Photo of Converse student teaching origami

Some say teaching is an art. A handful of Converse arts professors say teaching art comes naturally to artists, anyway. So they created—then won— one of Converse’s highly competitive Creativity, Community, and Cultural Enrichment (C3) grants for an outreach program that lets Converse arts students teach underserved elementary schoolchildren. “As I was looking at area…
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Converse Tower

Three Converse seniors have been offered full-time positions with Ford Motor Company in Nashville, Tennessee and Tampa, Florida. McKayla Davis ‘19, Jacqueline Torres ‘19 (Nisbet Honors), and Alexis Turner ’19 (Nisbet Honors) were all offered positions in Ford Credit’s Leadership Development Program. Converse’s Career Development Office recently partnered with Ford and coordinated an information session…
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Photo of Kathleen Langbehn moments after shaving her head

Psychology grad, Kathleen Langbehn ’18 (Nisbet Honors) went above and beyond to support childhood cancer research by shaving her head. Kathleen is a research assistant at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics in the Department of Psychiatry with the Nopoulos Lab. She is currently the lead research assistant for three research studies examining brain…
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Converse Tower

Alumnae involvement and support comes in many forms, spanning many generations. It is the lifeblood of Converse College, paving the way for students of today and tomorrow. Converse celebrates these inspiring women and the many others who proudly propel their alma mater forward. Melissia Heatherly Brannen ’03 Why she supports the Converse Annual Fund: “As...
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Jacqueline Torres in the Arabian Desert

Politics major and Nisbet Honors student Jacqueline Torres ’19 spent nine days in Saudi Arabia thanks to a sponsorship from The King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies. She spent those nine days exploring feminism in the Middle East, swimming in the Red Sea and riding a dune buggy through the Arabian Desert. Read…
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Backer family at the piano

By Courtney Hammett ‘19  Converse alumna Anna Kathryn Haverty Backer and husband Joe Backer first started their music lessons business during graduate school. The Backer Piano Studio grew to serve more than 60 students before they graduated, and within the two following years, Anna and Joe had laid the groundwork for opening the Cincinnati School…
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Promo poster for Growing Old performance

A Theatre Converse production took students into the Spartanburg community to explore and affect positive change in two key areas that impact older adults: food insecurity and social isolation. The grant-funded initiative resulted in a “devised theatre” production, meaning one in which the entire performing ensemble develops the show collaboratively. Using movement, song, recipes, monologues, and…
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TIMELESS -- Pictured: "Timeless" Key Art -- (Photo by: NBCUniversal)

By Ella B. Webster ’20 “To me, history is an amazing major to have,” says Shawn Ryan, executive TV producer, to a room full of Converse students over a Skype call. This moment is not one that history professor Dr. Angela Elder had expected when she created her Jan term class, which is centered around…
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Photo of student Eniece Banes

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 fourth in a series featuring our alumnae. By Courtney Hammett…
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Photo of alumna Susan Long

By Courtney Hammett ‘19 In May 2018, Converse alumna Susan Byrnes Long ‘o4 launched a podcast that had been years in the making. How She Got Here was borne of personal and political turmoil and the eternal question: How do I get from hoping to doing my part to make the world better? The first…
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