UNCW in the News

April 25 - 29

Editorial, April 23: UNCW has its act(s) together
The University of North Carolina just announced the lineup for the 25th anniversary season of its “UNCW Presents” performing arts series.

UNC President visits Wilmington, talks House Bill 2 and Connect NC Bond
The Wilmington Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting featured UNC President Margaret Spellings. Spellings had positive things to say about the Connect NC Bond, that’s set to provide $66 million toward a new health and nursing building at UNCW.
Additional coverage: StarNews; Greater Wilmington Business Journal 

Miracle League and UNCW team up for fitness
ACCESS of Wilmington, Inc., operators of The Miracle League, and the UNCW College of Health and Human Sciences have partnered together in conjunction with the G.A.M.E.S program, Group Activity through Movement in Exercise and Sports. 

12 TO WATCH - How UNCW's Toni Pence is revolutionizing nurse training
UNCW assistant professor of computer science Toni Pence developed a “virtual patient” simulator to help nursing students learn how to communicate effectively with children in a healthcare setting.

Editorial, April 26: Singing the praises of opera, Seahawks
UNCW undertook a fundraising challenge last week with a goal of 500 donors in 24 hours. Instead of 500 donors, there were 1,218 and more than $250,000 was raised.

Panel debates fate of Confederate monuments
Confederate monuments was the topic of a panel discussion by scholars Monday at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

UNCW students highlight research projects during Spring Showcase
University of North Carolina Wilmington students showed off their hard work Monday night during the Student Research Spring Showcase.

Fundraising underway for local teen robotics team headed to global championship
Port City Daily
The Wired Wizards are raising money to travel to St. Louis, Missouri next week, where they’ll take on their peers from across the globe at an international robotics competition. A strong state showing is what led to the international competition invite, said coach Ben Barbour, a UNCW computer science instructor

Gone fishing - on steroids: OCEARCH tags sharks off Florida
Madeline Marens, who is working on her master's degree in marine biology at UNCW, and other researchers are collaborating with the South-East Zoo Alliance for Reproduction and Conservation in an effort to collect sand tiger shark semen for future artificial insemination.

Students At All levels Are Doing Real Science At MARBIONC
Greater Wilmington Business Journal (*sponsored content)
In the course of a year, around 200 UNCW graduate students and 900 undergrads have an opportunity to do significant research in our laboratories, aboard our research vessels, and in other field environments such as the salt marshes and sound adjacent to our campus.

Hobbton student wins Congressional Art Contest
Sampson Independent
The artwork was judged by a three-person panel consisting of an arts history teacher at the University of North Carolina Wilmington; an art gallery owner; and a magazine editor from Wrightsville Beach.

Thurman 'Bruce' Peele, 54, worked in landscape at UNCW
Port City Daily
Thurman ‘Bruce’ Peele, 54, of Wilmington, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, April 22, 2016.  Bruce was born in Fayetteville February 22, 1962, and had worked for UNCW as a landscape associate.

Fitness program for disabled grows at Miracle Field
ACCESS of Wilmington Inc., operators of The Miracle League, are doing much more than baseball for those living with disabilities in the Cape Fear region. It has introduced a new exercise and fitness program for adults with disabilities in an effort to increase the health of people of all abilities. With support from the Cape Fear Memorial Foundation and the College of Health and Human Sciences at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, ACCESS introduced a group fitness and exercise program that has grown to serve nearly 60 adults living with disabilities.

UNCW announces commencement schedule
UNCW will hold its commencement ceremonies for the Class of 2016 on May 6-7 at Trask Coliseum. More than 2,000 students are expected to participate in the event.

Wilmington panel debates fate of Confederate monuments
Greensboro News & Record
Confederate monuments was the topic of a panel discussion by scholars Monday at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

Wilmington Jewish Film Festival serves up screenings, discussion
The third annual Wilmington Jewish Film Festival returns to Thalian Hall on Sunday. Several UNCW faculty and staff members will lead discussions following the films.

Thalian Hall cancellations due to HB2
North Carolina’s House Bill 2 has led to cancellations of shows and conferences across the state. Now, the impacts have become local. A UNCW spokesperson tells us they have not had any cancellations at this time.

Wrightsville Beach offers options for summer campers
Lumina News
Another option for parents is the youth programs at University of North Carolina Wilmington, which offers programs in marine science and engineering.

5 things to do this weekend, April 29-May 1
Saturday: From UNCW to Cannes. A former University of North Carolina Wilmington film student will showcase his short film on campus before he heads to France to screen it as part of the renowned Cannes Film Festival in May.

Screening in Wilmington raises awareness about ocean plastic pollution
Some UNCW environmental studies students and staff are pushing awareness of the impact plastics have on our oceans.

Many Still Looking for Jobs as Unemployment Declines
TWC News
Staffing companies we spoke to said a number of seasoned workers are still coming to them in search of the right job. But UNCW’s Career Center said it’s a different case for their students.

Army Corps - 'Why remove The Rocks?'
"The Rocks" are located at the southern end of Fort Fisher. State legislators are looking into whether some of the rock wall should be removed -- an action some federal agencies and coastal communities have expressed concern about. University of North Carolina Wilmington biologist Larry Cahoon said the corps believe officials are bewildered.

Special Report: Keyboard Mafia
The psychology behind a mean-spirited online post has much deeper roots than someone simply having a bad day. “It can be something addictive in the form of a behavioral addiction,” said Kate Nooner, UNCW associate professor and licensed clinical psychologist. “You really get used to doing it and needing to do that as part of your daily routine and part of your self-esteem.”

UNCW's Nick Feight driving the Seahawks offense
In just one year UNCW’s Nick Feight has gone form back-up catcher, to one of the most feared hitters in the country.

UNCW baseball's Terence Connelly stays in the game after elbow surgery
An MRI exam revealed the UNCW third baseman's ailing right elbow would require Tommy John surgery.

Athletes compete in Special Olympics Spring Games
Folks were in a great mood today out at the UNCW Track and Field. That’s because today children and adults were able to compete in the Special Olympics Spring Games.

UNCW baseball team regains the winning touch on Wednesday
Brian Mims and Robbie Thorburn each had three hits to lead a 16-hit evening for UNCW as the Seahawks finished off a home-and-home sweep of High Point on Wednesday with an 11-6 win at Brooks Field.
Additional coverage: StarNews

Hammerheads look to rebound against a team full of former Hammerheads
The Wilmington Hammerheads will face FC Cincinnati on Sunday in Cincinnati. Three former Wilmington Hammerheads are on the Cincinnati roster along with one former UNCW standout.

Hammerheads sign former Seahawk Sam Williams
The Wilmington Hammerheads have signed former UNCW goal keeper Sam Williams.

Tar Heels walk away with win to end UNCW streak
After spotting 19th-ranked North Carolina a six-run lead in the bottom of the first and battling back from another two-run deficit, the Seahawks saw a late lead and their 12-game winning streak snapped with a 10-9 loss to the Tar Heels at Boshamer Stadium.
Additional coverage: WWAY; WECT

UNCW Track Looks Ahead to CAAs, facility upgrades
Details on the plan to give the track more public hours in exchange for financial support have been proposed. UNCW is seeking $300,000 from the city council, and $500,000 from New Hanover County, with the rest coming from public donations.

Feight named CAA Player of Week for third time
Sophomore Nick Feight helped the Seahawks to a 4-0 record last week with another tremendous showing at the plate and was named Colonial Athletic Association Co-Player-of-the-Week for a third time.

Baseball - UNCW pitching outshines offense in Towson sweep
UNCW pitchers go to the mound knowing they can survive a mistake or two and often more.

C.J. Bryce ready for his follow-up act to hot freshman season with UNCW Basketball
The UNCW freshman guard looked plenty comfortable battling defending national champion Duke in the first round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament.

Hoops (M): Ty Taylor picks UNCW
Kevin Keatts has dipped into the transfer market again, this time picking up a commitment from former Wichita State guard Ty Taylor.

Soccer players earn top honors at UNCW awards banquet
Senior soccer standouts Colin Bonner and Maddie McCormick received the Thomas V. Moseley Awards as UNCW's top student-athletes for 2015-16 during the Athletic Awards Banquet on Monday night at the Burney Center.

Seahawk baseball wins again - hold nation's longest win streak
Nick Feight belted two home runs and starter Cory Gantz held Towson in check as UNCW erupted for 10 runs over the middle three innings on its way to an 11-4 win on Sunday at Brooks Field to complete a Colonial Athletic Association series sweep.
Additional coverage: StarNews; Port City Daily

UNCW Softball wins in dramatic 15 inning thriller

Junior outfielder Merritt Wilkinson led the Seahawks' offense by going 5-for-6 to tie the UNCW record for hits in a single game.

UNCW Soccer hosts Golf Fundraiser
UNCW Men's Soccer hosted the 12th annual Seahawk Soccer Open Friday afternoon, their main fundraiser each season for the program.

College of Charleston takes CAA men's golf title
UNCW, which likely needed a conference championship to extend its season, finished third, two shots behind the Dukes.

Jerry Wainwright finds another groove with Rodney Terry at Fresno State
Former UNCW coach Jerry Wainwright was back in the NCAA Tournament this year on the bench at Fresno State.