When author Ben Miller was nine years old he became fascinated with a new invention made by a classmate’s father: a mail-order ice rink. In The Reinvention of Ice, Miller writes about living vicariously through the rink as an escape from the fragmentation of his home life in Davenport, Iowa.  Miller first published the story in the UNCW-based literary journal Ecotone. Miller spoke to WHQR’s Sara Wood about how this story became the impetus for his memoir, River Bend Chronicle, recently published by UNCW’s imprint Lookout Books.      

A new affiliation between UNCW and the Fayetteville VA Medical Center opens the door for students, researchers and VA staff to work collaboratively. The agreement, signed Monday, is a collaboration that aims to improve health care for veterans.


As a veteran New York Times Financial Reporter, Diana Henriques knew Bernie Madoff as a respected statesman of Wall Street – until December 11th, 2008.

Business analysts have differing opinions on the percentage of small businesses that fail – but conventional wisdom puts the number at 80 percent. 

UNCW Chancellor Gary Miller and Cape Fear Community College President Ted Spring contend their institutions can help entrepreneurs increase their chance of success – thus spurring economic growth.   


When UNCW Chancellor Gary Miller and Cape Fear Community College President Ted Spring get together, they look for mutually beneficial ways to solve what they call their intractable problems.  They also explore avenues of economic growth for the region, which includes preparing students for a constantly evolving workplace. 

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UNCW Chancellor Gary Miller is launching a new initiative to strengthen the University’s athletic program. An Intercollegiate Review Committee (IARC) is now charged with taking a hard look at the strengths and weaknesses of UNCW sports.

On November 6th, voters in the City of Wilmington will decide whether to approve a 37 million dollar bond to pay for a baseball stadium.  Both supporters and opponents of the project are campaigning hard.  WHQR’s Rachel Lewis Hilburn asked Senior Economist Dr. Woody Hall of UNCW’s Swain Center for Business and Economic Services to take a closer look at the issue.

WHQR and WWAY are co-hosting a Town Hall-style meeting this Thursday at 7 PM on a taxpayer-funded stadium.  For more information on how to reserve a seat, follow this link.


For years, universities and other research institutions have worked individually on research and development. 


UNCW’s Cameron School of Business ranks first on a national list, compiled by U.S. News & World Report, which measures the average debt load among MBA program graduates.  WHQR’s Rachel Lewis Hilburn reports.

Just south of one-point-one billion dollars:  that’s the total economic impact the University of North Carolina – Wilmington has on the surrounding community – according to a newly-released study.