UNCW in the News

July 25 - 29

UNCW Chancellor talks growth
With the start of the fall semester less than a month away, the UNCW Board of Trustees talked a lot about the future. Chancellor Sartarelli spoke about his five strategic priorities.

UNCW donors gave record-breaking $14.9 million in 2015-16
Donors just gave the University of North Carolina Wilmington its largest single-year fundraising total -- $14.9 million.

UNCW Names Swain Center Director
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
Laura Gail Lunsford has been named director of the Swain Center at theUniversity of North Carolina Wilmington.

UNCW Breaks Record with $15 Million in Donations

TWC News
More than 15,000 people have donated a record breaking amount to UNCW. 
Additional coverage: Port City DailyWECT

Daniels elected head of UNCW trustees

Greater Wilmington Business Journal 
Wilma Daniels was elected chairwoman of the UNCW Board of Trustees on Friday. Daniels is founder and CEO of Daniels Development LLC and founder and property manager of William Hooper Apartments.

Best-selling author, alumnus Jason Mott returns to UNCW as writer-in-residence
Best-selling author Jason Mott is returning to UNCW, his alma mater, as the new writer-in-residence in the creative writing department.

VB drug court gets national acclaim
Herald Palladium
Kristen DeVall of the Department of Sociology and Criminology at the Universityof North Carolina Wilmington and colleague Christina Lanier evaluated the local programs and wrote a paper titled “How’d You Do It? Understanding Drug Treatment Court Success Among Participants with Methamphetamine Use Disorders.”

Wrightsville Beach police corporal named department's 2016 officer of the year
Lumina News
Cpl. Gunnar Matthews came to the department after a short stay at the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Department, which followed 12 years as a patrol officer, detective, sergeant and captain for the University of North Carolina Wilmington Police Department.

Opera Wilmington preps for performance with preview event

Opera Wilmington is hitting all the right notes with its production of Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte, which opens Friday at the Main Stage UNCW in the Cultural Arts Building.
Additional coverage: WHQR

Communique: "Peter & the Wolf" With Shadow Puppets & Masks
The upcoming performance is part of a new program through UNCW Office of Arts called Seahawk FAM that has featured family shows on Wednesday mornings through July.

Education, student loans top issues for UNCW voters
UNCW students said education costs and student loans were top issues for them, but that doesn't mean they disregard other issues.

UNCW Trustees elect new officers

The University of North Carolina Wilmington's Board of Trustees elected developer Wilma Daniels as board chairwoman. Trustees also elected Ronald McNeill, vice president of Liberty Healthcare Services, as vice chairman and chose attorney Hal Kitchin Jr. as secretary.

I'm Proud of the Way My School Addresses Sexual Misconduct
Every school should protect their students from sexual assault the way UNCWdoes.

Opera Wilmington opens 3rd annual production with Mozart's 'Cosi Fan Tutte'
Opera Wilmington opens its summer production of Mozart's "Cosi Fan Tutte" on Friday. Many UNCW faculty members and graduates are involved with the show.

Economists: Local job numbers may be weaker than they look

Greater Wilmington Business Journal
While the Wilmington area’s economy continues to contain “bright spots and reasons for optimism,” job creation remains an area of concern, according to a recent UNCW report.
Additional coverage: StarNews

With mall in foreclosure, is face-lift in future for Wilmington's biggest shopping center?

Tracy Meyer, a marketing and retail professor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, says the struggles facing traditional malls in today's retail environment is a trend across the country.

School system names AG Cox principal
Greenville Daily Reflector
Norman McDuffie, assistant principal at D.H. Conley High School, has been named principal at A.G. Cox Middle School. McDuffie earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from UNC Wilmington and a master’s degree in education in school administration from the University of Phoenix.

SECU expands fellowship program
Greensboro News & Record
Through a partnership with the University of North Carolina System, Elizabeth City State, Fayetteville State, UNC Wilmington, Western Carolina and Winston-Salem State will join three returning universities for the second year of the SECU Public Fellows Internship Program.

Discover New Shark Secrets at the Tennessee Aquarium's Sharkfest on Aug. 5 
The Chattanoogan
OCEARCH, a global leader in shark research, launched an expedition in June to tag up to 30 mature female Sand Tigers with a goal of learning more about their breeding and pupping habits. Using an OCEARCH vessel, scientists from Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, Florida Aquarium, North Carolina Aquariums, SeaWorld, Southeast Zoo Alliance for Reproductive Conservation, and the University of North Carolina Wilmington, spent nearly 10 days tagging sharks off the coast of North Carolina.

MOZART IN COMEDY: Opera Wilmington goes into season three

There are five chances to see “Così Fan Tutte” this week, including a pre-performance gala on July 29 and a meet-and-greet cast party after the closing matinee on Aug. 7. Performances will be held in Kenan Auditorium on the UNCWcampus.

UNCW names Swain Center director

Author and mentoring expert Laura Gail Lunsford has been named director of the Swain Center at UNCW. The center offers development services to Cape Fear region businesses and produces economic forecast data. 

Barges Proposed as Dredging Alternative
Coastal Review Online
A group from the University of North Carolina Wilmington is proposing that port officials consider the use of lightering barges, or lighters, flat-bottomed vessels equipped with container-handling cranes. The barges have a shallower draft and are used to load containers off-shore and bring cargo to and from ships and ports, according to a paper from Larry Cahoon and two of his graduate students.

Wilmington Area Among State Leaders in Incoming Investment
The Cape Fear region’s three counties are among the state’s leaders in attracting investments, according to a report from SmartAsset, a financial planning company. “The way the metrics in the study are constructed is reasonable, but I’m not sure there’s a clear takeaway,” said Adam Jones, theUniversity of North Carolina Wilmington’s regional economist.

New Hanover County wins 10 awards at national conference 
Port City Daily 
One of the recognized initiatives, a community battery recycling program, is run by the county’s environmental management department in partnership with local institutions such as the county public library system, Cape Fear Community College, the University of North Carolina Wilmington and the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher. 

Good Shepherd Center graduates 50th veteran from recovery program
Good Shepherd Center in Wilmington has reached a milestone in its mission to help veterans struggling with homelessness and substance abuse. Paul Fisher has completed the four phases of the Ashley Center Transitional Program. He is currently a student at Cape Fear Community College and has been accepted atUNCW upon graduation.

North Carolina native Hunter Ridge battles to gain playing time for Slammers
Chicago Tribune 
Hunter Ridge batted .329 at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and is the school's all-time leader in hits.  

Keith Rendleman gets his basketball passport ready again
The former UNCW star forward is getting used to life in professional leagues across the world. 

Former UNCW soccer player Colin Bonner adjusting to life with FC Dallas
The UNCW alum is starting to get more opportunities with FC Dallas in his rookie season.

UNCW women's golf release schedule
A challenging schedule of nine tournaments awaits the 2016-17 UNCW women’s golf team when the squad returns to campus next month. 

UNCW's Sarah Hamon headed to World Mountain Running Championships

Rising junior Sarah Hamon of the UNCW women’s cross country team has been selected by USA Track & Field to join three other runners representing the United States at the 32nd World Mountain Running Championships this September in Sapareva Banya, Bulgaria.

Former UNCW announcer Gore set to call Olympic gymnastics
Former UNCW announcer Sam Gore will be the radio voice of gymnastics at the upcoming Olympic Games for Westwood One, in addition to contributing to other areas of the radio giant’s coverage from Rio de Janeiro.

UNCW baseball puts up big numbers, Diamond Hawks continue to represent
Port City Daily
With the college baseball season in the books following an amazing run by Coastal Carolina University to claim the school’s first national championship, theUNCW program is coming off another impressive season as Steven Linkous and Nick Feight finished atop the NCAA statistical leaders.

Zayicek Heads to Wilmington after Triple-A Home Run Derby
Baseball America
As one of the two high school hitters in the Triple-A Home Run Derby, one could understand Riley Zayicek being nervous. Zayicek is taking summer classes atUNC Wilmington but got to skip class and drove more than 200 miles last Monday to participate in the festivities in Charlotte.

Thirteen students awarded Kitty Powell scholarships
Rocky Mount Telegram
Catherine Murray Ziencik is the daughter of Mary Murray, a member of the Rocky Mount USBC. She is attending the University of North Carolina Wilmington where she hopes to earn a doctorate in education.