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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Janine Iamunno EDITOR Jennifer Glatt CREATIVE DIRECTOR Marybeth Bianchi GRAPHIC DESIGN Shirl Modlin New PHOTOGRAPHY Jeff Janowski CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Joshua Crafts Anne Glass Bonnie Monteleone Bradley Pearce The Nile Project UNCW University Archives CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Kristen Brogdon Caroline Cropp ’99, ’06M Venita Jenkins Chad Lovette ’15 Caitlin Taylor ’18M Tricia Vance CLASS NOTES Breanna Tenda ’16 EDITORIAL ADVISORS Thomas Cone Kyle Prey Claire Stanley Eddie Stuart
DEAR FRIENDS, As you make your way through the latest issue of UNCW Magazine, I believe you’ll see three themes emerge: excellence, engagement and joy. Our excellence as Seahawks is represented in our classrooms and other learning environments; in countless areas of faculty and student research; by our student-athletes and those who coach them; and by our alumni who so passionately support UNCW with their gifts and campus involvement. In fact, our excellence is evident around the world, from the Nile to Mars (read on for those stories!). Our engagement with communities stretches beyond work with nonprofit agencies, civic groups and those in need; we are also engaged with the economy via entrepreneurial endeavors, the environment with various sustainability efforts, and the advancement of higher education with work that is both innovative and imaginative. I don’t think I need to elaborate on all the ways we find joy – because so many of the photos in this issue tell that story. It is clear from the faces you’ll see here that Seahawks seem to be happiest when we are making a difference: academically, in our community or by giving back to UNCW. As we have begun to implement our 2016-2021 strategic plan, which you’ll read about inside, we have continued to build upon our legacy and expand our thinking on what the coming years will bring for UNCW. With students, faculty, staff and alumni so committed to their work and improving the world around them, I believe our future is in very good hands. Yours at UNCW,
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Dr. Jose V. “Zito” Sartarelli Chancellor