Volume 15 | Issue 10

December 18, 2023

December 2023 News and Notes

December features

Five 'Did you knows' for holiday conversations

Message from SCICU President and CEO Jeff Perez

Jeff Perez, Ph.D.
SCICU President and CEO

Should you find yourself chatting over egg nog or at the dinner table, and someone presents, well, let’s charitably call them misconceptions about higher education, here are five “Did you knows” that might come in handy.

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Prepping for the 2024 S.C. legislative session - SCICU kicks off Tuition Grants student letter-writing campaign Dec. 8

Campus legislative liaisons from across South Carolina joined SCICU in Columbia Dec. 8 for the annual kickoff luncheon for the student letter-writing campaign supporting the Tuition Grants program.

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State update

Good news from the S.C. Board of Economic Advisors, which projects South Carolina’s economy will continue to grow, generating additional revenues for the state.

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Federal update

Congress, Washington, DC

FAFSA issues continue to complicate this year’s admissions process.

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SCICU Guide to Private Colleges and Universities in South Carolina

The best one-stop resource for easy college decision-making is HERE! SCICU's College Guide links you to 21 independent colleges and universities in South Carolina and their resources for applying for admission, scholarships, campus life, athletics, and more! Click here or on the picture below to access the SCICU College Guide.

Sights and sounds of the holidays - Photo journal from SCICU's 21 member colleges and universities

Anderson University 2023 First Night Celebration - Photo courtesy Lynn Guthrie Photography

SCICU's 21 member colleges and universities celebrate the holiday season and the resilience of students approaching final exams. Journey with us through the sights and sounds of the holidays on our member campuses!

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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

Allen University men’s wrestling team topples Clemson and Florida A&M on same day

Anderson University

Save the brand: Anderson University competition reflects real-world skills

Benedict College

Benedict receives $400k NSF grant to strengthen campus research capacity and innovation

Bob Jones University

BJU women’s soccer team captures sixth national championship in double overtime victory

Charleston Southern University

CSU family shows up again with record-breaking numbers of Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes

Claflin University

Claflin University choir brings Handel’s Messiah back to Orangeburg

Coker University

Coker welcomes new board member

Columbia College

Columbia College speech-language pathology student presents at ASHA national convention

Columbia International University

CIU alumnus honored with prestigious military award

Converse University

Converse celebrates the legacy and philanthropy of former First Lady Ernestine Melvin Morris Carmichael Raclin

Erskine College

Stories worth preserving: Erskine triple major’s SCICU research grant sets her on a new path

Furman University

Furman faculty/student research: Ancient water could have driven early protein formation on Earth

Limestone University

Limestone University opens presidential search

Morris College

Clemson to confer Ed.D. to Morris College alumnus Marquice Clark Dec. 20

Newberry College

Newberry alumnus Otho Shealy ’48 shares his part in college and world history

North Greenville University

Greenville County Sheriff Hobart Lewis graduates with honors from North Greenville University

Presbyterian College

Presbyterian College Physician Assistant program earns continuing accreditation from ARC-PA

Southern Wesleyan University

Southern Wesleyan University announces professional excellence alumni award winners

Spartanburg Methodist College

Camak Core professional development helps Spartanburg Methodist alumnus land job

Voorhees University

Voorhees University moving to Gulf Coast Athletic Conference July 2024

Wofford College

End of an era — Carolina Panthers’ training camp leaves Wofford

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

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

SCICU Business Partner Spotlight

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. Please click here to review the entire SCICU Business Partners Directory.

Cantey Tech Consulting is a leading provider of technology planning and support services for educators. Cantey Tech handles technology so you can focus on students. 

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Find Great People is a nationally-recognized recruitment and Human Resources consulting organization that specializes in multiple functional areas across industries throughout the United States and internationally. FGP has been in business since 1982, serving as career partners for organizations and professionals. 

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Client-focused accounting and advisory services that help drive higher education forward. FORVIS, LLP ranks among the nation's top 10 professional service firms.

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SCICU Calendar of Events


11 - SC Transfer Leadership Meeting - S.C. Commission on Higher Education

17 - SCICU Presidents meeting

18 - SCICU Chief Financial Officers meeting

18 - SCICU Chief Academic Officers meeting

25 - SCICU Chiefs of Staff meeting

29 - Governor's Economic Summit - S.C. Department of Commerce

30 - SCICU Development Committee Meeting


04 - 07 - NAICU Annual Meeting and Advocacy Day

14 - SCICU Presidents meeting

15 - SCICU Chief Financial Officers meeting

15 - SCICU Chief Academic Officers meeting

22 - SCICU Undergraduate Student/Faculty Research Symposium

28 - SCICU Title IX Coordinators Meeting

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: 1706 Senate St., Columbia, SC 29201.

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