Marisa Daquil Kawabe Converse golf

Converse administrators have made difficult decisions to ensure the health and safety of our campus community. This includes moving all classes online beginning on March 30, 2020, and continuing through final exams. As a tribute to our Converse athletes whose season was cut short, we are featuring some of our Valkyries seniors in a spotlight…
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Theatre Converse’s recent devised theatre production, Growing Old, might be considered a mashup of oral history, dramatic improv, and reality tv, all about issues facing senior women. “I had to cast people who had good interpersonal skills because, in addition to being great actors, they had to be able to interview well and listen,” says…
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Interior design degree students present creative process

A springtime Thursday afternoon finds two state administrators in the Montgomery Student Center, where converse interior design students lead them through a series of sophisticated plans for the lobby of a Spartanburg facility. The administrators ask questions of the students as they navigate large, colorful, computer-printed designs pinned to a wall of the Piedmont Natural…
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John Jeter cell phone challenge class

Professor John Jeter gave his Jan term class the ultimate challenge: put down your phone. For three days. Only one student was brave enough to accept the challenge: Psychology major Alexis Pitts ’20. “Alexis accepted a challenge that for most of us in this screen-centered, hyper-connected millennial age would be daunting, if not impossible: live…
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Converse Doctoral student David Case

Q&A with David Case, A Minister-Turned-Educator Pursuing the EdD What motivated you to pursue your EdD? “My background is primarily in church ministry and public education. I decided to pursue this degree to experience personal growth and expand opportunities for me in the future. I have known Dr. Medford (Dean of Education and Graduate Students)…
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In professions ranging from medicine to education to diplomacy, the ability to bridge cross-cultural and cross-religious divides is vital – and increasingly in high demand. Converse’s Interfaith Studies program, a minor that launched two years ago and is one of the first of its kind, is part of a growing movement within higher education to…
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As competition for students continues to intensify across the higher education market, colleges nationwide are compelled to seek new ways to meet the needs of today’s diverse student populations. Institutions that are nimble and innovative are finding new ways to thrive. Building on Strengths to Reach New Markets This past December, in a landmark step…
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Scenic view of New Zealand lake and mountains

Converse students had a unique opportunity during Jan term this year – a study-travel trip to New Zealand. Known for its spectacular glaciers, weathered mountains, miles of coastline and unique cuisine, New Zealand provided 19 students, two faculty members and three alumnae with two weeks of once-in-a-lifetime experiences. This is the first time Converse has…
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Group photo of Gray Family

Converse Music Librarian and Voice Teacher, Wendi Arms had a visit from Molly Gray, the granddaughter of Converse alumna Berta Hamilton Hookker (Class of 1906). Ms. Gray generously donated sheet music from the 1800’s and recordings that used to belong to members of her family to Mickel Library. Gray and her husband, son, and three…
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Black and white photo of Converse swim team

By Joe P. Dunn Charles A. Dana and Margaret S. Moore The saga of women’s athletics at Converse and in the nation is infused with strong notions about women’s physical nature, gender roles, and prejudices against “wrong” or “unnatural” feminine behavior. Women in northeastern and midwestern institutions were saddled with these biases in the nineteenth…
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