UNCW in the News

June 20 - 24

Mentors motivate local migrant worker to become dentist
Gustavo Gasca Jr. said college was never really part of his life plan. Edelmira Segovia, one of his biggest supporters, told him he would get him into any college to which he applied. While he had his doubts, he was accepted at all five universities he applied to. Wanting to stay close to family, Gustavo completed his undergraduate degree at UNCW, majoring in business with a concentration in marketing and international business.

How to Prepare Professors Who Thought They’d Never Teach Online
Chronicle of Higher Education
Kate B. Nooner, an associate professor of psychology at UNC Wilmington, had initially worried that moving her Introductory Statistics for Behavioral Science course online would make it easier for students to cheat on assignments. So for each week’s assignment, students will be asked to apply the latest statistical techniques to their own project — which will make it difficult to share answers with classmates.

Philanthropy Can Take Form of LLC or Nonprofit
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
Southeastern North Carolina’s 11 counties currently have 864 groups organized as 501(c)(3) nonprofits with 30,175 employees and expenditures of about $2.1 billion, according to the N.C. Center for Nonprofits. Anyone considering forming a nonprofit would do well to speak to the folks at the University of North Carolina Wilmington’s Quality Enhancement for Nonprofit Organizations (QENO), says its director Natasha Davis.

CoastLine: Ocean plastic is beyond garbage patches and part of human food chain
UNCW’s Bonnie Monteleone discusses where plastics are showing up and what some local people are doing to change not only the way we think about plastics – but how – and how much – we use them.

New Fourth Street restaurant to serve up social justice
Randy Fox and his wife Rachel Bodkin-Fox hope to see their new venture make the Port City a better place to live and work. Rachel is a former nurse who's currently finishing work for a master's degree in public administration at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. She's served on several nonprofit boards, including the role of director for UNCW's Building a Better Wilmington Campaign.

UNCW announces new executive director of the Seahawk Club
UNCW has named Derek W. Denton as development director for athletics. 
Additional coverage: WWAYPort City DailyStarNews

Online tool helps promote Wilmington shellfish industry
Troy Alphin, a researcher at the UNCW Center for Marine Science, has been trying to expand local shellfish operations in Wilmington waters for the past five years. He created the North Carolina Shellfish Siting Tool, an interactive way to help local fishermen locate the best spots for growing oysters.

UNCW officials make case to city for entrepreneurship center funding 
Greater Wilmington Business Journal 
After questions surfaced about money, the city of Wilmington is expected to provide to UNCW's Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, a delegation from the university and CIE presented its case to city council members at a meeting Monday.
Additional coverage: WECTWWAY

Finding strength in normalcy: Local student reflects on life with new prosthetic leg
Port City Daily
When Savannah Booth first saw Boston Marathon bombing survivor Heather Abbott on TV, she felt an instant connection. In the strong and well-spoken businesswoman in her early 40s, Booth, now a 21-year-old marketing major, saw a bit of her future self. And having lived her life as an amputee, the UNC Wilmington student knew the particular struggles Abbott would face after losing her leg below the knee in the 2013 terrorist attack.

"Diverse Works" Art by Six Women
Anne Sinclair is one member of an Acme Art group known as Diverse Works. She graduated from Skidmore College with a bachelor’s in art and a Master of Fine Arts from UNCW.

Copeland, Baker receive Crime Stoppers scholarships
Jacksonville Daily News
Thomas Copeland of Swansboro High and Tyler Baker of Southwest High were recently awarded Onslow County Crime Stoppers Scholarships. Copeland will be attending UNCW while Baker will be attending ECU, both majoring in criminal justice.

Battleship North Carolina appoints promotions director
The Battleship North Carolina Memorial has announced the appointment of Meaghan Holmes as promotions director. A graduate of the University of North Carolina Wilmington, Holmes was previously marketing director and specialty leasing manager for Independence Mall.

NATURALLY INSPIRED: Katie Martin prepares for the closing reception of her ‘Life Alive’ exhibit at Flytrap
Katie Martin only started seeing her art as a serious career throughout the past two years. She originally pursued a degree from UNCW in marine biology, but connected with acrylic painting during her college years, so she switched her major to studio art.

Manatee spotted near Carolina Beach
Last year there were more than a dozen manatee sightings in the Cape Fear region, according to researchers at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

Sounds of Summer: The Schoolboys give a lesson in rock n' roll
The annual Sounds of Summer concert series will continue tonight at Wrightsville Beach Park, weather permitting. The Schoolboys, who are all professors at UNCW, will take the stage for a lesson in rock n' roll. 

Wilmington City Council members question funding for UNCW innovation center
Some city leaders are questioning whether taxpayer money should be given to the University of North Carolina Wilmington's entrepreneurship center.

Current History: United Way of The Cape Fear Area Adopts Three-Year Cycle for Local Nonprofits
Greater Wilmington Business Journal (*sponsored content)
In 2015, UNCW Professor Tom Barth, Ph.D., was appointed United Way board chair.

Humpday Health: Summer camp
Kids of all ages and all ability levels were out on the baseball field over at UNCWbrushing up on their skills and just playing outside.

Give us your UNCW sports Top 10
Our countdown of the top UNCW sports moments of 2015-2016 ended with the Colonial Athletic Association men’s basketball championship at No. 1. Now we’d like to know what you think.

Bozzi nominated by UNCW for NCAA Woman of Year
UNCW cross country/track and field standout Meredith Bozzi has been nominated for the prestigious NCAA Woman of the Year Award following an outstanding senior season.

UNCW Rewind - A look back on the 2016 Diamondhawks
Though falling to South Carolina in two consecutive games to end their season, the 2016 UNCW year remains one of the most impressive campaigns in the program's history. 

Feight, Mims invited to USA Baseball trials
UNCW rising juniors Nick Feight and Brian Mims who combined for eight All-America honors, will be attending Team USA Baseball trial camp in southern California later this month.

Big league talent highlights local flair in pro baseball
Port City Daily
Fresh off the 2016 Major League Baseball Draft, several local ballplayers have signed contracts and are already competing within the professional ranks. Leland native Steven Linkous and UNCW teammate Jared Gessell are competing for the Boise Hawks within the Colorado Rockies organization, while Chance Shepard recently inked as an undrafted free agent with the Washington Nationals and has reported to extended spring training in Vero Beach, Florida.

UNCW's Mark Matthews released from scholarship
Mark Matthews is no longer a member of the UNCW basketball team. Matthews tweeted out that he had been granted his release from the program.

Duo of UNCW baseball players invited to Team USA trials
UNCW rising juniors Nick Feight and Brian Mims, who combined for eight All-America honors, will be attending Team USA Baseball trial camp in southern California later this month. "This is an excellent opportunity for these young men," said UNCW head coach Mark Scalf, who has twice served on Team USA's staff.
Additional coverage: StarNews

Memorable moment No. 2: Baseball gets within win of first Super Regional, June 4
Mark Scalf has seen a lot in 25 years at UNCW, but his club moved into uncharted territory with back-to-back wins to start the Columbia Regional. 

UNCW soccer alum enjoying EURO 2016 for Northern Ireland
Port City Daily
Northern Ireland is enjoying a strong run on the world stage in UEFA EURO 2016 and former UNCW men’s soccer player Austin MacPhee is right in the middle of it.

Shotmakers fundraising group boosts UNCW basketball
The UNCW athletic department may still lag behind most peers in spending, but donations through the Shotmakers program have helped the men's basketball program keep up.

Inside look at UNCW men's basketball locker room
The UNCW men's basketball locker room inside Trask Coliseum was recently renovated.

Hoops (M): UNCW looks for right fit with DOBO hire; Colton Bishop won't return
Kevin Keatts has a staff opening with Kevin Easley’s move to Chattanooga. He’s looking for a director of basketball operations as the summer continues.

D1Baseball.com honors UNCW's Feight and Mims
After helping bolster one of the nation's leading offenses, Nick Feight and Brian Mims added to their growing list of postseason and All-America honors as the duo was named All-Americas by D1Baseball.com.

UNCW placed six Seahawks on the ABCA All-East Region teams
Bolstered by a school-record five first-team selections, UNCW placed six Seahawks total on the ABCA All-East Region teams. Nick Feight, Gavin Stupienski, Brian Mims, Steven Linkous and Ryan Foster were tabbed for the first team and Robbie Thorburn earned second-team honors. 

Area golfers place in top 10 at 56th North Carolina Amateur Championship
Port City Daily
UNCW’s Thomas Eldridge had the 36-hole lead at this year’s NC Amateur Championship. 
Additional coverage: WECT

Sports: Girls' Soccer Allard Verbally Commits to UNC Wilmington
The Belmontonian
According to social media sources, rising Belmont High School junior Carey Allard has verbally committed to play Division 1 NCAA soccer at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, class of 2022.