UNCW in the News

July 18 - 22

Southeast NC districts recruit dozens of teachers during summer
The region has a built-in bonus in its beaches and warm climate. Administrators in every district say the proximity to UNCW is also a draw, from its intern partnerships for aspiring teachers to training opportunities. Wednesday's training session for Pender County teachers was made possible by a grant from N.C. Quest, a state teacher improvement initiative, and partnerships with UNCW professors. 

How to Make a Bear Hungry
Wall Street Journal
David Gessner, a professor of creative writing at UNC Wilmington, reviews “Engineering Eden,” by Jordan Fisher Smith.
Scientists, Fishermen Tackle Problem of Whales Entangled in Ropes
Biologists with Duke University and UNC Wilmington spot a 4-year-old male right whale entangled in heavy fishing rope while conducting research for the U.S. Navy 40 miles east of Jacksonville, Florida. 

People are more willing to talk about LGBT issues at USU, program coordinator says 
The Utah Statesman 
When Brooke Lambert became the USU LGBT program coordinator four and a half years ago, she said many people in Cache County didn’t know what LGBT meant. Most USU community members know now what LGBT stands for and are willing to discuss it. She is leaving USU this year for a new position in the LGBT office at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

New organizations focus on employment
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
Leah Sherrill founded Special Pedals to employ and empower adults with disabilities. Instead of peddling coffee, the nonprofit’s employees repair and sell bicycles for an hourly rate while receiving enough individualized attention to learn something new during each shift. Sherrill graduated from the University of North Carolina Wilmington in May with a degree in special education.

Your Next Resource: A Cameron School of Business Intern
Greater Wilmington Business Journal (*sponsored content)
In today’s competitive job market, internship experience is a necessity to gain the competitive advantage that graduates need to succeed. With approximately 2,000 students within the CSB, Wilmington and the surrounding communities have an endless supply of talent right here in our backyard. 

SCC, Russia connect in study
Sampson Independent
Sampson Community College made history last week by hosting actual ongoing psychological research from a senior institution on the SCC campus. A majority of the students in Paul Wolf’s PSY 150-0A class volunteered to undergo strenuous mental exercises to assist UNCW professor Dr. Zara Melikyan’s cross-cultural study between Russia and the United States.

COPD Patients Might Breathe Easier with Exercise Table Now Being Tested
COPD News Today
A team of researchers at the University of North Carolina Wilmington is testing an exercise table that may help patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) breathe easier.

Community builds home for veteran, family
An empty lot along Shiloh Drive was donated to Step Up For Soldiers and a house is being built on it for a veteran and his or her family. Vice President James Verdon says this is the first time they are building a home from the ground up. “Either his or her family, they will be living here while attending CFCC or UNCW,” Verdon said. “Upon graduation, they will get most of their rent money back so they can start in life.”

Wilmington youths hold "healing space" 
Devin Dixon, a rising junior at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, said that after recent fatal shootings, he noticed that his mom was placing more emphasis on telling him to “be safe” every time he left the house.

Veteran burned by suicide bombing follows in footsteps of those who helped her
News & Observer
Oyoana Allende has recovered from the damage she received when a suicide bomber attacked a convoy she was in. Allende received her undergraduate degree from UNC Wilmington in recreational therapy. She will receive her master’s in occupational therapy from the UNC School of Medicine in August.

Middle schoolers gather data from the stratosphere
Lumina News
Students from Lisa Giacomelli’s Wilmington Academy of Arts and Sciences class launched a weather balloon on July 13. The project idea came from one of Giacomelli’s student’s parents, Robert Condon, an assistant marine biology professor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

Major upgrades are coming to the UNCW Soccer Stadium
A new entrance is being constructed so fans can enter the stadium closer to the softball field. Fans will also walk down a new concrete path to the stand.

UNCW basketball heads into summer vacation
The UNCW basketball team tried to use its summer workouts wisely in preparation of defending its CAA title. Coach Kevin Keatts has emphasized competition during practice sessions.

UNCW men's tennis welcomes trio of players including Wilmington's Marshall Waren

The UNCW men’s tennis team has added more talent to a roster that has produced four Colonial Athletic Association championships and five NCAA berths over the last nine seasons.

UNCW athletic budget still growing for 2016-17
UNCW plans to spend $13.4 million on the athletic department in the coming school year, up $1.1 million from 2015-16. 

Denton Named Head of UNCW Seahawk Club
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
After a national search, the University of North Carolina Wilmingtonannounced Derek Denton as its new development director for athletics.

Kevin Keatts finds right recruiting formula
The UNCW men's basketball team has made the most of a boosted recruiting budget under coach Kevin Keatts.

UNCW tennis player grabs Finnish national title
Port City Daily
Rising senior Annika Sillanpaa’s summer is off to a good start after the UNCWwomen’s tennis standout teamed up with Johanna Hyoty to win Finland’s national doubles open championship in Turku, Finland.

Former college teammates, roommates pair up with Boise Hawks
Idaho Statesman
Outfielder Steven Linkous and reliever Jared Gesell both played at UNC Wilmington.

Craig Ponder prepares for next step
Former UNCW guard Craig Ponder doesn't know where he'll start his pro basketball career yet, but he's trying to make sure he's ready.

Liberty Hires UNC's Jackson as Head Coach
Baseball America
Scott Jackson, who was the pitching coach at Liberty before spending the past eight seasons at North Carolina, is returning to Liberty as head coach. Prior to his time at Liberty, Jackson spent five seasons as a pitching coach at UNC Wilmington.

Across Long Island…
Long Island Tennis Magazine
Two-time New York State Doubles Champions Courtney Kowalsky and Celeste Matute were recognized by Oyster Bay High School with a plaque on their home court. Kowalsky will return to Oyster Bay High School for her senior season, while Matute will be taking her talents to UNC Wilmington in the fall of 2016.

UNC kicks off tough Winthrop men's soccer season
The Herald
For the second time in three years, the Eagles will take part in the UNCWCourtyard Wilmington/Wrightsville Beach Classic in Wilmington, N.C. Winthrop will face Marist on Sept. 9 and then UNCW on Sept. 11.