Karen Strange MMFT

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

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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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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Dr. Marlee Marsh '02

Marlee Marsh ’02 was the first student at Converse to participate in SCICU-funded independent research under the mentorship of Dr. Edna Steele. Now Associate Professor of Biology at Columbia College researching environmental immunology, she’s mentoring a new generation of young female scientists. Together they are studying how changing environmental conditions impact the ability of fish…
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Model programs morocco

By Dr. Joe Dunn With generous funding from the Converse College Golden Club (50th Year Reunion Class) and contributions from other Model Program alums, members of the Converse Model Arab League team were able to participate in the first Rabat (Morocco) International University Model Arab League (MAL) last November.  Seven senior and junior members of…
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Dottie Myers McGirt

Since her graduation in 1963, Dottie Myers McGirt has excelled in many arenas – as a teacher, t-ball and tennis coach, wine and kitchen shop owner, and community volunteer. Through it all, her appreciation for the opportunities Converse afforded her has deepened, compelling her to support the Converse Annual Fund every single year for more…
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rock the tower katie fitch

On November 10, 2016, alumni, faculty, staff and students came together for a one-day fundraising event. For 24 hours, Converse friends and families expressed their dedication on social media, sharing tributes on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Homages came in from all over the world, from right here on campus, to India, to Morocco. Converse College…
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Briana Bateman

Briana Bateman was a Converse junior when her father became ill. Her parents had to move to Charleston for his medical treatment, so Briana stayed in Landrum to care for her two younger brothers, while also working two jobs, playing Valkyries’ volleyball, and becoming Student Government Association president. In 2014, she earned her bachelor’s in…
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Education grad Melissa Rhodes

Melissa Rhodes ’10 MEd ’12 calls her journey at Converse a “whirlwind”…and one of the best decisions of her life. She enrolled in The Converse II program 9 years ago; today she is an award-winning drama teacher, novelist and doctoral candidate with her first article due to be published in winter 2017. The Converse II…
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