Commitment to hard work and determination are qualities alumna Mallory Begley ‘09 (Nisbet Scholar) is no stranger to. Begley saw these characteristics personified in her father, a New York Firefighter, a first responder on 9/11 and someone she has always looked up to. “I’ve always admired my dad,” Begley says. “He’s a great dad and…
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Marian Nisbet Honors Program Academically Gifted

Twenty years ago, on an Easter Sunday, alumna Marian McGowan Nisbet ’62 and her husband, Olin, made a decision that would chart a new course for Converse’s highest academically achieving students: they gave Converse a generous endowment to establish an honors program. In 2019, they deepened their commitment to the Nisbet Honors Program with an…
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john theilmann pandemic history

Andrew Helmus Distinguished Professor of History and Politics, Dr. John M. Theilmann, gives a historical perspective on the current pandemic by comparing it with two pandemics from the past: Europe’s Second Plague Pandemic and the 1918-19 H1N1 influenza virus outbreak. Reflections on the COVID-19 Pandemic and Past Pandemics by John M. Theilmann, April 9, 2020…
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Converse College Acrobatics and Tumbling Team

Loy-Smith, who resides in Oakdale, Connecticut, has been a member of the Valkyries acro and tumbling team for three years. Not playing any other sports, Jasmine had an immediate passion for gymnastics, starting at the age of two…

Marisa Daquil Kawabe Converse golf

Marisa Daquil Kawabe ’20, a member of the Converse golf team and a Music and Psychology double major, hails from Fayetteville, N.C. Although she played tennis and ran track in her earlier years, Marisa was drawn to golf at just three years old…

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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