Dr. Jessica Williams, Mathematics professor

From small-town Kentucky to academia, Dr. Williams has a special talent for making math fun and helping every student find her own value.

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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The School of the Arts is undergoing a metamorphosis. Converse had a sneak peek at the transformation in 2014 with the world premier of the multimedia opera-oratorio Troiades, composed by faculty member Dr. David Berry, performed by Converse students, alumni, and friends, and directed by a Converse alumna. The production used a variety of technologies,…
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Andrew Blanchard Bill Dunlap Hailey Hodge

The stereo in Andrew Blanchard’s Union Street studio quietly plays the phantasmagorical soundtrack from the brilliant 2012 film “Beasts of the Southern Wild.” As a backdrop for a long, meandering chat with the hyperkinetic Converse College associate professor of art, the music couldn’t be any more fitting. The movie’s about a precocious 6-year-old named Hushpuppy,…
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Dr. Marie LePage

By Kelsey Robinson ’17 What is the first thing that comes to mind when someone thinks about Dr. Marie LePage? Is it how passionate she is about sharing her love of psychology with her students? Is it her sky-high heels – which have earned her the reputation of a fashion icon on campus? The answer…
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Mirko Hall

Mu•sic•king (def.): any activity associated with music, such as composing, rehearsing, practicing, listening, dancing and critiquing Whether dishing up antics to engage his classroom or playing a video clip to illustrate Marx’s work in economics, Mirko Hall, associate professor of German studies, has been opening students’ minds to the world of literature and culture since...
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