UNCW in the News

May 2 - 6

UNCW researchers receive $330000 grant
WECT

The National Science Foundation has awarded UNCW chemistry researchers with a three-year, $330,000 grant to fund their studies that could enhance scientific knowledge of the inner workings of cells.

Dr. Van Dempsey: Don't rely on luck for finding talented teachers  
StarNews
Dr. Van O. Dempsey, dean of UNCW's Watson College of Education, weighs in on “why teaching matters,” and engaging our area in an effort to encourage young people and career changers to consider teaching as a profession.

UNCW calls on area residents to honor teachers via hashtag
Port City Daily
Put away those freshly polished red apples – UNC Wilmington is helping local residents say thanks to teachers, 21st century-style.

Editorial, May 3: We won't get great teachers unless we value them
StarNews
UNCW's Watson College of Education is encouraging the Wilmington community to Tweet messages or 10-second videos explaining why teaching matters and, ultimately, thanking a teacher.

UNCW students present options for redeveloping Superfund site
StarNews
University of North Carolina Wilmington students presented their initial assessment of Navassa’s Superfund and contaminated site redevelopment options to members of the Navassa Town Council and the Navassa Community Economic Environmental Development Corporation on Monday evening.

Prologue: With May-lee Chai
WHQR
On Monday, May 9 Ben Steelman with the StarNews speaks with author and UNCW professor May-lee Chai.

Volunteers clean Wrightsville's marshes
Lumina News
UNCW Plastic Ocean Project completes regular beach sweeps, but this was the first time they focused their efforts on the marshes. The cleanup was inspired by a similar organization from Ithaca, New York, called Plastic Tides, which uses paddle boarding expeditions as a means to both collect trash and raise awareness of its harmful effects.

Christine Gail Schaeffer, 72, supervisor at UNCW Fair Trade Market
Port City Daily
Christine Gail Schaeffer, 72, of Boiling Spring Lakes, died Friday, April 29, 2016, at her home. She was the supervisor of Fair Trade Market in Cameron Hall at UNCW.

Pharma Career Path
Wilma Magazine
Pam Marinko is used to handling multiple projects at a time. She is a guest lecturer for sales and marketing classes at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and a mentor for Cameron School of Business’ Cameron Executive Network. She currently serves on the curriculum advisory board for UNCW’s Entrepreneurship and Business Development program and for the Watson College of Education’s Master of Science in Instructional Technology program.

Environmental Health
Wilma Magazine
Expo 216, a nonprofit, is teaming up with the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, Surfrider Foundation, Cape Fear River Watch, University of North Carolina Wilmington, Cape Fear Community College and the Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County, to draw attention to the environment and social awareness.

UNCW leaders hope to capitalize on NCAA basketball run
StarNews
Kevin Keatts has helped turn around the UNCW men's basketball program and boost the entire athletic department's fortunes.

Club news - American Legion, James Walker Alumnae and more
StarNews
Kiwanis Club of Wilmington will meet at noon May 11 at First Baptist Activities Center, 1939 Independence Blvd. The University of North Carolina Wilmington's Kiwanis Scholarship Recipients will be announced by Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli.

In Praise of the Humble Oyster
Coastal Review Online
Ami Wilbur and technician Amy Finelli direct the UNCW Shellfish Research Hatchery, studying oysters and other North Carolina shellfish.

More stores join supermarket fray
StarNews
The sheer enormity of the grocery store presence in the region doesn't surprise Tracey Meyer, chair of the marketing department at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

Murray Middle teacher receives UNCW recognition award
StarNews
Katherine Larkins, a sixth-grade science teacher at Murray Middle, was selected as the spring 2016 recipient of the University of North Carolina Wilmington Watson College of Education Roy E. Harkin Teacher Recognition Award.

Wolfpack Wrestling Legend teaches kids at Police Activities Event
WECT
Former NC State head coach Bob Guzzo trained young wrestlers today in a two-hour clinic at UNCW, part of the Police Activity League initiative.

Two friends, a camera and a trip to Iceland land Wilmington natives a spot at Cannes
Port City Daily
“Skumaskot”- about a young man who takes to the frozen wilderness after his fiance’s sudden death to deal with his own emotional wasteland screened at UNCW’s King Hall on Saturday night.

Bloom – This Is What Professionals Do
Greater Wilmington Business Journal (*sponsored content)
The Swain Center’s Professional and Continuing Education at UNCW offers several programs that can maximize your future career potential, including project management, data analytics, and now for the first time in the area, Salesforce administrator skills training.

My turn: Appreciate teachers who have made a difference
WECT
This week, educators at UNC Wilmington are noting teachers who matter. They’re encouraging people to speak out on social media about those teachers who made a difference in our lives. 

William Osborne 'Bill' Allen, 89, alumnus of the first Adult Scholars Program at UNCW
Port City Daily
William Osborne ‘Bill’ Allen, 89, of Wilmington, died Monday, May 2, 2016. He was an alumnus of the first Adult Scholars program at UNCW.

Piedmont Advantage Credit Union President/CEO Judy Tharp honored as a 2016 Outstanding Woman Leader
CUinsight.com
Piedmont Advantage Credit Union President/CEO Judy Tharp was one of twelve honorees for the 2016 City of Winston-Salem Outstanding Women Leaders. Tharp also serves on the Board of Directors for the Carolinas Credit Union Foundation, Community Development Institution Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Board of Richmond, North Carolina Economic Education Council and the University of North Carolina Wilmington Cameron School of Business Executive Advisory Board.

New Hanover County Schools announces personnel honors
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
Katherine Larkins, a sixth-grade science teacher at Murray Middle School, has been selected as the spring 2016 recipient of the University of North Carolina Wilmington Watson College of Education Roy E. Harkin Teacher Recognition Award.

Heavy traffic expected during UNCW graduations
StarNews
Drivers using South College Road near Racine Drive, Hurst Drive and Randall Parkway on Friday and Saturday, but not attending University or North Carolina Wilmington graduation ceremonies, should avoid all university entrances if possible because of heavy traffic.

Native filmmakers to present movie at Cannes Film Festival
StarNews
“SKÜMASKOT,” by film director Jared Knecht and actor Madison Hatch, will premiere at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival in France in the Short Film Corner. A Wilmington native, Knecht grew up working on University of North Carolina Wilmington student films as a teen.

In $34M Deal, Firm Buys Student Housing Near UNCW
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
A real estate investment firm based in Connecticut bought student apartments near UNCW recently in a $34.2 million deal, a deed recorded in New Hanover County shows.  

Steven Linkous defines Seahawk Baseball
StarNews
UNCW’s Steven Linkous has emerged as one of the country's top leadoff hitters.

UNCW awards Chris Flemmings with scholarship
WECT
Hard work has paid off for UNCW basketball player Chris Flemmings, as he has been awarded a scholarship for the 2016-2017 season.
Additional coverage: Port City Daily; StarNews

Susan Yow, former UNCW head coach, inducted into NC Sports Hall of Fame
WWAY
Former UNCW women's head basketball head coach Susan Yow was inducted into the NC Sports Hall of Fame on Thursday night.

Seahawk golfers selected to take part in the NCAA Tournament
WECT
UNCW golfers Patrick Cover and Thomas Eldridge were selected to take part in the NCAA golf tournament as individuals.

Layne Schwier keeps UNCW track & field steady through uncertainty
StarNews
Interim UNCW track coach Layne Schwier has been with the program since 2003 as an assistant. He hopes to become its head coach as the school interviews for the position this spring.

College report: Local standouts hitting stride on baseball diamond
Port City Daily
While the surging Seahawks were left out of D1Baseball.com's latest poll, UNCW received votes in the NCAA Baseball rankings after a 4-0 week.

Merrill named Wofford women assistant coach
BlueRidgeNow.com
Wofford College women's basketball head coach Jimmy Garrity has announced that Mike Merrill and Sierra Simpson have joined his staff as assistant coaches. Merrill founded UNCW's mentoring program at Holly Tree Elementary in Wilmington and was a counselor at Ann Hancock's women's basketball camp and camp supervisor for Cynthia Cooper basketball camps, both held on the campus of UNCW.

Matthews, Doyle in search of new college basketball homes
USA TODAY High School Sports
Fort Myers High product Mark Matthews announced his decision to leave the University of North Carolina Wilmington Monday. 

UNCW Softball's Rachel Willis earns CAA Rookie of Week
WECT
UNCW freshman infielder Rachel Willis has been named the Colonial Athletic Association Softball Rookie-of-the-Week.

Greater Wilmington Sports Hall of Fame Inducts four new members
WECT
Former UNCW Women's basketball standout Gwen Austin, UNC head coach and former Eagles linebacker John Bunting, longtime UNCW coach and official Larry Honeycutt, and former New Hanover High School and Duke football standout Charlie "Barrel" Niven were inducted into the Greater Wilmington Sports Hall of Fame Sunday evening at the UNCW Burney Center. 

UNCW Softball's Rachel Willis earns CAA Rookie of Week
WECT
UNCW freshman infielder Rachel Willis has been named as the Colonial Athletic Association Softball Rookie-of-the-Week following the Seahawks' doubleheader sweep at Drexel on Saturday.

Baseball: Seahawks pulling away from CAA pack
StarNews
In an 18-4 shellacking of Hofstra, UNCW stretched its lead to four games in the loss column over second-place William & Mary with three conference series left to play.

Mark Matthews plans to transfer from UNCW
StarNews
Mark Matthews was the first player to commit to Kevin Keatts' first full recruiting class at UNCW, but the 6-foot-6, 210-pound guard won't finish his college career with the Seahawks.

Baseball: UNCW dominates in three-game sweep over Pride
Port City Daily 
Brian Mims had four hits and Casey Golden knocked in four runs as UNCW finished off a Colonial Athletic Association series sweep of Hofstra with an 18-4 win at Brooks Field on Sunday.
Additional coverage: StarNews; WWAY; WECT