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Cornelia Strong College

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Friday, 3 November 1995 | Per aspera ad astra | Newsletter No. 43


Congratulations to Our Sister College on its 25th Anniversary!

This past week marked the 25th anniversary of our sister college at UNCG, the Residential College in Mary Foust Hall. Strong College extends its sincere congratulations to RC on this splendid occasion! A magnificent ceremony was held in RC’s Ashby Parlor, with speeches, music, and poems by Residential College students and faculty, and a magnificent keynote address by Prof. Murray Arndt, RC’s Director Emeritus. ( Dr. O’Hara is considering making copies of it and passing them out on street corners.) Dr. O’Hara and Dr. White represented Strong College at the event along with several other Strong College Fellows, and a grand time was had by all. A copy of the program of the whole event is posted on the bulletin board outside the College Office for all who would like to peruse it. A poem Prof. Arndt read at the ceremony, and from which he took the title of his address, appears below as this week’s Poem-of-the-Week.

“The Way I Read a Letter’s This – ”

Need to impress someone? Your parents, perhaps, so they will give you more money? Your significant other? A potential employer or friend? Then stop by the College Office to look at our fine new Strong College stationery, available to all our members at a modest price. Dr. O’Hara had it made for us specially, and he hopes you will find it to your liking. Pick up a few sheets for the upcoming holiday letter-writing season!

Feed the Birds

The weather is turning cold, and Dr. O’Hara will soon be putting our bird feeder back on the window in the Junior Common Room. Our West Woods are a miniature sanctuary for all sorts of plants and animals. Keep your eyes open for Red-bellied Woodpeckers, Carolina Wrens, Tufted Titmice, White-throated Sparrows, and many others. Mammals in the neighborhood include opossums, raccoons, flying squirrels, bats, chipmunks, and, yes, a few rats, too. For trees we have beech, hornbeam, several species of oaks, shagbark and mockernut hickories, redbuds, dogwoods, hollies, magnolias, and short-leafed pines. Dr. O’Hara (our Strong College Naturalist) is contemplating long-range landscaping plans for the Strong College grounds to enhance not only our aesthetic but also our educational environment—if you want to think along with him just let him know.

Points of Light

Thanks indeed to Marilyn Lauritzen for donating two humongous plants to the Junior Common Room and Front Lobby. The greener our college gets the better it will be.

Kim Hathcock and Bob O’Hara made an expedition for the College to Super KMart and picked up, among other things, the nice new rug in the Game Room, which goes a long way toward making the room a bit friendlier.

Charlotte Williams will be hosting several health-related programs in Strong College soon. Keep your eyes open around Moore-Strong Hall for more information.


The Strong College Poem-of-the-Week is posted on the bulletin board outside the College Office. This week’s poem is Robert Frost’s “For Once, Then, Something,” in honor of Residential College’s 25th anniversary:

Others taunt me with having knelt at well-curbs
Always wrong in the light, so never seeing
Deeper down in the well than where the water
Gives me back in a shining surface picture
Me myself in the summer heaven godlike
Looking out of a wreath of fern and cloud puffs.
Once, when trying with chin against a well-curb,
I discerned, as I thought, beyond the picture,
Through the picture, something white, uncertain,
Something more of the depths—and then I lost it.
Water came to rebuke the too clear water.
One drop fell from a fern, and lo, a ripple
Shook whatever it was lay there at bottom,
Blurred it, blotted it out. What was that whiteness?
Truth? A pebble of quartz? For once, then, something.



Join your fellow Strong College members for breakfast, lunch, and dinner in our section of the Caf. We eat in the raised area of the room just off the main serving room (the room to the left of the large-screen TV). See you there!

Monday, 6 November (Strong College Library open 1:00–5:00 and 7:00–11:00 p.m.)

7:00 p.m., Committee Room (230): Small-group Bible study sponsored by the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. For Strong College and Hawkins Hall women every Monday at this time. Contact Jena Poindexter for information.

Tuesday, 7 November (Strong College Library open 1:00–5:00 and 7:00–11:00 p.m.)

4:30–5:30 p.m., Junior Common Room: Strong College Tea! Stop by the JCR for food and drink and informal conversation. It’s the social event of the Strong College week. (Laurie White)

9:30 p.m., Committee Room (Room 230): Strong College Council meeting. All interested students are invited to join the Council officers to plan events, and generally contribute to the life of our College. (Sherrill Hayes)

Thursday, 8 November (Strong College Library open 1:00–5:00 and 7:00–11:00 p.m.)

5:00–6:00 p.m., Senior Common Room (162): The Strong College Literary Hour wants you! We sit around and read favorite pieces of poetry and prose, and have a rollicking good time. Everyone is welcome to join in or just sit and listen. (And if you are lucky you may get to hold the lemur.) (Laurie White)

Friday, 10 November

12:00 noon, Strong College Dining Area in the Caf: Senior Common Room lunch, for Strong College Fellows and invited students. (We try to invite a few different students each week so most people will get an invitation over the course of the year.)

Saturday, 11 November

7:00–8:00 p.m., The Star Chamber (362): Star Trek: Voyager! Join us in the Delta Quadrant. (Bob O’Hara)

Sunday, 12 November (Strong College Library open 7:00–11:00 p.m.)

9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Two Court Gym, HHP Building: UNCG Fencing Club Vocabulary Open. Spectators welcome! Free admission! Fencing-to-English translators available on request. (Ann Smith)

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