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Cornelia Strong College

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Friday, 16 October 1998 | Per aspera ad astra | Newsletter No. 130


Senior Dinner!

The annual Strong College Senior Dinner is coming Tuesday, October 20th. Every year the Fellows invite the senior undergraduates to this special dinner, and the seniors are presented with their College pins. This year’s new seniors are: Chris Beaver, Eric Bolin, Shannon Boyd, Lennie Cooper, David Day, Danielle Dinse, Jennifer Ferguson, Laura Geouge, Johnathan Kildosher, Jay Kucik, Rob Lawter, Amy Liu, Russell McCauley, Shelly McLain, Freda Moore, Turkesshia Moore, Jason Moorefield, Scott Thomason, Aleisha White, Kelly Woodfin, and Madara Yarbrough. Everyone is invited to come to Tea on the 20th to congratulate them and see them receive their pins, and then after Tea the seniors and the Fellows will go off to dinner together in the Magnolia Room of the main dining hall.

New Fellows!

Please welcome two new Fellows of Strong College: Prof. Susan Buck from the Department of Political Science, and Prof. William Magee of the Department of Religious Studies. Prof. Buck specializes in environmental law and policy, and Prof. Magee is a specialist on Asian religions. They will be wonderful additions to the College, and we are delighted to welcome them as members of our society.

A New Old Hand in the Office

Please welcome Tim Owens as the new Student Assistant in the Strong College Office this year. Tim will be working Monday–Thursday afternoons in the Office doing Strong College tasks (and sometimes running errands for Dr. O’Hara into the wilds of Greensboro). Please stop by to say hello, ask him about the Old Days, and make him feel at home (as if that were necessary).

Distinguished Scholars

The Reynolds Scholarship is one of UNCG’s most distinguished academic scholarships, and this year ten new UNCG students were selected as Reynolds Scholars. An official University press release has been posted on the board outside the College Office, but what the press release doesn’t mention is that eight of this year’s ten new Reynolds Scholars are members of Strong College! They are: Julia Brower, Emily Brown, Emily Furr, Kesha Harper, Kate Longenecker, Curtis Ostrom, Amanda Tesh, and Kyle Treiber. Congratulations to them all!

Ad Astra

Sunday, October 25th, is St. Crispin’s Day! Come to the Senior Common Room at 9:00 p.m. for the annual St. Crispin’s Day showing of Shakespeare’s Henry V! This story shall the good man teach his son.

Our own Kathleen Lance appeared in the Greensboro News & Record in an article about the University’s new master’s degree program in adolescent language disorders. Stop by the Office bulletin board to take a look!

And speaking of media attention, Julia Bevan and Peter Jamieson were also photographed by the News & Record at the Croquet Tournament just before Fall Break, and their picture appeared in the paper as well. Stop by the same bulletin board to see for yourself.

Our own Stacy Dalton will be starring as Helen Keller in the play “The Miracle Worker” and will be touring with a professional company in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Florida this month. Brava!

Strong thanks to Dr. Susan Shelmerdine for giving the Literary Society a special Hellenic treat this past week: a reading of some ancient Greek poetry. We hope she will do it again for us sometime soon!

Strong College Fellow Dr. Charles Lyons has been elevated to the rank of Associate Provost for International Programs! (This means he can now send you even farther away than he could before.) Congratulations!

Strong College members Evan Brown (trombone), Jeremiah McCluney (euphonium), and Laura Poe (horn) performed this past week in Aycock Auditorium as part of the University Brass Ensemble. Fantastic!

Dr. O’Hara’s Book-of-the-Week in the College Office this week is the Insight Guides travel handbook The Gambia and Senegal. Stop by and browse it today to plan your next vacation!


The Poem-of-the-Week is posted on the bulletin board outside the College Office and is usually reprinted here. This week’s poem is John Keats’ sonnet “On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer” (1816), in honor of the Hellenic Literary Hour this past week:

Much have I traveled in realms of gold,
And many goodly states and kingdoms have I seen;
Round many western islands have I been
Which bards in fealty to Apollo hold.
Oft of one wide expanse had I been told
That deep-browed Homer ruled as his demesne;
Yet did I never breathe its pure serene
Till I heard Chapman speak out loud and bold:
Then felt I like some watcher of the skies
When a new planet swims into his ken;
Or like stout Cortez when with eagle eyes
He stared at the Pacific—and all his men
Looked at each other with a wild surmise—
Silent, upon a peak in Darien.


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

20 October (Tuesday), 9:00 p.m., Committee Room — College Council Meeting. (Heather Lloyd)

20 October (Tuesday), 10:00 p.m.–12:00 midnight, Committee Room — Blue Lemur Coffee Bar!

21 October (Wednesday), 9:00 p.m., Star Chamber — Star Trek: Voyager! (Michelle Marcelais & Bob O’Hara)

22 October (Thursday), 4:30 p.m., Senior Common Room — Cornelian Literary Society. (James Elroy Flecker)

22 October (Thursday), 9:00 p.m.–12:00 midnight, Committee Room — Blue Lemur Coffee Bar!

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

25 October (Sunday), 9:00 p.m., Senior Common Room — Annual St. Crispin’s Day showing of Henry V.

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