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Cornelia Strong College

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Friday, 16 January 1998 | Per aspera ad astra | Newsletter No. 109


Happy New Year!

Welcome back to all members and friends of Strong College. May the year ahead be a successful one!

Welcome New and Returning Members

We extend a special welcome to eight new members of the College who have just joined us this semester: Jane Brookshire (Rm. 313, x1880) arriving from elsewhere on campus, Wachira Chayasan(Rm. 270, x1007) visiting from Thailand, April Clinard (Rm. 238D, x2503) arriving from elsewhere on campus, Stephanie Hoover (Rm. 103, x1054) returning from England to UNCG, Benjaporn Magroodtong (Rm. 317, x2257) visiting from Thailand, Suzanne Ptazynski (Rm. 322, x2521) arriving from elsewhere on campus, Dirk Smith (Rm. 333C, x2444) arriving from off-campus, and Daniel Vigilante (Rm. 107, x1044) arriving from elsewhere on campus. Please stop by and pay them a visit, and welcome them to our College. And also welcome four Strong College members who spent last semester away and have now returned to us: Donna Hamilton (Rm. 366, x1151) returning from Finland, Whitney Hartsell (Rm. 317, x2257) transferring back from Meredith College, Kristie Parker (Rm. 113, x1222) returning from Spain, and Ann Tillman (Rm. 113, x1222) also returning from Spain. We are glad you are all here!

Senior Tutor’s Awards

The Senior Tutor’s Awards are presented each semester by Dr. O’Hara to those undergraduates in the College who earned a grade point average of 3.75 or above for the previous term. At Tea on Tuesday Dr. O’Hara will have the pleasure of presenting a record number of Senior Tutor’s Awards, 52 in all. This is an outstanding testament to the strength of the academic community we have built. The recipients will be: Angela Albertson, Eric Bolin, Shannon Burge, Christina Caltagirone, Jennifer Carpenter, Adam Cox, Tracey Curry, Aimee DeBerry, Neal Doyle, Amanda Durham, John Ebel, Melissa Feimster, Jennifer Ferguson, Tamara Garland, Morgan Hayes, Sherrill Hayes, Stacy Hicks, Kristin Janiga, Melissa Johnson, Hollie Jones, Jesse Krebs, Cecilia Ruth Lance, Kathleen Lance, Robert Lawter, Jennifer Leonard, Amy Liu, Brenda Loehfelm, Karen Marsh, Chastity Melton, Amanda Minter, Leonard Mitchell, Shanta Mitchell, Jason Pflug, Joshua Purvis, Jennifer Rogers, Shelby Scheib, Jennifer Scott, Gregory Shealy, James Smith, Jonathan Spainhour, Christopher Stein, Eric Stevie, Melanie Swofford, Scott Thomason, Barron Thompson, Kimberly Thompson, Tammy Thorarinson, April Thornton, Brent Tysinger, Kyle Webster, Timothy Williams, and Alice Womack. Please come and offer them your congratulations.

Internet Access in the Library

The Strong College Library now at last has full Internet access from two computers. Stop in to surf the web or send email. The Library will be open for the semester Sunday–Thursday evenings from 7:00–11:00 p.m. Please say thank you to this semester’s librarians when you see them: Adam Cox, Amanda Frailey, Cecilia Ruth Lance, Karen Marsh, Sara Pulley, and Lonnie White, and alternates Cicely Holland, Michelle Marcelais, and Laura Poe.

Ad Astra

Dr. O’Hara has put some new pictures of Moore-Strong Hall up on the Strong College web pages, as well as some pictures of Sweden added to the “Strong College Around the World” section of the Album. Why not take a look for yourself (and you can try it out from the Library now!). Pictures of the College and Peabody Park in snow over the break are also on display in the College Office.

Information about room sign-ups for next year will be posted around the College in a few days. Keep your eyes open and watch your local bulletin boards.

Marisa Phonphuak, an Interlink student from Thailand who was with us last semester, gave us on her departure a figurine of a Thai dancer (many will remember Marisa’s beautiful performance at Tea a few weeks ago), and also a small collection of coins from Thailand which will be added to the College coin collection. Thank you, Marisa, and good luck in Wisconsin.


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 a short fragment by the Greek poet Archilochos (fl. 650 BC), translated by Guy Davenport, for all the members of the College who were away and who have come back home:

How many times,
How many times,
On the gray sea,
The sea combed
By the wind
Like a wilderness
Of woman’s hair,
Have we longed,
Lost in nostalgia,
For the sweetness
Of homecoming.


19 January (Monday), 7:00 p.m., Library — Strong College Library opens for the semester.

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

20 January (Tuesday), 4:30 p.m., Junior Common Room — College Tea! It’s the social event of the week.

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

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

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

22 January (Thursday), 4:30 p.m., Senior Common Room — Cornelian Literary Society. (Laurie White)

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

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