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  • Thursday, April 3, 2014

Sydney Byrd participates in LeadershipU

HARRISONBURG, VA – James Madison University student and Pawleys Island resident Sydney Byrd recently participated in LeadershipU, a one-day conference that helps to equip new and current student leaders with skills to prepare them to better lead their organizations.

Byrd, a senior foreign languages major, participated in the conference that was held Feb. 1. LeadershipU focuses on helping students learn to become better leaders and teaches effective methods on how to run their organizations.

The conference is held by the Student Activities and Involvement office along with JMU’s fraternity and sorority life and is open to all James Madison students. Attendees also have the opportunity to network and collaborate with other student leaders and people of influence to assist with leading their organizations.

Gabrielle Moon Inducted into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi

BATON ROUGE, LA – The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi announced that Gabrielle Moon of Murrells Inlet was initiated into Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Moon is pursuing a degree in biology at College of Charleston.

Moon is among approximately 32,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors, having at least 72 semester hours, are eligible for membership. Graduate students in the top 10 percent of the number of candidates for graduate degrees may also qualify, as do faculty, professional staff, and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction.

HGTC students win awards

A team of engineering students from Horry Georgetown Technical College brought home two awards from the 2014 American Society of Civil Engineers conference held in Charleston.

The Carolinas Conference hosted by The Citadel included bridge and concrete canoe competitions among three days of student competitions. HGTC was the only two-year college represented, competing against universities such as Clemson, the University of South Carolina, SC State, The Citadel, NC State, Duke and UNC Charlotte.

Dr. Ronald W. Welch, dean of engineering at The Citadel, commended the HGTC team for stepping out to compete against larger, more senior institutions.

The HGTC team participated in a number of competitions, including the concrete canoe, concrete Frisbee, steel bridge, Balsa wood bridge, quiz bowl, surveying and geotechnical competitions. HGTC won two awards in the concrete canoe competition for the design paper and the presentation of how the canoe was built. The team was made up of three second-year students who had competed last year and who had also won two awards, and several first-year students.

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