UNCW/Cameron School of Business

May 2015 - Welcome newest UNCW alumni; well done!

Graduation Cap

Over 400 CSB graduates were welcomed as alumni during the Cameron School of Business/UNCW spring 2015 graduation on May 8. In additiona at each graduation, the CSB Faculty/Staff recognize the outstanding graduates by academic discipline. The 2015 awardees by area of concentration are:
E.M. West Award for Academic Achievement - Tobi Polland

  • Accountancy and Business Law - Zach Hublitz
  • Economics - Sabrina Summers
  • Entrepreneurship and Business Development - Olivia Cappelletti
  • Finance - Mary Chesnut Smith
  • Human Resource Management - Anna Ellison
  • Information Systems - Morgan Francis
  • International Business - Carolin Von Tippelskirch and Maria Malczyn
  • Management and Leadership - Arianna Swift
  • Marketing - Sarah Alexander
  • Marketing Strategy - Kelly Jones
  • Operations Management - Kaleigh Knill
  • Professional Selling - Meagan Pillar
  • MBA Academic Achievement - Jacqueline Miltner
  • MBA Outstanding Graduate - Jacqueline Miltner
  • MS CSIS - Calandra Toothman



Summer 1 Term Begins


Memorial Day Holiday
No Classes


Last Day of Classes - Summer 1 Term


Finals - Summer 1 Term


Summer 2 Term Begins


Fourth of July Holiday
No Classes


MSA Raleigh Visit


Last Day of Classes - Summer 2 Term


Finals - Summer 2 Term

August 19

Fall 2015 Term Begins

EDB Winner

Robert Baratta pictured here with Dr. Steve Harper - coordinator of the eighth annual business plan competition - was the winner. Forty seniors in the Entrepreneurship and Business Development option submitted and presented comprehensive business plans. Four students were invited to present their plans on April 24 in the business plan competition.

The CSB competition allows students to gain practical experience beyond the classroom doing a comprehensive business analysis as a culminating experience for their option. Olivia Cappelletti, Michael Clounie, and Kelly Rawers were the other student finalists who presented their plans.

Robert Baratta will receive a $1,500 cash prize as well as accounting, legal, marketing and management advice services from most of the sponsors. Each of the other finalists will receive $1,100. tekMountain at Castle Branch was the Master Sponsor. The other sponsors included: McGladrey, Ward & Smith, SpecialtySoft, Meridien Marketing, Blu Zeus, The Beck Foundation, and South Coast Investments. Tobin Geatz of Seahawk Innovation, Joe Finley of tekMountain at Castle Branch, Jeannette King of SpecialtySoft, and Justin Queen of Blu Zeus served as the judges. Paul Baron of Seahawk Innovation and Wells Struble of Cloudwyze were the presentation coaches.

Woody Hall

Woody Hall announced his retirement from UNCW after 40+ years of service to our community. Woody is the senior economist in the Swain Center for Business and Economic Services and a professor of economics. Woody is well known for his annual forecasts of economic activity for the southeast North Carolina region. A reception will be held on Wednesday, April 29 to celebrate his leadership and years of service to our region.

According to the Wilmington Star News: Hall grew up and graduated from high school in York, S.C., south of Charlotte. In 1963 he headed to Presbyterian College, graduating in 1968 with a bachelor's degree in economics. , Hall headed to Clemson University, where he earned his master's and Ph.D. But his track to the degrees was delayed as he, like thousands of other young men at the time, was called to active duty in the Army."This was at the height of Vietnam," Hall said. He stayed stateside, but as an Army Reservist stationed at Camp Shelby, Miss., he helped clear the trees that had been blown down by Hurricane Camille.

Back at Clemson, his master's thesis was a precursor of his future – "Regional Economic Analysis".
Hall also became interested in studying the environmental costs of economic development."In the early '70s, there was a proposal to erect a petrochemical manufacturing facility in South Carolina near the Atlantic Ocean. To put it mildly it created a stir throughout South Carolina," he said. "The governor called upon the public institutions to do some analysis. "The plant was going to be 10 miles from Hilton Head. We had a strange alliance. We had minority fisherman aligning themselves with wealthy property owners. What we tried to do is to come up with some measures of how much people value environmental amenities – the absence of environmental pollution. I did some survey work." And that was the subject of his doctoral dissertation.

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The Economic Barometer is a quarterly snapshot of local, regional and national economic trends that is produced by Dr. Woody Hall and Dr. Tom Simpson. This quarter's highlights include:

US ECONOMY - Recent performance. The U.S. economy has been giving off mixed signals thus far in 2015. Employment growth slowed sharply in March to 126 thousand from average monthly gains of 233 thousand in the first two months of the year and 260 thousand per month over all of 2014. In contrast, weekly claims for unemployment insurance through early April have continued to hover near historical lows, suggesting that the labor market remains robust.

LOCAL ECONOMY - Revised data on real (inflation-adjusted) gross domestic product (GDP) show that, with the exception of a 1% decline in 2012, the Wilmington, NC MSA (New Hanover and Pender Counties) economy grew over 2010-13. Real GDP in the MSA is forecast to rise 3.5% over 2014 and 3.8% over both 2015 and 2016. As the 2013 GDP figures in the legend show, the Wilmington, NC MSA was 53% larger than the Jacksonville, NC MSA, 81% as large as the Myrtle Beach-Conway-Georgetown, SC-NC MSA, 71% as large as the Fayetteville, NC MSA, and 9% as large as the Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia NC-SC MSA.


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