UNCW in the News

May 30 - June 3

Scientists Find Minivan-Sized Sponge, World's Largest
ABC News
A team of scientists on a deep-sea expedition in the waters off Hawaii discovered what they say is the world's largest known sponge. Joseph Pawlik, a professor in the department of biology and marine biology at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, said getting a good sense of the size of these large sponges can be difficult.

13-Year-Old Florida Boy Suffers 'Huge Gash' After Shark Attack: 'All You See Is Blood'
People Magazine
The attack at Neptune Beach, east of Jacksonville, comes less than a week after an 11-year-old girl was bitten in Jacksonville. It's the third attack this month on the First Coast. Shark expert and UNCW professor of biology and marine biology Larry Cahoon tells PEOPLE that despite the onset of recent attacks, beachgoers shouldn't avoid the ocean. 

UNCW Names New CIE Director
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
University of North Carolina Wilmington officials on Wednesday named a new director for its Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Diane Durance, who now works as president of a Michigan-based and state-supported nonprofit that supports early- and second-stage ventures in that state, will start at the CIE on June 20.
Additional coverage: StarNews; Triangle Business Journal; WRAL Tech Wire

UNCW student killed in car crash in Rural Hall
A University of North Carolina Wilmington student was killed in a car crash Friday. According to an email sent to the UNCW community Wednesday morning, Jacob "Jake" Prillaman, 20, died after the accident in Rural Hall.
Additional coverage: WECT

UNCW College of Education offers tech series to community
UNC Wilmington's Watson College of Education will offer a workshop series this month to help parents and grandparents through technological challenges they may be facing.

Youth Entrepreneurship Program Celebrates Its 10th Anniversary
Greater Wilmington Business Journal (*sponsored content)
There is a program that we love doing because it brings talented middle and high school students onto the campus for a week to work with UNCW college counselors, faculty and “real-world” entrepreneurs from all walks of life. And this year is especially exciting, as it is the 10th anniversary of the Cameron School of Business’s Youth Entrepreneurship Program (YEP).

GSN class speaker forging new roles with Doctor of Nursing Practice degree
News from the University of Massachusetts
Graduate School of Nursing class speaker Telana Fairchild, MSN, personifies the promise and potential of the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree she will receive at Commencement 2016 on Sunday, June 5. Fairchild received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of North Carolina Wilmington in 2007 and worked as a cardiovascular and cardiothoracic intensive care nurse at Duke University Hospital and Tennessee Medical Center.

Overwhelmingly white
Parents have voiced concerns regarding Forest Hills Elementary's Spanish Immersion Program. Clyde Edgerton, a local author who has two children in the program, filed a formal grievance to New Hanover County Schools. “White parents were given notice of the opportunity to get into the immersion program, but equal opportunity of notice to black or Hispanic parents was not offered,” wrote Edgerton, a Kenan Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

UNCW to host Integrated Marketing Communication Camp this week

UNCW's Department of Communication Studies will host its second Integrated Marketing Communication Camp on June 2-3 at the university's Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship.

Upcoming business events
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
On Thursday, University of North Carolina Wilmington’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship kicks off its June series of TED Talk Thursdays. On Friday, the CIE debuts another special June series: The Shark Tank Think Tank.

OCEARCH to partner with NC Aquarium, UNCW on shark expedition
Shark research nonprofit OCEARCH will partner with the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher and the University of North Carolina Wilmington in a June expedition in the Cape Fear region, the organization's founder said Friday.

State coastal agency to survey beachgoers about coastal access
When visiting the beach this summer, you might be asked to participate in a survey about your beach experience. From Memorial Day through Labor Day, researchers from the University of North Carolina Wilmington will conduct a survey on behalf of the state's coastal agency at public beach and waterfront access sites along the North Carolina coast.

People hit the sands on Memorial Day despite weather concerns
Sara Gurkin, a UNCW graduate said she’s pretty familiar with the weather in the Cape Fear region. And she said it’s always good to be ready for whatever Mother Nature has in store.

Realtors tackle area's inventory of luxury homes
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
The Wilmington area’s real estate industry has been booming in many ways in recent months and years, but when it comes to the area’s highest-priced homes, the numbers tell a different story. Woody Hall, professor emeritus of economics for the University of North Carolina Wilmington, agreed with the national experts’ assessments on a major factor in the condition of the local luxury market.

'Boy Erased': Former UNCW student pens memoir of gay conversion therapy
In "Boy Erased," former UNCW grad student Garrard Conley writes about being enrolled in Love In Action, a ministry that promised to "heal" homosexuality.

Irizarry named as new CHS principal
Charlottesville Tomorrow
Charlottesville City Schools announced that the division has hired Eric Irizarry to replace Jill Dahl as principal of Charlottesville High School. Irizarry holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees and a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

Dooley named director for Camp Kirkland
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
The Wilmington Family YMCA hired Luke Dooley as the director at Camp Kirkwood in early April. Dooley is familiar with the area, as he graduated from the University of North Carolina Wilmington with a degree in English and professional writing in 2002.

William 'Bill' Fender, 81, pursued his real first love of jazz guitar after retirement
Port City Daily
William ‘Bill’ Fender, 81, passed peacefully Sunday, May 22, 2016. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the UNCW Music Department Jazz Program or to the North Carolina Jazz Festival.

Grant sends UNCW students to nonprofits
Nineteen UNCW students have paid internships at nonprofits or governments, thanks to the State Employees Credit Union Foundation.

Here We Are
Comedian Shane Mauss travels around the country interviewing scientists for a weekly podcast. “Here We Are” is an exploration of the the ways and means of being human, blending comedy with curiosity. He recorded a live episode at Dead Crow Comedy Club with Julian Keith, Kate Nooner and Len Lecci from the UNCW department of psychology.

CONNECTIVITY OF HUMANS: 'Extra! Extra! The Musical' takes on its second run at Cape Fear Playhouse
UNCW professor of communication studies Frank Trimble will open “Extra! Extra! The Musical” at Big Dawg Productions’ Cape Fear Playhouse—a reprise of the show which debuted at UNCW in 2013.

2016’s Best Cities for Summer Jobs
Thom Rakes, director of the UNCW Career Center, offers tips for landing a summer job or internship.  

How different film lenses affect how we perceive movies
The Independent
A video released by the University of North Carolina Wilmington's film studies department explores some of the ways focal length affects our perception of movies.

Aria Ascending
Wilma Magazine
"You don’t realize how many people in Wilmington like opera until you offer it,” says Isabella Stollenmaier, a mezzo-soprano, rising senior at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and opera star.

MYSTICAL INTERPRETATIONS: Zak Duff interprets live theatre in art show at Thalian hall’s Cube theatre
An artist his entire life, Zak Duff graduated with arts degrees from both CFCC and UNCW. His oil paintings are on exhibit at Thalian Hall’s Ruth and Bucky Stein Theatre.

Prodigal theatrical son Adrian Monte to direct bawdy case of mistaken identity
Aimee Schooley, Ashley Grantham, Jackson Cole and Erika Edwards will be performing in Cape Fear Shakespeare On The Green's "Twelfth Night" at Greenfield Lake Amphitheater. UNCW graduate Adrian Monte, director of “Twelfth Night,” brings his own comedy chops to the production.

Stage Reading
Wilma Magazine
The Wilmington creative scene is replete with artists of all kinds – musicians, painters and writers alike. Writer and comedian Bridget Callahan saw a gap in the creative scene and filled it. Aside from University of North Carolina Wilmington readings or a few poetry readings in town, there was little space for readings in other genres other than general open mics.

College World Series: Stats show these are the must-see players in the regional rounds
With the College World Series on everyone's mind, there's a lot of exciting regional baseball to be played from Baton Rouge to Tallahassee. If the numbers are to be believed the following 10 guys will be creating nothing but must-see moments on the diamond, including UNCW’s Nick Feight and Steven Linkous.

UNCW's Nick Feight up for Golden Spikes Award

UNCW sophomore Nick Feight has been named a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award, sponsored by Major League Baseball and presented in partnership with the Rod Dedeaux Foundation.

UNCW baseball keeps rolling up offense

The UNCW baseball team ranks among the nation's top offenses this season.

Seahawks baseball to match up with Duke
Lumina News
Losing the Colonial Athletic Association baseball tournament didn’t keep the University of North Carolina Wilmington baseball team out of the NCAA tournament, as the Seahawks will face off against Duke this Friday in the first round.

Greater Wilmington Sports Hall of Fame gives 4 scholarships
The 2016 recipients were awarded their scholarships at the Burney Center at UNCW May 1.

UNCW bullpen tries to learn from stumbles
UNCW heads into the Columbia Regional trying to reverse its recent bullpen missteps. The relievers cracked late in a couple of losses down the stretch, but their problems reached new levels at the CAA Tournament.

Diamond Hawks destined for South Carolina regional, will face Duke in opener
Port City Daily 
UNCW will be the two-seed and play Duke in the first game of the Columbia Regional on Friday at 1 p.m. The Seahawks will be making their eighth NCAA Tournament appearance, all since 2003.

It's another UNCW-Duke matchup in the NCAA's; it's baseball this time
UNCW will be the two-seed and play Duke in the first game of the NCAA Columbia Regional on Friday at 1 p.m.
Additional coverage: WECT; StarNews; Charleston Post Courier

Jimmy Bass, Kevin Keatts and the cornhole game that changed the future of UNCW hoops
Before Kevin Keatts arrived at UNCW promising to hang banners in Trask Coliseum and well before he started delivering on that guarantee, there was an ill-fated game of cornhole.

Taylor wins NC Amateur qualifier
Wilmington Christian Academy senior Blake Taylor shot a 6-under-par 66 to win the N.C. Amateur Qualifier at Pine Valley Country Club on May 23. UNCW's Austin Inman finished second at 2-under, while WCA senior Joey Funderburg also qualified after shooting an even-par 72.