COLUMBIA, SC — South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley has proclaimed April 11-15, 2016 as Independent College and University Week. SCICU and its member colleges and universities will commemorate and celebrate the 2016 SC Independent College and University Week with the following events:
Excellence in Teaching Awards Dinner
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center
SCICU will celebrate the leadership and efforts of independent college and university professors at the eleventh annual awards dinner. Each member institution, using rigorous criteria, has selected a professor for this honor. The 20 recipients will be honored at the April 12 awards dinner, and each will receive a $3,000 professional development award. Award recipients will be announced via the SCICU website following the conclusion of the awards dinner.
Information on the 2015 Excellence in Teaching Award Winners may be viewed here. The 2016 award winners will be published on the SCICU website immediately following the awards dinner on April 12.
SC Independent College and University Day
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Students and faculty from SCICU’s member colleges and universities will gather at the SC Statehouse for this annual advocacy event. During this gathering, students will honor Rep. Rita Allison as the 2016 SCICU legislative champion, and will meet with their respective representatives and senators regarding the importance of funding and supporting the South Carolina legislature-funded scholarships (Palmetto Fellows, HOPE scholarships) and the need-based tuition grants.
Legislative coordinators from each of the twenty SCICU member institutions have worked hard with the student letter-writing campaign in support of South Carolina legislative funding of scholarships and tuition grants. During 2015, SCICU students wrote more than 8,000 letters to their SC legislators. An even greater number of letters are expected in support of the 2016 SC Independent College and University Day.
Information on the 2015 Independent College and University Day may be viewed here.