Area Briefs, Jan. 31, 2014

  • Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • Updated Friday, February 7, 2014 1:34 pm

Governor’s School accepting applications for students

The Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics (GSSM) is currently accepting applications from high school sophomores until Feb. 15.

Online applications are available at

GSSM applicants should:

be current high school sophomores and SC residents

have taken the PSAT, SAT, ACT or PLAN standardized tests have an unweighted GPA of 3.5 or higher

complete geometry, algebra I and II, English II and one lab science by the end of sophomore year

GSSM is highly selective, taking into consideration courses taken, grades, class rank, standardized test scores, teacher recommendations and extracurricular activities.

The school considers not only aptitude, but also proven performance and demonstrated interest in science, technology, engineering and/or mathematics courses.

One of only 12 of its kind in the nation, GSSM is a two-year, public, residential high school for juniors and seniors specializing in the advanced study of science, technology, engineering and math.

Beyond its distinctive curriculum, GSSM offers unique learning opportunities including the nationally recognized Summer Program for Research Interns, the Research Experience Scholars Program and January Interim. These innovative programs provide students with mentored, graduate-level internships, study abroad experiences and options to explore non-traditional courses. The school is also educating the next generation of entrepreneurs and business leaders through the BlueCross BlueShield Economics & Finance Institute and the next generation of engineers through the Duke Energy Engineering & Innovation Institute.

For more information on the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics, visit


CCU to hold Women’s Leadership Conference

Registration is underway for the fourth Women’s Leadership Conference & Celebration of Inspiring Women on Feb. 27 at the Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center Hotel.

Sponsored by Women in Philanthropy and Leadership (WIPL) for Coastal Carolina University, these events are designed to educate, inspire and challenge women to speak up, take action and use their voices to lead change in their own lives, their communities and beyond. The conference supports WIPL scholarships for CCU students as well as other leadership initiatives.

The keynote and plenary speakers include:

Paula Harper Bethea, executive director of the South Carolina Education Lottery;

Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, CNBC chief international correspondent; Terry Haas, TV personality from HGTV’s “Designed to Sell”;

Chris Linnares, Brazilian psychotherapist and creator of Diva Dance; Wendi Nix, ESPN reporter and host;

Kathrine Switzer, first woman to run the Boston Marathon; Barbara Hickman Whye, director of global strategic initiatives for the Intel Foundation; and Marguerite Willis, attorney, first woman partner with Howrey LLP in Washington, D.C.

The conference will be Feb. 27 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; conference registration includes access to plenary and breakout sessions, exhibit areas, book signings, continental breakfast and lunch. Pre-conference workshops focusing on entrepreneurship will be held Feb. 26, from 1 to 5 p.m. A networking reception follows at 5:15 p.m.

The fourth annual Celebration of Inspiring Women will be held following the conference on Feb. 27 at 6:30 p.m. The event, including a cocktail reception, seated dinner and awards presentation, will honor five women for their outstanding contributions to the state, the nation and the world.

The 2014 Inspiring Women honorees are: Paula Harper Bethea, executive director of the South Carolina Education Lottery; Mary Ann Bishop, philanthropist and author; Nathalie Dupree, celebrity chef and author;

Mamie “Peanut” Johnson, only woman to pitch in Major League Baseball; and Wendi Nix, ESPN reporter and host.

The Inspiring Women Awards were created as an important and lasting way to recognize the achievements of South Carolina women; since the program’s inception, 20 women have been recognized.

For a full list of speakers and to register, visit For information on sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities, contact Beth Stedman at 843-349-2145 or

— From CCU


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