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Cornelia Strong College

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Friday, 17 April 1998 | Per aspera ad astra | Newsletter No. 119


Regatta Postponed

The weather forecast is not good for this weekend, so the Fourth Annual Buffalo Creek Regatta will be held on the announced rain date, Sunday, April 26th. There will be a cookout lunch for Strong College members beginning at 12:30 p.m., and the races will begin about 1:30 p.m. This means you have another week to perfect your boat! The rules are: maximum boat size 8 × 4 inches, no powered boats, and boats must show some evidence of construction (i.e., you can’t just pick up a stick and throw it in the water). Other rules will be made up as we go along. The Regatta is one of the high points of the College year, so you will not want to miss it!

Council Election Results

A very vigorous campaign for the leadership of next year’s College Council concluded last week with the election of Heather Lloyd as Council President for 1998–99. Both Heather and C.J. Heidel did outstanding jobs of presenting their platforms and turning out the voters. They both deserve our thanks for working hard to win this position. Heather is already thinking up ideas for the Council for next year—please speak to her or come to a Council meeting before the end of this semester to make your own views known. There will be an official passing-of-the-gavel ceremony at Tea on May 5th—be sure to come down then and wish Heather well for the year ahead. (Assuming, that is, that outgoing Council President Scott Thomason can be persuaded to relinquish the gavel.)

Honor in Abundance

Strong College members have been winning awards left and right!

Dr. O’Hara has been selected to receive the College of Arts and Sciences Teaching Excellence Award, the highest teaching award given to faculty in Arts and Sciences.

Eric Bolin and Sara Pulley have been elected to Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest honor society in the country for students in the liberal arts and sciences. Fantastic!

Renee Boyd and Durenda Johnson have been selected Outstanding Seniors by the Class of 1998. Congratulations!

Tim Williams won the book prize in Fred Chappell’s Modern Poetry class. Magnificent!

Ad Astra

A donor who wishes to remain anonymous has presented us with a copy of Newt Gingrich’s recent book Lessons Learned the Hard Way autographed “To Strong College.” The Speaker’s memoir will be added to our growing collection of presentation copies of books in the Special Collections Division of the Strong College Library.

Tornado Relief

C.J. Heidel is very grateful to all the Strong College members who donated money, food, and clothes for the victims of the recent tornados in Mayodan and Stoneville. More than 50 food items, 20 pieces of clothing, and over $200 in cash were donated. The clothes and food were delivered on April 10th to a temporary shelter in Stoneville. The cash contributions were given to the American Red Cross. Thanks again! (And thank you, C.J.)

Earth Day is Coming!

Wednesday, April 22nd, is Earth Day! There will be public events taking place all afternoon by the University fountain. Stop by and look for the display about Peabody Park (UNCG’s educational park, established in 1901) being manned by Dr. O’Hara and Rob Lawter who are working together on a biological survey of the Park.


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 Ralph Waldo Emerson’s “Concord Hymn” (1837), for Patriot’s Day:

By the rude bridge that arched the flood,
Their flag to April’s breeze unfurled,
Here once the embattled farmers stood,
And fired the shot heard round the world.

The foe long since in silence slept;
Alike the conqueror silent sleeps;
And Time the ruined bridge has swept
Down the dark stream which seaward creeps.

On this green bank, by this soft stream,
We set to-day a votive stone;
That memory may their deed redeem,
When, like our sires, our sons are gone.

Spirit, that made those heroes dare
To die, and leave their children free,
Bid Time and Nature gently spare
The shaft we raise to them and thee.


20 April (Monday), 9:00 p.m., Committee Room — The Blue Lemur Coffee Bar with the usual free coffee!

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

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

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

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

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

23 April (Thursday), 4:30 p.m., Star Chamber — Bible Study Group. (Stephanie Hoover and Jon Buford)

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

26 April (Sunday), 12:30 p.m., Buffalo Creek behind Strong College — The Fourth Annual Buffalo Creek Regatta!

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