Volume 14 | Issue 2
February 22, 2022
February 2022 News and Notes
SCICU celebrates Black History Month and salutes its five member HBCUs
SCICU celebrated the achievements and contributions of its five member HBCUs with a Feb. 16 infographic sent to all members of the S.C. General Assembly, along with Facebook and Twitter posts.
Gov. McMaster signs into law "S.C. HBCU Day"
Gov. Henry McMaster (center) is flanked by legislators, business leaders, and college presidents as he signs into law "S.C. HBCU Day." Left of Gov. McMaster is Benedict College President Roslyn Artis, with Claflin President Dwaun Warmack directly behind him, and Morris College President Leroy Staggers to the right.
Recognizing the strengths and myriad contributions of South Carolina’s eight historically Black colleges and universities, Gov. Henry McMaster signed into law House Bill 4576, which designates the third Tuesday in February as “Historically Black Colleges and Universities Day. (“S.C. HBCU Day”).

I can predict everything but the future
Message from SCICU President and CEO Jeff Perez
Jeff Perez, Ph.D.
SCICU President and CEO
A friend of mine is fond of saying, “I can predict everything but the future,” but that is just what our campus leaders are called upon to do. Colleges and universities are in the business of preparing students for the challenges they will face. But what will those challenges be?

South Carolina state update

  • Bureau of Economic Advisors projecting $4.6 billion in additional revenue
  • State income tax cuts and rebates proposed
  • Vaccine mandate penalties proposed

Washington update
Allen University President Ernest McNealey (left) and SCICU President Jeff Perez (right) met with Congressman James Clyburn (D-SC 6th District)(center) during the NAICU Advocacy Day Feb. 9.

Click here to read more about:

  • NAICU Annual Meeting and Advocacy Day
  • Increasing Pell Grant maximum
S.C. Chamber president to keynote at SCICU Mar. 10 board meeting at Bob Jones University
Bob Morgan
President and CEO
S.C. Chamber
S.C. Chamber President and CEO Bob Morgan will be the keynote speaker for the SCICU Spring Board Meeting on March 10. Bob Jones University, SCICU’s newest member institution, will host SCICU’s return to in-person board meetings — the first since February 2020.

Undergraduate researchers present findings at SCICU's 2022 Research Symposium
SCICU student researchers and their faculty mentors gathered at Converse University Feb. 17 for the 2022 SCICU Research Symposium.
Undergraduate student researchers showcased their 2021 project findings at the Feb. 17 SCICU Research Symposium hosted by Converse University.

Project topics ranged from biology, chemistry, and public health to research specific to the flora, fauna, and cultural heritage of Hobcaw Barony in Georgetown County, S.C.

SCICU President Jeff Perez elected chair of National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities State Executives
S.C. Independent Colleges and Universities, Inc. (SCICU) is pleased to announce that its President and CEO Dr. Jeff Perez has been elected chair of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities – State Executives (NAICUSE).

NAICUSE comprises the executive leaders of independent higher education advocate groups, including SCICU, throughout the United States. 

Spring sports are in full swing at SCICU member colleges and universities
Baseball, beach volleyball, lacrosse, track and field, and much more are in full swing at SCICU's 21 member colleges and universities. Please click on your favorite colleges and universities to learn more about the latest spring sports news and happenings!

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 College

Wofford College

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

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 | Affinity LTC, LLC (Genworth Financial) | 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 | 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 | Find Great People, LLC | First American Education Finance | Gillis Specialty Advertising | Giraffe Web Design | GMK Associates | 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 | 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. | Schneider Electric | Schooley MitchellSC Student Loan Corporation | ScholarBuys | 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 | Victor Shoreline | The Virtual Care Group | Vulcan Materials Company | Walsh Consulting Group LLC | Williams & Fudge | Wyche, PA | 
SCICU Calendar of Events
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.