Turning passion into a profession

On a chilly evening in December, students from the School of the Arts (SOA) were heating up the live music scene in Spartanburg. With an eclectic set list including violin sonatas, Beatles covers, and quirky choreography set to Rodgers & Hammerstein lyrics, the show was enthusiastically received by its Converse audience – along with many…
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Claudia Coffin in Qatar

A month-long trip to Qatar has put life into a new perspective for Malone Fellow, Qatar Foundation Fellow and Nisbet Honors student, Claudia Coffin ’19.  Her participation in Converse’s Model Programs opened the door to this exclusive opportunity and she credits Converse faculty for giving her the confidence to take on this adventure. The trip,…
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Converse music business students

Tossing beach balls to huge crowds, fetching supper for a big-time country star, and booking nearly two dozen bands put Converse’s Music Business & Technology students center stage—and backstage—at Spring Fling, the City of Spartanburg’s annual festival. Ten MUBs, as they affectionately call themselves, collaborated with the City’s Special Events Department to help produce Spartanburg’s…
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Nicole Lidzbarski

How can earthworms help us reduce the risk of cancer? Is your new favorite weed killer less safe than its competitors? Students explored these and other questions in an award-winning summer research project.

Zoe Kushubar

While most freshmen spend their first two weeks at college figuring out classroom locations or trying to remember their passcodes to get into the dorms, Zoe Kushubar was packing her bags for a 10-day German music tour. The trip was part of Converse’s Petrie School of Music collaboration with the Bach Choir Ortenau in Germany…
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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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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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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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Deaf Education major Maeve McGannon

“Converse is the only school in SC that offers a Deaf Education degree, which has allowed me to pursue a field I have fallen in love with.”

Amberleigh Dryman

Amberleigh Dryman was 14 when she visited Morocco with her mom. Growing up in Greer, South Carolina, she was around all kinds of animals, from dogs to ducks, but it was in Casablanca where she took a carriage ride that drove her toward her future. “The horse we were riding behind actually collapsed,” the Converse…
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