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Volume 8, Issue 9 September 2016

In This Issue:

Allen University to Host SCICU 
Fall Board Meeting October 12

The SCICU Board of Trustees will be at Allen University in downtown Columbia on October 12. The fall Board meeting serves as the organization's annual meeting.
In addition to recognizing retiring Trustees, the Board will elect new members, approve the organization's operating budget for FY 2016-2017, and hear year-end reports from the standing committees. At the luncheon that follows, the SCICU Student of the Year will be presented with the McLain-Smith Scholarship in the amount of $3,000. There also will be an open forum where a panel of college presidents will discuss higher education issues.
The Council of Presidents will meet at 9:00 a.m. The Board of Trustees meeting will begin at 10:30 a.m. and will be preceded by registration and a social hour beginning at 9:30 a.m. The noon luncheon and program will adjourn by 1:30 p.m.
The meeting will take place in the recently-renovated Chappelle Auditorium in the historic Chappelle Administration building on the campus of Allen University. Designed by John Anderson Lankford, the nation's first black architect who is also known as the "Dean of Architects" in the African American community, the Chappelle Administration Building was completed in 1925 and listed as a National Historic Landmark as an outstanding example of Lankford's work in 1976.
Trustees attending the fall Board meeting will have an opportunity to experience the beauty and unique architectural features of the Chappelle Auditorium, one of only twelve historic landmarks in South Carolina, three of which are in the greater Columbia area.


SCICU Exceeds Fundraising Goals,
Achieves 100% Trustee Participation
COLUMBIA, SC -- The SCICU fundraising year recently ended on August 31, 2016, and we are very pleased to announce that the fundraising goal of $434,000 was exceeded by over $50,000. A total of $494,252 was raised through the various programs offered at SCICU. In particular, the SCICU Named Scholars Program exceeded its $230,000 goal by $81,000, raising a total of $311,000 for student scholarships. When proceeds from the SCICU endowment are added to the funds that were raised from donors, SCICU will distribute over $649,000 to our member colleges.
SCICU is also very pleased to report that 100 percent of the SCICU Board of Trustees participated at various levels in our fundraising activities. Many "thanks" to our trustees and the various companies and individuals that provide continued and loyal support to our member colleges and their students through our fundraising efforts.

SCICU Sponsoring Title IX Training 
Seminars  September 26-29, 2016

SCICU is sponsoring two Title IX training seminars for member colleges and universities. Furman University will be providing conference space at the Trone Student Center for the training seminars.
SCICU is again partnering with attorneys Natasha Baker and Megan Farrell of the Hirschfeld Kraemer law firm for Title IX training. Baker and Farrell have significant experience in higher education and Title IX matters. 

Title IX ASAP and Investigation Training will be held September 26-27 (Click here for online event registration.).  This seminar will essentially present the same content as the two-day training that almost 100 faculty and staff from SCICU member institutions attended in 2015 at Southern Wesleyan University. It is the first-level course for faculty/staff on SCICU member campuses who administrators entrust with investigating Title IX complaints or providing other forms of support such as awareness education.
Title IX ASAP Advanced Investigations will be presented on September 28 and 29 (Click here for online event registration.).This advanced training seminar is for faculty and staff who have previously participated in basic level Title IX investigator training. Due to the intensive and interactive nature of this advanced seminar, this two-day training will be limited to 50 participants. 

Compared to traveling out of state for national Title IX training, sponsoring Title IX seminars in South Carolina will save our members approximately 70% on registration and travel-related expenses.
SCICU would like to thank Melissa Nichols, Title IX Coordinator for Wofford College / Furman University, for her role in linking the advanced training course with the basic training course and agreeing to co-locate the two on the Furman campus to achieve the highest level of economy of scale for SCICU member institutions. 


SCICU Establishes Career
Services Consortium Site

COLUMBIA, SC --  SCICU has recently signed an agreement with Purple Briefcase to establish a career services consortium site on the SCICU website. Purple Briefcase is a modern career services management platform that looks great, has an interactive interface, engages students, and above all, is easy to use by administrators and employers. Purple Briefcase connects college career centers to students and employers while providing an excellent platform for career centers to manage their analytics, records, job postings, and events.
Purple Briefcase will provide a free-standing system that will house data and an authentication process for employers to connect and post their experiential opportunities on the SCICU consortium site. These opportunities will be seamlessly distributed to SCICU schools that have either Purple Briefcase or any other career management system.
SCICU represents a large business opportunity for Purple Briefcase, and they have put together a very aggressive pricing proposal for SCICU member colleges. If 1-6 colleges become customers, the discount rate is 10%. If 7-14 colleges become customers, they receive a 15% discount. If 15 or more colleges become Purple Briefcase customers, the discount rate is 20%. Presently there are 5 colleges that are Purple Briefcase customer; 5 colleges that are planning to become customers; and two more are evaluating proposals. SCICU is very pleased to be teaming up with Purple Briefcase to provide our member colleges with a state-of-the-art career services management system.
Purple Briefcase is presently developing the SCICU consortium site, and we hope to have it up and running in 30-45 days. Stay tuned for further announcements.



SCICU to Host Microsoft Azure
Workshop On October 11, 2016

COLUMBIA, SC --  SCICU and its business partner ScholarBuys will host a Microsoft Azure Workshop on October 11, 2016.  This exclusive workshop will be held at IT-oLogy located at 1301 Gervais Street in Columbia.
This event is designed for both campus leadership and system administrators and will include a plenary session and two separate workshops. Microsoft, ScholarBuys, Airnet Group, Veeam, and Barracuda will share how higher education institutions can reduce costs with a cloud deployment and how campuses can collaborate with partners to manage infrastructure all while having security, accessibility, and flexibility.
There also will be a discussion focusing on the benefits of knowing an institution's true IT infrastructure cost. The Airnet Systems Assessment Tool, an easy-to-use Microsoft Certified Tool valued at $7,000, will be available to attending schools at no cost.
System administrators will have an opportunity to participate in a Microsoft Azure Lab, a 5 hour session focusing on the Microsoft Azure platform from an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) perspective.
SCICU members are encouraged to take advantage of both sessions. Please click here for online registration. 


Securing America's Future -
Free CIC Workshops for College Leaders

Is the future of your institution secure? Sustainability is the most pressing concern at many independent colleges and universities, especially in the face of shifting demographics and economic uncertainty.  But college leaders don't always know the best way to align their institution's current mission with new business models, or to identify peer-tested innovations, or to engage the faculty and other campus constituents in potentially disruptive change efforts.

The Council of Independent Colleges is launching a series of free workshops designed to help its member institutions prepare for the future more effectively. The half-day workshops will bring together teams of presidents, senior administrators, and faculty leaders to explore key trends in higher education and society, the urgent pressures facing individual colleges and universities, and potential solutions. Eight workshops will be offered at locations around the country between September 2016 and April 2017.

For SCICU member institutions, the nearest workshop will be at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, on January 26, 2017.

There is no cost to participate, but institutions must register in advance. For more information or to register for a workshop, visit
the CIC website at www.cic.edu/SecuringWorkshops.




SCICU curates news from its twenty member colleges and universities.  Click here to read college news on the SCICU website.

The following is a sampling of recent member college news:

Claflin Athlete Returns from Rio Olympics

22 -   Public Policy Meeting


The 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 is pleased to announce the following new Business Partners:

SCICU is pleased to recognize the renewals of the following Business Partners:

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  | American Student Assistance Aramark Higher Education | Blackboard Inc.  | CapinCrouse LLP | Church Mutual Insurance Company | Coleman Lew + Associates | Craig Gaulden Davis | CSI Leasing, Inc. e-Procurement Services, LLC | e2Campus |   eBridge Business Solutions LLC | eDocHome.com | Elliott Davis Decosimo | ETC Consulting, LLC Find Great People, LLC | First American Education Finance | Genworth Financial | Gillis Specialty Adverstising | Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, PA | HRP Associates, Inc.  | Hypersign, LLC INSITE |   McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture | Metz Culinary Management | Myers McRae Executive Search and Consulting | Pollock Company | Professional Insurance & Investment Associates | Purple Briefcase | S2K | SC Student Loan Corporation | ScholarBuys | Sodexo | Spirit Communications | Stalwart Systems Group | STEM Premier | Total Comfort Solutions | UnitedHealthcare Student Resources | Verizon | Vulcan Materials Company | Walsh Consulting Group LLC | Winthrop Resources IT Leasing | Wyche, PA

SCICU is a member of the Coalition for College Cost Savings (CCCS). This organization, comprised of 33 member organizations in 30 states, serves more than 900 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 Mike LeFever at mike@scicu.org or 803-799-7122.  Mailing address: PO Box 12007, Columbia, SC 29211.