Volume 12 | Issue 4 - May 2020
May 2020 News and Notes
News highlights include:

  • SCICU presidents are the leaders we need - Message from SCICU President and CEO Jeff Perez
  • Federal update - Issues with CARES Act funding and Payroll Protection Program, new Title IX regulations
  • S. C. General Assembly update - 2020-21 budget process in limbo due to state of emergency and COVID-19 pandemic
  • SCICU college president and trustee tapped for Gov. McMaster's accelerateSC task force
  • SCICU honors campus professors with Excellence In Teaching awards
  • Coker University names Dr. Natalie Harder as its 17th president
  • Converse College accelerates move to co-ed undergraduate classes
  • SCICU College Guide - Best ONE-STOP resource for college admissions, scholarships, financial aid, and more
  • SCICU college/university campus news
  • 2020 upcoming SCICU events
  • Business partners
SCICU COVID-19 resources - updated May 7

Click here for a curated list of South Carolina and national COVID-19 resources.
SCICU presidents are the leaders we need
Message from Jeff Perez
Jeff Perez, Ph.D.
SCICU President and CEO

Will we ever shake hands again?

Hugging a loved one is now a decision.

COVID-19 is forcing all of us to face tough choices.

But making difficult decisions is something our campus leaders do every day.  

Federal Update

 Just when the Federal Update is put to bed, there’s something new to report.

Every day seems to bring a new wrinkle in the CARES Act, and now new regulations have been issued for Title IX.

S.C. General Assembly Update
The General Assembly is in COVID-19 limbo.  

Dr. Roslyn Artis, Benedict College president, addressed the accelerateSC governance committee on April 27.
SCICU college president and trustee tapped for Gov. McMaster’s accelerateSC task force
Benedict College President Roslyn Artis and SCICU trustee Lou Kennedy, president and CEO of Nephron Pharmaceuticals and past chair of the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, have been tapped by Gov. Henry McMaster for accelerateSC, a task force charged with leading the revitalization of South Carolina’s economy out of the quagmire caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Leading professors honored with SCICU Excellence In Teaching awards; awards dinner sponsor redirects donation to student aid
Superior collegiate teaching transcends the traditional boundaries of the classroom, as shown by the response of SCICU’s 2020 "Excellence In Teaching" award recipients in moving to remote/online instruction related to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

2020 marks the 15th year that SCICU has recognized leading professors from the 20 member colleges and universities, but marks the first and hopefully only time the annual awards dinner and celebration is sidelined by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Coker University names Dr. Natalie Harder as its 17th president
Dr. Natalie Harder
Coker University
Dr. Natalie Harder, chancellor of South Louisiana Community College, has been named Coker University's next president. She will begin her leadership at Coker on June 1.

Harder's election as Coker University's 17th president was announced May 7 by Angie Stanland, chair of the university's board of trustees.

SCICU colleges and universities change operations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic
SCICU colleges and universities are changing operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic to protect students, faculty, staff, and their surrounding communities. See below for links to individual institution's preparedness for COVID-19.

Converse College accelerates move to co-ed day programs
SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Converse College has announced that the Converse Board of Trustees unanimously approved the admission of men into the undergraduate residential cohort beginning in fall 2020, one year earlier than anticipated. 

The College determined that this early adoption will help ensure a thriving future for Converse and for its current and future students.

Click on the College Guide cover for your ONE STOP best source for admissions, scholarships, and financial aid information for South Carolina's independent colleges and universities!

SCICU College/University Campus 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 news from SCICU campuses:

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:

2020 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 welcome the following new Business Partner:

SCICU thanks the following Business Partner for their renewal:

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  |  Blue Cross Blue Shield of SC | Cantey Tech Consulting  |  CapinCrouse LLP  | Cherry Bekaert, LLC Coleman Lew Canny Brown  |  Colonial Life | Craig Gaulden Davis  |  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 | Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, PA  |  Hallmark Management Service | HRP Associates, Inc.  |  Hypersign, LLC  | Immedion LLC  |  Jenzabar | MB Kahn Construction Company, Inc.  |  McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture  |  Metz Culinary Management  |  Nephron Pharmaceuticals | P2Ops, LLC  |  Paymerang (fka AP Advantage)  |  Pioneer College Caterers Pollock Company  |  Purple Briefcase  |  PVC Fittings Online | Regions Bank | Resource Financial Services | S2K Group, Inc.  |  SC Student Loan Corporation  |  ScholarBuys  |  SEGRA (formerly Spirit Communications | Sodexo  |  Spinx Company | Tallo (formerly STEM Premier) | Timely MD | Total Comfort Solutions  | UnitedHealthcare Student Resources  | VEMO Education | Victor Shoreline | 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 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.