Group photo of Gray Family

Converse Music Librarian and Voice Teacher, Wendi Arms had a visit from Molly Gray, the granddaughter of Converse alumna Berta Hamilton Hookker (Class of 1906). Ms. Gray generously donated sheet music from the 1800’s and recordings that used to belong to members of her family to Mickel Library. Gray and her husband, son, and three…
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Photo of Kathleen Langbehn moments after shaving her head

Psychology grad, Kathleen Langbehn ’18 (Nisbet Honors) went above and beyond to support childhood cancer research by shaving her head. Kathleen is a research assistant at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics in the Department of Psychiatry with the Nopoulos Lab. She is currently the lead research assistant for three research studies examining brain…
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Triptych of three donors

Alumnae involvement and support comes in many forms, spanning many generations. It is the lifeblood of Converse College, paving the way for students of today and tomorrow. Converse celebrates these inspiring women and the many others who proudly propel their alma mater forward. Melissia Heatherly Brannen ’03 Why she supports the Converse Annual Fund: “As...
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Backer family at the piano

By Courtney Hammett ‘19  Converse alumna Anna Kathryn Haverty Backer and husband Joe Backer first started their music lessons business during graduate school. The Backer Piano Studio grew to serve more than 60 students before they graduated, and within the two following years, Anna and Joe had laid the groundwork for opening the Cincinnati School…
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Photo of student Eniece Banes

The 2018 academic year marks the 50th anniversary of our first Black students enrolling at Converse College. Throughout the year we are reflecting on the courage of these women, our heritage and growth, as well as the work still ahead of us. This is the fourth in a series featuring our alumnae. By Courtney Hammett…
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Photo of alumna Susan Long

By Courtney Hammett ‘19 In May 2018, Converse alumna Susan Byrnes Long ‘o4 launched a podcast that had been years in the making. How She Got Here was borne of personal and political turmoil and the eternal question: How do I get from hoping to doing my part to make the world better? The first…
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Alumna Hattie Boyce

The 2018 academic year marks the 50th anniversary of our first Black students enrolling at Converse College. Throughout the year we are reflecting on the courage of these women, our heritage and growth, as well as the work still ahead of us. This is the third in a series featuring our alumnae. By Courtney Hammett…
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Stephanie stands behind a glacier in New Zealand

Stephanie Newton pronounces her temporary home “Mell-bun,” the same way Aussies refer to “Melbourne.” Do as the Romans do, right? Stephanie’s roamin’, all right—and has been since she left home in Birmingham, AL, at 18. “I still pinch myself that I’m really doing this,” the 2008 Converse alumna says via Skype from Down Under, where…
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Alumna Dot Grier

Dot Grier ’50 left Converse with her English degree in 1950, but in truth she never really left—her legacy lives on. Grier and her husband, Tom, created the Dorothy Ormond Grier ’50 and J. Thomas Grier Scholar Fund through Converse’s planned giving program, the Miss Gee Society, cementing their desire to benefit future generations of…
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2018 healthcare administration graduates and faculty

Holly Ceremuga ’18 once thought about becoming a doctor or nurse. After all, her mom, Sandi, is a registered nurse who works as an administrator for a healthcare provider. A couple of years ago, Holly learned something about herself—and discovered Converse’s new degree program in the business of medicine. “I took a biology course and…
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