Volume 14 | Issue 10
December 15, 2022
December 2022 News and Notes
SCICU Legislative Spotlight - Rep. David R. Hiott
Rep. Davey Hiott
S.C. House Majority Leader
Representative David R. (Davey) Hiott
Majority Leader
Republican - Pickens County
First elected to the S.C. House in 2005

House Committee Assignments:
Agriculture, Natural Resources & Environmental Affairs, Rules

1983 graduate of Southern Wesleyan University (then Central Wesleyan College)

Owner - Hiott Printing Company
We are honored to feature S.C. House Majority Leader Davey Hiott in this month's SCICU Legislative Spotlight. We asked Rep. Hiott seven questions about himself, his career, and the role higher education played in it.

Photo journal - Holiday sights and sounds on SCICU's 21 member campuses
North Greenville University presented "Elf the Musical."
The holidays are here! The 21 SCICU colleges and universities located from the S.C. mountains to the sea are full of holiday sights and sounds! 
SCICU campus advocates kick off annual Tuition Grants student legislative letter-writing campaign Dec. 9
Rep. Chandra Dillard: "Change is certain for the 2023 General Assembly session. “The House has 27 new members, and all committees but one have new chairs. New members and new chairs mean much learning and change."
SCICU’s annual student letter-writing campaign kicked off Dec. 9 with the campus legislative coordinators luncheon at the Capitol City Club in Columbia.

Celebrating 9,000 SCICU student legislative thank-you letters sent in 2022
Tuition Grant recipients and state merit scholarship recipients at SCICU’s 21 member colleges and universities joined forces to send 9,000 thank-you letters to members of the South Carolina General Assembly during the 2022 session.

South Carolina legislative update
  • House Speaker Murrell Smith has made his leadership and committee membership appointments.
  • S.C. Bureau of Economic Advisors is predicting billions of additional revenue available to the state for the upcoming fiscal year.

Federal update
Whither the federal budget?

The battle over the federal government's 2022-2023 budget - yes, the budget that's already six months old - is ongoing.

My New Year's resolution: No more yak shaving
Message from SCICU President and CEO Jeff Perez
Jeff Perez, Ph.D.
SCICU President and CEO
My New Year's resolution: No more yak shaving.

What’s that you say? 

Why would I want to shave a yak? 

School counselors, parents, family members, and friends - It's college decision time!

The NEW SCICU College Guide is the BEST online tool for making the college decision EASY!

The 2022 College Guide is the best ONE-STOP resource for campus tours, admissions, scholarships, campus life, sports, and more at SCICU's 21 member colleges and universities.

Click here to download your copy of the 2022 SCICU College Guide today! Please share it with friends and family, too!
SCICU College/University Campus News 

SCICU presents news from its 21 member colleges and universities. Click here to read college news in the newsroom on the SCICU website.

The following is a sampling of recent news from SCICU campuses:

Allen University

Anderson University

Benedict College

Bob Jones University

Charleston Southern University

Claflin University

Coker University

Columbia College

Columbia International University

Converse University

Erskine College

Furman University

Limestone University

Morris College

Newberry College

North Greenville University

Presbyterian College

Southern Wesleyan University

Spartanburg Methodist College

Voorhees University

Wofford College

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

Coursedog offers modern academic operations software that empowers administrators and faculty to execute exceptional educational experiences and meet their strategic enrollment management goals through integrated academic and event scheduling, curriculum, catalog, and course demand projection tools.

Pharos Resources provides a comprehensive approach to improve student outcomes. Our unique software and approach will strengthen early alert, student care, and retention on your campus. Our relationship-focused perspective allows you to identify at-risk students, eliminate campus silos, increase student engagement, and enrich your culture of student success.

SEGRA is one of the largest independent fiber bandwidth companies in the U.S. Representing a successful merger of Lumos Networks and Spirit Communications, the company now has the most advanced fiber infrastructure network of more than 1,000 miles that connects more than 9,000 on-net locations and 44 data centers throughout nine Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern states.

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 welcomes the following new business partners:

Centrica Business Solutions - Sustainable energy solutions for colleges and universities.

SCICU thanks the following business partners for their renewals:

CapinCrouse - National full-service CPA and consulting firm devoted to serving higher education and other non-profit organizations.

Find Great People - Nationally-recognized recruitment and human resources consulting organization that specializes in multiple functional areas across industries throughout the United States and internationally.

Pathify - Provider of Innovative higher ed engagement hubs that put students at the center of their college journey through cloud-based, integration-friendly technology to drive engagement.

Pioneer College Caterers - Provides dining and facilities management for Christian colleges, universities, and seminaries.

The Virtual Care Group - Provides holistic medical and mental well-being solutions for higher education institutions.

Walsh Consulting Group - Provides consulting and lobbying services to regulated utilities.

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

Affinity LTC, LLC (Genworth Financial) | Allegiance Industries | Aramark Higher Education | Blackbaud | Blue Cross Blue Shield of SC | Brown Edwards CPA | Brown & Brown South Carolina | Buffkin / Baker | CampusLogic | Cantey Tech Consulting | CapinCrouse LLP | CBIZ | Cengage | Centrica Business Solutions | Charles Schwab | Cherry Bekaert, LLCCliftonLarsonAllen, LLP |Coleman Lew Canny Brown | Colonial Life | Coursedog | Craig Gaulden Davis | Design Collaborative | Diligence, LLC | Dominion Energy Duke Energy | Elliott Davis | Enterprise Holdings | Equidox | Find Great People, LLC | First American Education Finance | FORVIS | Gillis Specialty Advertising | Giraffe Web Design | GMK Associates | Granite Government Solutions | Gravity Diagnostics LLC | Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, PA | Hallmark Management Service | HRP Associates, Inc. | Hypersign, LLC | Immedion LLC | Jenzabar | Kognito | Lower Cost Models Consortium | Lockstep Technology Group | MB Kahn Construction Company, Inc. | McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture | Metz Culinary Management | Mindstream | Nephron Pharmaceuticals | NFP | P2Ops, LLC | Path | Paymerang (fka AP Advantage) | Pharos Resources, LLC Pioneer College Caterers Pollock Company | Purple Briefcase | PVC Fittings Online | Regions Bank | Resource Financial Services | S2K Group, Inc. | Salesforce | Schneider Electric | Schooley Mitchell | SC Student Loan Corporation ScholarBuys | Secure Futures Solar | SEGRA (formerly Spirit Communications) | SeKON | Sodexo | Spinx Company | Synergi Partners | Tallo (formerly STEM Premier) | Timely MD | TKC Management Services | Total Comfort Solutions | Transact Campus | UnitedHealthcare Student Resources | VEMO Education | Varsity Health | The Virtual Care Group | Vulcan Materials Company | Walsh Consulting Group LLC | Williams & Fudge | Wyche, PA | 
SCICU is a member of the Coalition for College Cost Savings (CCCS). This organization, comprised of 35 member organizations in 33 states, serves more than 1,000 higher education institutions and over 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.