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Cornelia Strong College

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Friday, 7 November 1997 | Per aspera ad astra | Newsletter No. 105


The First Annual Senior Dinner is Coming

The First Annual Strong College Senior Dinner will be coming on Tuesday, November 18th. The Fellows of the College will be taking the Seniors to dinner in the Magnolia Room of the main dining hall, and at the dinner College pins will be presented. Seniors will be receiving their invitations shortly, and should let the College Office know whether or not they will be able to attend. At the dinner, any senior who wishes to offer a toast to the College will have the opportunity to do so—we may collect these into an annual publication for future College members.

The Magnificent Tea Tray

This past week at Tea our own Michelle Marcelais presented to the College a beautiful tea tray embroidered with the College’s name and coat of arms. Michelle had been working on this for more than a month, and it will now appear each week as one of the regular features of the ceremony known as afternoon Tea. Thank you, Michelle, for your wonderful work for our College!

Study Abroad!

Two Strong College students are scheduled to go abroad this coming semester under the auspices of the Office of International Programs at UNCG: Chee Ling Mah will be heading to Australia, and John Ebel will be heading to Germany. Would you like to spend a semester or year abroad? Then pay a visit to OIP in the Foust Building, or chat with Strong College Fellows Charles Lyons or Steve Flynn at Tea some time. Right now there are four Strong College people studying overseas: Kristie Parker and Ann Tillman are in Spain, Andy Winternitz is in Germany, and Donna Hamilton is in Finland. You could follow in their footsteps next year!

Peabody Park Exhibit

Dr. O’Hara has just completed an exhibit about Peabody Park in the lobby of the Jackson Library. Peabody Park is UNCG’s educational park, established in 1901. Originally 130 acres in extent, the Park has been reduced over the years by University expansion. To see some of the beautiful plants and animals that can still be found in the Park, and to learn about its history, stop by the Jackson Library any time this month. You can also learn more about the Park by following the Peabody Park link on the Biology Department web page.

Ad Astra

Dr. O’Hara gave out lots of information about Strong College last week to prospective UNCG students visiting the campus for Superintendents’ Scholars Day.

Strong thanks to Lisa Meserve who helped set up a new computer in the College Office. Our web server should be running much faster now. Pay it a visit!

Ryan Kelly (a.k.a. The Second Avatar) is still recovering from Flecker Week. One week really is not enough.

Dr. O’Hara has been selected as a finalist for the Alumni Teaching Excellence Award.

Star Trek: Voyager is now on at a new time—join us at 8:00 p.m. every Wednesday night in the Star Chamber.


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 Class Ode of the Class of 1898, the 100-year predecessors of our Strong College seniors of this year. The Class of 1898 was considered the first class to complete a full course of study here, and our Strong College Class of 1998 is the first class to have spent a full four years in Strong College (the parallel is almost epic in proportion):

It seems to us but yesterday,
So swift our school-days’ flight,
Since we, the first real Freshman Class,
First donned the green and white;
But years have passed, and many a joy
And sorrow we have seen;
As Seniors now we still are proud
To wear the white and green.

To you we will not say farewell,
Dear friends who here remain,
For where’s the heart that dares to sigh,
“We shall not meet again”;
What though the future now may hold
For each a different fate,
We’ll be so long as memory lasts
The class of ’98.


10 November (Monday), 10:30 p.m., Star Chamber — Join us for Daria. (Jennifer Rogers)

11 November (Tuesday), 4:30 p.m., Junior Common Room — College Tea! The social event of the College week.

11 November (Tuesday), 9:00 p.m., Committee Room — College Council Meeting. (Scott Thomason)

12 November (Wednesday), 8:00 p.m., Star Chamber — Star Trek: Voyager! (Michelle Marcelais and Bob O’Hara)

12 November (Wednesday), 10:00 p.m., Star Chamber — South Park! (Ryan Kelly and the College Players)

13 November (Thursday), 4:30 p.m., Senior Common Room — Cornelian Literary Society. (to be announced)

13 November (Thursday), 9:00 p.m., Committee Room — Casino Night at the Blue Lemur! (Scott Thomason)

14 November (Friday), 12:00 noon, Strong College section in the Caf — Fellows’ and Students’ Lunch.

18 November (Tuesday), 6:00 p.m., Magnolia Room, main dining hall — First Annual Senior Dinner. (See above)

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