Volume 14 | Issue 8
October 26, 2022
October 2022 News and Notes
SCICU Life Trustee Minor Mickel Shaw keynotes Oct. 13 board luncheon
SCICU Life Trustee Minor Mickel Shaw, a lifelong supporter of independent higher education, was the keynote speaker for SCICU's Oct. 13 board luncheon.

Shaw shared her personal journey with independent higher education and her family's support of needs-based aid programs, including the S.C. Tuition Grants program.

Shaw and her family have supported SCICU and its member institutions for almost all of SCICU's nearly 70 years of advocacy. That dedication was celebrated last spring when SCICU nominated Shaw for and the Council of Independent College's (CIC) awarded her the Charles W. L. Foreman Award, the highest CIC national honor given annually for distinguished service to independent higher education.

Newberry College senior Jonathan Wright named 2022 McLean-Smith SCICU Student of the Year
SCICU President and CEO Jeff Perez (left) presents the 2022 SCICU Student of the Year Award to Newberry College Senior Jonathan Wright (center). Wright is accompanied by Dr. Christina Wendland (right), Newberry College associate dean of academic affairs.
Jonathan Wright, a Newberry College senior and Tuition Grants recipient double majoring in accounting and criminal justice, is the 2022 McLean-Smith SCICU Student of the Year. The award was announced at the SCICU Board of Trustees meeting Oct. 13 hosted by Benedict College.

Click here to learn more about Jonathan's personal and professional leadership in the classroom, in athletics, and in the community. 
SCICU elects five new trustees and re-elects its board chair and chair-elect at Oct. 13 board meeting
SCICU welcomed five new trustees to its board at the Oct. 13 board meeting. The new board members represent diverse South Carolina industries ranging from global manufacturing and chemicals to financial services.

The SCICU board also re-elected Lucy Grey McIver, deputy general counsel for BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, as its chair.

Please click here to read more about the new trustees, committee chair appointments, Council of College Presidents nominations to the Executive Committee, and more.
Photo highlights from the SCICU Board of Trustees meeting and Trustee Appreciation Reception

SCICU honored its trustees Oct. 12 with a reception at the Capital City Club. The next day college presidents, trustees, and guest convened at Benedict College for the Fall board meeting and luncheon.
SCICU President Jeff Perez chats with Allen University President Ernest McNealey and Benedict College President Roslyn Artis at the Oct. 12 Trustee Appreciation Reception.

Please click here to view photo highlights from the Trustee Appreciation Reception.
Benedict College's Student Jazz Combo performed for presidents, trustees, and guests during the board luncheon Oct. 13.

Please click here to enjoy photo highlights from the board meeting and luncheon.
Gen Z now Generation COVID
Message from SCICU President and CEO Jeff Perez
Jeff Perez, Ph.D.
SCICU President and CEO

The pandemic transformed Gen Z - born between 1996 and 2015 - into Generation COVID.

NEW! The 2022 SCICU College Guide is here to make the college search EASY!

The 2022 College Guide is the best ONE-STOP resource for campus tours, admissions, scholarships, campus life, sports, and more at SCICU's 21 member colleges and universities.

Click here to download your copy of the 2022 SCICU College Guide today! Please share it with friends and family, too!
South Carolina and Federal updates
Both state and federal legislators are focused on the upcoming elections but there are a few items worthy of mention:

  • Broadband access
  • Student Loan Debt Forgiveness
  • Federal budget
  • Affirmative Action at the SCOTUS

Squads from SCICU member schools are climbing in national rankings and setting records
The Benedict Tigers are now 8-0 after defeating SIAC foe Morehouse College Maroon Tigers 35-0 Oct. 22. After defeating Morehouse, Benedict rose to 15th in the Division II American Football Coaches Association Coaches (AFCA) Poll rankings. Photo credit: Nate Salley.
Undefeated teams? Check!
Rising in national rankings? Check check!
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, Benedict College, Claflin University, and Morris College

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:

Allegiance Industries is a facilities management provider to educational institutions, specializing in janitorial, electrical, and security services. 

Pollock Company is a cyber security and IT company that also sells commercial printers in Augusta, Ga. and Columbia, S.C.

UnitedHealthcare Student Resources has provided customized student insurance plans to colleges and universities for over 40 years. We serve hundreds of thousands of insured students and their dependents every plan year. Most benefit from UnitedHealthcare’s strong provider network that is national in scope but local in focus.

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 partners:

FORVIS - Built upon the strong legacies of BKD and DHG and offers comprehensive assurance, tax, advisory, and wealth management services.

NFP - Leading property and casualty broker, benefits consultant, wealth manager, and retirement plan advisor.

SCICU thanks the following business partners for their renewals:

Gillis Advertising - Full-service advertising, marketing, and sales promotion company that specializes in promotional products and embroidery.

Pharos Resources - Service-based software company passionate about student success. Our solutions provide ways to identify and guide at-risk students to much needed resources.

Pollock Company - Cyber security and IT company that also sells commercial printers in Augusta, Ga. and Columbia, S.C.

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 | Equidox | Find Great People, LLC | First American Education Finance | FORVIS | Gillis Specialty Advertising | Giraffe Web Design | GMK Associates | Granite Government Solutions | 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 | NFP | 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. | Salesforce | Schneider Electric | Schooley Mitchell | SC Student Loan Corporation ScholarBuys | Secure Futures Solar | 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 | 
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.