Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Second Chances

It’s not very often in life we get a second chance at anything. For us veterans, though, we do get a second chance: at college. Whether we have never been at all or we messed up our first try, the GI Bill is there waiting on us to make a move.
If you are on the fence, I am here to tell you to have faith in your ideas and take a chance!

 UNCW has opened so many doors for me.  When I think I have exhausted what the university has to offer I meet someone new or am exposed to a new event.  It seems as though the possibilities here are endless!

I honestly thought that leaving the Marine Corps would be the end of meeting people from different parts of the country.  As it turns out, there are a lot of out of state students that travel to attend UNCW.  Even more, I have met students from Germany, China and France. That’s more than I got from the Marine Corps! And with less stress!
I have been introduced to Rock Climbing, taking trips with the Wakeboard Club, and even dissected a sheep brain in one of my classes! This summer, I will be heading to Greece and Italy for a study abroad opportunity with the Exercise Science department!

The point is, opportunity is everywhere on campus! Each day brings an opportunity to do more than we did yesterday and we should jump at the opportunity!
I am sharing this with you because leaving your branch of service does not have to be the end of doing great things and being awesome! It is the beginning of doing even better, greater things!!!

-Patty Martinez, USMC
Office of Admissions VA Work Study

Friday, March 21, 2014

Admissions Hosting Visit Day for Admitted Students

WHAT?                  "Dare to Soar"

WHICH IS...?         Spring Visit Day for admitted students only

WHEN?                   Saturday, April 5

TIME?                      9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (optional sessions beginning at 12:30)

EVENTS?               Academic and Student Services Fair, Student Panel, Parent Sessions,

                                  Financial Aid, Sample Class, Residence Hall tours and more
LOCATIONS?      Trask Coliseum, Warwick Center, Burney Center, Cameron (CSB),
                                 Computer Information Systems (CIS), Fisher Student Center, McNeill Hall,
                                  Morton Hall

More than 1,800 visitors will come to campus, as students decide whether they will become a Seahawk. 


Thursday, March 20, 2014

The Local Flavor

You’ve just finished a fantastic tour with one of the incredible T3 guides. Its been a busy day and you’re feeling a little hungry. So where do you go for food around UNCW? Fast food perhaps? Maybe a chain restaurant? You’d like to try something local but where should you go? Have no fear- I’m here to tell you.
            There are a number of incredible hole in the wall restaurants near campus to go to, so there’s no need to venture downtown unless you want to. A local favorite is Island’s which is a southwestern/Mexican restaurant. The quality of the food is excellent, and if you’re eating on a budget this is definitely the place for you ($2 tacos)! Feeling like something a little more exotic? The sushi at Okami is fantastic and rolls are half price before 7 pm. Maybe you want to go to a unique restaurant? Then Flaming Amy’s Bowls is a must. You build your own bowl of stir-fry, picking from a variety of meats and toppings and sauces. They then grill it up right in front of you with your choice of rice or noodles. Looking for a good sandwich? Look no further than South College Deli. Their Beef on Weck French dip is hands down one of the greatest sandwiches I’ve ever eaten. Then of course there’s always
 P.T.’s Grill, which is a local chain with everything from BLT’s to burgers. They even have a food truck that comes to campus on alternating weekdays.

            When you come to campus, make sure you give one of these places a shot. You won’t regret it!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Seahawks Sweep the Track (and Field)!


UNCW combined to win eight events between the men and women as the Seahawks swept both meets of the UNCW Seahawk Invitational on Saturday, March 15, at the Greene Track & Field Complex.

The Seahawk men totaled 201.5 points while the women accumulated 179 points in the win.

Hezekiah Ward and Vincent Ragland finished 1-2 in the 110 Hurdles with times of 14.88 and 14.93 seconds, respectively.

Ragland joined with Cam Walton, Ryan Edmonds and Brandon McLean to win the 4x100 (41.38) and the Seahawks finished off their relay sweep, as Cody LoveTrip ForemanConnor Brooks and Jamar Collins-Hall combined to win the 4x400.

Love added a win in the 400 Hurdles.

In the Triple Jump, Aerial Chatman claimed top honors with a distance of 48-7.25 feet.

Meena Reid opened the Saturday portion of the meet with a win in the 100 meters.

Gabriella Robinson earned the Seahawks top points in the 200 meters with a first-place finish.

In the High Jump, Margaret Edwards used a height of 5-8.75 for the win and Marlee Cadwell won the Vault with a mark of 11-1.75.

UNCW will next compete in Myrtle Beach, S.C., in the CCU Shamrock Invitational March 20-22.

Monday, March 17, 2014


What do you think about when you hear music, food, sustainability, and awareness? Probably not Schwoodstock, because none of you know what that is. But fear not! By the time I’m done explaining it you will be just as excited about it as I am.
Schwoodstock is a music festival that is taking place in the Suites Courtyard on April 12th. Local bands and acts from UNCW will be performing as well as some from outside of Wilmington. People come and go with their blankets and chairs and sit back to enjoy the music. There will be blank t-shirts available for people to stencil and decorate however they want. There will also be food trucks like P.T. Grill and Poor Piggys. The philanthropy this year will be Stop Hunger Now. They are committed to providing food and life-saving aid to people around the world and we are honored to be working with them!
It is a great way to sit back and relax and enjoy a chill afternoon listening to music with the company of friends. It is a wonderful way to enjoy an evening. There really is no reason for not going!
See ya there!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

DESTINATION: AFRICA! LaTasha Jones visits Ethiopia

In global news, First-Year Counselor and graduate student Latasha Jones visited Ethiopia in January.  Here she is in her colorful garb in Addis Ababa, the capital. 

Tasha recounts her extraordinary experience:

This past January, I had the wonderful opportunity to visit Africa.  I spent ten amazing days in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Thanks to the Office of Admission and the Office of International Programs here at UNC Wilmington, I was able to visit three international schools to recruit future Seahawks: the International Community School, British International School, and Sandford School.  Between the three schools, I was able to speak to more than 60 students.

Thanks to the Graduate School and the History Department, I conducted research on my thesis (Ethiopianism and Pan-Africanism) at Addis Ababa University.  Between interviewing professors and conducting research at the Institute of Ethiopian Studies, I completed close to 20 hours of research.

Outside of recruiting for UNCW and researching for my thesis, I was able to see many of the historic sites and interact with the people of Addis Ababa. They were wonderful, and the food was incredible. I was even able to partake in an authentic Ethiopian coffee ceremony.

I felt as if Addis Ababa was my second home and I cannot wait for the opportunity to go back!

Tasha participating in a traditional
 Ethiopian coffee ceremony

British International School
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Ethiopian weaver
Institute of Ethiopian Studies
at Addis Ababa University