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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Alumna Hattie Boyce

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 third in a series featuring our alumnae. By Courtney Hammett…
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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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