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The University of North Carolina Wilmington is located in the southeastern part of the state on a 661-acre tract midway between the Cape Fear River and the Atlantic Ocean. The city of Wilmington is situated on the east bank of the Cape Fear River about 15 miles from Carolina Beach and 10 miles from Wrightsville Beach. The metropolitan statistical area, of which Wilmington is a part, now has a population in excess of 360,000. Several main highways lead into the city, and commercial air service provides easy access to other metropolitan areas north, south, and west.
Ocean breezes and the nearness of the Gulf Stream give Wilmington a delightful year-round climate, and the area’s proximity to the ocean provides unlimited recreational opportunities.
The spacious well-landscaped campus was first occupied by the university in 1961. The number of buildings has increased from three in 1961 to 162 today, dispersed across a coastal pine savannah habitat. The buildings on the campus are of modified Georgian architecture, including academic, administrative, student life, residence, dining, athletic, and support buildings, all of which are completely air-conditioned. There are several athletic fields and intramural fields.
For information on university buildings, see the university’s interactive map at https://uncw.edu/campus-map/interactive.
Institutional Diversity and Inclusion
The University of North Carolina Wilmington’s longstanding Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion is committed to creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for all. OIDI reports directly to the Office of the Chancellor and focuses on increasing awareness of diversity and inclusion efforts that touch all facets of campus.
OIDI provides leadership, partnership and support for diversity initiatives on campus as well as a number of learning opportunities through various resources, including the Upperman African American Cultural Center; Centro Hispano; the Mohin-Scholz LGBTQIA Resource Office; the UNCW Gender Studies and Research Center; Human Resources; the Disabilities Resource Center and the Office of Military Affairs.
UNCW’s mission statement highlights our values of diversity and globalization, ethics and integrity, and excellence and innovation. Attracting and retaining high-quality, diverse students, faculty and staff and promoting a diverse and inclusive culture and global mindset are among the priorities outlined in the university’s Strategic Plan. These priorities are realized through intentional programming and resources such as required coursework, “Living in Our Diverse Nation,” a component of the University Studies program that provides students with an understanding of the importance and implications of human diversity.
We track our progress with a variety of ongoing student and employee surveys aimed to evaluate engagement and inclusion at multiple levels and use the data to make changes where appropriate. Most recently, the Office of the Chancellor initiated a broad-based Campus Climate Work Group that regularly reports on the development of various initiatives specifically to re-imagine our campus climate and ensure we are making consistent progress toward our diversity and inclusion goals.
Office of Title IX and Clery Compliance
The Office of Title IX and Clery Compliance is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all students, faculty, staff, and visitors. All members of the UNCW community are expected to engage in conduct that contributes to its culture of integrity and honor that we always strive to maintain. The university prohibits its faculty, staff and students from engaging in any form of discrimination, protected-status harassment, sexual harassment, and sexual violence, and retaliation and expects these individuals to refrain from committing acts of discrimination, bias, or sexual violence. In compliance with federal and state law and university policy, the university maintains processes to provide redress and remediation to individuals or groups who believe they have been victims of these offenses. If you have any questions or need assistance, please stop by the Office of Title IX and Clery Compliance in DePaolo Hall Room 1040 or call 910-962-2937, email: email@example.com. You may also visit https://uncw.edu/seahawk-life/support-success/titleix-clery-compliance/ for more information and links to the relevant policies.
William Madison Randall Library
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The William Madison Randall Library provides information resources, delivers learner-centered instructional and research support, and cultivates a rich physical and virtual environment as UNCW’s university library. Randall Library is named for William Madison Randall, Wilmington College president from 1958 to 1968. Its collections include more than 1.5 million items in various formats, including over 400,000 print books, more than 500,000 eBooks, approximately 250,000 print and electronic journals, over 22,000 microform pieces, more than 60,000 media items (e.g., DVDs, CDs), 57,000 streaming videos and over 3,600 theses and dissertations. Since 2008, theses and dissertations have been submitted electronically and are available through the library catalog; starting in 2020 dissertations are uploaded to ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Global database. The library also subscribes to 550 databases providing UNCW students, staff, and faculty access to journals, newspapers, statistics, primary source material, videos, and other online content. Library resources are searchable from the library’s website: https://library.uncw.edu/.
The Library’s Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery service provides access to articles, books, and other library resources held by other libraries around the world free of charge to UNCW students, faculty and staff. Requests are submitted online through the library’s website.
Randall Library’s Center for Southeast North Carolina Archives and History offers students access to primary source materials that focus on the history, culture, economy, environment, and politics of southeastern NC and includes University Archives as well as over 400 unique manuscript collections, almost 900 oral histories, and hundreds of books. Its collection also includes over 200,000 state and federal government documents (print and electronic).
A knowledgeable and helpful faculty and staff, including librarians and student assistants, provides comprehensive information access and research assistance. The library is dedicated to the goal of educating users, especially students, in the identification, use and evaluation of information in all formats. In addition to providing immediate assistance at the Library Help Desk, the library provides research assistance by chat, email, phone, or in-depth assistance by appointment. The library partners with other library service providers for 24/7 chat reference service. Subject guides and tutorials available on the library’s website assist users in learning about the library’s resources. Additionally, library faculty offer assistance to all UNCW students and instructors in developing important research skills, including the following services:
- Liaison Librarians who work with graduate students in each academic department on their discipline specific research projects
- Course related instruction: library and information research methods tailored to the course topic
- Workshops on various aspects of information research and specific resources
- Consultation on qualitative and quantitative analysis and research data management
- Consultation and support for digital scholarship projects
- Online tutorials and subject guides on the library’s website to assist in accessing and using resources for in a particular discipline
During the academic year, the library is open 24 hours a day, from 10 a.m. Sunday until 9 p.m. Friday, and from noon until 6 p.m. on Saturday (135 hours/week). Randall Library provides over 1,823 seats in a variety of environments, including individual study carrels and collaboration tables, as well as group study rooms which can be reserved online through the library’s website. The second floor of the library is dedicated to quiet study. There are 120 computers available in the library on the first and second floors, many with dual monitors, several scanners, including a walk-up quick scanning station, two Bloomberg terminals and two GIS workstations. The Digital Makerspace provides access to technologies, such as virtual reality and 3D printing, to all UNCW students, staff and faculty in support of digital creation and literacy.
Twenty-seven group study rooms are available on the first and second floors, including a larger space (RL 1045) with overhead projector and multimedia functionality. These rooms are equipped with large screen HDTV displays to use with laptops to facilitate student collaboration. The second floor also contains a graduate student lounge with computers and study space, a faculty commons space with technology for meetings large and small, and the Retreat at Randall, a wellness space. intended for quiet contemplation, reflection, meditation, mindfulness, prayer, stress relief, stretching, and yoga.
Port City Java provides beverages and food. The Technology Assistance Center (TAC), operated by UNCW Information Technology Services, is also located in the library. In addition to offering technology assistance, TAC also provides Dell laptops and MacBooks to check out.
In addition to its services and spaces, Randall Library offers a variety of events throughout the year including readings, workshops, exhibits, and study breaks.
The university holds membership in the National Collegiate Athletic Association and Colonial Athletic Association. Varsity intercollegiate teams are fielded for men in basketball, cross country, baseball, golf, soccer, tennis, swimming and diving, and outdoor track and field. Varsity intercollegiate teams for women are fielded in basketball, cross country, softball, golf, soccer, tennis, swimming and diving, volleyball, beach volleyball, and indoor/outdoor track and field.
UNCW Athletics enriches the University through a commitment to developing leadership qualities among its student-athletes by providing opportunities which support and promote academic excellence, community engagement, and competitive success.
UNCW Athletics will be recognized for excellence in the comprehensive development of student-athletes while being a source of campus and community pride.
Information Technology Services
Information Technology Services (ITS) is an innovative organization committed to providing a technologically progressive environment for students, faculty and staff. As part of Business Affairs, ITS is dedicated to leading, collaborating and supporting with cost effective services that promote the mission of the university. ITS is also committed to promoting and sustaining a powerful learning experience by responding to students’ needs through student feedback, student engagement and collaboration with constituent groups across campus.
For more information on ITS and their services, go to www.uncw.edu/its.
Scholarly Community Engagement
Scholarly Community Engagement facilitates interdisciplinary teams composed of faculty/ student researchers and community organizations, conducting meaningful long-term applied research projects addressing local issues. Engaging the community in scholarly research, faculty and students affect the quality of life of individuals and communities in our region. Students participate in community-based research through internships, directed independent study and faculty-led research projects.
Media Productions, formerly UNCW-TV, highlights the intellectual diversity of the University by creating educational programming derived from the academic departments of UNCW and delivered by UNCW – TV, through a variety of media. Also, Media Productions serves the University through its Creative Services television production, such as broadcasting events like UNCW Commencement, a variety of award ceremonies, candidates forums, community based television programming and award winning documentaries.
Begin your journey to higher education by participating in one of UNCW’s outstanding programs for youth of all ages. We offer summer academic enrichment opportunities, school year standards-based programs, and community outreach events that engage youth in experiential education, service learning and leadership development. Visit www.uncw.edu/youth/
UNCW Long-Term Ecosystem Reserve
This 750 acre parcel of undisturbed bottom land hardwood forest, tidal creeks, and wetland marshes bordered by the Northeast Cape Fear River, Cowpen Road, and NC Highway 421 supports non-destructive teaching and research activities. The property is uniquely situated within the upper tidal region of the Cape Fear estuary. Although most of the property consists of tidal freshwater creeks and adjacent marsh, detectable salinity can occasionally be measured during drought periods. Because of this location, this area/habitat is expected to be among the early regions to be significantly affected by sea level rise over the next several decades, making it ideal for research into the effects of climate change on coastal ecosystems and ecosystem dynamics.
Herbert Bluethenthal Memorial Wildflower Preserve
The Herbert Bluethenthal Memorial Wildflower Preserve is a 10-acre memorial botanical garden located on the UNCW campus. Established in 1972, its purpose is to provide a place where the university community and the public can learn about and enjoy our native plants and their habitats. Many of the plants are labeled, and maps and trail guides are available at the entrance.
Ev-Henwood Nature Preserve
Ev-Henwood is UNCW’s coastal forest research and teaching station located in Brunswick County. It is only a short 30-minute drive from the university campus and is available for nature study and appreciation, student and faculty research, and class field trips. Included in its 110 acres are oak/hickory woods, pine forests, and low woods along the bordering Town Creek and its branches. Additional habitats such as ponds and fields are available nearby.
Center for Teaching Excellence
The Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) provides workshops on a variety of teaching issues, encourages innovations in teaching through awarding stipends for course development, and supports continued education in the scholarship of teaching by subsidizing travel to teaching conferences. Its mission is to foster a campus-wide climate where teaching is highly valued, as well as provide leadership in the application of scholarship to teaching. CTE encourages efforts to achieve excellence in teaching by running programs for course development and improvement, implementing new instructional technologies, and providing support services. CTE will also conduct orientations for new faculty and work to integrate them into the university community.
The UNCW Alumni Association and The Office of Alumni Relations
The UNCW Alumni Association strives to be the lead supporter in the University’s strategic vision. It is our purpose to connect and involve alumni, students, and friends in the promotion and advancement of the University. The UNCW Alumni Association promotes, encourages and supports unity and involvement among our 48,000 alumni, students, the University and friends.
The Alumni Relations Office is located in the Wise Alumni House at 1713 Market Street.
The Alumni Association sponsors two graduate student awards; applications are available at https://alumni.uncw.edu/.