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Cornelia Strong College

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Friday, 19 September 1997 | Per aspera ad astra | Newsletter No. 99!


Croquet is Coming!

The Third Annual Strong College Croquet Tournament is coming on Saturday, October 4th! The time will be noon, and the place will be the front lawn of the College. Lunch will be provided for College members courtesy of the Strong College Council. Watch for more details soon! Anyone can enter, whether you know the rules or not! The competition will be fierce, and the winner’s name will be engraved on our magnificent trophy, now on display in the College Office. And if tradition is any guide, there will also be a Best Hat Contest the day of the Tournament, as well as other fun and games to delight you. If you miss this event your grandchildren will never let you hear the last of it, so you had better be there! Come to the College Council meeting in the next couple of weeks to find out how you can help!

Focus on UNCG Tours

The UNCG Admissions Office sponsors tours of the campus for prospective students on several different days each Fall. The first group of visitors will be coming through this Saturday, September 27th. If you’d like to help out or join the Welcoming Committee just show up at the College Council meeting this Tuesday night in the Committee Room from 9:00–10:00 p.m.!

Alternative Music Discussion Group!

Under the harmonious leadership of Brenda Loehfelm and Eric Harrington, a new Strong College Alternative Music Discussion Group has formed! Join them on Mondays in the Junior Common Room from 7:00–8:00 p.m. to chat about your favorite artists. Questions? Call Brenda (x2491) or Eric (x1007) for more info.

Star Wars Marathon

On Friday, September 26th, at 7:00 p.m., Evan Brown will host a Strong College Star Wars Marathon in the Committee Room. The greatest story ever told! Wide screen edition! See it again, for the first time! Bring your Star Wars gear! And thanks to the assistance of the College Council, the Blue Lemur Coffee Bar will be open specially for the occasion. Questions? Call Evan (x1048) or leave a note in room 220. May the Force be with you.

Strong-L Wants You!

The Strong College e-mail discussion group, Strong-L, wants you to join! Find out what everyone else is talking about! Questions? contact Tammy Thorarinson, the Strong-L manager.

Ad Astra

Hollie Jones has been appointed Treasurer of the UNCG Student Government Association—congratulations, Hollie! Want to know how your money is being spent? Hollie is the one to talk to!

Strong College Fellow Laura Hill will be leaving UNCG <sniff> at the end of this month to become Assistant Director of Alumni Affairs at Radford University in Virginia. We will be very sorry to see her go, but we are happy indeed about her new appointment. Thank you so much, Laura, for all you have done for Strong College!

But before she goes, Laura Hill and Joan Glynn will be providing us with special goodies at Tea on September 30th, the week before UNCG’s Founder’s Day. You won’t want to miss it!

Michelle Marcelais donated several Star Trek collector cards to the Star Chamber—thank you, Michelle!

Jennifer “Mrs. Flecker” Rogers performed emergency repairs on the Flecker jacket just before Literary Hour last week. Whew! And thank you!

Ryan Kelly is up to something.


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 “On Parent Knees,” in honor of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, translated from Persian by the 18th-century scholar William Jones. Ask Dr. O’Hara to play Gerald Finzi’s beautiful musical setting of it for you in the College Office sometime.

On parent knees, a naked new-born child,
Weeping thou sat’st, while all around thee smil’d:
So live, that sinking to thy life’s last sleep,
Calm thou may’st smile, while all around thee weep.


22 September (Monday), 7:00 p.m., Junior Common Room — Alternative Music Discussion Group! (See above)

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

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

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

23 September (Tuesday), 10:00 p.m., Committee Room — Blue Lemur Coffee Bar. (Tim Owens)

24 September (Wednesday), 9:00 p.m., Star Chamber — Star Trek: Voyager! (Michelle Marcelais and Bob O’Hara)

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

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

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

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

26 September (Friday), 7:00 p.m., Committee Room — Star Wars Marathon begins! (Evan Brown)

27 September (Saturday) — Focus on UNCG day for prospective students. (See above)

30 September (Tuesday), 4:30 p.m., Junior Common Room — Founder’s Day Tea! (Laura Hill and Joan Glynn)

4 October (Saturday), 12:00 noon, Front Lawn — Third Annual Strong College Croquet Tournament!

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