UNCW in the News

May 23 - 27

Successful First Year for UNCW Chancellor
TWC News
Chancellor Jose Sartarelli joined UNCW last July with a vision of a bright future for the college. He said the last year has been full of accomplishments including the addition of two Ph.D. programs, the success of sports teams and national recognition. 

Most grant money UNCW researchers receive stays in community
Faculty researchers at the University of North Carolina Wilmington say federal grant funding is not only crucial to complete the work they do, but most of the money from those large grants is spent locally.

Dr. Robert W. Smith: When magnet schools fail to attract
Op-Ed by Robert W. Smith, Professor and Secondary Undergraduate Program Coordinator at UNCW’s Watson College of Education.

UNCW selected as one of best universities for surfers
UNC Wilmington has been picked as one of the best universities for surfers, according to StartClass.

Beau's Coffee named Coastal Entrepreneur of the Year for 2016
Greater Wilmington Business Journal 
Beau’s Coffee, founded by owners Amy and Ben Wright, was named the 2016 Coastal Entrepreneur of the Year at a ceremony held at UNCW on May 24.
Additional coverage: WWAY

Coastal Survey Gets Underway
North Carolina News Network
From Memorial Day through Labor Day, researchers from the University of North Carolina Wilmington will conduct the survey on behalf of the state’s coastal agency at public beach and waterfront access sites along the North Carolina coast.
Additional coverage: Brunswick Beacon

Razor Walker Awards Go To 4 Individuals, 1 Organization
Greater Wilmington Business Journal 
Four individuals and one organization were the recipients of this year’s Razor Walker Awards, bestowed annually by the Watson College of Education at University of North Carolina Wilmington.

UNCW Ranked Among Best Colleges for Surfers
Time Warner Cable News
UNCW claimed 13th in the nation, ranking ahead of universities in several states including California, Hawaiiand New Jersey.

Wilmington's impressive biotech, life science entrepreneurial potential
WRAL Tech Wire
Suzanne Altobello, marketing and entrepreneurship professor at UNC Pembroke and UNC Wilmington, writes about exploring a world of biotechnology and life science business opportunities in Wilmington.

UNCW seeks input on coastal access
Researchers from the University of North Carolina Wilmington will survey beachgoers this summer about their thoughts on coastal access.
Additional coverage: WECT

UNCW judged among the best colleges for surfing
StartClass has named 21 schools ideal for surfing and ranked them based on their Smart Rating scores, which are based on financial affordability, career readiness, admissions selectivity, expert opinion and academic excellence. The maximum score a college can have is 100. UNCW comes in 13th on the list with a score of 92.

Grand opening Expo 216 exhibit is all about one word: plastics
UNCW staff member Bonnie Monteleone's “What Comes Around, Goes Around" at Expo 216 is based on "The Great Wave Off Kanagawa" and has been overlaid with plastic fished out of the ocean.

Allen Elected To Professional Board, MacIntyre Receives OrthoWilmington Award
Greater Wilmington Business Journal 
Joanne Allen, a physician with OrthoWilmington, has been elected a trustee for medicine of the American College of Sports Medicine. She is currently team physician for the men’s soccer team at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, where she is on the clinical/research adjunct faculty.

Lay, Harris Join SunTrust Apprenticeship Program
Greater Wilmington Business Journal 
SunTrust Mortgage announced that Nick Lay and Patrick Harris joined its Mortgage Loan Apprentice program in early April. Harris, a University of North Carolina Wilmington graduate, worked as a district manager for a Fortune 500 company before he joined the program.

Long-distance love story set on the battleship USS North Carolina
Cindy Horrell Ramsey's novel "600 Letters Home" follows the fictional correspondence between a teen boy from rural Georgia and his girlfriend.  Ramsey, who holds a BA in English and an MFA in creative writing from the University of North Carolina Wilmington, thanks UNCW faculty member Rebecca Lee for critical assistance.

Swimmers race pier to pier in memory of Wrightsville waterman
Lumina News
In addition to lifeguarding, Grey Liston spent four years on the UNCW Seahawks’ Swimming and Diving team. Many UNCW swimmers participated, and proceeds from the race benefitted the Grey Liston Endowment Scholarship Fund for UNCW swimming and diving student-athletes.

New principal named at Penderlea Elementary
The Pender County Board of Education has named Carrie Armstrong as principal at Penderlea Elementary starting June 22. A graduate of Swansboro High School and a former UNCW student, Armstrong is excited to return to Southeastern North Carolina.

Everything is copacetic on Nat'l Tap Dance Day
Savion Glover, a dancer who has heavily influenced the style of tap dance today, is performing at UNCW in June.

CAA & ACC baseball tourney roundup from Wednesday
UNCW finally has an opponent in the 2016 CAA Baseball Tournament. The Seahawks will face James Madison at noon on Thursday.

Ryan Foster finds a way as UNCW's unlikely ace
Ryan Foster isn't flashy, but he's been remarkably consistent in his first season as UNCW's ace. The nation's wins leader will tell you that he tries to avoid repeating a pitch within a start.

Josh Brock's pro golf dream heads down new road
Josh Brock won the local U.S. Open qualifier last week at River Landing and will compete at the sectional qualifying tournament in early June. He departed UNCW in 2011 as the program's career stroke average leader (72.99). He won on the eGolf Tour at St. James the following year.

Wilmington Sharks baseball is a labor of love for staff
Lumina News
This year’s roster includes Ryan Jeffers, a catcher from University of North Carolina Wilmington and Clark Cota, a pitcher from UNCW by way of Topsail High School.

Seahawks take home CAA top honors
UNCW’s Nick Feight, Ryan Foster and head coach Mark Scalf have been named CAA player, pitcher and coach of the year.
Additional coverage: WWAY; StarNews

UNCW Baseball Heads to CAA Tournament
Time Warner Cable News
While most college students are enjoying summer vacation, the UNCW baseball team is hard at work. The team claimed their 9th CAA regular season title and are now looking to secure a spot in the NCAA tournament.
Additional coverage: Port City Daily; StarNews

Leskinen learns quickly for UNCW tennis
UNCW's Santtu Leskinen will get a chance to represent the Seahawks at the individual NCAA championships, which take place in Tulsa, Okla., starting Wednesday. Leskinen earned the CAA's automatic berth into the 64-player singles draw based on his ITA ranking of 122.

Wilmington Christian Academy golfers qualify for North Carolina Amateur Championship
Port City Daily
Three golfers either currently attending or recently graduated from Wilmington Christian Academy made the cut.  Austin Inman (UNCW/WCA ’14) was four shots off the pace with a two-under 70, while Joey Funderberg closed the 18-hole event at even-par.
Additional coverage: StarNews

Holt C-Store Golf Tournament beneficiaries
The Coastal Land Trust and the Holt Oil Fellowship in Public Education at the University of North Carolina Wilmington were recent beneficiaries of the Holt C-Store Golf Tournament. More than 130 golfers turned out to support conservation and education at the tournament held May 2.

UNCW secures #1 seed for CAA Baseball Tournament
Ryan Foster and Nick Feight tied single-season school record for wins and runs batted in, respectively, as UNCW cruised to a 12-2 win over Delaware on Thursday at Bob Hannah Stadium.
Additional coverage: Port City Daily; WECT; StarNews

UNCW basketball seems set for CAA title defense
UNCW coach Kevin Keatts has most of his key pieces back, but he's also added a few new ones heading into the 2016-2017 season.

Meet the Original 5 team ready to make the NCAA Tournament in '17
Today's U
Behind co-regular season champion Hofstra and NCAA Tournament participant UNC Wilmington last season, three teams finished gridlocked at 11-7. William & Mary was one.

John Beilein may lean on Billy Donlon's defensive expertise more than any assistant he’s ever had
John Beilein's known Billy Donlon for a long time, and really began to take notice of Donlon's ability to teach defense during his days as an assistant at UNC Wilmington from 2001-06. During Donlon's final year at UNCW, the team finished No. 20 nationally in defensive efficiency -- which paved the way for a 25-8 season and a CAA championship.