Over the last four years at Converse, Carson Rehn ’17 bathed elephants, groomed horses, and handled sharks and stingrays. While it has taken a half a century to get her here, Carson isn’t a Converse II student—she’s a legacy. A legacy student is the daughter or granddaughter of a Converse alumna. Carson is what you…
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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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Karen Strange MMFT

A stay-at-home mom turned therapist, Karen shares how relationships at Converse shaped her career.

Dr. Jessica Williams, Mathematics professor

From small-town Kentucky to academia, Dr. Williams has a special talent for making math fun and helping every student find her own value.

Nicole Lidzbarski

How can earthworms help us reduce the risk of cancer? Is your new favorite weed killer less safe than its competitors? Students explored these and other questions in an award-winning summer research project.

Assistant Professor of Theatre Dr. Chandra Owenby Hopkins

Students describe her as a personable teacher and passionate director who encourages them to overcome self-limitations. Fellow colleagues describe her as an empathetic mentor who plays a vital role at Converse. Assistant Professor of Theatre, Dr. Chandra Owenby Hopkins, emulates all these impressive qualities and more. In only five years here at Converse, Dr. Hopkins—or…
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Ellen Lanford Asheman

Ever since giving her first gold coin to Converse at Commencement in 1985, Ellen Lanford Asherman has increasingly valued her Converse education – and has increasingly invested in building that value for today’s young women. Freshly minted with a degree in Business Administration and finance, Ellen began her career in Atlanta as one of only…
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President Krista Newkirk

As a 6-year-old ranch hand, Krista Newkirk helped install electrical outlets in the house her family built together, rode a feisty Appaloosa, and began raising her own beef cow — all before bankers foreclosed on their property. Later, she worked 30 hours a week while earning her bachelor’s degree in just three years. Then came…
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Grace Frazor and Brandi Icard

Fort Worth, Texas, is a long way from Spartanburg, but Converse is so close to Brandi Icard’s heart that she recruited a student there to find her voice at Converse, too. Icard earned her master’s in music from Converse in 2004 before moving to Texas, where she taught high school and performed with the Fort…
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Rainey Amphitheater

Breathing new life into historic materials from Spartanburg’s textile mill heritage, the new Rainey Amphitheater at Converse College was dedicated over the summer of 2016. Spartanburg community member Nancy Rainey Crowley led the effort to save building materials from Clifton Manufacturing Company No. 2 Mill, which was built in 1888 by Converse founder Dexter Edgar…
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