Page 1


A publication of the UNCW Honors College

VOL. 12 ISSUE 2 Summer 2017

Dive Into Honors...........2 Photo Gallery..................3 Student Spotlights..........4 Study Abroad..................6 Student Research............7

In front of the two-floor fish tank in Fort Fisher Aquarium: Mary Milo Woodley, Megan Siragusa, and Gabrielle Terrill. All photos provided by Gabrielle Terrill.

Dive Into Honors The newest Honors students make a splash in Summer II Gabrielle Terrill Class of 2021


he freshman Dive Into Honors program was the highlight of my summer vacation. Seven other members of the incoming Honors College freshman class and I were the first ones to experience this program. Our group of eight attended the same honors oceanography class, OCN 150, for each day of the Summer II session. We spent almost two hours every Monday through Thursday with the fantastic Ms. Patti Mason of the Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences.

(To read more about Gabby’s experience, continue to next page.)

Feature Gabrielle Terrill Class of 2021

Dive Into Honors: Making a Splash


  I found myself feeling like the apartment we all shared in Seahawk Crossing was my second home. Driving away at the end of the program felt as sad as leaving my home back in Clayton, NC.


iscussions about the foundations of oceanography opened our eyes to the complex world that lay just beneath the surface of the water. We spent every class period going over difficult topics that tested us not only on memorization, but also on the practical effect of human action on the world around us.

Cassie Thompson enjoying the frog statue at Fort Fisher Aquarium. One evening on the pier with Chris Koehler and Erik Nicolaysen.

  The memories I made with my classmates are irreplaceable. We learned from one another with quiz bowl competitions that lasted late into the evening, took field trips to the UNCW aquaculture facility and the Fort Fisher Aquarium, and spent time learning the ins and outs of the university that we now call home. We spent many nights together in the apartment communal area, watching TV, or going to Wrightsville Beach for some evening relaxation. Everyone treated each other like extended family, offering support whenever needed for upcoming exams or with challenging homework assignments. We grew close and remain that way even now.


  I could not have imagined a better way of spending my summer than with the people whom I grew so close to. My only regret was that we could not have spent even more time together in this program that felt much too short. I am ever grateful to the Honors College for sponsoring this amazing opportunity that I would recommend wholeheartedly to any freshman who has any fear of what the first semester at this university may bring. Not only were my worries assuaged, but I also found myself more enthusiastic about arriving here for the first day of the fall semester than when I began Dive Into Honors. I am thankful for the chance to call myself a Seahawk, and even more thankful for the blessing to call myself a member of the Dive In family.

Highlights See more photos on the Honors Facebook page.

Beach Sweep and Move-In

photo gallery 3

Student Spotlights Honors students share their Summer 2017 experiences!

Amanda Ceroli on a research cruise in the Gulf of Mexico.

Amanda Ceroli ’19 participated in an REU with the Oceanography department at Texas A&M University. She collected data on a 3-day research cruise in the Gulf of Mexico, lookng at dissolved oxygen concentrations to predict and characterize hypoxic regions. Hannah Diskin ’20 studied abroad in Cuba with Honors. It confirmed her desire to become a nurse who travels to impoverished areas in Latin America.

Deanna Edwing ’21 participated in an internship with NOAA, researching the cause and environmental effects of the invasion of the lionfish and researching removal and eradication solutions. Dylan Paulson ’20 performed undergraduate research in Dr. Joseph Covi’s lab at UNCW.

Jess Reich ’19 worked at a summer camp in Wilmington for children with autism, facilitated by the Autism Society of North Carolina.

Catherine Armstrong ’20 studied abroad in Buenos Aires and interned with Missio Hair, a new hair product company in Wilmington fighting human trafficking.

Tori Waldman ’18 interned with Duke Energy HQ in Charlotte in their corporate finance department.

Sean Owens ’18 performed in Wilmington’s 25th anniversary of Shakespeare on the Green, playing Silvius in As You Like It.


Coleman Pleasant ’20 had an internship with Bandwidth, a Raleigh-based company. She worked in the marketing department as a market research intern for the duration of the summer. Sydney Mehler ’21 did an externship with Mountain View Healthcare to obtain a certification as a medical assistant.

Kirsten Woolpert ’18 had a biomedical internship with A.I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, DE.

Morgan Clark ’18 had an externship at Duke University Hospital.

Kelsea Edwing ’21 had an internship with NOAA, working with a marine ecologist and his team to study the effects of climate change on the Florida Keys reef.

Catherine Armstrong in Argentina.

Alexis Sales ’20 interned in accounting at Trident Marketing in Pinehurst, NC.

Student Spotlights All photos provided by students.

Lucy Keller ’19 interned with Retrofit Film in Los Angeles, CA. Cole Tillett ’20 studied abroad in Bremen, Germany with the Cameron School of Business. Sarah Ann Craven ’19 was a production intern with Seacrest Studios (part of the Ryan Seacrest Foundation) at Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte. Seacrest Studios creates unique radio and TV shows that air throughout the hospital. Erik Paulson ’19 worked in Dr. Stephen Kinsey’s lab studying the relationship between membrane lipid content and metabolic rate. He also worked with Dr. Nathaniel Grove investigating cognitive load of students in an organic chemistry class. Sarah Kate DelaCourt ’20 was inducted into the National Council of College Leaders (NCCL), a nationwide committee of 15 college students and part of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation. They lobbied on Capitol Hill for healthcare reform and spoke directly with elected officials.

Cole Tillett with UNCW students in Bremen, Germany.

Alex Sarmiento ’19 studied abroad through the UNCW faculty-led Summer on the Mediteranean program in Marseille, France. The opportunity took her to many other European cities, including Paris.

Julia Singer ’20 volunteered at the Wetlands Institute Marine Research Center in Stone Harbor, NJ. She taught the community about marine ecosystems and volunteered in a diamond-back terrapin costume to educate families on turtle protection.

Julia Singer at the Wetlands Institute.

Sarah Kate DelaCourt on Capitol Hill.

Alex Sarmiento in Paris.

Want to see your accomplishments in print? Fill out the annuual Honors survey about whatever you do next summer—and don’t forget the photos!


Feature Alex Sarmiento Class of 2019

Summer on the M editerranean


study abroad

uring the summer, I had the opportunity to visit seven European cities in three countries, and I did it in the span of a month. How was I able to accomplish such a thing? I studied abroad. I studied via a UNCW facultyled program called Summer on the Mediterranean.

of class time, we took trips to the French cities of Cassis, Nice, and Avignon, which were the epitome of Mediterranean traditions and customs. I also had the opportunity to go to Rome, Paris, and Barcelona. While walking around Rome, I saw amazing ancient monuments kept pristine, right in the middle of a bustling city. Rome had the best food in Europe. If you ever have the chance to go, I highly recommend Porta Castello.   Paris was another world unto itself. There are many vantage points from which to look out over the city. From the Eiffel Tower, the tower of Notre Dame, or the Arch de Triomphe, you could walk anywhere in Paris and have a spectacular view. The city at night was even more magical than during the day. The Eiffel Tower lights up in a brilliant yellow glow that acts as a beacon for those who witness it.

Alex & co. pose at Le Plage, Marseille, France. (All photos provided by student author.)

  For the duration of my stay in Europe, my primary location was the portside town of Marseille, France. Marseille was a picturesque city combining the rich tradition of a Mediterranean village with the amenities of a fledgling metropolis. The city was filled with forts and basilicas to explore. Being so close to the sea, Marseille offers a variety of beaches. These beaches are not like the ones in Wilmington. The land is rocky and the water is freezing cold, even in the heat of summer.   When I wasn’t traversing around Marseille, I had the opportunity to travel to other countries and cities. As part

Left: Fort Saint Jean. Right: Alex at Chateau d’If, the prison that inspired The Count of Monte Cristo.

  Barcelona had a different atmosphere than the other cities. It had some remarkable architectural feats, but I ended up spending most of my time at its beaches. Here, the water was warm enough to enjoy swimming in.   My time studying abroad brought me so many new experiences and adventures. I was never without great company, breathtaking views, or a valuable life lesson. Studying abroad was one of the best decisions I have made, and I will cherish the time I spent there always. Alex at the Louvre.


Feature Mallory Munden Class of 2018

Summer Camp and Long-Term Learning Of the camp alumni who responded to the survey, 74% reported a fact that they could remember from attending camp, providing evidence of long-term learning. I also found that nearly ¾ of the camp alumni are majoring in or planning to major in some science field.


spent my summer working as an educator at Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve for my National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) Hollings internship. In addition to working with all of the summer camps for rising 1st– 8th graders, I created evaluations to assess learning and conducted a longitudinal study to find out what happens to our summer camp alumni after they leave.   My research produced some interesting results. The evaluations showed an average change of 108% across all five camps. All camps showed an improvement in their average scores between the pre-test and post-test. However, I found that this learning isn’t just short-term.

  This internship helped me gain experience and confidence as an environmental educator. I also won an “Outstanding Oral Presentation in NOAA’s Resilient Coastal Communities and Economies Goal” award at my presentation at NOAA’s Science and Education Symposium. For my next steps, I’m hoping to publish my findings in a peer-reviewed journal and present at the Mid-Atlantic Marine Education Association conference. I would encourage undergraduate students to take advantage of all of the research opportunities available; try something out of your comfort zone and expand your knowledge. You may even get the opportunity to inspire the next generation of scientists!

student research

Mallory receiving the award for Outstanding Oral Presentation. (Photo courtesy of NOAA.)

Mallory works to educate young campers about issues in Chesapeake Bay. (Photos courtesy of Mallory Munden.)


Periplus Staff Editor-in-Chief: Nikki Kroushl

Assistant Editors: Cat DiCaprio Caleb Horowitz

Featured Writers: Mallory Munden Alex Sarmiento Gabrielle Terrill

Masthead Photography: Ireland Headrick Faculty Advisor: Dr. Bill Atwill

UNCW Honors College 601 South College Road Wilmington, NC 28403 www.uncw.edu/honors 910.962.4181

From the Editor:

In Your Corner:

Even though I didn’t have an exciting internship or study abroad planned for Summer 2017, I managed to go on some adventures. One of those adventures was beginning my term as Editor-in-Chief for Periplus— and living vicariously through your adventures, too. I’m looking forward to another lively school year.

I love hearing about all your adventures in the summer edition of Periplus! My summer was also terrific—filled with meeting incoming honors students at Orientation and Dive Into Honors, plus my own travel to Colombia, South America to learn more about the wildlife there. Each summer my husband and I explore a new place; this year we saw trogons and tanagers, as well as orchids in the wild and the Bogotá city center. I look forward to getting to know all our new honors students!

Remember that you can always contact me at nkk6885@uncw.edu or come talk to me Wednesdays from 1–3:30 if you’ve got questions, comments, or ideas for Periplus and Honors! Nikki Kroushl Class of 2019

Katherine Bruce, Director UNCW Honors College

Give the Gift of Honors to Future Honors Students! Name__________________________________________________________________________________ Home Address___________________________________________________________________________ City_________________________________________ State___________ Zip______________________ Home Phone: (______)______________________ Work Phone: (_______)__________________________ Email__________________________________________________________________________________ _______ I would like my gift to go to the Levy-Bruce Honors Scholars Endowed Scholarship (scholarship for new Honors students) _______ I would like my gift to go to the William D. Atwill Honors Scholarship in Athletics (scholarship for new Honors varsity athletes) _______ I would like my gift to go to the Honors Scholars Trust Fund (programming) _______ I would like my gift to go to support UNCW Undergraduate Research _______ I would like my gift to go to ________________________________________________________ Please make checks payable to UNCW and mail to: Advancement Services, UNC Wilmington, 601 S. College Road, Wilmington, NC 28403-5905 I would like to pledge $_________ to be paid in installments of $__________ to be billed: _____ Annually _____ Semi-Annually _____ Quarterly _____ Monthly _____ My first payment is enclosed. _____ Visa _____MC _____AmEx Card # ___________________________ 3-Digit Security Code________ Exp. Date ___________ Signature: _______________________________________________ If you or your spouse work for a matching gift company, you could double or triple your gift. Please obtain a matching gift form from your employer and mail with this form to UNCW. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Advancement Services: (910) 962-3626 MAKE YOUR GIFT ONLINE: www.uncw.edu/giveonline

Profile for UNCW Honors Publications

Periplus Summer 2017  

Vol. 12, Issue 2

Periplus Summer 2017  

Vol. 12, Issue 2