Neena Kumar is the 2019 recipient of the Ibrahim Janajreh Young Innovator Award. The Ibrahim Janajreh Young Innovator Program acknowledges successful South Carolina programs that engage, encourage and acknowledge young people in the areas of science, technology, math and innovation. Neena was recognized for helping scholars break through socio-economic barriers and give them tools to…
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Roberta Turner ‘06 is spending her final semester at Michigan Law in Geneva, Switzerland, working at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, Division of Trade and Commodities.” Roberta began Michigan Law School as a Dow Foundation Scholar and is now a Jeffries Scholar. She has spent her summers in Korea at the Korean…
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MFA grads Cinelle Barnes, Paul Michael Garrison and Rhonda Browning White have a lot to celebrate this year. Cinelle Barnes published her newest book, Malaya, and she was featured in this article in Charleston City Paper. Rhonda Browning White’s award-winning short story collection, The Lightness of Water and Other Stories, was recently published and met with…
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Yeque Sun ’19 obtained a full-time job as a Veterinary Assistant at the Animal Medical Center in Spartanburg. Paige Johnson ’19 accepted a position as a Rehab Tech/Administrative Assistant at two nursing home facilities in Spartanburg. Anyah Preston ’19 started work at the Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards. She is part of the trail crew traveling…
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Grad Cathy Sloss Jones ‘75 was highlighted as one of the ‘Faces of Birmingham’ on StyleBlueprint.com. President and CEO of Sloss Real Estate, Jones’ company develops abandoned property and buildings in the Birmingham area. The story highlights Jones’ passion for redeveloping historic buildings and commercial districts, her time as a Loeb Fellowship recipient and why “Be…
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Biochemistry grad Melissa Brock Erkens ’18 (Nisbet Honors) spent the summer working with Emory University’s Rwanda Zambia HIV Research Group in Kigali, Rwanda. She conducted qualitative and quantitative research into the barriers that are faced by female sex workers as they enroll in health insurance. Melissa drafted discussion guides, analyzed the responses from focus groups,…
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Biochemistry grad Jessica Morgan Umana ’18 co-authored a research article with Sheri Strickland and other collaborators in Dr. Ken Shimizu’s group at the University of South Carolina. The article entitled “Electrostatically driven CO-π aromatic interactions” has been accepted for publication in the Journal of the American Chemical Society. The Journal of the American Chemical Society is…
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Even as a soon-to-be graduate, Tharanga Goonetilleke ’05 had dreamed of seeing her name up in lights. See how she has achieved that goal —and discovered a unique way to blend music and art in this online feature story in Throongers magazine. Read about the many international stages Tharanga has performed on, her passion for…
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LaTrese Kinney ’17 had her article, “Parent’s Survival Guide to Autism Diagnosis and Treatment” published in Issue 91 of Autism Parenting Magazine. LaTrese works at SpringBrook Autism Behavioral Health in Travelers Rest, SC. Read her article here. Explore the Master of Marriage and Family Therapy program at Converse…

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Converse’s low-residency MFA in Creative Writing program had numerous achievements this year: Converse’s MFA faculty and alumni presented at panels at this year’s Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference in Portland, Oregon. Graduates Lisa Hase-Jackson and Cinelle Barnes, and faculty Leslie Pietrzyk and Richard Tillinghast presented readings of their work or presented papers at…
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