Volume 15 | Issue 7

September 22, 2023

September 2023 News and Notes

September features

Congratulations to our 21 member colleges and universities upon their #BestColleges rankings by U.S. News and World Report!

Click here to learn more about the strengths and achievements of SCICU's 21 member institutions.

Welcome aboard, Emma!

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

I’m delighted to introduce you to SCICU’s newest employee: Emma Reabold, who will serve as Vice President for Development and Campus Services.

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Message to Congress - Don't cut financial aid!

We've got mixed news and downright bad news regarding Congress and student aid.

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Federal update - Proposed overtime rule

Congress, Washington, DC

Who gets overtime? Who wants it?

The U.S. Department of Labor has released a proposed rule on overtime pay for nonprofit and corporate employers.

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South Carolina update

The S.C. Board of Economic Advisors (BEA) met this week and continued their bullish assessment of South Carolina’s economy and hence revenues from taxes and fees.

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Fall sports highlights from SCICU campuses

Fall sports are here! Football fields, cross country courses, volleyball courts, golf courses, and more sports arenas are extra busy at SCICU’s 21 member colleges and universities located from the S.C. mountains to the sea!

Click here to view sports photos from SCICU's 21 member campuses...

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

AU Football mounts largest comeback in school history to stun Kentucky State 34-30

Anderson University

Anderson University and Tri-County Technical College announce new transfer program

Benedict College

Benedict College and Black@ Labs partner in launch of statewide accelerator program

Bob Jones University

BJU announces 2023-2024 concert, opera, and drama series

Charleston Southern University

Charleston Southern’s kinesiology major now eligible for Palmetto Fellows and LIFE enhancement

Claflin University

Claflin President Dwaun Warmack challenges the Class of 2027: ‘What will be your legacy?’

Coker University

Coker University receives Howard Hughes Medical Institute Grant to support inclusive learning environments

Columbia College

Columbia College researchers present at the 2023 International Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education

Columbia International University

CIU receives $25,000 Power:Ed grant for need-based scholarships in biology and biomedical programs

Converse University

Converse University Athletics Director Jenn Bell named NCAA Division II Nike Executive of the Year

Erskine College

Dr. John L. Carson, Erskine College’s 13th president, leaves a legacy of faith and service

Furman University

Furman ranks 4th for sustainability performance among baccalaureate institutions

Limestone University

Limestone University Board of Trustees names Jeremy Whitaker acting president

Morris College

Morris College students participate in SCSU’s One-DOT University Transportation Summit

Newberry College

Newberry College appoints new chief development officer

North Greenville University

NGU partners with OneLife to offer college credit to students in gap-year program

Presbyterian College

Presbyterian College launches new service-based scholarships for Laurens County students

Southern Wesleyan University

Southern Wesleyan faculty member selected for Fulbright Specialist Program

Spartanburg Methodist College

Spartanburg Methodist College appoints new dean of online instruction

Voorhees University

Voorhees University names alumna Dr. Thelma Sojourner as community relations liaison

Wofford College

Wofford AD Richard Johnson to retire after 40 years of service

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

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SCICU Business Partners: Renewing

SCICU thanks the following business partners for their renewals:



Pharos Resources

Secure Futures, LLC

Directory - Click here for a complete list of SCICU Business Partners.

SCICU's Fall Board of Trustees meeting will be held October 10, 2023 at Anderson University. Trustees, please check your email for more details on all related events.

SCICU Calendar of Events


10 - SCICU Council of College Presidents Breakfast

10 - SCICU Board of Trustees Fall Meeting

19 - PASCAL Board of Directors Meeting

26 - SCICU Chief Financial Officers Meeting

26 - SCICU Chief Academic Officers Meeting

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.
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