Friday, April 4, 2014

The Oscars: Seahawks on the Red Carpet

Jessica Riffle Edwards ’04, UNCW Alumni Association board member, recently attended the most star-studded event of the year, the 86th Academy Awards! We caught up with Jessica to hear about this once-in-a-lifetime experience. With the help of celebrity stylist, Marcellas Reynolds, and makeup artist, Brittney Rhoades, Jessica was red carpet ready in no time. View her complete transformation on Storify.

Jessica Riffle Edwards ’04 with her sister-in-law at the Oscars
A Wilmington-based realtor for Coldwell Banker SeaCoast Advantage, Jessica has become well known for her video blogs on YouTube. Her unique marketing techniques were featured on the TODAY Show. Not long after, Coldwell Banker Corporate started working closely with Jessica on various marketing projects.

When the company decided to purchase promotional air time for the 2014 show, they received two tickets to the Academy Awards, the pre-Oscars party hosted by ABC, and the Governor’s Ball. They decided Jessica, with her social media expertise, would be the perfect person to help promote the new commercial!

“From the moment we touched down in LA, the whole experience seemed very surreal,” Jessica said. When asked if she had a favorite celebrity she met or saw, she responded, “Seeing Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie arrive at the Governor’s Ball. When they arrived, we were standing right there and immediately all the photographers and everyone went into a complete frenzy. They (Brad and Angelina) remained calm and casual, were laughing and talking with the photographers and just seemed like very real and personable individuals.”

Jessica said her most memorable moment was watching Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto’s surprised reactions when their names were called for their performances in the Dallas Buyers Club. “The whole experience was beyond amazing,” she shared.

UNCW Alumni Relations/Jordan Hinkley '09

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Our Local and Global Communities: Three Seahawks Making a Difference

Success isn’t something that just happens to you one day. It takes work, dedication and perseverance; traits that our alumni take pride in and ones we love to celebrate.

Our 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award recipients have seen how passion can pay off. The top honor for the university, the Distinguished Alumnus of the year, has been awarded to a man who is not afraid to spread his wings to make a difference in our global community. Dr. Anthony Cavalieri '75 celebrated his graduation from UNCW when our university was just a 3,200-student commuter school, but even then he knew his journey was just beginning.

Dr. Tony Cavalieri '75
Distinguished Alumnus
Award Recipient
Familiar with the importance of a rigorous and immersive academic journey, Dr. Cavalieri continued his education at the University of South Carolina to earn his Ph.D. in biology and completed his postdoctoral research at the University of Illinois. His passion for learning and support of the College of Arts & Sciences as a UNCW Society member has provided momentum behind UNCW’s commitment to excellence.

In true Seahawk fashion, Dr. Cavalieri dares to ask questions and break down international barriers. His research in biotechnology and sustainability in agriculture during his 22 years with Pioneer Hi-Bred International, a DuPont Company, led to international consulting roles with USAID in Africa and The Nature Conservancy.

In 2012, Dr. Cavalieri became a senior program officer for the Melinda & Bill Gates Foundation, working to provide grants for research organizations who are improving the productivity and incomes of farmers in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. His previous work also includes advising the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) on science and technology issues in South Asia and the US Agency for International Development.

Not only is UNCW's foundation rooted in the accomplishments of our students and alumni, but also the commitment of our community. The 2014 Citizen Award goes to a man who has shown a lifelong devotion to the quest for education.

Dr. Richard Corbett
Citizen Award Recipient
A retired naval officer, Dr. Richard Corbett is a man who has never stopped pursuing his passion for medicine. Although he retired from the New Hanover Medical Group in 1999, he continues to practice medicine today.

Dr. Corbett has shown his love for our university by establishing scholarships and funds for faculty research, and by serving on the Nurse Advocate Board to address the nursing shortage in our region and help UNCW remain a leader in the southeastern region for nursing education. His commitments to the university also extend beyond the classroom. His commitment to the journey of learning, and knowing that it does not stop at graduation, led to his support of alumni programming and creating opportunities for alumni to reconnect and share career advice.

Young alumna of the year, Susan Chandler Webb ’07 is a Cameron School of Business (CSB) graduate who has advocated for our coastal community since her student years when she helped coordinate the most successful Pi Sigma Epsilon Wing Fling fundraiser to date, earning $37,000 for local charities.
Susan Chandler Webb '07
Young Alumna Award Recipient

Providing tremendous support to the business school and its students since graduation, Susan has served as both an internship advisor and a member of the Cameron Executive Network, however, her involvement doesn’t end with her academic interests. She also actively volunteers for the Cape Fear and CSB alumni chapters and is a former member of the Alumni Association Board of Directors.

Crossing the finish line takes energy, a concept that our young alumna and marathon runner embraces in her career as well. A quick peek at her resume shows her willingness to excel has led to multiple promotions. After a few years as an executive recruiter for the Wilmington Group, Susan is now the Area Vice President of Sales for the Coverbind Corporation in Wilmington.

The UNCW Alumni Association, Board of Trustees and Chancellor Gary Miller welcomed the award recipients at a reception at the Chancellor's residence during Homecoming weekend. Join us as we congratulate these outstanding Seahawks!

Friday, February 14, 2014

The Sweetest Time of the Year

How sweet it is to be a Seahawk! At least, that's certainly how Sonya Mongero '95 and Trent Mongero '90 are feeling right now. The alumni couple, winners of the 2014 Seahawk Sweethearts contest, will be enjoying Homecoming in style at the Hilton Garden Inn Mayfaire.

To add another cherry to the pie, Wilmington is celebrating its 275th birthday next week! Nestled in sandy shores and caressed by ocean breezes, how much more could we love our coastal community?

Enjoy the Storify album below collected from students and alumni about how UNCW captured their hearts.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Tales of Seahawk Love: Seahawk Sweethearts 2014

“If it wasn’t for UNCW I would have never met my soul mate,” shared Ivy McCreary Barefoot 11’ and Kyle Barefoot 09’ in the Seahawk Sweethearts contest last year.

Is your sweetheart a fellow UNCW alumnus? If so, we invite you to share your story with us for a chance to win a fabulous getaway package during Homecoming Weekend, February 21-23, 2014! This package includes a two-night stay at, the brand new Courtyard by Marriot in beautiful downtown Wilmington, two alumni TEALgate tickets and two homecoming basketball tickets!

Check out this year’s contest on Facebook. Entries will be accepted through Friday, January 31 at noon and voting ends Monday, February 3 at noon.  For complete rules and details, please visit the contest webpage.

View the alumni love stories from last year in the Storify slideshow below. #uncwsweethearts #UNCWHC14

Friday, October 18, 2013

Alumni in the News

  • Chris Cooprider '13, former UNCW tennis standout, won his first professional title at the Turkey F27 Futures Double Championship in Istanbul, Turkey. 
  • Logan Hendricks '06 and Kyle Clark '07, made a name for themselves in the film industry during the Big Sky Film Festival in Montana with their documentary, Love at a Certain Age
  • Dave McKenna '03, former baseball player, was named the new Carrollton Central High School softball coach in Carrollton, Georgia. 
  • Deborah Brasic '94 joined Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter as a nurse practitioner. 
  • Jenni Harris '91, assistant to the chancellor for community partnerships at UNCW, has been elected to the board of Leadership North Carolina
  • Kayla Herring '13 accepted a job as enrollment specialist with Hill, Chesson & Woody (HCW), a health and welfare benefits brokerage and consulting firm in Durham, NC. 

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Alumni News & Notes

  • John R. Bell, IV '01 was elected to the North Carolina House of Representatives and is serving in his first term in House District 10.
  • Meredith Causey '09, who works as a nurse in the Medical Intensive Care Unit at Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital, received the Exceptional Person Award.
  • Nancy Carter '82 recently had her landscape and abstract paintings featured in New Elements Gallery in Wilmington.
  • Michael Bass '13 and Justin Livengood '13 have been drafted by the San Diego Padres; making 89 Seahawks to play professional baseball since 1960. 
  • Corey Heitz '99 is one of 20 individuals nationwide selected to be an AAMC MedEdPortal Faculty Mentor and received the 2013 Carilion Clinic/Virginia Tech Carilion Emergency Medicine Residency Scholar of the Year award.
  • Brittany Cox '10 has appeared in the recent Microsoft commercial and has been cast in "A Bad Summer for Tomatoes" filming in Kingston, WA this summer. 
  • Jessica Maher '01 is the special assistant to the president for legislative affairs and responsible for promoting the president's agenda in the U.S. Senate. She focuses on coordinating with the Senate Energy and Natural Resources, the Environment and Public Works, the Agriculture and Indian Affairs committees. 
  • Koyah Rivera '00 was recently promoted to the Graduate Registrar/Graduate Student Support Services Manager at the UNC School of Dentistry and has been accepted into the PhD program in Leadership Studies at NC A&T State University which she will begin in the fall. 
  • Jane Howard Crutchfield '03 started a raw food truck and catering business, Triangle Raw Foods, with her partner Matthew Daniels in 2011. They have plans to open a raw, organic, vegan cafe in Durham.
Have some news you would like to share? Send an email to with your name, graduation year(s) and contact information and we'll include it in future blog posts!

Friday, March 8, 2013

Congratulations 2013 Outstanding UNCW Cameron School of Business Alumni

The 2013 Outstanding UNCW Cameron School of Business alumni will be recognized at the CSB Outstanding Alumni Speaker Breakfast on Wednesday, March 20 in Madeline Suite at 7:00 am. Recipients will participate in a panel discussion following breakfast as part of Business Week.

Robin Diehl `90 is the chief financial officer and director of the Office of Fiscal Management in the NC Department of Administration. She graduated from NCSU with a master's degree in Accounting after receiving her bachelor's degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting, from UNCW. Robin serves on the National Board of Directors for the American Diabetes Association, chairs the National Finance Committee for the American Diabetes Association and was chair of the local Board for American Diabetes Association for several years. She also served on the Utilities Board of Adjustment for the Town of Cary, NC.

Jean English `96 is currently the vice president of IBM Software Demand Marketing. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in Marketing. Jean is a member of IBM’s Global Marketing and Communication Leadership Team which includes the top 50 marketing professionals across IBM. She is also a member of the Junior League of Raleigh, where she has held multiple Junior League chair positions over the last five years, and currently serves as the Marketing Chair for the 2013 North Carolina Governor’s Inaugural Ball. In addition, Jean serves on the customer advisory board for ON24 and Alliance Tech.

Bill Mayew `97, `98M is an associate professor of accounting at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. Bill received his Ph.D. in Business Administration (Accounting) from the University of Texas at Austin in 2006, and later, his bachelor's and master’s degrees in Accountancy from UNCW. He received the 2008 Financial Research Association Best Paper Award for his work on the information content of managerial vocal cues during earnings conference calls and also teaching excellence awards in both the daytime and weekend executive MBA programs. Bill’s research has appeared in the Journal of Finance, Journal of Accounting Research, Review of Accounting Studies and Contemporary Accounting Research.

Tickets for the breakfast and panel discussion are $5 and can be purchased online until March 17. This event is hosted by the Cameron School of Business and the CSB Alumni Chapter.

UNCW Alumni Relations/Julianna Rubino, Intern