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Cornelia Strong College

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Friday, 5 December 1996 | Per aspera ad astra | Newsletter No. 78


Holiday Tea and Penny Drive!

The Great, Grand, Spectacular, Holiday Tea is upon us! The College Tree was beautifully decorated this past Tuesday, and now the main event has arrived. Songs! Food! Fun! Friends! Good cheer! All on Tuesday the 10th in the Junior Common Room from 4:30–5:30 p.m. As is our custom, Strong College Associates Lilly King and Frances Lake (Queen Mother to the College) will be our musical leaders. There will be special edibles from a whole host of different countries and holiday traditions. And after the Tea please step out with us into the night to see the campus-wide luminaire display, and maybe even go caroling across campus with the Strong College Choir! The Holiday Tea is a highlight of the College Year—don’t miss it!

And when you come down to the Holiday Tea, don’t forget to bring along all those extra pennies that have been accumulating in your desk drawer all year! Our annual penny drive to support our College endowment fund needs your help! Strong College has come into being through the personal dedication and generosity of many students, parents, faculty, and friends—we could not have made it this far were it not for all of them. But we still have a long way to go! It is the responsibility of our generation to take the things that we ourselves have been given and to make them better for those who come after us. Be a good steward of your College and donate your pennies for the benefit of all future generations of Strong men and women.

A Child’s Christmas in Wales

On Monday the 10th at 4:00 p.m. in the Senior Common Room Dr. O’Hara will carry on another College tradition with his annual reading of Dylan Thomas’s story A Child’s Christmas in Wales. This is always a great delight—we hope you will be there! Crunches, cracknel, humbugs, glaciers, marzipan, and butterwelsh for the Welsh.

Looking for a Special Holiday Gift for a Special Person?

Then the Strong College Office is the place to go! Our graceful and elegant Strong College tee shirts are available for just $7.00—a perfect gift for every occasion. And not only that, we have a limited supply of deluxe Strong College hats for $14.00. And still there’s more: Strong College stationery, for those special holiday notes, just $1.00 for three sheets and envelopes! Make a collegiate statement with these fine Strong College products.

Borders Bookstore Breakaway!

And if you are in search of a literary gift, why not come along on the Borders Bookstore Breakaway this Sunday, December 8th, with Pam Bulgin and Adam Cox—we’ll gather in the Junior Common Room and leave at 12:00 noon for the short ride out. You can even eat lunch there if you like, because they have their own café. Visits to a good bookstore are essential to every person’s education, and Borders is the best one around. Come join the gang!

Ad Astra

Strong thanks to Chancellor Patricia Sullivan who has donated a set of distinctive china to the College—we will use it in good health! Thank you!

The Strong College Council (under the leadership of Rachel Wojnar and Kelly Woodfin) hosted the campus meeting of the Residence Hall Association just before Fall Break. Thank you indeed!

Dr. White donated a beautiful brass menorah to the College—look for it at the Grand Holiday Tea!

Thanks to everyone who helped on Tuesday to decorate our beautiful College Tree (donated to us by Pam Wilson three holiday seasons ago)—and special thanks to the Mining Division of the Strong College Corps of Engineers.


The Strong College Poem-of-the-Week is posted on the bulletin board outside the College Office and is usually reprinted here. This week’s poem is the anonymous Renaissance “Coventry Carol.” If you want to hear the music just stop by the College Office and Dr. O’Hara will play it for you.

Lully, lulla, thou little tiny child,
By by, lully lullay.

O sisters too, how may we do
For to preserve this day
This poor youngling, for whom we do sing,
By by, lully lullay?

Herod, the king, in his raging,
Chargèd he hath this day
His men of might, in his own sight,
All young childrén to slay.

That woe is me, poor child for thee!
And ever morn and day,
For thy parting, neither say nor sing
By by, lully lullay.


Saturday, 7 December

7:00–8:00 p.m., Star Chamber: All intelligent life forms are invited to join us for Star Trek: Voyager! (Bob O’Hara)

Sunday, 8 December

12:00 noon, Junior Common Room: Leave for the Borders Bookstore Breakaway! (Pam Bulgin and Adam Cox)

Monday, 9 December

4:00–5:00 p.m., Senior Common Room: Strong College Literary Hour! This week we will have our annual reading of Dylan Thomas’s classic story A Child’s Christmas in Wales—don’t miss it! (Laurie White)

11:00 p.m.–1:00 a.m., Star Chamber: WCW Monday Nitro—Professional wrestling at its finest! (Scott Thomason)

Tuesday, 10 December (Reading Day)

4:30–5:30 p.m., Junior Common Room: The Grand and Spectacular Holiday Tea and Penny Drive! (Laurie White)

Friday, 13 December (yikes!)

12:00 noon, Strong College Dining Area in the Caf: the last Fellows’ lunch for 1996.

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