Volume 15 | Issue 9

November 17, 2023

November 2023 News and Notes

November features

SCICU awards $421,000 in merit and need-based scholarships at 21 private colleges and universities

With generous support from philanthropic organizations and major corporations, S.C. Independent Colleges and Universities (SCICU) is proud to announce a total of $421,000 in merit and need-based scholarships for undergraduate students attending its 21 member private colleges and universities.

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SCICU launches NEW 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.

'Am I being artificial?'

Message from SCICU President and CEO Jeff Perez
Jeff Perez, Ph.D.
SCICU President and CEO

I cheated.

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SCICU Fall sports - teams winning back-to-back championships and breaking records

Breaking records? Check!

Multiple teams winning back-to-back championships? Check! Check!

It’s a championship-winning, record-breaking Fall semester on SCICU campuses! Click here to read the latest sports news.

Benedict College President Roslyn Artis (left of trophy, in white jacket) and Benedict Tigers Head Coach Chennis Berry (to right and holding trophy) celebrate with their team and SIAC leaders upon winning the 2023 SIAC championship. Photo credit: Dennis Switzer, Benedict College.

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Federal update

Congress, Washington, DC

The federal budget, FAFSA delays, and averting a Nov. 17 government shutdown are among today's top issues in Washington.

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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 faculty and students participate in STEM Day at Center for Achievement Magnet School

Anderson University

Anderson University's Clamp Divinity School receives $1.1 million Lilly Endowment grant

Benedict College

Benedict Tigers earn top Super Region 2 seed, bye, for NCAA DII football playoffs

Bob Jones University

BJU Bruins Men’s XC team claims eighth straight national title

Charleston Southern University

Charleston Southern University announces tuition promise program for S.C. residents

Claflin University

Claflin University celebrates the election of alumnus Reggie Burgess as North Charleston mayor

Coker University

Coker Enactus to reinstate recyling on campus

Columbia College

Columbia College communication program hosts virtual exchange with International University of Sarajevo

Columbia International University

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education grants initial accreditation to CIU’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program

Converse University

Converse University named InnoVision Education award finalist for student data science experiential learning

Erskine College

Three Erskine alumni describe the ‘adventure of service’

Furman University

Furman Paladins hold at No. 2 in AFCA FCS Top 25 Poll

Limestone University

Limestone Saints draw Valdosta State in Nov. 18 first round of NCAA Div. II playoffs

Morris College

Morris College Call Me Mister participants mentor fifth grade students at Crosswell Drive Elementary School

Newberry College

Newberry piano and music professor receives national award for Schuyler album

North Greenville University

North Greenville professor earns Distinguished Adviser Recognition from the College Media Association

Presbyterian College

Presbyterian College offering South Carolina’s first undergraduate degree for teaching multilingual students

Southern Wesleyan University

Southern Wesleyan University announces new Director of Choral Activities

Spartanburg Methodist College

SMC biology class reconstructs skeleton

Voorhees University

Grammy winning singer and songwriter Peabo Bryson headlines Nov. 10 Alumni concert at Voorhees University

Wofford College

Open Doors 2023 Report ranks Wofford College No. 8 in students studying abroad

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.

The Budd Group provides integrated facilities management for private elementary and secondary schools, as well as colleges and universities. In 2023 The Budd Group celebrates 60 years of incredible service and continuous growth.

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Duke Energy is one of the largest electric power holding companies in the United States, providing electricity to 8.2 million customers in six states. They have approximately 50,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity in the Carolinas, Florida, Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky. Their natural gas unit serves 1.6 million customers in Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, and the Carolinas.

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Total Comfort Solutions offers the skilled development and delivery of innovative Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) solutions to clients across South Carolina and eastern Georgia. We serve all industries with a specialization in mid- to large-sized facilities in the healthcare, industrial, technology, institutional, and office markets.

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SCICU Calendar of Events


30 - SCICU New Trustee Orientation


07 - SCICU Development Committee Meeting

08 - SCICU Campus Legislative Coordinators Luncheon

08 - SCICU 2023 Undergraduate Research Projects - Deadline for completing research

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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