UNCW in the News

Aug 8 - 12

5 New Hanover County news notes
Stories you may have missed: During a chat with reporters and editors at the StarNews last week, University of North Carolina Wilmington Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli outlined an ambitious plan to grow the university's academic and athletic offerings.
Additional coverage: New Bern Sun Journal

UNCW oceanographer Rob Condon says jellyfish scare is unwarranted
Much of the natural world is cyclical, and that’s good news for swimmers and surfers in Southeastern North Carolina this summer. According to the data, jellyfish populations ebb and flow in a fairly predictable manner, according to UNCW oceanographer Dr. Rob Condon.

UNCW's new LGBT coordinator talks student support
For Brooke Lambert, being hired as the University of North Carolina Wilmington's LGBTQIA coordinator meant trading the rocky peaks of Utah for Wilmington's sandy beaches. She spent four and a half years at Utah State University in a similar position, leading that campus' LGBT office.

Donald Trump Speaks to Crowds in Wilmington and Fayetteville
Time Warner Cable News 
Donald Trump kicked off a two-city North Carolina tour to a capacity crowd at UNCW Tuesday afternoon. 
Additional coverage: Greater Wilmington Business JournalWECTLumina News

Tickets available: Presidential candidate Donald Trump to campaign at Trask Coliseum
UNC Wilmington confirmed that the College Republicans (a student organization) will be sponsoring the campaign event for Donald J. Trump for President on Tuesday, Aug. 9, at 2 p.m., in Trask Coliseum.
Additional coverage: WWAYWBTVJacksonville Daily NewsWITNStarNews

Area unemployment rates increase slightly in June
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
In the University of North Carolina Wilmington’s July 2016 Economics Barometer, local economists said focusing only on “the headline number” – such as New Hanover’s 4.8 percent in June – ignores remaining weaknesses in labor markets that include part-time workers who want to be full time and potential workers who have given up on the job search.

Kimberly Munley takes charge at Step Up for Soldiers
Kimberly Munley is president of Step Up for Soldiers. She previously worked vice and narcotics on the police force at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. She's currently pursuing a degree at UNCW, still deciding between political science, psychology or business management.

For Wilmington artist Ally Favory, the woods are fertile ground for inspiration
Wilmington artist Ally Favory’s multimedia solo exhibit 'Grounded' is on display at Flytrap Brewing through August. She received a degree in fine arts from theUniversity of North Carolina Wilmington.

Joseph Patrick Corcoran, 91,
Port City Daily
Joseph Patrick Corcoran, age 91, of Wilmington, N.C., died Wednesday Aug. 3, 2016. Memorials may be given to the newly established “Corcoran Family Champions of Freedom Scholarship” to aide returning military veterans at UNCW.

Wilmington firefighters fight to beat extreme summer heat
Brittany Gamby was hired as a Wilmington Fire Department firefighter in August 2015, but she has been in Wilmington since she first began as a shooting guard on the University of North Carolina Wilmington’s women’s basketball team in 2009. She said this summer has by far been the hottest she has ever experienced.

Confederate Memorials in Wilmington: Here to Stay Unless NC General Assembly Deems Otherwise 
Dr. Monica Gisolfi is a history professor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. She says that other states and localities have chosen to remove monuments from public spaces and transfer them into museums, where educators can contextualize the pieces. But the state legislature in North Carolina forbids that.

Homeless connect with agencies at first-ever event
The Daily News
The first Homeless Project Connect was a success, according to United Way’s Solutions for Stability coordinator, Susan Pridgen. Representing the Salvation Army was Social Service Director Laura Hagerman and three University of North Carolina Wilmington interns, Jessica Small, Ashley Lee and Justin Gibson.

Make the most of your precious time
Asheboro Courier Tribune
Article by Keith Hudson, the pastor of Oakhurst Baptist Church in Asheboro. He has an undergraduate degree from UNCW in physical education.

Mayfaire offers discounts, shuttle for arriving UNCW students

To celebrate the arrival of students going back to school at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, Mayfaire Town Center will have special discounts for students who present a valid student ID. The shopping center also will provide free shuttles for students to and from campus to Mayfaire from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Public opinions: For or against voter ID law
"People in the lower class don't always have access to identification and things like that," stated UNCW College Democrats President Mansha Kakar. "Like transportation, they don't have access to being able to obtain these methods of identification."

'Raise the Age' supporters attend public hearing Thursday
A public hearing was held Thursday night to discuss raising the age a youthful offender can be tried as an adult. Janna Robertson, who works with the Dropout Prevention Coalition at UNCW, said the research shows charging youthful offenders as adults is as harmful to the offender as it is for the community. 

Bald Head Island Conservancy hires executive director
The Bald Head Island Conservancy announced G. Christopher Shank has been hired as its director. He holds a Master of Science and Ph.D. in Marine Sciences from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, and did his research residence at UNCW

Riggs' Exit Leaves Void on CRC Science Panel
Coastal Review Online
The recent resignation of a founding member of the science panel that advises the state’s Coastal Resources Commission leaves an imbalance in expertise, according to some of the panel’s remaining members. Only three geologists are on the panel, William Cleary of the University of North Carolina Wilmington; Stephen Benton, who retired from the North Carolina Division of Coastal Management and Greg “Rudi” Rudolph of Carteret County’s Shore Protection Office.

Oleander Proposal Replaces Golf Center with Student Housing
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
Student housing has been on the minds of parents, Realtors and apartment developers in the months leading up to the start of the fall semester for UNCW, Cape Fear Community College and other higher educational institutions in the Wilmington area.

UNCW to offer cost of attendance stipends for basketball
UNCW will offer $2,000 cost of attendance stipends for basketball starting in 2016-17.

Longtime UNCW diving coach to be honored with golf tournament next month
The inaugural Marc Ellington Memorial Golf Tournament will be staged on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016, at Magnolia Greens Golf Course to support swimming and diving at UNCW.

ESPN's Greenberg to speak at UNCW hoops tip-off dinner
Port City Daily
Former college basketball head coach and current ESPN analyst Seth Greenberg will be the featured speaker at the inaugural UNCW Men's Basketball Tip-Off Dinner on Sept. 22, 2016, at the Burney Center.

Before Tebow, Jordan Was The Minors' Biggest Draw
Baseball America
Tim Tebow and his agency announced his intention to try his hand at professional baseball. UNC Wilmington assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Randy Hood played on that 1994 Birmingham Barons team with Michael Jordan, and he recalls a crazy atmosphere that lasted all year.

Hoops (M): Craig Ponder signs pro contract in England
Craig Ponder will start his pro career with the Reading Rockets of the English Basketball League. The former UNCW guard signed his contract last week and just needs to secure his visa to finalize the plan. He expects to leave for England on Aug. 29.

UNCW women's soccer plays to scoreless draw against High Point
Senior goalkeepers Carolyn Huddy and Liisa Rahkola combined to anchor a strong defensive effort by UNCW as the Seahawks earned a scoreless draw against High Point in an exhibition game at the UNCW Soccer Stadium on Thursday evening. 

Norco Legion award winners to be honored at Friday's banquet
Allentown Morning Call
Jacob Trenberth is the recipient of the Charles 'Chic' Kennedy NORCO Scholar-Athlete award. Trenberth graduated in the top five percent of his class and had a composite SAT score of 2016. He will attend the University of North Carolina Wilmington in the fall and receive a $1,000 scholarship.

UNC Wilmington with plenty of challengers in deep Colonial Athletic Association Contenders
Mid-Major Madness
Whichever characteristic you feel best translates to success on the hardwood, the UNC Wilmington Seahawks probably have it. These factors have led to Wilmington being tabbed as the obvious favorite for the 2017 CAA title. 

ESPN's Seth Greenberg to speak at UNCW basketball kickoff dinner
Former college basketball head coach and colorful ESPN analyst Seth Greenberg will be the featured speaker at the inaugural UNCW Men’s Basketball Kick-off Dinner on Sept. 22, 2016, at the Burney Center.
Additional coverage: StarNews

Wilmington's Sam Gore set to broadcast Olympic Games
Wilmington’s Sam Gore who will be part of the broadcast team calling the action from Rio. Gore paid his dues starting in Wilmington as the radio play-by-play announcer for UNCW basketball. That led to a role at ESPN where he’s primarily assigned to tennis, but that’s just the tip of it.

Baseball: Ashley's Kevin Mintz commits to Seahawks
Ashley High School left-hander Kevin Mintz committed to UNCW on Wednesday during a campus visit, sticking close to home after also looking at North Carolina, N.C. State, East Carolina and Coastal Carolina.

UNCW baseball to host hitting academy for area ballplayers
Port City Daily
The idea of UNCW graduate assistant Josh Stott could come to fruition this fall as the Seahawk’s baseball program looks to hold a weekly hitting academy for area ballplayers during the offseason.

Gators Take Second at JSL Championship
The Crozet Gazette
Alex Rayle, a 21-year-old senior marketing major at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, has already signed on for a repeat Gators coaching engagement for 2017. He swims the individual medley and breaststroke events for UNCW, which provides great experience for him as a person interested in coaching.