lessons carols 2020 Converse

As with many events this year, we've had to adjust our longstanding holiday tradition, the annual student-led Festival of Lessons and Carols. Typically hosted in-person in Twichell Auditorium, our Festival of Lessons and Carols is a part of Converse's and the Spartanburg community's holiday traditions. This year, in lieu of hosting this event in person,...
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interior design degree SC

The interior design program at Converse College is intentionally designed to grow student creativity and ingenuity, give students real-world applications, and foster student success. One of only two schools in the state of South Carolina that is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA), Interior Design at Converse not only nurtures and equips…
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Chemistry Studio Art Ceramics collaboration

by Ella B. Webster ’20 One day last year, the Chair of Biology, Chemistry & Physics Department, Dr. Will Case, mentioned to Assistant Professor of Art Professor Mary Carlisle that they should consider team-teaching an interdisciplinary course on the chemistry behind making ceramics. “The rest,” he says, “was magic.” From their effort, the 2020 January…
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Converse College Acrobatics and Tumbling Team

Loy-Smith, who resides in Oakdale, Connecticut, has been a member of the Valkyries acro and tumbling team for three years. Not playing any other sports, Jasmine had an immediate passion for gymnastics, starting at the age of two…

Marisa Daquil Kawabe Converse golf

Marisa Daquil Kawabe ’20, a member of the Converse golf team and a Music and Psychology double major, hails from Fayetteville, N.C. Although she played tennis and ran track in her earlier years, Marisa was drawn to golf at just three years old…

Theatre Converse’s recent devised theatre production, Growing Old, might be considered a mashup of oral history, dramatic improv, and reality tv, all about issues facing senior women. “I had to cast people who had good interpersonal skills because, in addition to being great actors, they had to be able to interview well and listen,” says…
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Interior design degree students present creative process

A springtime Thursday afternoon finds two state administrators in the Montgomery Student Center, where converse interior design students lead them through a series of sophisticated plans for the lobby of a Spartanburg facility. The administrators ask questions of the students as they navigate large, colorful, computer-printed designs pinned to a wall of the Piedmont Natural…
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John Jeter cell phone challenge class

Professor John Jeter gave his Jan term class the ultimate challenge: put down your phone. For three days. Only one student was brave enough to accept the challenge: Psychology major Alexis Pitts ’20. “Alexis accepted a challenge that for most of us in this screen-centered, hyper-connected millennial age would be daunting, if not impossible: live…
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In professions ranging from medicine to education to diplomacy, the ability to bridge cross-cultural and cross-religious divides is vital – and increasingly in high demand. Converse’s Interfaith Studies program, a minor that launched two years ago and is one of the first of its kind, is part of a growing movement within higher education to…
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Scenic view of New Zealand lake and mountains

Converse students had a unique opportunity during Jan term this year – a study-travel trip to New Zealand. Known for its spectacular glaciers, weathered mountains, miles of coastline and unique cuisine, New Zealand provided 19 students, two faculty members and three alumnae with two weeks of once-in-a-lifetime experiences. This is the first time Converse has…
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