Converse Tower

In celebrating the founding of Converse College this year, the community gathered to hear a 2007 graduate share her advice on creating a community in a world where there are so many barriers to engaging with each other. The Student Government Association also unveiled their theme for the coming year, “Sharing The Past, Empowering the…
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Catny Bessant Photo

The Upstate community is invited for a free professional development and networking event at Converse College on Friday, March 8. Converse’s annual President’s Leadership Forum will host Cathy Bessant, chief operations and technology officer for Bank of America, for a fireside chat moderated by Converse President Krista Newkirk at 3 p.m. in the Barnet Room…
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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 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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A Tesla with the Valkyrie on the side, driven by alumna Karen Thomas

By Ella B. Webster ’20 “Who would have thought, when I was sitting in biology class as a student, that one day I would know how to ship a car from coast to coast?” laughs Dr. Karen Thomas. Thomas is a Converse alumna, a long-practicing chiropractor, a wife, and a mother. In addition, she’s a…
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Gia Monteleone

By Ella B. Webster ’20 Converse alumna Gia Monteleone ’11 is taking the music scene by storm as tour manager at one of the most respected music venues in the nation, Preservation Music Hall in New Orleans. As a year-round traveler with the hall’s primary ensemble, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, she lists “Cuba, the…
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Converse welcomed donors to campus for the 2018 ‘Thousand Thanks’ event. Our fall event celebrated our Converse donors who have given $1,000 or more over the past year. Guests had an opportunity to interact with faculty, staff and students, as well as see first-hand how their gifts make a difference. Take a peek at the…
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Black alumnae gathered together for a group photo before Opening Convocation

The Converse community took an important step forward on Friday, September 21, 2018, with a day dedicated to deepening our understanding and appreciation of each other, of our past, and how to build an inclusive future together.

Freida Rodgers Byrd and Margaret Jones Swindler

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 first in a series featuring our alumnae. Listening to Freida…
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Celebrating Courage alumnae panel discussion photo

Fifty years ago this fall, Freida Rogers Byrd and Margaret Jones Swindler became the first Black students to enroll at Converse College. In celebration of this milestone, Converse College is reflecting on our heritage and exploring the work still ahead of us with a year-long series, Celebrating Courage & Charting the Future: Commemorating 50 Years…
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