The Collegiate Way: Residential Colleges & the Renewal of University Life  ‹›


                          PLANNING NEWS
                     Cornelia STRONG COLLEGE

No. 4: 3 June 1994                  Per aspera (every day) ad astra

“The benefits of a University education cannot be thought to consist
merely in the acquirement of knowledge, but in the opportunities of
society and of forming friends; in short, in the experience of life
gained by it and the consequent improvement of character.  With many,
a College is their first means of introduction to the world.”

  —Benjamin Jowett (1817-1893), Master of Balliol College, Oxford


The Office of Residence Life has done an excellent job of selecting
six, first-rate Resident Assistants for our community for the coming
year.  They are: Allen Frady (senior), Charlotte Williams (sophomore),
Woto Nyomba (sophomore), Robert Stockburger (senior), Melissa DuBar
(sophomore), and Kathyrn Ross (junior).  The pressures of time and space
prevented us for arranging a meeting with everyone before the term
ended, but we will be in touch with all the RAs over the summer.


Another hearty welcome to several new members of the Strong College
Senior Common Room: Karen Meyers, Director of the Writing Center, has
promised us that she will teach all our junior members to write limpid
prose; Brenda Cooper, Director of Alumni Affairs, will make sure
everyone behaves after graduation; and Jerry Harrelson, Acting Director
of Admissions, will guard our gate, lion-like.  Welcome and again


Chancellor Moran very kindly accompanied Laurie White and Bob O’Hara on
a tour of the Strong College grounds and the War Room a few days ago,
and was most impressed by our collective efforts and by your interest
and participation.  (He was also pleased to discover that the War Room
contained no weapons.)  We are hoping that he will be able to give
Strong College a special administrative boost before he leaves office —
it would be a wonderful legacy for future generations of students and


Our first College endowment, The Franklin Fund (a penny saved is a penny
earned), has outgrown its original container, and is beginning to fill
an elegant glass fish bowl (the finest crystal, donated by President
White) in the War Room.  The College membership will be about 300, and
if each member of the College were to contribute 25¢ every week, the
fund would grow by $2000 each year.


A loud huzzah! for Harriett and Dick Sher, who kindly donated several
boxes of books to the Strong College Library, and also to Bob Stephens
of the English Department who is making an equally sizeable bibliothecal
contribution!  College coin and stamp collections have also begun to
form, and we expect to be right up there with Kings and Trinity any day
now.  (“Not failure, but low aim is crime.”)


Abbott Lawrence Lowell was president of Harvard University in the 1930s
when the system of residential colleges was established there from
scratch (and when the place was all male).  Lowell’s exposition of the
value of collegiate communities is as apt today as it was when he wrote
it.  If anybody wants to know what we’re about, this is it:

     [If a large university] gives opportunities it also involves
  difficulties.  In a small college the individual is less in danger
  of being lost; the young man without aggressive personality is less
  likely to be ignored or submerged.  Character and self-reliance are
  more developed by being a man of mark in Ravenna than by belonging to
  the mob in Rome; and, what is more to our purpose, a body that is too
  large for personal acquaintance tends to break up into groups whose
  members see little of one another.  The citizen of a good-sized town
  has usually a wider acquaintance than the dweller in a big city.…
     The obvious solution is to break the undergraduate body into
  groups like the English colleges, large enough to give each man
  a chance to associate closely with a considerable number of his
  fellows, and not so large as to cause a division into exclusive
  cliques.  It must be understood, of course, that this applies only
  to the social life, not to the instruction, which would remain a
  university matter as heretofore.…
     What we need is a system of grouping that will bring into each
  group men from different parts of the country, men with different
  experience, and as far as possible social condition.  In short, what
  we want is a group of colleges each of which will be national and
  democratic, a microcosm of the whole university.  This may not be
  an easy feat to accomplish, but I believe it can be done.


The fearless President and the fearful Senior Tutor:
  Laurie White, English & Honors     Bob O’Hara, CCI & Biology

The Fellows and Associates:
  Ken Caneva, History                Rob Cannon, Biology
  Brenda Cooper, Alumni Affairs      Linda Danford, Classical Studies
  Steve Danford, Physics & Astronomy Susan Haire, Political Science
  Jerry Harrelson, Admissions        Tim Johnston, Psychology & CCI
  Derek Krueger, Religious Studies   Julian Lombardi, Biology
  Marilyn May Lombardi, English      Charles Lyons, Internat. Progs.
  Karen Meyers, English              Mark Schumacher, Jackson Library
  Carl Schurer, Photographer         Sheila Schurer, Arts & Sciences

Honorary Associate: Charles Vere, Lord Burford

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