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Friends of UNCW


Elizabeth Dunn Friends of UNCW

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Friends of UNCW

The Friends of UNCW, a volunteer organization formed in December 1963 to help Wilmington College (now UNCW) increase the library's holdings from 11,000 volumes to a minimum of 50,000 volumes – a requirement at the time for accreditation as a four-year institution. The Friends met that goal and have been steadfast UNCW supporters for more 50 years.

The organization's current contributions include supporting a merit scholarship and annually funding special projects based on proposals from UNCW faculty and staff.


Grant Awards 2017

The Friends of UNCW 2017 Grant Recipients were honored on April 28, 2016, during the annual Grants Award Coffee at the university's historic Wise Alumni House.

  • 41 grant proposals, valuing over $55,000, were submitted
  • After carefully evaluating each submission, the committee recommended 12 grant proposals, funding $9,488 of the requests.

View photos from the event on Flickr

On these boards I've learned that: We have one of the top biology and marine biology programs in the world. We have a business school that is focused on the community, economics and entrepreneurship. We have an education program that is doing research into what really works in the classroom.

My job on these boards is to be a part of keeping the university vibrant and on the map.

Elizabeth Dunn, Friends of UNCW & Board of Visitors Member

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Next Meeting:
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
9 a.m. Letter Writing Session
10 a.m. Board Meeting
Location- Fisher Student Center, Masonboro Island Room #2011

Future Meetings:
Wednesday, November 8, 2017- 10 a.m.- Board Meeting, Location TBD
Monday, December 4, 2017- 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. Decorate Kenan House
Wednesday, January 10, 2018- 9 a.m.-Letter Writing Appeal, 10 a.m. Board Meeting, Location TBD
Wednesday, March 14, 2018- 10 a.m. - Board Meeting, Location TBD
Thursday, April 26, 2018- 10 a.m.- Grant Awards Ceremony- Wise House





Friends of UNCW - 2017 Board of Directors


Officers 2016-2017
Julie Fisher '83 - President
Nan Caison '83 - Vice President
Margaret Freeman - Treasurer
Koula Katsikis - Secretary
Janice Kingoff ’77 - Advisor & Life Member
Louise Gorham ’59 - Honorary Life Member

Board of Directors

 Mary Battle
Mary Cheek
Mary Coble '80
Helen Dixon
Elizabeth Dunn
Suzanne Edwards '90
Kimberly Exum
Brenda Harriss '85
Betsy Herring
Alicia Keith
Dianne Kelly
Janine Powell ’88
Janis Sass
Jessica Schreiber ’00M
Judy Smith
Amelia Taylor
Kay Warren
Helen Wells
Rose Zimmer






To speak with someone about the Friends of UNCW, contact:

Claire Stanley
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Development Operations
(910) 962.3169

Michelle Cummings
Events & Board Manager
(910) 962.3170

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