages and two others stayed the same.

UNCW's Leskinen named CAA player of the year
WECT
On the eve of the 2016 Colonial Athletic Association Tennis Championships, UNCW senior Santtu Leskinen has been named the league’s Men’s Tennis Player-of-the-Year, marking only the third time a Seahawk has earned the honor.

Former Israeli military man now cooking on the court for UNCW tennis
StarNews
As one of the best players in Israel, Aviv Ben Shabat had a number of colleges interested in him. He ultimately decided on UNCW after talking with a couple other Israeli players who had played for the Seahawks.

UNCW softball team defeats ECU in final non-conference game of regular season
WWAY
Freshman Hannah Adamczyk and junior Merritt Wilkinson combined to post seven hits with three runs batted in as UNCW claimed its third consecutive victory with a 4-3 win over East Carolina at ECU Softball Stadium on Wednesday evening.

Wilmington Hammerheads face big test in home match against New York
Port City Daily
Wilmington has been tested in their depth on the back line through four matches, with former UNCW standout Michael Mechem already logging minutes alongside veterans Bruno Perone, Tom Parratt and Ashani Fairclough.

Is UNCW projected to be in the NCAA Baseball Tournament?
WWAY
The UNCW baseball team is currently on a nine game winning streak. They’re at the top of the CAA standings. Is that enough to have the Seahawks as a projected team in June’s NCAA Baseball Tournament?

Earth Day 2016: A look back at Titan, turbines and torrential rains
StarNews
Larry Cahoon, a biologist at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, noted a major story this year has been coal ash removal from Duke Energy's Sutton Plant in Wilmington.

Police Activities League holds wrestling clinic
StarNews
Police Activities League, sponsored by Wilmington PAL, city of Wilmington and UNCW, presents a wrestling clinic with coach Bob Guzzo, 10 a.m. to noon April 30 at Hanover Hall on the campus of UNCW.

Taylor Hyssong finds home in the UNCW pen
StarNews
One of Taylor Hyssong's fastballs registered 94 miles per hour on UNCW's radar gun during his two-inning relief stint in Tuesday's win over Campbell.

Former Seahawk Guillou signs pro contract
WECT
Katrina Guillou, who finished her career at UNC Wilmington as the school's fifth-leading career scorer in women's soccer, recently signed a professional contract to play for Oulu Nice Soccer.

UNCW men's golf seeks CAA title
StarNews
The UNCW men's golf team is on the wrong side of the NCAA bubble entering this weekend's CAA Championship.

9 wins in a row for hotter than hot UNCW baseball team
WWAY
Robbie Thorburn had four hits and Gavin Stupienski drove in four runs as UNCW overcame an early deficit for a 14-7 win over visiting Campbell on Tuesday at Brooks Field.
Additional coverage: StarNews; Port City Daily

Suggs to join UNCW women's basketball program
StarNews
East Bladen’s Lacey Suggs will continue her basketball career at UNCW as a recruited walk-on.