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2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalogue 
2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalogue Archived Catalogue

Student Life

Office of the Dean of Students

The Office of the Dean of Students is committed to advocacy and education centered on student growth and self-responsibility by serving as a central resource for UNCW students, faculty and staff. Through collaboration with the university and Wilmington community, we provide assistance to members of the UNCW community by: educating students about their rights and responsibilities as members of our community; assisting students, faculty and staff with interpretation of campus policies, including the Code of Student Life and the Student Academic Honor Code; training and educating faculty, staff and students on community standards and conflict resolution; establishing grievance and conflict resolution procedures; referring students to myriad resources to increase the likelihood of their success; assisting in the coordination of 24 hour emergency and crisis response; and providing resources and education for special populations including fraternity & sorority life members, off campus and non-traditional students, graduate students, and military and veteran students. Our mission is to foster a respectful and dynamic community that affirms the value and contributions of each individual and which harbors and elevates democracy, civility, and diversity as paramount values.

The following services and programs are coordinated and managed through the Office of the Dean of Students: Fraternity & Sorority Life; Seahawk Perch (off-campus, non-traditional and military affiliated student services and graduate student life programming); Alternative Dispute Resolution (peer mediation); Cornerstone Community Standards; Student Conduct; Student Academic Honor Code and Case Management (student behavioral intervention/resource referral). Student rights and responsibilities are communicated through the Code of Student Life, and we adjudicate academic and behavioral violations through the campus conduct system. Our staff is vested in the success of each and every student, and we invite you to access us as partners in assisting you in your roles as students, faculty and staff at UNCW. If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact the Office of the Dean of Students at (910)962-3119, by e-mail at or visit our website at

Art Exhibitions

Monthly exhibitions of painting, sculpture and the graphic arts are held in a variety of spaces on campus including: Randall Library, Cultural Arts Building, Campus Life facilities, and the Ann Flack Boseman Gallery. Student art is often featured. Campus Life also features its permanent art collection of student artwork on display year round in the Fisher Student Center, Fisher University Union, and Burney Center. All exhibitions are open to the public without charge.

Association for Campus Entertainment

The Association for Campus Entertainment (ACE) coordinates many of the events that take place on campus including the Friday and Saturday night film series, open mic nights, concerts, comedy shows and a series of homecoming events. This student-run organization is made up of the following committees: Comedy, Concerts, Promotions, Spirit, Voice, and Films. Over 150 students participate in the coordination of ACE events and learn skills such as contract negotiation, marketing, delegation, time management and program planning. If you are interested in more information about events or joining a committee, stop by the ACE office in the Campus Activities and Involvement Center in the Fisher Student Center, Room 2029.


The university holds membership in the National Collegiate Athletic Association, Colonial Athletic Association, and Eastern College Athletic Conference. Varsity intercollegiate teams are fielded for men in basketball, cross country, baseball, golf, soccer, tennis, swimming and diving, and indoor/outdoor track and field. Varsity intercollegiate teams for women are fielded in basketball, cross country, softball, golf, soccer, tennis, swimming and diving, volleyball, and indoor/outdoor track and field.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Athletics, based upon and consistent with the purpose of the university, is to offer superior athletic programs that compete annually for Colonial Athletic Association and NCAA Division I academic and athletic honors.

Core Values

The Department of Athletics is committed to being competitive at the conference and national level and adheres to the following core values in its quest for excellence:

  • Academic Excellence
  • Athletic Success
  • Student-Athlete Development
  • Community Involvement
  • Diversity and Equity
  • Integrity
  • Fiscal Strength and Responsibility

Goals and Objectives

  1. Create the most powerful learning experience possible for student-athletes.
  2. Recruit, retain and develop quality coaches, administration and staff in appropriate numbers.
  3. Embrace and enhance equity and diversity throughout the staff, sport programs, culture and community outreach activities.
  4. Create an educational and athletic environment that promotes great sportsmanship and prepares student-athletes to become lifelong leaders.
  5. Strengthen the athletic department‘s community engagement and outreach activities.
  6. Enhance the quality and well being of UNCW‘s student-athlete experience while providing competitive opportunities in a safe environment.
  7. Ensure adequate resources to achieve athletic department goals by increasing private giving and corporate partnership financial support.

Vision Statement

The Department of Athletics strives to provide students with an environment committed to successful and meaningful athletic and academic experiences, high quality coaches, and dedicated support staff and administration to help them become better athletes, students, and citizens.

The Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act report is available upon request.

Campus Activities and Involvement Center

The Campus Activities and Involvement Center is your gateway to entertainment and involvement on campus. As part of the Division of Student Affairs, we are “creating experiences for life” by providing opportunities for students to participate actively, grow personally and explore new ideas and interests through a variety of entertainment and involvement experiences. Our staff, and the students with whom we work, are committed to creating a vibrant campus community filled with diverse activities for all students. Activities produced by the center include UNCWelcome, UNCWelcome Back, UNCWeekends, and the Involvement Carnival. Check out the Web calendar to find out ways of getting involved in the UNCW Community:

Campus Life Arts & Programs

Campus Life Arts & Programs coordinates a wide range of campus and cultural programs for students and the university community. Our programs include: Association for Campus Entertainment (ACE); Ann Flack Boseman Gallery; UNCW Presents; Lumina Theater; Sharky‘s Game Room; and Summer @ the Dub. Enjoy live entertainment, performing arts, lectures, art exhibits, film screenings, game tournaments, and more, all free or, at very reduced rates for students. For event information or to get involved with programming, visit or stop by our office in the Fisher University Union, Room 2041.

Summer @ the Dub

Summer @ the Dub features a comprehensive calendar of campus and community events for students throughout the summer months, including activities such as films, concerts, outdoor recreation, bowling nights, special events, summer sporting event tickets, and much more. For more information, visit

UNCW Presents

UNCW Presents provides professional performing arts and lecture programs for the campus and community through its Arts in Action Performance Series and Leadership Lecture Series. Each season features an eclectic mix of dance, theater, world music, jazz, inspiring lectures, and other world-class events for free or at reduced rates for students. For more information about series programming or to volunteer usher, visit or call Campus Life at 910.962.3285.

Campus Life Facilities

Student life is enriched at UNCW by a broad spectrum of activities, many of which occur in or around the Campus Life facilities which includes the Fisher Student Center, Fisher University Union, Burney Center and Warwick Center. The Fisher Student Center is a 63,000 square foot facility which houses student organization offices in the Campus Activities and Involvement Center, meeting rooms, lounges, study areas, a two-story University Bookstore, The Seahawk Perch, Lumina Theater – a 360-seat movie theater, Sharky‘s Game Room and box office, The Varsity Café, and views of the Campus Commons.

The Fisher University Union re-opened in spring 2008 following a major renovation. The changes include an expansion of the Hawk‘s Nest to include more food concepts and dining space. The services in this facility also include the post office, Dittos: The Copy Spot, Main Street Market (a convenience store), ECO Teal and Binaries (technology service). Many student service offices, including the Career Center, Transition Programs, the Upperman African American Cultural Center, Campus Life and Arts Programs, the Office of the Dean of Students, Centro Hispano, the Campus Life Administrative Office and Student Media are all located in this facility. In addition, the Ann Flack Boseman Gallery is located on the second floor of the Fisher University Union with art on exhibit throughout the year.

The Burney Center also re-opened in spring 2008. It now houses the largest multipurpose space on campus. The Campus Life Reservation and Event Services office, which is located in the Warwick Center, will be happy to talk to you about this and other reservable spaces in any of these facilities.

The Warwick Center houses a large multi-purpose room which can be divided into as many as three smaller spaces. Areas of the multi-purpose room are available to the university community and the community at large for meetings, conference proceedings, etc. Fall 2009 saw the opening of Dub‘s Café, an all-you-care-to-eat venue.

Campus Life facilities and Campus Commons are student-oriented facilities in the center of campus that are welcoming, adaptable, well maintained, safe and accessible. These facilities are intentionally designed to be inviting and to encourage interaction with the community.

Campus Recreation

The Department of Campus Recreation organizes and administers a variety of structured or self-directed recreational services that enhance the overall wellness of the university community. Our primary goal is to provide quality recreational experiences directed toward positive change in the physical, cognitive and social domains of the university community, thus enhancing the overall educational experience. This goal is accomplished by offering a wide variety of recreational activities, conducting educational workshops and providing professional training for employees. The Department of Campus Recreation provides a multifaceted program which includes: group exercise/fitness programs, intramural sports, Discover Outdoor programs, sport clubs and special events. Campus Recreation at UNCW takes a “something for everyone” approach to programming.

Discover Outdoor Center

Discover Outdoor Center uses outdoor adventure recreation to provide the UNCW community with opportunities for healthy and exciting leisure pursuits, leadership development and team building. Operating as a component of the Department of Campus Recreation, the center offers low-cost opportunities to experience and to learn about many enjoyable lifelong outdoor activities through adventure trips, the UNCW Challenge Course, outdoor equipment rentals, outdoor leadership training, the Student Recreation Center Climbing Wall, outdoor skills workshops and kayak clinics.

CARE: Collaboration for Assault Response and Education

CARE: Collaboration for Assault Response and Education is the UNCW department dedicated to relationship education and violence prevention. CARE educates about relationship issues, including abuse and violence, as well as focusing on sexual assault, stalking and harassment. Our office is located on the second floor of Westside Hall. We offer confidential consultations to students who have been victims, as well as those students, faculty, staff or others concerned about students affected by abuse or violence. CARE also partners with other campus offices and with off-campus agencies, in order to offer educational outreach and to provide crisis response to the UNCW community.

For more information, call (910) 962-CARE, stop by our office in Westside Hall, or visit our Web site at The CARE responder may be contacted 24/7 by calling (910) 512-4821.

CARE‘s coordinator for men‘s programs is located in the Student Recreation Center, Room 104. For more information call (910) 962-7004.

Center for Leadership Education and Service

The Center for Leadership Education and Service provides a venue for student-centered leadership and service projects in local, regional and global communities. By providing students with intentional service leadership experiences in an environment dedicated to innovation and quality, our students learn to lead with conviction, integrity and discernment. The center cultivates a dynamic and experiential learning environment that provides students opportunities for leadership development and civic engagement. For more information, call (910) 962-3877, stop by our office in the Fisher University Union, Room 2013, or visit our website at

Counseling Center

The staff of the Counseling Center believes that a student’s successful progress towards their degree is impacted by a number of personal, social and academic factors. To assist this progress, we offer a variety of services including individual personal counseling, group counseling and personal development workshops. In addition, consultation services and outreach programs are offered for student organizations, as well as other campus departments and offices. Our primary goal is to assist students in completing their degree while developing a greater understanding of themselves in relation to others and their environment.

Common concerns include loneliness, depression, anxiety, sexuality, homesickness, relationships, family issues and grief. In addition, assistance is available for students with concerns related to sexual assault, substance abuse and eating/body image. The Counseling Center is staffed by counselors and psychologists, all of whom have specific interests and skills in working within a university setting. Students and families are reminded that the transition to college does not change the importance of retaining structures in place for managing previously diagnosed conditions or psychological concerns. The Counseling Center can assist with determining appropriate local arrangements.

Services are confidential, free and accessible. Regular walk-in hours are available and after-hours crisis consultations are available by calling the University Police (910) 962-2222. When other counseling resources would better serve the needs of a student, referrals to off-campus professionals and agencies are made and assistance with connecting with these professionals is provided. Students are encouraged to make use of our varied services to assist them in managing their “hassles” as well as their more complex concerns. The Counseling Center is a partner with others in the campus community to promote student success through quality programs and services.

For additional information about the services and programs offered by the Counseling Center, please call (910) 962-3746, come by our offices on the second floor of Westside Hall, or visit our Web site:

CROSSROADS: UNCW Substance Abuse Prevention and Education Program

CROSSROADS, UNCW’s Substance Abuse Prevention and Education Program, located on the second floor of Westside Hall and in the Student Recreation Center, Room 104 has extensive and up-to-date resource materials available about alcohol, tobacco and other drugs and their effects, as well as information about how to help you, a friend, or someone else who may have a problem with substance abuse. Materials are free of charge and some are available on loan. CROSSROADS provides educational sessions, conducted by program staff and peer educators, to faculty and staff, students, clubs, organizations and residence life groups. Topics include information about health risks, decision-making, high-risk alcohol and other drug use, smoking cessation and responsible party planning. Whether you have questions about drugs for personal reasons, academic assignments, or a group project, your interest will be handled in a confidential and nonjudgmental manner. For more information contact CROSSROADS at (910) 962-4136, e-mail us at, or stop by the office in Westside Hall or in the Student Recreation Center, Room 104.

Dining Services

UNCW Dining Services is committed to providing culinary offerings to meet a variety of dietary preferences prepared by highly trained staff and professional chefs who hold various culinary designations. Campus dining facilities are available to all students, faculty, and staff seven days a week when classes are in session. Wagoner Dining Hall is a 600-seat facility that serves a variety of choices in an all-you-can-eat venue. Dub‘s Café features a home cooking station, salad bar, display cooking, deli and tempting desserts. The Hawk’s Nest, located in the Fisher University Union features Jolé Molé Mexican Fare, the Tuscan Oven, Bamboo featuring IndoPanAsian fusion, Varsity Dogs, the Varsity Grill, Sushi Station and the branded concepts you love including Freshens Quiznos and Chic-fil-A. Convenience stores are located throughout campus including Seahawk Station located in Apartment Building M at the Suites, The Market Place and The Landing located in Seahawk Landing, P.O.D. Market and Dunkin Donuts located at the Shops at Seahawk Crossing, and Main Street Express in the Fisher University Union. Enjoy coffee, pastries and more at Einstein Bros in the Fisher Student Center and Java City located in Randall Library.

Information about commuter and residential student meal plans is available at the Auxiliary Services One Card Office in the Warwick Center. Telephone (910) 962-3560 or

Health Promotion

Health Promotion, located in the Hundley Health Education Center in the Student Recreation Center, is UNCW‘s central resource for health education and educational programs and services. These are designed to help students shape a healthy lifestyle by enhancing and balancing an individual‘s commitment to their personal health and well-being. A resource library is stocked with brochures and handouts on various health topics, as well as interactive health software, books, DVD‘s and videos, available on loan. All interests are handled confidentially, whether for personal interest, for a friend, or for a class assignment.

Staffed by a health educator, a registered dietitian and a group of peer educators, the office offers programs on nutrition, sexual health, cold/flu prevention, stress management and other health topics. The registered dietitian also provides individual counseling and programs for weight management, disease prevention/management, sports nutrition, eating disorders, and other nutrition concerns. All nutrition related services are provided with supervision and/or consultation from a registered dietitian. For more information about health promotion, call (910) 962-4135.

Honor Societies and Awards

Some of the organizations listed below are registered with the university through the Campus Activities and Involvement Center as student organizations. For more information about those honor societies please visit

Alpha Kappa Delta International Honor Society in Sociology

Alpha Kappa Delta is the international honor society for sociology. With over 450 chapters and 70,000 lifetime numbers, Alpha Kappa Delta is a society of scholars dedicated to the ideal of Anthropon Katamanthanein Diakonesein - “To investigate humanity for the purpose of service.” Alpha Kappa Delta promotes an interest in the study of sociology, research of social problems and such other social and intellectual activities that help to improve the human condition. Eligibility for membership includes junior or senior standing, declared major in sociology, and 3.00 GPA overall in the major. Registered as a student organization through the Campus Activities and Involvement Center.

Alpha Psi Omega

Alpha Psi Omega is the national theatre honor society. Founded in 1925 at Fairmont College this organization now has over 550 “casts” (chapters). Registered as a student organization through the Campus Activities and Involvement Center.

Alpha Phi Sigma National Honor Society in Criminal Justice

Alpha Phi Sigma is a nationally recognized honor society for students in the criminology and criminal justice field. Founded in 1942, Alpha Phi Sigma has grown to over 250 chapters. The society recognizes academic excellence by undergraduate and graduate students of criminology and criminal justice as well as students in law school. Alpha Phi Sigma holds its annual conference in conjunction with the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, the national association of criminal justice professionals. Eligibility for membership includes junior or senior standing, declared major in criminology and criminal justice, 3.00 GPA overall and 3.20 GPA in major.

Beta Alpha Psi

Beta Alpha Psi is a national scholastic and professional accounting fraternity. The primary objective of the fraternity is to encourage and give recognition to scholastic and professional excellence in the field of accounting. This includes promoting the study and practice of accounting; providing opportunities for self-development and association among members and practicing accountants, and encouraging a sense of ethical, social, and public responsibility.

Beta Alpha Psi was founded in 1919. The Iota Alpha chapter at UNCW was chartered in 1996. Registered as a student organization through the Campus Activities and Involvement Center.

Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honor Society

Beta Beta Beta (TriBeta) is a society for students, particularly undergraduates, dedicated to improving the understanding and appreciation of biological study and extending boundaries of human knowledge through scientific research. Since its founding in 1922, more than 175,000 persons have been accepted into lifetime membership, and more than 430 chapters have been established throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. Registered as a student organization through the Campus Activities and Involvement Center.

Beta Gamma Sigma

Beta Gamma Sigma is an international honor society recognizing the outstanding academic achievements of students enrolled in collegiate business programs accredited by AACSB (American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business). This is a select group: of over 1400 educational institutions offering business and management degrees, only 335 universities are eligible to have Beta Gamma Sigma chapters. Eligibility for BGS membership reflects the society‘s high standards for academic excellence. Those ranking in the upper 7% of the junior class, upper 10% of the senior class, or upper 20% of the graduating master‘s class are considered for membership. Student selection also expresses faculty confidence in the students‘ abilities and promise to become outstanding business leaders in the future.

Gamma Sigma Epsilon

Gamma Sigma Epsilon, a national honorary chemical society, was founded at Davidson College, Davidson, NC on December 19, 1919. The society recognizes academic excellence in chemistry and fosters a more comprehensive and cooperative study of chemistry and related scientific disciplines. The organization now has 35 active chapters in 22 states, and is growing rapidly. The Alpha Epsilon chapter was established at UNCW in 2001. Eligibility for membership includes junior or senior standing, a 3.35 GPA on at least 30 hours of chemistry courses, and a 3.35 GPA overall.

Gamma Theta Upsilon

Gamma Theta Upsilon (GTU) is an international honor society in geography. Gamma Theta Upsilon was founded in 1928 and became a national organization in 1931. Members of GTU have met academic requirements and share a background and interest in geography. GTU chapter activities support geography knowledge and awareness.

Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education

Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education is committed to recognizing excellence and fostering mutual cooperation, support, and professional growth for educational professionals.

Lambda Alpha National Collegiate Honors Society for Anthropology

Lambda Alpha is a National Collegiate Honors Society for Anthropology that encourages, recognizes and supports meritorious academic performance.

Lambda Pi Eta Honor Society

Lambda Pi Eta is the official communication studies honor society of the National Communication Association (NCA). As a member of the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS), LPH has over 400 active chapters at four-year colleges and universities worldwide. LPH was founded in 1985 at the University of Arkansas. LPH became a part of the National Communication Association (NCA) in 1988, and the official honor society of the NCA in July 1995. Registered as a student organization through the Campus Activities and Involvement Center.

Omicron Delta Epsilon Economics Honor Society

Omicron Delta Epsilon was founded by Professor John R. Commons at the University of Wisconsin in 1915. Its objectives include conferring distinction for high scholastic achievement in economics and stimulating and promoting student interest in all aspects of economics. Registered as a student organization through the Campus Activities and Involvement Center.

Omicron Delta Kappa Society, Inc.

Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) is the National Leadership Honor Society that recognizes and encourages superior scholarship, leadership, and exemplary character. Membership in ODK is a mark of the highest distinction and honor.

The society recognizes achievement in scholarship; athletics; campus or community service; social, religious activities, and campus government; journalism, speech and mass media; and the creative and performing arts. Emphasis is placed on the development of the whole person, both as a member of the college community and as a contributor to a better society. Registered as a student organization through the Campus Activities and Involvement Center.

Order of Omega

Order of Omega is a leadership honor society for members of Greek organizations. Order of Omega recognizes juniors and seniors who have exemplified high standards in the areas of scholarship, leadership, involvement within their respective organization and within the Greek, campus, and local community. Members are selected from the top 3 percent of fraternity and sorority members at each institution. To date, over 500 chapters have been chartered throughout North America, each sharing the common goal of recognizing the many outstanding student leaders at their institution.

Phi Alpha National Honor Society in Social Work

Phi Alpha is a nationally recognized honor society for both undergraduate and graduate students majoring in social work. Founded in 1960, Phi Alpha now includes over 225 chapters. The Eta Omega Chapter of Phi Alpha was established at UNCW in 1998. The society recognizes students for excellence in scholarship and achievement in the field of social work. Eligibility for membership requires students to be a major in a CSEW accredited social work program, have completed 9 semester hours of social work courses, achieved a minimum social work GPA of 3.25 and a minimum overall GPA of 3.00. Registered as a student organization through the Campus Activities and Involvement Center.

Phi Alpha Theta International Honor Society in History

Phi Alpha Theta is an honor society recognizing excellence in the field of history. It was founded at the University of Arkansas on March 14, 1921. The UNCW Chapter was commissioned on March 18, 1992, making it one of nearly 700 chapters throughout the world. Membership requirements are the completion of at least 12 hours of work in history with better than a “B” average and a “B” in two-thirds of the remaining course work. The society publishes the quarterly journal The Historian.

Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society

Phi Eta Sigma is a national college scholastic honor society for freshmen. A member of the Association of College Honor Societies, it was founded at the University of Illinois on March 22, 1923. The University of North Carolina Wilmington Chapter of Phi Eta Sigma was chartered on March 17, 1979.

The goal of Phi Eta Sigma is to encourage and reward high scholastic attainment among freshmen. At the close of their first academic year, freshmen are eligible for membership if they have a cumulative grade point average of 3.50 or better with no grade lower than “C” on 30 hours or more course work at UNCW.

Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society

Phi Kappa Phi is an honor society recognizing excellence of scholarship in all academic disciplines. A member of the Association of College Honor Societies, it was founded at the University of Maine at Orono in 1897 and numbers about 300 chapters nationwide. Chapter Number 222 at the University of North Carolina Wilmington was chartered on May 1, 1980.

Seniors and second semester juniors are elected to membership based on integrity of character and class standing.

Pi Mu Epsilon

Pi Mu Epsilon is a national mathematics honors society whose purpose is the promotion of scholarly activity in mathematics. The society was founded at Syracuse University on May 25, 1914, and now has approximately 270 chapters nationwide. The Pi Mu Epsilon Zeta chapter at UNC Wilmington has been in existence since 1974.

Membership in Pi Mu Epsilon is conferred as a reward for scholarly achievement in mathematics. It is by invitation, and based on guidelines set by the national office.

Pi Sigma Alpha

Pi Sigma Alpha is the national political science honor society. It was founded at the University of Texas in 1920. It has over 500 chapters and more than 130,000 members. It was chartered at UNC Wilmington as the Kappa Delta Chapter on March 21, 1980.

Membership is open to juniors, seniors, graduate students and honorary members who meet national and local scholarship requirements in political science.

Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity

Phi Sigma Pi is a coeducational national honor organization, which promotes the advancement of humanity through the application of knowledge and noble service, while fostering a spirit of fraternal unity. The Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity strives to empower every member to: Discover Your Potential. Learn. Inspire. Lead.

Phi Sigma Pi was founded at Central Missouri State University on February 14, 1916, by E. L. Hendricks, C.A. Phillips, and C. H. McClure. The fraternity became national in 1921 when a second chapter was founded at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. The national fraternity has since evolved from an honorary professional fraternity to a professional education fraternity, and then, in 1966, to an honor fraternity for all disciplines. Phi Sigma Pi became coeducational in 1977. Today, over twenty thousand students, alumni and faculty in ninety-four institutions nationwide have met the standards for membership in Phi Sigma Pi. Registered as a student organization through the Campus Activities and Involvement Center.

Psi Chi National Honor Society in Psychology

Psi Chi is the national honor society in psychology. It was founded in 1929 in New Haven, Connecticut to encourage, stimulate and maintain excellence in scholarship, and to advance the science of psychology. Psi Chi is an affiliate of the American Psychological Association and a member of the Association of College Honor Societies. The University of North Carolina Wilmington Chapter of Psi Chi was chartered on May 1, 1981, and is one of approximately 675 chapters nationwide. Registered as a student organization through the Campus Activities and Involvement Center.

Rho Phi Lambda National Honor Society

Rho Phi Lambda is a national honorary fraternity for parks, recreation and leisure services majors. Eligibility for membership includes junior or senior standing; completion of a minimum of 59 hours of which 26 hours must be at UNCW in parks/recreation courses. Students must have a 3.00 GPA overall for all courses taken with a 3.20 GPA in the major.

Sigma Delta Pi, National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society

Sigma Delta Pi is a national collegiate honor society for students of the Spanish language and Hispanic literature and culture. A member of the Association of College Honor Societies, it was established at the University of California, Berkeley, on November 14, 1919. The Rho Lambda Chapter of Sigma Delta Pi was chartered at the University of North Carolina Wilmington on April 22, 1988.

The primary purpose of Sigma Delta Pi is to encourage and honor those who seek and attain excellence in the study of Hispanic language, literature and culture.

Sigma Pi Sigma National Physics Honor Society

Founded in 1921, Sigma Pi Sigma exists to honor outstanding scholarship in physics; to encourage interest in physics among students at all levels; to promote an attitude of service of its members towards their fellow students, colleagues, and the public; and to provide a fellowship of persons who have excelled in physics. Election to Sigma Pi Sigma is a lifetime membership. Sigma Pi Sigma‘s mission is not completed in the induction ceremony with the recognition of academic accomplishment. In the four dimensions of Honor, Encouragement, Service, and Fellowship, the mission of Sigma Pi Sigma takes a longer view.

Sigma Tau Delta

Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society has as its purpose the fostering of academic and charitable growth among students and allows for the recognition of personal scholarly accomplishment. The society has as its motto Sincerity, Truth, Design. UNCW‘s Alpha Alpha Upsilon chapter of Sigma Tau Delta welcomes applications from qualified students, regardless of major field of study. For active members, the society offers scholarships, holds an annual conference, and publishes both a newsletter and a literary/scholarly journal, the Rectangle. Registered as a student organization through the Campus Activities and Involvement Center.

Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society in Nursing

UNCW School of Nursing is affiliated with Sigma Theta Tau, International as the Nu Omega Chapter. Sigma Theta Tau is the world‘s largest nursing honor society with chapters in over 300 universities in six countries. It sponsors international research around the world. The Nu Omega Chapter exists in order to promote nursing scholarship, leadership, creativity, and commitment to nursing. The chapter regularly sponsors meetings for its members and the entire nursing community in the region. It is a member of the North Carolina Coalition of Sigma Theta Tau Chapters. Members come from the student body and nursing leaders in the community. Membership is open to students in the top 33% of the senior class with at least a 3.00 grade point average.

Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Honor Society

Sigma Xi was founded in 1886 as an honor society for science and engineering. Today, it is an international research society whose programs and activities promote the health of the scientific enterprise and honor scientific achievement. There are more than 80,000 Sigma Xi members in over 500 chapters at colleges and universities, industrial research centers and government laboratories. The Society has its headquarters in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. In addition to honoring scientific achievement, Sigma Xi also endeavors to encourage support of original work in science and technology and promote an appreciation within society at large for the role research has played in human progress, During its centennial celebration in 1986, Sigma Xi adopted an additional mission: to foster worldwide interactions among science, technology and society.

Upsilon Pi Epsilon International Honor Society for Computing and Information Disciplines

Upsilon Pi Epsilon (UPE) is the International Honor Society for the Computing and Information Disciplines. A member of the Association of College Honor Societies, UPE was first organized at Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, in 1967 and is the only honor society that is recognized by the Association for Computing Machinery and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Computer Society. The UNCW chapter was chartered on November 5, 1982.

The mission of Upsilon Pi Epsilon is to recognize academic excellence at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in the computing sciences. Students, who have completed 64 hours of coursework with an overall GPA of 3.00 and 18 hours of computer science coursework with a GPA of 3.20, are eligible for membership in UPE.

Biological Sciences Achievement Award

This award was established by the faculty of the Department of Biology and Marine Biology to honor annually the graduating senior biology major who has achieved the highest academic standing. The recipient is identified on a permanent plaque in Friday Hall.

William A. Bryan Senior Leader Award

The Center for Leadership Education and Service with the support of the Alumni Association sponsors the William A. Bryan Senior Leader Award. The award is given to a senior with a cumulative GPA of 3.00 who has demonstrated outstanding leadership on campus and/or in the community. Special emphasis is placed on integrity, creativity, ability to collaborate, and service to others. The award is presented annually at the Senior Excellence Banquet.

Chancellor’s Achievement Award

Undergraduate students who complete a minimum of 15 hours in a semester with no grade lower than “A-” qualify for this award. Pass/fail hours will not be used in the calculation of the Chancellor‘s Achievement Awards.

Rachel Freeman Service and Leadership Award

The award, established in honor of the late Mae “Rachel” Freeman, is given to a senior with a cumulative GPA of 2.70 who has demonstrated commitment to bettering the lives of others, leading through example of service, and the ability to work with others to create social change. The award is presented annually at the Senior Excellence Banquet.

Hoggard Medal For Achievement

A medal, presented through the generosity of the late Dr. John T. Hoggard, is awarded annually to the graduating senior who, in the opinion of the faculty, has shown the most improvement during his or her years at the university.

Adrian D. Hurst Award

Established by Adrian D. Hurst, emeritus professor of mathematics, this award recognizes a UNCW junior or senior math major who has achieved the highest overall academic grade point average. The award is presented each spring in the form of a plaque.

Margaret Walthour Lippitt New Student Leader Award

The New Student Leader Award is designed to honor a freshman with a 3.00 GPA or higher who has demonstrated leadership potential, service to UNCW and the community, personal integrity, and significant involvement in campus organizations.

The Walter Schmid Physics Award

This award has been established in honor of the late Walter Schmid, engineer and inventor, to reward a senior bachelor of science physics major for excellence in physics. The award consists of an engraved plaque and a physics encyclopedia.

Housing and Residence Life

The Office of Housing and Residence Life is responsible for the development of educational, cultural and social programs to enhance student life on campus. The goal of the Housing and Residence Life program is to create an environment conducive to academic pursuits and the personal growth of resident students. More than 94 Residence Life staff are responsible for the supervision of resident students in the residence halls, on-campus apartments, and suite-style buildings.

The university has residence hall facilities for approximately 4,143 students in eight modern, conveniently located residence halls, 26 apartment buildings, and eleven suite-style buildings. All rooms are air-conditioned and furnished. Ethernet computer networking, which allows student computers to access university software, has been installed in all residential facilities. Laundry facilities are available. The Residence Life program offers opportunities for student employment and leadership positions through hall governance. Students (residence hall, apartment (A-M), and suite (O-U) students) living on campus are required to participate in the university dining hall program. Seahawk Village, Seahawk Landing, and Seahawk Crossing residents will not be required to have a university meal plan.

Institutional Diversity and Inclusion


In the pursuit of excellence, the University of North Carolina Wilmington actively fosters, encourages, and promotes inclusiveness, mutual respect, acceptance, and open-mindedness among students, faculty, staff, and the broader community. Diversity is an educational benefit that enhances the academic experience and fosters a free exchange of ideas from multiple perspectives. The Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion is currently comprised of five areas: the Upperman African American Cultural Center, Centro Hispano, the Women‘s Studies and Resource Center, the Multi-Cultural Affairs Office, and the LGBTQIA Resources Office. These areas are engaged in coordinating the university‘s diversity initiative by helping foster an educational climate that promotes intellectual interactions across campus and between the campus community and surrounding areas. The office provides avenues for inclusion for minority and non-minority faculty, staff, students, and community members and facilitates collaborative efforts to provide relevant programs and services throughout the year. The Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion primarily focuses on the coordination of multicultural community outreach and faculty involvement; the academic success of students; providing assistance in the development of merit-based scholarships; partnering with academic deans to review diversity plans and accomplishments; and an annual review with vice chancellors on diversity initiatives. In an effort to diversify the campus community and facilitate a climate that encourages and supports diversity, programs offer dialogue on social justice issues, appearances by national and international performers in art, film, and music, and presentations by speakers on topics such as civil rights, journalism, literature, and politics.

International Student Organization

The International Student Organization is a support group, a social network, and a promoter of international programs. The group consists of American students who have traveled and studied abroad and international students who are enrolled at the university. The organization hopes to foster an international presence on the campus and to help international students become familiar with American culture, the local area, and university life.

Performing Ensembles

Membership is open to any student who has had instrumental or vocal experience, with the approval of the director of the particular ensemble.

Concert Choir and Chamber Singers

The University Concert Choir and small ensemble, the Chamber Singers, regularly act as ambassadors for the university and appear on radio and television. The Concert Choir performs at least two on-campus concerts each year and tours during spring break. On occasion, the choir has participated in joint stage productions of opera and musical comedies with the drama program.

Jazz Ensembles

In addition to the Big Band, UNCW has several small groups that play both mainstream and fusion jazz. The Big Band has produced recordings, while the small groups have garnered awards at jazz festivals and have recorded as well. Also, each year the jazz ensembles perform with some of today’s top jazz artists during the annual UNCW Guest Artist Jazz Festival.

Wilmington Symphony Orchestra

The orchestra’s annual subscription series includes five concerts performed in UNCW’s Kenan Auditorium, the principal concert hall in Wilmington. Orchestra members include UNCW students and faculty, as well as musicians from the community.

Wind Ensemble

The Wind Ensemble is organized each semester to provide instrumental music experience for wind players in a large ensemble. This ensemble performs two concerts each year in Kenan Auditorium and tours annually in the spring.

Other instrumental ensembles include the Pep Band, the Brass Ensemble, the Saxophone Ensemble, the Flute Choir, the Guitar Quartet, the Percussion Ensemble and various Chamber Ensembles.

Vocal Ensembles

The University of North Carolina Wilmington Concert Choir is organized each semester to provide vocal musical experience for those students who desire it. Membership is open to any student in the university, with the approval of the director, and any participant may earn credit.Participation by non-music majors may be supplemented by private lessons, also for credit.

The University Concert Choir and small ensemble, The Chamber Singers, regularly provide music for university functions, appear on radio and television, and act as ambassadors from the university at a wide spectrum of community functions.

The UNCW Concert Choir’s yearly activities have included at least two on-campus concerts and an extensive tour during the spring holidays. On occasion, the choir has participated in large, joint stage productions of opera and musical comedies with the drama division.

Seahawk Mail

Seahawk Mail provides on-campus student mail services, including a U.S.P.S. contract station, mailboxes, package pickup, and Fed Ex services. Located in the Fisher University Union, Seahawk Mail is your one-stop shop for postage, money orders, mailing supplies, FAX services, and notary services. Seahawk Mail is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. with package pickup service until 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Mail is distributed by 1 p.m., Monday through Friday. UNCW One Card, cash and checks are accepted at Seahawk Mail.

Freshmen, residential and international students are mandatorily assigned a campus box for their personal and university correspondence. For students living on campus, the campus mail box serves as their official campus address and is their only mailing address. All other students may request a mailbox assignment if desiring to receive mail or packages at Seahawk Mail. Package pickup service includes all carriers, such as U.S.P.S., UPS, Fed Ex and floral delivery.

Students are asked to check their boxes regularly. Students are responsible for providing a forwarding address when they move or leave the university. Please visit our Web site at for more information.

Randall Library

Randall Library offers assistance to all UNCW students and instructors in developing important research skills, including the following services:

  • Individual research consultations by appointment, at the Learning Commons Help Desk and through e-mail or instant messenger
  • Course related instruction: library and information research methods tailored to the course topic.
  • LIB courses (1 credit-hour and 3 credit-hour courses on library and information research methods)
  • Workshops on various aspects of information research and specific resources

Storytelling in the Community

University students may enroll in COM 212 Storytelling in the Community, a two-credit hour course in which students are instructed and coached to visit local elementary schools and perform stories for children. In this manner, students learn to apply theoretical concepts related to performance and audience adaptation in actual settings. The course and activities emphasize interactive storytelling that directly involves audience members.

Student Government Association: Representing the Voice and Vision of UNCW Students

The Student Government Association is a democratic organization, permitting expression of student opinion, working for the best interest of the university and upholding a high standard of morals and conduct. Student activity fee money supports the Student Government Association in its objectives and activities. Officers, class representatives, and at-large representatives are elected by the student body.

Services such as Safe Ride, Legal Services, campus entertainment, and student organization funding are primary components of the comprehensive SGA program. The Student Government Association is a member of the North Carolina Association of Student Governments.

Abrons Student Health Center

The mission of the UNCW Abrons Student Health Center (SHC) is to provide student centered, affordable, quality health and preventive services to the students of our university. Services include confidential diagnosis and treatment of general and acute medical problems, allergy injections, immunizations, laboratory services, women‘s health care, contraception services, men‘s health assessment and preventive services. The health fee is included in student fees and entitles students taking six or more credit hours to unlimited visits. There are additional charges for services such as lab tests, immunizations, administration of allergy shots, and annual exams and physicals. Students taking less than six hours will be entitled to health services upon payment of the health fee. The Abrons Student Health Center does not issue excuses for class absences due to illness.

Student Health Insurance

Beginning in Fall 2010, all UNCW students will be required to have health insurance. Those unable to show proof of existing coverage will automatically be enrolled in the university-sponsored insurance plan. Details are available on the Abrons Student Health Center website.


The UNCW Pharmacy is located in Westside Hall within the Abrons Student Health Center suite. Students can fill prescriptions written by UNCW providers as well as off-campus providers and may purchase over 100 over-the-counter medications and products. Crutches are also available for purchase.

Student Media

Founded in 1948, The Seahawk, the student newspaper, publishes a weekly online edition ( throughout the calendar year and a biweekly print edition in the fall and spring semesters. The paper is supported mostly by advertising sales, and its staff is composed entirely of students interested in journalism, multimedia and computer-assisted design. Three times a year, Atlantis, the student magazine, publishes literature and art created by student writers and artists from throughout the UNC system. The magazine is funded by student fees and advertising, and sponsors public readings and art exhibits. TealTV is a student-run production unit that provides students hands-on experience in script writing, video production, broadcast journalism, digital-video editing, announcing and reporting. Founded in 1999, TealTV produces several original programs including “Seahawk Central News,” a program of campus news and information. TealTV‘s programs air regionally on Time Warner Cable channel 5 and on the UNCW‘s closed-circuit channel 77. Together, The Seahawk and “Seahawk Central” play valuable roles in UNCW‘s interdisciplinary Journalism Minor. UNCW Student Media Sales & Marketing provides the program‘s student publications with advertising and underwriting sales and marketing services and provides training for students interested in the business of media. UNCW Student Media also serves as home to other student organizations interested in mass media, such as Hawkstream Radio (, and Flicker Film Society (, which produces original student films and sponsors the annual Reel Teal Festival.

The Student Media Board (SMB) is UNCW Student Media‘s governing body. A chancellor‘s advisory board, the SMB advises student publications and works to ensure their First Amendment rights. Comprised of students, faculty, university staff and community professionals, the SMB allocates budgets and provides financial oversight. Applications for two student-at-large positions, appointed to the board annually, are accepted in the spring semester. More information about UNCW Student Media is available online at

Student Organizations

There are over 200 student organizations registered with the Campus Activities and Involvement Center. These organizations include: political, professional, academic, ethnic and religious organizations, Greek letter organizations, sport clubs, service clubs, honoraries, governing, graduate, special interest groups, and student media. All of these organizations help to develop the UNCW community through the activities and affiliations that they create. Many of the clubs are showcased during the fall Involvement Carnival held in late August/early September. You can find out information about these organizations in the Campus Activities and Involvement Center in the Fisher Student Center, Room 2029 or on our Web site developed for this purpose:

Transition Programs

The Transition Programs Office is responsible for providing a comprehensive program that will assist all students and their families in their transitions to and from the university. This program exposes new students to the educational opportunities within UNCW, orients them to the academic and co-curricular life of the institution, and assists them in their on-going transition to the university beyond orientation. The Transition Programs Office also assists parents in their transition and understanding of the UNCW environment, services and changes within the university. In addition, the Transition Programs Office is responsible for the coordination of commencement.

UNCW Bookstore

Located in the Fisher Student Center, the UNCW Bookstore offers all course related materials including new and used textbooks, textbook rental program and digital textbooks. Seahawk merchandise, magazines, trade books and gift items are also available. Contact the UNCW Bookstore at 910-962-3188 or, at for more information.

UNCW One Card

The UNCW One Card is the UNCW student ID and official form of identification on campus. It allows the use of campus facilities, and provides safe, easy access to university services. Seahawk Buck$ is the debit account feature of the UNCW One Card. With prepaid funds, students can make purchases at all food service locations, UNCW Bookstore, vending machines, student copiers, Dittos copy center, health center and pharmacy, iPrint locations and UNCW Seahawk Mail. There is no minimum deposit or a fee for the use of this account. Deposits can be made online and at the Auxiliary Services One Card offices located in the Warwick Center, Randall Library and Seahawk Station in Apt. M outside Main Street Express in the Fisher University Union. Be sure to ask local merchants if they offer discounts to members of the Seahawk Savings Program. For more information, visit the Auxiliary Services office in the Warwick Center or

University Information Center

The Information Center, conveniently located on the first floor of the Fisher Student Center, across from the Seahawk Perch, provides a variety of information about campus, student and community activities, as well as campus telephone numbers. The center also provides free laptop computer check out, and umbrella checkout. The Information Center also serves as the campus Lost and Found. All ticket sales, Safe Ride vouchers, athletic and event tickets are now handled at Sharky‘s Box Office (Room 1002A) adjacent to Sharky‘s Game Room in the Fisher Student Center. Contact the Information Center at (910) 962-3841.

University Theatre

The University Theatre is a student-oriented theatre dedicated to the continuing development of all theatre practitioners. It strives to produce a total theatrical experience to support the educational, creative, and recreational potential of a campus-based theatre.

Two major productions are presented each semester, with student productions presented on demand. Participation is not limited to theatre majors.