Volume 14 | Issue 5
May 24, 2022
May 2022 News and Notes
2022 Commencement photo highlights
A Wofford College student celebrates his 2022 graduation at the May 22 commencement ceremony.
It's a wrap! Spring 2022 commencement ceremonies for SCICU's 21 member colleges and universities are done and in the books.

Pleaes click the link below and enjoy photo highlights from the 2022 graduation ceremonies.

SCICU squads winning championships and breaking records
Charleston Southern Buccaneers Men's Golf Team wins its fourth Big South Conference Championship in 2022.
Minor Mickel Shaw receives national award for higher education support
Council of Independent Colleges President Marjorie Hass (left) presents the 2022 Charles W. L. Forman Award to Minor Mickel Shaw (center). Shaw was nominated for the award by SCICU, represented in the photo by President and CEO Jeff Perez (right).
Civic leader and philanthropist Minor Mickel Shaw is this year’s recipient of the Council of Independent Colleges’ (CIC) Charles W. L. Foreman Award for recognition of her long-term support of South Carolina’s private colleges and universities.

SCICU awards more than $105,000 to undergraduate researchers for 2022 research projects
S.C. Independent Colleges and Universities, Inc. (SCICU) is proud to announce that it has awarded more than $105,000 in funding to undergraduate researchers in its 2022 Undergraduate Student/Faculty Research Program.

Thirty research projects to be conducted by 31 students at 11 SCICU member colleges and universities will receive funding.

Milliken & Company Charitable Foundation awarding STEM scholarships at five SCICU HBCUs
South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (SCICU) is pleased to announce that the Milliken & Company Charitable Foundation will award $10,000 in scholarships to SCICU’s five historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) beginning in fall 2022.

Second Chance Pell Initiative: Four SCICU institutions expanding educational opportunities for prisoners
SCICU members Benedict College, Southern Wesleyan University, and Voorhees University are joining Claflin University in expanding educational opportunities for persons incarcerated in South Carolina. 

The four SCICU institutions are participating in the U.S. Department of Education’s Second Chance Pell Experimental Sites Initiative.

If I were a commencement speaker...
Message from SCICU President and CEO Jeff Perez
Jeff Perez, Ph.D.
SCICU President and CEO

If I were to give a commencement address this year, it would be, well, short.

South Carolina State House update

Despite this year’s session being technically over, legislators will be returning on June 15 to take care of unfinished business.

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:

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 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) | 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 | 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 Mitchell | SC 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 | The Virtual Care Group | Vulcan Materials Company | Walsh Consulting Group LLC | Williams & Fudge | Wyche, PA | 
Benedict College to host SCICU's Fall 2022 Board of Trustees Meeting October 20
More meeting details will be announced closer to the meeting date.
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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.