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Cornelia Strong College

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Friday, 11 September 1998 | Per aspera ad astra | Newsletter No. 126

GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

Library Thanks!

The Strong College Library has gotten off to a great start this year under the direction of our fearless leader librarian Cecilia Ruth Lance. The Library could not be open at all were it not for the dedicated staff of volunteers who keep it open all week, so please thank them whenever you are in the library: Niki Adams, Amanda Culbreth, Kim Fales, Erin Fox, Aprille Griffin, Kesha Harper, Kenny Miller, Mary Minter, Stephanie Parrish, Jessica Rolland, Sakettia Tillery, Lam Tran, Emily Triplett, and Anne Zahran, along with alternates Brad Bishop and Renee Draughn. Thank you all very much for your service to Strong College!

More and More Pictures

An assortment of new pictures have been put up on the Strong College website. They include a number of events that have already taken place this year (the Strong College Spice Girls, killer Scrabble, etc., etc.), as well as some archival photos of events in past years. Go to the College Albums page and start browsing them today, or stop by the College Office some time to see the originals!

An Especially Amazing Picture

And speaking of pictures, one truly amazing picture has also been given to us and put up on our website. Our own Mary Minter has returned with a picture of herself in her Strong College tee shirt in front of the Parthenon in Athens! Stop by the College Office to take a look, or visit the “Strong College Around the World” pages on the College Albums site mentioned above.

Caffeinated Thanks!

The Blue Lemur Coffee Bar is running this year through the dedicated efforts of four stellar volunteers: Dan Treharne, Elizabeth Hargrove, Krista Karbowski, and Jessica White (the last three being known as the Lemuretttes). Stop by the Coffee Bar on any Tuesday or Thursday night and thank them! And while you’re at it, thank LaTonya Lipscomb for a very successful showing of Titanic this past week in the Blue Lemur!

Peabody Park Series

Under the auspices of UNCG’s Ashby Dialogue program, Dr. O’Hara is hosting a series of events all year about Peabody Park, the University’s educational park established in 1901. The first major event in the series was a slide show this past week on the natural history of the Park, and it was very well attended by people from all over campus. If you’d like more information about the Park and the Ashby Dialogue series, please visit the special web site set up for the occasion.

Book-of-the-Week

In his never ending quest to broaden the horizons of Strong College students, Dr. O’Hara this week begins something new. Each week he will select an interesting and esoteric book from this voluminous personal library of interesting and esoteric books, and set it out in the College Office for people to browse. The point will not be to reinforce your existing neural networks, but rather to expose you to something you would never have even thought of looking at until it happened to appear before you. The inaugural volume, now on display, is Native Writings in Massachusett, an anthology of all known writings in the extinct Massachusett Indian language, edited by Ives Goddard. (See, we bet you wouldn’t have come across that one in the bookstore in the mall.) Stop by and browse it today.

Croquet Tournament Next Month

The Strong College Croquet Tournament will take place on Saturday, October 3rd—sooner than you think! Start practicing your swing today, and take a look at last year’s program outside the College Office.

Ad Astra

Rob Lawter has donated a copy of the Odyssey to the Strong College Library. Thank you!

Scott Thomason is working at Tannenbaum Park this semester, and gets to dress up in funny clothes and show people around the historic exhibits. Grab your musket and go out to visit him some weekend soon.

News articles about Strong College Fellows Maureen Grasso and Susan Shelmerdine have just been posted on the bulletin board outside the College Office. Why not stop by and read them today?

Poem-of-the-Week

The Strong College Poem-of-the-Week appears on the bulletin board outside the College Office and is usually reprinted here. This week’s poem is a fragment from the ancient Greek poet Alcaeus (fl. 600 BC), in honor of Mary Minter’s wonderful picture, and (prophetically) the screening of Titanic:

We two would for the sake of…
And with the cranes…
I came wearing a cloak…
Trusting the ship on her maiden voyage…
…thus such…
…no longer…

STRONG COLLEGE CALENDAR

15 September (Tuesday), 4:30 p.m., Junior Common Room — College Tea! It’s the social event of the week.

15 September (Tuesday), 9:00 p.m., Committee Room — College Council Meeting. (Heather Lloyd)

15 September (Tuesday), 10:00 p.m.–12:00 midnight, Committee Room — Blue Lemur Coffee Bar!

16 September (Wednesday), 9:00 p.m., Star Chamber — Star Trek: Voyager! (Michelle Marcelais & Bob O’Hara)

17 September (Thursday), 4:30 p.m., Senior Common Room — Cornelian Literary Society. (James Elroy Flecker)

17 September (Thursday), 9:00 p.m.–12:00 midnight, Committee Room — Blue Lemur Coffee Bar!

18 September (Friday), 12:00 noon, Strong College section in the Caf — Fellows’ & Students’ Lunch.

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