UNCW in the News

June 6 - 10

UNCW receives grant for its Military Resource Lounge

UNC Wilmington has received a $10,000 grant from the Student Veterans of America and the Home Depot Foundation for improvements to the university's Military Resource Lounge.

UNCW Student Receives Prosthetic Leg
A Boston Marathon bombing survivor teamed up with a New York prosthetic company to help a UNC Wilmington student walk on the beach for the first time in flip flops. Savannah Booth, 21, received a state-of-the-art prosthetic leg thanks to the Heather Abbot Foundation.

UNCW Researchers to Survey Beachgoers
Coastal Review Online 
The University of North Carolina Wilmington's College of Health and Human Services is set to begin surveying visitors and residents about the state's public beach and waterfront access points.

UNCW hosts family-friendly, affordable summer theater matinees
Port City Daily
UNCW will open the doors of Kenan Auditorium to young theater-goers during the summer break. The university’s Office of the Arts has announced its new performance series, Seahawk Fam, a family-friendly lineup of weekday and weekend matinees running between June 29 and July 27.

UNCW names permanent leader for business startups hub
Port City Daily
UNC Wilmington now has a permanent leader for its cutting-edge hub of business startups. The university recently announced Diane Durance has been named director of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE). She begins work in her new position on June 20.

UNCW's CIE Plays Broad Educational Role
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) is formally part of UNCW and thus plays an integral part in implementing UNCW’s mission, core values and strategic priorities. The mission of UNCW is clear – it is “dedicated to the integration of teaching and mentoring with research and service.”

Blessing and a curse
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
Corey Heim can ride his bike to work from his home on Rogersville Road and head to the sand and surf at Wrightsville Beach when the day’s over if he wants. That’s not something he necessarily could have done if he’d left the area after he graduated from the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

Novelist Clyde Edgerton banned from New Hanover County schools
News & Observer
Clyde Edgerton is best-known for his loving and satirical take on the North Carolina backwoods, novels that get celebrated from Raleigh’s Quail Ridge Books to the pages of The New York Times. He teaches creative writing at UNC Wilmington, a star professor with an armful of awards. But Edgerton is also a parent in real life. Two of his three children attend Forest Hills Elementary in Wilmington, and if matters go unchanged, he will not be allowed on campus to watch graduation next week without permission from the principal.
Additional coverage: Charlotte Observer 

Editorial, June 5: Transparency essential in school selections
Dr. Robert W. Smith, a professor at UNCW's Watson College of Education, addressed the magnet schools issue in a May 22 Opinion page piece. He notes that in the 2010 school board election, many of the current members ran in support of “neighborhood schools.” He has a point.

Researchers, state look to rebuild oyster numbers
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
UNCW researchers are among several entities focused on rebuilding a healthy oyster population along the North Carolina coast.

Club News
The Seahawk Squadron of the Association of Naval Aviation will hold their monthly luncheon meeting at noon June 16 at Hieronymous Seafood Restaurant, 5035 Market St. The speaker will be W. Taylor Fain, UNCW associate professor and graduate coordinator.

Savion Glover and Jack DeJohnette bring the epitome of tap and jazz to UNCW
The June 9 performance at UNCW is billed as “An Evening with Savion Glover and Jack DeJohnette.” What you may not realize is that those two names represent just about everything you can know, or imagine, about jazz and tap dancing.

DREAMS center to unveil 'Forest of Dreams' mural
The DREAMS Center for Arts Education is going to unveil its new mural in Wilmington Saturday. The mural, located at the intersection of Tenth and Fanning streets, is full of animals painted by hundreds of artists in Wilmington, including students from D.C. Virgo Preparatory School, Snipes Academy, UNCW and New Hanover High School. The mural is led by Dr. Janet Robertson, a professor at UNCW. 

Theater review - 'Extra! Extra!' is a musical for anyone who's ever had a dream
“Extra! Extra! The Musical!” directly incorporates and embraces the audience. Written and directed by UNCW professor Frank Trimble, it's about film extras. Audience members are identified as “extra extras.”

Clyde Edgerton Banned From Wilmington School District
Famed North Carolina author and UNCW professor Clyde Edgerton is best known for his witty, character-driven novels about Southern life, like “Raney” and “Killer Diller.” He is now in the headlines for being banned from all public schools in New Hanover County where two of his children attend elementary school.

Museum in Ocean Isle Beach offers program on birding
Jill Peleuses will be the guest presenter at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 21, at the Museum of Coastal Carolina’s Sand Bar Lecture Series. She has an undergraduate degree in environmental studies from the University of North Carolina Wilmington and a Master’s in Public Administration, also from UNCW. She has taught birding programs for UNCW's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

George Rountree III, Lifetime Achievement Award for 2016
George Rountree's sometimes-gruff style has made him a polarizing figure at times and he's largely avoided the spotlight with his charity work, but he's supported a slew of area causes with his time and money. The list includes New Hanover Regional Medical Center, Wilmington's Miracle League field, The Open Gate domestic violence shelter, as well as the local high schools, UNCW and Cape Fear Community College.

UNCW student receives prosthetic leg from Boston Bombing survivor
UNCW senior Savannah Booth received a new prosthetic leg through Boston Marathon bombing survivor Heather Abbott's foundation.
Additional coverage: WWAY

"Extra! Extra! The Musical" By Frank Trimble Throws A Spotlight On Background Actors
Frank Trimble is a local actor, director, a professor at UNCW, a lyricist and a composer. He has authored several musicals, including Fly RightEbenezerand Noah. Trimble's Extra! Extra! The Musical premiered in 2013; since then, he's reshaped the piece, now produced by Big Dawg Productions.  

Tony Award winner to hold master class, perform in Wilmington
Savion Glover, a Tony Award winner, will be in Wilmington on Thursday, June 9. His time here will include a master class and a performance on stage at UNCW. Later that day, he will be performing at UNCW with modern jazz, NEA and Grammy winner Jack DeJohnette.

Banned from schools: How Forest Hills Elementary became Clyde Edgerton's cause
Local author and UNCW professor Clyde Edgerton has been banned from New Hanover County Schools by Superintendent Tim Markley.

Area's Civil War shipwrecks recognized as national treasure
A less known historic district rests underwateroff the coasts of New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender counties -- the Cape Fear Civil War Shipwreck District. Officially recognized by the National Park Service on Dec. 23, 1985, the district represents "the largest assemblage of Civil War wrecks in the world," said Chris Fonvielle, associate professor of history at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

Romantic story of shipwrecked Confederate spy is true, mostly
It's one of the more glamorous stories of the Cape Fear coast: The glamorous Confederate spy is riding a blockade runner back into Wilmington. Her ship runs aground and she drowns in the Atlantic -- weighed down by treasure sewn in the linings of her gown. That legend is almost true -- sort of, according to University of North Carolina Wilmington associate professor Chris Fonvielle.

5 things to do this weekend
The Port City Music Festival has been spoiling area classical music fans all week, and the tunes will continue into the weekend. Cellist and conductor Dr. Stephen Framil is joined by a lineup of noted instrumentalists, such as UNCW's Danijela Žeželj-Gualdi, and vocalists. Hear performances of Mozart and Schubert at 7:30 p.m. on June 10 at Beckwith Recital Hall on the UNCW campus.

Emails shed light on author's ban from New Hanover County Schools
Emails obtained through a public records request provide some insight as to why local author and UNCW professor Clyde Edgerton was banned from New Hanover County Schools by Superintendent Tim Markley.
Additional coverage: StarNews

Hurricane exercise prepares responders for storms
Lumina News
Emergency responders from around the region, including Wrightsville Beach, held a comprehensive hurricane preparedness drill last week to prepare for the official start of hurricane season.  Many participants in the event logged in through the WebEOC system and didn’t travel to the emergency center, including representatives from University of North Carolina Wilmington, New Hanover Regional Medical Center and Kure Beach, among others.

United Way Of The Cape Fear Area: The Birth of the Community Impact Model
Greater Wilmington Business Journal (*sponsored content)
In early 2005, the Cape Fear Area United Way and the University of North Carolina Wilmington partnered to conduct a comprehensive health and human services needs assessment. The assessment used multiple methodologies and identified the most pertinent and pressing service needs and barriers to care. As a result of the needs assessment, the Community Impact Model was adopted as a blueprint for addressing community needs.

Determined Teen Has Big Dreams for Himself After Graduating with Perfect GPA Despite Battling Cancer
Atlanta Black Star 
David Owens has battled cancer for years but has managed to graduate high school with a GPA higher than a 4.0 while dealing with multiple surgeries and treatment. The future marine biologist wants to attend Duke University or University of North Carolina Wilmington to continue his studies.

Interns provide key resources for WB fire department
Lumina News
For nearly 30 years, The Wrightsville Beach Fire Department has hosted an internship program that lets students at the University of North Carolina Wilmington or Cape Fear Community College live for free while getting training for first responder skills.

Fake tax collectors target students
Noelle Talley, public information officer at N.C. Department of Justice, told the StarNews that two students at the University of North Carolina Wilmington have fallen victim to a phony tax collector scam.

Former UNCW coach Marc Ellington passes away
Former UNCW swimming and diving coach Marc Ellington passed away on Tuesday. 

More honors for UNCW baseball
UNCW baseball players Nick Feight and Alex Royalty have added All-America honors.

Gamecocks cool off Seahawks
UNCW's final offensive stats – a .320 batting average and 505 runs in 60 games – ensure this group will be remembered among the best in program history.

UNCW's Thomas Eldridge fires 67 at Monroe Invitational Championship
UNCW’s Thomas Eldridge carded a three-under-par score of 67 in the opening round on Wednesday and enters the second round one stroke off the lead at the Monroe Invitational Championship at the Monroe Golf Club.

UNCW Baseball's season ends in Regional Championship loss to South Carolina
A five-run fourth inning and strong pitching from starter Taylor Widener and reliever Josh Reagan pushed South Carolina to a 10-5 win over UNCW on Tuesday in the championship game of the NCAA Columbia Regional at Founders Park.
Additional coverage: StarNewsCharleston Post Courier 

Hoops (M): Kevin Easley headed to Chattanooga
Kevin Keatts needs a new director of basketball operations. Kevin Easley is headed to Chattanooga to become an assistant, a source close to the UNCW program confirmed.

US Kids Golf Tour holds season-ending championship
Each year the Greater Wilmington Sports Hall of Fame honors four people for their excellence in the world of sports in the Greater Wilmington area by inducting them into its Hall of Fame. Each inductee class selects the high school or college that the four scholarships will be awarded. Terrence Connelly of UNCW was one of this year’s recipients.

NCAA Baseball Roundup
Greensboro News & Record
UNCW GAME TODAY: UNC Wilmington's game against South Carolina at Columbia was rescheduled because of rain for 2 p.m. today. The winner will advance to the super regionals to play Oklahoma State.
Additional coverage: WECTCharleston Post CourierWWAY

UNCW baseball falls 10-1 to USC - Regional Championship Game Monday
South Carolina rode a complete game effort from starter Tyler Johnson and collected six two-out RBI's to force a second championship game as the Gamecocks beat UNCW, 10-1, on Sunday at Founders Park.
Additional coverage: StarNewsWWAY

Seahawk fans grateful for a close-to-home regional
UNCW baseball fans have dubbed their tailgate area outside Founders Park this week Seahawk Village.