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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Allison Owens internship

Studio Art major and Arts Management minor, Allison Owens ’19, was one of only three students selected for an internship in New York with contemporary artist Lesley Dill. Dill was the keynote speaker for the Tri-State Sculpture Conference, which Converse hosted in the fall of 2018. Allison met and conversed with Dill at the conference,…
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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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Alumna Cindy Ball

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 second in a series featuring our alumnae. By Courtney Hammett ’19…
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Interior design classroom at Converse

By Courtney Hammett ’19 Converse’s Interior Design students had a productive and fun summer with a variety of internships at firms including CBI, Milliken and Fowler Interiors. All Converse College Interior Design students have the opportunity to participate in a professional internship with an interior design or architectural firm. Many of our interior design graduates are…
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Gia Monteleone

By Ella B. Webster 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 Dominican…
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Dean of Education and Graduate Studies Lienne Medford

With an eye towards growth and positive impact on K-12 education across South Carolina and beyond, Converse’s new Dean of Education and Graduate Studies brings a wealth of experience and $717,000 in National Science Foundation (NSF) grant funds to support Converse students. Dr. Lienne Medford joined Converse last summer from Clemson University, where she served…
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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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By Courtney Hammett ’19 Just weeks after graduating with a B.S. in Biochemistry, Ashley Thompson ’18 (Nisbet Honors) began doing cancer research for the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. The National Institute of Health (NIH) awarded Ashley $20,000 through the Undergraduate Scholarship Program in her senior year. A stipulation is that for each year…
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