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USCB’s new Sigma chapter seeks nurse leaders

The University of South Carolina’s School of Nursing welcomes applicants to its new Alpha Alpha Omicron chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, the International Honor Society of Nursing.

USC Beaufort will hold a virtual chartering and induction ceremony at 4 p.m. on Nov. 20. Current Sigma members who joined elsewhere may add this chapter to their membership or may transfer membership.

The university also seeks community Sigma Nurse Leaders to join. Nurse Leaders are nurses who:

hold a baccalaureate degree or the equivalent in any field;

demonstrate achievement in nursing in service or practice, scholarship or leadership;

are registered as a nurse, legally recognized to practice in his/her country.

Those interested should send name, phone number, affiliation (healthcare organization, agency, school etc.) and a brief description of how they qualify by Oct. 2 to Lee-Ann Halbert at

Ribbon-cutting marks completion of first referendum project

Students, educators, elected officials and community members on Wednesday, Sept. 24, celebrated the first construction project built using revenues from the Beaufort County School District bond referendum approved by county voters in November 2019.

Wednesday’s ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the official opening of expanded classroom wings at River Ridge Academy. Work is complete on four-classroom expansions to two existing wings, and work is nearing completion on a new wing featuring eight classrooms. Those classrooms are scheduled to be available for teachers and students by the end of October.

“Despite all of the complications caused by the coronavirus, it’s wonderful to see this referendum project completed on schedule,” Superintendent Frank Rodriguez said in a release. “The teamwork between the school district and our contractors has been extraordinary.”