UNCW’s interim provost named to permanent position

Marilyn Sheerer. Photo courtesy UNCW.

UNC-Wilmington’s temporary provost has been named as the permanent replacement. After nearly a year as interim leader, Dr. Marilyn Sheerer was named Provost and Vice Chancellor of the Office of Academic Affairs earlier this week, according to a release from the university. She brings to the position more than 25 years of experience in higher education […]


UNCW to host free informational programs on Spanish immersion

UNCW's Spanish department will screen 'Speaking in Tongues,' a documentary about language immersion education, as part of two events on the topic. Courtesy image.

As New Hanover County education officials prepare to move Spanish immersion to a new school, UNC-Wilmington is offering informational sessions aimed at highlighting the benefits of dual language programs. The first of two events – set for Saturday, Feb. 13 – is a free screening of the documentary, “Speaking in Tongues,” followed by a discussion […]


Brunswick education officials OK nearly $500k for playing field’s coal ash mitigation

The Brunswick County school district hopes to reopen a South Brunswick Middle athletic field, closed in 2013 after the detection of coal ash, by the fall semester. Courtesy photo.

Brunswick County education officials have signed off on funding for a project to refurbish a Southport-area athletic field tainted by coal ash. Nearly two years after the material was found beneath the South Brunswick Middle School baseball field surface, the board of education recently allotted approximately $290,000 to rehabilitate the field. Another $180,000 will be […]


New Hanover County education officials to host Spanish immersion meeting

Ahead of a move from Forest Hills to Gregory, the district will host an informational session for interested parents later this month. Photo by Hilary Snow.

The New Hanover County school district will host an informational session later this month for parents interested in the recently expanded Spanish immersion program. The meeting, set for 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 25, is aimed at addressing the approach and benefits of the program. It will be held at Gregory School of Science, Mathematics […]


After months of division, Brunswick education leaders stand together on school bond

Brunswick County school board members expressed a need for unity moving forward in their pursuit of placing a $153 million bond referendum on November's ballot. Photo by Hilary Snow.

Moving forward, Brunswick County education officials are standing united in their efforts to place a bond referendum on November’s ballot. Less than two months after a divided school board voted down, 3-2, a motion to postpone a push for the $153 million measure, its members have voiced their commitment to continue pursuing the bond—this time […]


From fitness to film: Nick Westfall says farewell to education with final 5K runs (with video)

P.E. teacher Nick Westfall is staging two more free 5K runs this spring before making his exit from education to pursue filmmaking. Courtesy photo.

He is an author, a filmmaker and a champion for childhood fitness. And before Nick Westfall makes his exit from the world of education, he’ll stage two more free 5K runs aimed at fighting childhood obesity. Westfall’s final round of Color Runs are set for Saturday, Feb. 27 in Leland and Saturday, March 5 in […]


Wilmington Academy of Arts and Sciences places second in state Science Olympiad

After winning the regional Science Olympiad competition, WAAS' team went on in December to place second statewide. Courtesy photo.

Some local students of a small school have won big at Science Olympiad. The middle school team from the Wilmington Academy of Arts and Sciences (WAAS) recently placed second out of 16 middle schools from around the state. It’s an impressive feat, considering the local private school–aimed at nurturing academically gifted students in sixth through […]


2015 in review: UNCW, CFCC see changes in top leadership

Dr. Jose Sartarelli. Photo courtesy UNCW.

The expected entrance of a new campus leader–and the sudden exit of another–topped the list of changes at UNC-Wilmington and Cape Fear Community College, respectively, in 2015. For UNCW, this year marked the long-awaited arrival of a permanent replacement for Chancellor Gary Miller, who left the university in June 2014 to head up the University […]


UNCW names new Marine Sciences director

Martin Posey.

UNC-Wilmington’s Center for Marine Science has a new leader. University officials announced earlier this week that Martin Posey – currently UNCW’s associate vice chancellor and dean of undergraduate studies – will take over as director of the academic and research campus on Jan. 1. The move comes after an announcement in October that the Center […]


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