Students process for Founder's Day

Our 2019 graduating class boats an impressive lineup of potential employers from local businesses including Cleveland Leadership Academy and Glow Lyric Theatre, all the way to Nashville, TN at Ford Motor Credit and TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. See where some of our 2019 grads have received job offers from: Alexis Turner – Ford Motor Credit…
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Our 2019 seniors have some amazing grad school options! See where some of our seniors have been accepted: Julia Williams – The Citadel Claudia Coffin – Winthrop University Sara Blevins – George Washington University Maggie Gaston – University of Georgia Tiffani Brooks Hagan – University of Birmingham, University of South Carolina, University of Glasgow Abigail…
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Dr. Mirko M. Hall presented his paper, “Tupac Shakur: Black Prince of the (Communist) Revolution?” at the annual Hip Hop Studies Conference at Allen University in April. He explored the democratic socialist impulses of the legendary rapper, who—as the son of Black Panthers—was affiliated with the Young Communist League in Baltimore. Over the past semester,…
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Professor Mary Carlisle’s Arts Management class developed a collaborative workshop with West Main Artists Cooperative. “Jury Ready: Preparing to Enter a Juried Show” covered all aspects of entering work into a juried show, from photographing and packaging to pricing and mounting the art. Professor Carlisle said, “Our goal in the Department of Art and Design…
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Anna Harris Parker ’07 recently published her chapbook, Dress, which addresses themes of ritual, faith, loss, transition, and discomfort. Published by Main Street Rag Publishing Company, Anna has committed nearly ten years to this project. Anna is an assistant professor at Augusta University, where she teaches composition and creative writing. She also directs Augusta University’s…
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Biology major Brittany Leonard ’20 (Nisbet Honors) presented a poster on “The Effect of Juglone and Ailanthone on Kudzu Growth” at the South Carolina Academy of Science meeting and did an oral presentation at the 15th Annual SC Upstate Research Symposium at the University of South Carolina Upstate. Her research mentor was Dr. Edna Steele….
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Converse Tower

Converse is thrilled to induct ten students into Converse’s academic honor society, Gamma Sigma. Gamma Sigma honors the very top members of the graduating class of 2019 who have not only majored in a traditional liberal arts discipline but also have earned at least 81 hours of credits in liberal arts courses. Congratulations to: Lily…
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Andrew Blanchard's screen print titled 'jouer gens'

Professor Andrew Blanchard’s recent sabbatical project earned him the nomination of Visual Artist of the Year by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters. His work is featured in the group exhibition Meditations on the Landscape in Art and Literature at the University Museum in Oxford, Mississippi. Blanchard’s screen-print “Jouer Gens” is on view as…
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Cynthia Hall ’19 was awarded “Best In Show” for her screen-print “Busy” at the 7th Annual Collegiate Invitational Art Exhibition at the Library Headquarters in Downtown Spartanburg. Cynthia finished her coursework early during Jan term and earned a BA in Art Education. In 2018, Cynthia won First Place/Best in Show at this exhibition as well….
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Assistant Professor of Art Therapy Laura Zeisler will present at the Association of Art Therapist Inaugural International Art Therapy Practice Research Conference in London, England at Queen Mary University this July. Professor Zeisler’s paper includes recommendations and discussions for future research into whether complicated grief with trauma can be diagnosed as trauma or if it…
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