UNCW and St. James Plantation Team Up in 2008

The UNCW Neighborhood Partnership Program
Will Host “St. James University”

Press Release

January 7, 2008 – St. James, North Carolina (NC) - The Clubs at St. James Plantation and The University of North Carolina at Wilmington are teaming up in 2008 to present St. James Plantation residents with an exciting educational opportunity.

“St. James University” will host knowledgeable professors from UNCW on St. James’
own neighborhood “campus.” These lectures - playfully referred to as “edu-tainment” -
will cover a wide variety of topics — from history and the arts, to marine biology and
current “hot button” news issues. Similar programs have been started with the residents
of Wilmington’s Landfall and Porters Neck neighborhoods and all who have attended
have given the programs rave reviews.
UNCW’s Neighborhood Partnership Program was created to work with local groups, like
St. James Plantation, to enhance the quality of life for residents and in turn, provide
UNCW access to a wide array of multi-talented residents whose talent and treasure can
enhance the learning experience for university students.
“Many of our residents are interested in continuing their quest for learning and
knowledge. This is a great opportunity to partner with an award-winning university to
offer classes on a diverse array of topics. There will truly be something for everyone”
commented The Clubs at St. James Plantation General Manager, Jack Hrad.
The first program will kick-off with a “hot button” issue currently in the national media’s
forefront. On January 22nd, Dr. Roger Lowery, the chair of UNCW’s Department of
Public and International Affairs, will present Public Opinion Polls and the 2008
Presidential Election. This dynamic, interactive program will focus on the strengths and
weaknesses of pre-election public opinion polls. Residents will find out how candidate
and media-sponsored polls measure up to the academic polls.
Under the leadership of Chancellor Rosemary DePaolo, UNCW has developed a longterm
strategic plan that is charting the university’s course toward increased national
preeminence. For the tenth straight year, the university ranked among the Top 10 public
master’s universities in the south by US News & World Report. UNCW also received the
2008 “Best in the Southeast” designation by Princeton Review.
The university is especially proud that this year, for the first time ever, UNCW freshman
have the third-highest average SAT (averaging 1157) in the UNC school system, behind
only Chapel Hill and NC State.
Located along the North Carolina coast, near Wilmington, Southport and Myrtle Beach,
St. James Plantation offers homes, homesites, and private amenities in a gated
community that's ideal for active adult living and families. Residents enjoy the coastal
setting, 81 holes of signature golf, private beach club and an Intracoastal Waterway
marina. To learn more about The Land of More and the lifestyle of the number oneselling
community in the Coastal Carolinas, visit www.stjamesplantation.com or call

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