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Cornelia Strong College

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Friday, 23 February 1996 | Per aspera ad astra | Newsletter No. 54


Strong College Freshmen Elected to Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society!

The Alpha Lambda Delta honor society for freshmen has elected its new members for this year, and a very fine roster of Strong College freshmen have been honored: Ronda Bazley, Joy Clark, Karen Cox, Laura Geouge, Matthew Gillespie, Emily Hiscox, Chelsea Houser, Melanie Marsh, Shelly McLain, Carrie Ousley, Elizabeth Poston, Joshua Purvis, Laura Reese, Nicole Strossi, Elizabeth Stroud, Carrie Wisch, Kevin Wright, and Julie Zimmerman. And not only that, our own Kathleen Lance is President of the society, Amy Durham is Secretary, Susan Wyant is Treasurer, and Laurie White is Faculty Advisor, and this year our Honorary Fellow Patricia Sullivan was elected an honorary member of Alpha Lambda Delta. Quite a Strong College showing indeed! Congratulations to all!

Letters to Bosnia

Strong College member and Air Force ROTC cadet Chris Beaver is sponsoring a letter-writing program to the US troops stationed in Bosnia on the NATO peacekeeping mission. These soldiers are very far away from home, perhaps on their first mission, and many are lonely and worried. A letter from you is just what many of them would like to receive. Check the College Office door for details of the letter-writing program with the addresses you can write to, and thank Chris for encouraging this worthwhile effort.

Strong College Hats Are Here!

Our supply of Strong College baseball caps has arrived! Did you put your name on the list to reserve one for yourself? If so, stop by Danielle Dinse’s room (205) to pick it up. The hats cost $13 each, and all the most fashionable people will be wearing them soon. Don’t miss out!

The Blue Lemur a Big Hit!

The Blue Lemur Coffee Bar is a magnificent success! Sponsored by the College Council with Tim Owens as bartender, the Blue Lemur is called into being every Wednesday night in the Game Room from 8:00 p.m. until everyone is tired. Stop by for free coffee, conversation, cards, ambience, perhaps a board game or two, and maybe even some live music from time to time. (Tim is planning to go national with an entire chain of Blue Lemurs, leaving Starbuck’s and the Hard Rock Cafe in the dust. Watch this space for details on stock options.)

Ad Astra

David Matthews made a substantial contribution of pennies to the College Endowment Fund—thank you!

Carrie Plew and Josh Stalls are performing in Contact Improvisation, directed by John Guthrie, at the UNCG Dance Theater—mahvelous!

Chris Beaver has donated a Susan B. Anthony dollar—our first—to the Strong College coin collection. Thank you, Chris!

Strong College Fellow Joan Glynn donated a copy of the UNCG Alumni Directory to the College Office—thanks!

Jennifer Massey is performing this weekend in the UNCG Violin Ensemble’s Violin Extravaganza—well done!


The Strong College Poem-of-the-Week appears on the bulletin board outside the College Office. February is African-American History Month, and this week’s poem is Langston Hughes’ ‘Mother to Son’ (1922):

Well, son, I’ll tell you:
Life for me ain’t been no crystal stair.
It’s had tacks in it,
And splinters,
And boards torn up,
And places with no carpet on the floor—
But all the time
I’se been a-climbin’ on,
And reachin’ landin’s,
And turnin’ corners,
And sometimes goin’ in the dark
Where there ain’t been no light.
So boy, don’t you turn back.
Don’t you set down on the steps
’Cause you finds it’s kinder hard.
Don’t you fall now—
For I’se still goin’, honey,
I’se still climbin’,
And life for me ain’t been no crystal stair.



Join your fellow Strong College members for breakfast, lunch, and dinner in our section of the Caf. It’s a great way to get to know people, and recognize the faces of other Strong College members. 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, 26 February

4:00–5:00 p.m., Senior Common Room (162): Strong College Literary Hour! Bring a favorite piece of literature to read, or just listen in. Everyone is welcome! (Laurie White)

Tuesday, 27 February

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)

10:00 p.m., Committee 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)

Wednesday, 28 February

8:00 p.m. until we get tired, Game Room (130): The Blue Lemur Coffee Bar is open for your enjoyment and caffeination. Come to calm down or wind up, study or stare into space, play cards or listen to music, think or not think, talk or not talk. (Tim Owens)

Friday, 1 March

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 people each week so most people will get an invitation over the course of the year; see Kim Hathcock in Room 167 if you’d like to move up to the top of the list.)

9:00 p.m., The Star Chamber (362): X-Files Friday Night! Join your fellow Strong Collegians for X-Files Friday Night! (Kelly Woodfin)

Saturday, 2 March

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

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