Dean of Education and Graduate Studies Lienne Medford

With an eye towards growth and positive impact on K-12 education across South Carolina and beyond, Converse’s new Dean of Education and Graduate Studies brings a wealth of experience and $717,000 in National Science Foundation (NSF) grant funds to support Converse students. Dr. Lienne Medford joined Converse last summer from Clemson University, where she served…
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Brant Bynum Converse

Dr. Brant Bynum has traveled to all manner of exotic ports of call, from North Africa to Europe, and throughout the Americas. Now he and Judy, his wife of 38 years, are planning a celebratory retirement cruise from Montreal to New York—while his love for travel stays close to home. Before sailing away from Converse…
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reach out and read internship

It’s captivating to read a baby’s face, and it’s even more captivating to help a baby come face-to-face with reading. That’s what four Converse students experienced during a deeply immersive 10-week internship piloted by Converse and the Carolinas chapter of the national organization, Reach Out and Read. It is the first Reach Out and Read…
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Julie Jones Jed Dearybury

K-12 classrooms are a changing entity. Pen pals now come in the form of face-to-face video conferences. Shared Google docs are commonplace, extending learning beyond the traditional classroom schedule. Field trips occur in virtual reality, allowing students to visit places they could never have experienced before. Today’s learning is an engaging experience, rather than a…
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Dr. Jessica Williams, Mathematics professor

Dr. Jessica Williams has quickly earned the love and admiration of Converse’s new generation of mathematicians. Why? Just listen to her students: “You always know she wants you to succeed.” “She fulfills the role of a mentor as well as that of a professor.” “She really invests in her students.” A Mathematical Association of America…
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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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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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Dr. Kelly Vaneman

At Opening Convocation, the keynote speaker and Kathryn Amelia Brown Teaching Award recipient did something...unexpected. She walked right past the podium and across the stage. She gestured for everyone to stand. Without saying a single word, she ordered different groups of people to stomp, clap, or snap along to a beat. (function(d, s, id) {...
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John Jeter's Music Business class thanks Duncan Sheik

Be you, be unique. Get inspired. Do what excites you. And when you get stuck, stop and do something else, then get back to work becoming you. That’s just one of many tidbits Tony and Grammy Award-winning composer Duncan Sheik shared with Converse’s Introduction to Music Business class—tips that apply to any college student facing…
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Biology, Chemistry and Physics department chair Dr. Neval Erturk

Neval Erturk stays busier than bubbles boiling in a beaker. An award-winning researcher, grant-winning engine and energetic collaborator, she chairs Converse’s Department of Biology, Chemistry and Physics, teaching genetics, science and gender, and cell biology, among other courses. She also harnesses multidisciplinary creativity, once helping design a mock crime-scene investigation on campus to teach forensics…
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