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Cornelia Strong College

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Friday, 8 December 1995 | Per aspera ad astra | Newsletter No. 47


Late-Breaking Astronomical Bulletin!

Strong College Fellow Steve Danford will be leading an expedition this Monday night (December 11th) to the astronomical observatory that UNCG operates, and any and all Strong College members are invited to come along. The observatory houses a 32-inch reflecting telescope, one of the largest in the southeast, and is located at a dark sky site about 45 minutes from campus. We will be leaving from the Junior Common Room promptly at 6:30 p.m., and will return roughly three hours later. The group will be car pooling, so if you have a car we will be glad to have you as one of the drivers. If you would like to go along please put your name on the sign-up sheet on the College Office door—the trip is free, but it is helpful for us to know about how many people will be coming.

Holiday Tea a Grand Success

The Great Holiday Tea last Tuesday was a grand success! Delicious food from around the world was provided by Pam Wilson, Deborah Stewart, and Kim Hathcock, and Kim produced wonderful signs about Christmas traditions from different countries. Maureen Lett created the magnificent signature page for the event which is now on display in the College Office covered with the names of everyone who was there. And of course the main attractions of the event were our own constellation of Strong College performers: Lisa DiLuigi, John Ebel, Molly Henderson, Melanie Marsh, Jennifer Massey, Russell McCauley, John Thomas, Denise Tucker, and Amy Vaughn. A spectacular time was had by all, and not only that…

Distinguished Visitors Abounded at the Holiday Tea

Strong College was pleased to welcome to the Holiday Tea Chancellor Patricia Sullivan, who was most impressed by the event and all of our College musicians. Guest stars Frances Lake, mother of our own Laurie White, and her partner Lilly King, chorus leader extraordinaire, stole the show (as we are sure they do wherever they go). Other distinguished attendants included Ms. Joan Glynn, UNCG’s new Director of Alumni Affairs, and Mr. John Lauritzen, husband of our Administrative Assistant Marilyn Lauritzen and President of the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce. We hope they will all grace us with their presence many more times in the future.

Building Our Fortune

Strong thanks indeed to everyone who brought down their surplus pennies for the Strong College endowment drive and left them in the fish bowl at the Holiday Tea. (Even Chancellor Sullivan made a contribution!) Ann Smith and Bob O’Hara began to count the hoard the other day (it has been accumulating since Dr. O’Hara set out the first paper cup for donations more than a year ago), and they got up to $66.00 before they quit, and most of the pennies still had not been counted. We will reach our first million before you know it. The bowl sits permanently in the College Office and will be glad to accept your loose change from now until eternity for the greater good of Strong College.

Survivors’ Tea This Tuesday

The semester isn’t over yet, and we will indeed be having Tea as usual this week for all the brave survivors still here for exams. This is your chance to clean out your refrigerator and bring down to Tea all the left over goodies you’ve been hoarding all semester. Share them with everyone this Tuesday the 12th from 4:30–5:30 p.m. in the Junior Common Room.

Looking for a Last Minute Present?

Strong College tee shirts, patches, and stationery make great holiday gifts! Stop by the College Office any time to buy some for your friends and family. Have some Strong Dollars in your pocket? Then cash them in for goodies in the Office, too, so you can stuff a stocking and make someone happy.


The Strong College Poem-of-the-Week appears on the bulletin board outside the College Office. This week’s lines come from Alfred Tennyson’s In Memoriam (1850):

Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky,
The flying cloud, the frosty light:
The year is dying in the night;
Ring out, wild bells, and let him die.

Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring happy bells, across the snow;
The year is going, let him go:
Ring out the false, ring in the true.


Monday, 11 December

6:30 p.m. sharp, Junior Common Room: Group departs for a visit to UNCG’s astronomical observatory. Sign up on the College Office door. See details above. Everyone welcome! (Steve Danford)

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, 12 December

4:30–5:30 p.m., Junior Common Room: Survivors’ Tea, the last Strong College Tea of 1995! Stop by the JCR for food and pleasant company, and tell us how your exams are going. 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, 14 December

5:00–6:00 p.m., Senior Common Room (162): A last meeting of the year for the Cornelian Literary Society. Everyone (anyone who is still here) is welcome! (Laurie White)

Saturday, 16 December

10:00 a.m.: Moore-Strong Hall closes for the holiday break, and all students should be gone by this hour. Please be sure to close all windows, unplug all electrical appliances, and lock all doors when you leave. See you in January!

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