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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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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Gia Monteleone

By Ella B. Webster Converse alumna Gia Monteleone ’11 is taking the music scene by storm as tour manager at one of the most respected music venues in the nation, Preservation Music Hall in New Orleans. As a year-round traveler with the hall’s primary ensemble, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, she lists “Cuba, the Dominican…
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By Courtney Hammett ’19 Just weeks after graduating with a B.S. in Biochemistry, Ashley Thompson ’18 (Nisbet Honors) began doing cancer research for the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. The National Institute of Health (NIH) awarded Ashley $20,000 through the Undergraduate Scholarship Program in her senior year. A stipulation is that for each year…
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Valentina Aparicio of Germany holds her Converse scholarship award packet

Thanks to one remarkable alumna, Tina Rohner ’07, Converse is providing a four-year scholarship for an international tennis player beginning in the fall of 2018. Valentina Aparicio, an 18-year-old from Buenos Aires, Argentina, will join the Valkyries tennis team and major in math and physics. “Creating this scholarship is a great opportunity for me to…
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English Grad Celeste Kahn

English major Celeste Kahn ’13 didn’t let her introverted nature stop her from making a difference in the lives of students at Florence-Darlington Technical College (FDTC). She began her position as the Director of Development for the Florence-Darlington Technical College Educational Foundation in June 2016. Since then Celeste has helped provide scholarships, state-of-the-art learning resources,…
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Hilary Koss Neil deGrasse Tyson

The week I began talking with Hilary Koss about her time at Converse and her role at National Geographic was a hectic one for her. Her email response to my request for an interview was, “Of course! I’m a bit tied up this week…I need to mentally prepare myself to meet Neil deGrasse Tyson, like…
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