Jeff Willis

The Converse community mourns the passing of Dr. Jeff Willis, beloved Director of Archives and Special Collections, Andrew Helmus Professor of History Emeritus. Dr. Willis served Converse for fifty-three years, first as a faculty member and then as the Director of Archives and Special Collections. He died from complications of COVID-19. “The quintessential gentleman scholar,…
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A message from President Krista L. Newkirk: We are all looking forward to the Fourth of July this weekend, and celebrating with family and friends. The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) released a statement yesterday recommending residents make safe, responsible plans for celebrating the Fourth of July holiday, which include festivities…
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Diversity, Community and Inclusion at Converse

Last week, President Newkirk called on the Converse family to step up efforts to address racial injustice in the Converse community. She shared some of the initiatives that have been put into place and the next steps to make Converse a campus that truly Acts Justly. Over the past week, a number of positive steps...
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“See clearly, decide wisely, ACT JUSTLY.” The most recent events of racism and injustice have been very hard to witness, but they are harder for our black students who have witnessed or experienced similar events first hand. With the memorial service of George Floyd yesterday, I once again thought of the seeming indifference of the…
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Converse co-ed Fall 2020

In order to provide the safest environment possible for its community and to minimize the risk of health hazards that can result from travel, Converse College is adjusting the fall 2020 academic calendar. The changes were made with the goal of ensuring Converse students receive the full academic and student experience with as little disruption...
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Below is the letter sent to the Converse community from President Krista L. Newkirk on June 2, 2020. That each of us “may be enabled to see clearly, decide wisely, and to act justly.” We often quote the Founder’s Ideal at Converse, but this week it feels especially crucial. As the President of Converse, I…
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Converse graduation

Converse has experienced many ‘firsts’ and milestones in just the first five months of 2020. In March, due to the coronavirus pandemic, Converse shifted to teaching all classes online, and most employees began working remotely. Sadly, the pandemic also meant postponing or canceling many Converse traditions including Reunion, Founder's Day, and Commencement. However, Converse was...
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Photo of the Converse tower

Converse College has received a gift for $2 million to support Converse’s future educational mission. The gift, from an anonymous alumna and her husband, is to express their deep appreciation to Converse for the alumna’s educational experience. “Through the generosity of donors, we further the reach of Converse’s distinctive educational experience and programming,” said Krista…
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Converse athletics Valkyries

Alexis Forbes ’22 of the Converse College acrobatics and tumbling team has been named to the 2020 NCATA All-Academic Team as announced by the league today. In addition, 10 other Valkyries were listed on the 2020 NCATA Academic Honor Roll. Alexis is a repeat selection on the NCATA All-Academic Team in 2020. The junior currently…
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Esports Converse

Converse College announces its inaugural Esports athletics program, with the anticipation that the full Valkyries Esports team will be recruited for fall 2021. The Esports team will be one of two co-educational teams across the roster of Converse athletics. “The addition of Esports will encourage talented students to consider Converse as their college home,” said…
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