For decades, Converse College Life Trustee Kurt Zimmerli and his wife, Nelly, have generously provided leadership and financial support for the arts at Converse College and in the Spartanburg community. Now, it is their moment to finally take center stage as they champion the campaign to renovate a world-class performance hall that is near to…
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From left: William (Billy) Cribb, Evelyn Cribb Ritchie, and Kenneth (Kenny) Cribb at the inaugural "Dress Up for Dicksie" concert, holding a photo of their mother, Dicksie Brown Cribb

The Friends of the Petrie School of Music, which created a legacy of bringing world-class musicians to the Converse stage 35 years ago, has received a sustaining gift that will provide perpetual support for future generations. The gift honors the late Dicksie Brown Cribb ’46, one of three founding members of the annual concert series…
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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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Phyllis Perrin Harris ’82

Converse College announces that alumna Phyllis Perrin Harris ’82 has taken the helm as chair of the Board of Trustees, marking an historic milestone for the College as she becomes the first African American to hold this leadership position. Recognized as a transformational leader in the corporate and federal sectors, Harris is Senior Vice President…
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Brant Bynum Converse

Dr. Brant Bynum has traveled to all manner of exotic ports of call, from North Africa to Europe, and throughout the Americas. Now he and Judy, his wife of 38 years, are planning a celebratory retirement cruise from Montreal to New York—while his love for travel stays close to home. Before sailing away from Converse…
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Valentina Aparicio of Germany holds her Converse scholarship award packet

By Courtney Hammett ’19 Thanks to one remarkable alumna, Tina Rohner ’07, Converse is providing a four-year scholarship for an international tennis player beginning in the fall of 2018. Valentina Aparicio, an 18-year-old from Buenos Aires, Argentina, will join the Valkyries tennis team and study math and physics. “Creating this scholarship is a great opportunity for…
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writing center

A generous gift from Emily Jones Rushing ’73 and her husband, Hugh, will support Converse College’s Writing Center in Mickel Library. Rushing spent a great deal of time in Mickel Library while earning her BA in Comparative Literature at Converse. She hoped to snag a role as editor for the student-run newspaper ‘The Conversationalist’ but…
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Molly Inclan and her class helped rock the tower this year

At the stroke of midnight on November 9, ‘Rock the Tower’ took over the Converse website and social media channels for the College’s second annual day of giving This 24-hour event raises support and awareness for the Converse Annual Fund, provides funding for student scholarships, supports initiatives that positively impact student and faculty retention, fuels…
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mickel library after renovations

Funded by an anonymous donor, Converse College’s Mickel Library is undergoing an extensive, multi-phase makeover. The project has been underway since late 2016 and will transform the first and second floors over the next year. “In recent years, academic libraries have been providing learning areas where students can work collaboratively on group assignments or projects,…
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The Rainey Family

Breathing new life into historic materials from Spartanburg’s textile mill heritage, the new Rainey Amphitheater at Converse College was dedicated during a celebration held Friday, June 24th. Building materials for the project came from Clifton Manufacturing Company No. 2 Mill, which was built in 1888 by Converse founder Dexter Edgar Converse and dismantled in 2013.