Volume 11 | Issue 6 - August 2019
August 2019 News and Notes
August 2019 news highlights include:
  • Back to campus? - Message from SCICU President and CEO Jeff Perez
  • SCICU August fundraising focus: Discretionary Scholarship Program
  • Federal update - Some good news for grant programs
  • SCICU President tapped for Governor's Census 2020 Complete Count Committee
  • Claflin University names Dr. Dwaun Warmack as ninth president
  • SCICU Board of Trustees Fall Meeting scheduled for October 8 at Coker University
  • 2019 upcoming events
  • Member college news
  • Business partners
Back to campus?

Message from SCICU President and CEO Jeff Perez
Jeff Perez, Ph.D.
SCICU President and CEO
In just a few weeks we’ll be welcoming back students for the fall semester. They will be resuming their studies, reconnecting with friends and participating once again in campus activities.
However, there are students who will not be returning, some for good reasons, and others deeply regrettable.

We’re happy that our recent graduates will not be returning. They’re busy applying what they learned to become leaders in their professions and communities.

SCICU August fundraising focus: Discretionary Scholarship Program
In the last several months, SCICU has been busy working to increase the state-funded merit scholarships and Tuition Grants Program, as well as raising funds for other scholarship programs.
We have had much success in these areas, but now need your generous financial support in helping our most economically vulnerable students. The SCICU Discretionary Scholarship Program is specifically designed to help these students. A seemingly small financial difficulty—just a few hundred dollars—can be the insurmountable roadblock that results in a struggling student dropping out.

Our campuses use SCICU Discretionary Scholarship Program funds to help their students address an unexpected financial need so they can continue to benefit from an independent college education. Every dollar raised goes into the program and, as always, the entire amount will be tax-deductible.

We now have less than 30 days remaining to meet our Discretionary Scholarship Program annual fundraising goal of $100,000.

Please click here to donate to the SCICU Discretionary Scholarship Program.
Federal Update - Some good news for grant programs
President Trump signed a sweeping two-year budget agreement on Aug. 2 that lifts the federal borrowing limit and increases spending. The threat of default was removed for the 2020 elections, and the new law suspends the debt ceiling through July 2021.

There is some good news for higher education in this agreement, specifically related to increases in federal grant programs.

S.C. Governor Henry McMaster announced Aug. 1 his nominees for the S.C. Census 2020 Complete Count Committee.
SCICU president tapped for Governor's Census 2020 Complete Count Committee
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Governor Henry McMaster announced his appointees on Aug. 1 for the South Carolina Census 2020 Complete Count Committee. SCICU President & CEO Jeff Perez is among the South Carolinians asked to serve on this committee
“SCICU is proud to support important state and community initiatives,” said Perez. “With more than 30,000 South Carolinians attending or working at SCICU member colleges and universities, it is important to make sure they are counted.”

Claflin University Names Dr. Dwaun Warmack as ninth president
ORANGEBURG, S.C. (courtesy claflin.edu) -- Dr. Dwaun J. Warmack began his leadership as the ninth president of Claflin University on Aug. 1. The institution's Board of Trustees unanimously approved the selection of Dr. Warmack as president of Claflin University, the first Historically Black College and University (HBCU) in South Carolina.

“My aspiration is to honor President Tisdale’s amazing legacy by continuing the Claflin standard as a beacon of excellence in higher education for future generations to come," said Warmack. "I am humbled by the opportunity afforded me to carry the torch and to continue the growth and development of Claflin University as a dynamic and powerful center of scholarship, research and education.”

Save the date!
SCICU Fall Board Meeting
Coker University
October 8, 2019

Please watch your email for more details...

Member College News  

SCICU curates news from its twenty member colleges and universities. Click  here  to read college news in the Newsroom on the SCICU website.

The following is a sampling of recent member college / university news:

Allen University

Anderson University

Benedict College

Charleston Southern University

Claflin University

Coker University

Columbia College

Columbia International University

Converse College

Erskine College

Furman University

Limestone College

Morris College

Newberry College

North Greenville University

Presbyterian College

Southern Wesleyan University

Spartanburg Methodist College

Voorhees College

Wofford College

Click below to access important information from each of the SCICU member colleges and universities:

2019 Upcoming Events

The SCICU Business Partners program provides a convenient marketplace in which SCICU member colleges and universities can preview offerings tailored to the needs of the higher education community in South Carolina.

SCICU thanks the following Business Partners for their renewals:

Directory - Click   here   for a complete list of Business Partners, or access information on individual Business Partners via the links shown below.

ABM Building Solutions, LLC  |  Acumen IT, LLC  |  Affinity LTC, LLC (Genworth Financial)  |  Aramark Higher Education  |  Argent Financial Group | Blackboard   |  Cantey Tech Consulting  |  CapinCrouse LLP  | Cherry Bekaert, LLC Church Mutual Insurance Company  |  Coleman Lew Canny Brown  |  Collegiate Financial Services (IOA)  |  Craig Gaulden Davis  |  CSI Leasing, Inc.  |  Dominion Energy Elliott Davis  |  Find Great People, LLC  |  First American Education Finance  | Gillis Specialty Adverstising  |  Giraffe Web Design  |  Harper Corporation General Contractors  |  Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, PA  |  HillSouth iT Solutions  |  Howard Technology Solutions  |  HRP Associates, Inc.  |  Hypersign, LLC  | Immedion LLC  |   The LearningHouse, Inc.  |  MB Kahn Construction Company, Inc.  |  McAllister & Quinn  |   McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture  | Met@data IT LLC  |  Metz Culinary Management  |  Myers McRae Executive Search and Consulting  |  National Management Resources Corporation  | P2Ops, LLC  |  Paymerang (fka AP Advantage)  |  Pioneer College Caterers Pollock Company  |  Purple Briefcase  |  PVC Fittings Online | Regions Bank | S2K Group, Inc.  |  SC Student Loan Corporation  |  ScholarBuys  |  SEGRA (formerly Spirit Communications | Sodexo  |  STEM Premier Stroz Friedberg  |  Thompson & Little  |  Total Comfort Solutions  | UnitedHealthcare Student Resources  |  USI Insurance Services, LLC | VEMO Education | Vulcan Materials Company  |  Walsh Consulting Group LLC  |   Wyche, PA  | 

SCICU is a member of the Coalition for College Cost Savings (CCCS). This organization, comprised of 33 member organizations in 32 states, serves close to 900 higher education institutions and 3 million students across the United States. The organization and staff are dedicated to helping private higher education institutions improve processes and reduce costs through collaboration.

All SCICU member colleges and universities have access to CCCS's national contracts and services. More information on this important benefit may be found here .
News & Notes is published by the South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities, Inc. Please send all comments or questions to SCICU President & CEO Jeff Perez at [email protected] or 803-799-7122. Mailing address: PO Box 12007, Columbia, SC 29211.