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Cornelia Strong College

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Friday, 30 October 1998 | Per aspera ad astra | Newsletter No. 132



Strong thanks to everyone who has worked on this year’s Strong College Halloween Party! Visit the College Office to see pictures of the event, or drop by the 1998–99 album pages on the Strong College web site!

Prizewinning Decorators!

Congratulations to all the winners in the First Floor Moore Halloween Door Decorating Contest! The top prizes went to: Jennifer Smith and Elizabeth Ewing for Best Overall entry; Megan Frey and Ashley Cress for Most Artistic Entry; and Liesl Ehardt and Jennifer Scott for Scariest entry. Well done, everyone!

An International Tea

At Tea this past week Strong College was pleased to host Dr. Lauri Lajunen, Rector of the University of Oulu in Finland, courtesy of Strong College’s Dr. Charles Lyons, the Director of the Office of International Programs. We heard all about universities in Finland and opportunities for study there (and were happy to be able to give Dr. White an opportunity to display her talents at simultaneous translation from the Finnish, something she gets to do far too rarely). Dr. Lajunen kindly presented Strong College with a copy of the history of the University of Oulu, as well. All Strong College students should think about spending a semester or a year abroad while they are at UNCG: stop by the College Office today and pick up a UNCG study abroad brochure to plan your getaway!


Strong College temporary tattoos have arrived! Come pick up your free one in the College Office today! Impress your friends! Frighten your parents! Proclaim to all the world your membership in the College! (And most of all, have fun!)

Peabody Park Lecture

Dr. O’Hara will be giving the College of Arts and Sciences’ first Teaching Excellence Award Lecture on Thursday, November 5th, at 4:00 p.m. in the Alexander Room of the Elliott University Center. His topic is “Peabody Park: One Hundred Years of Environmental Education at UNCG.” Everyone is invited, so why not stop by?!

Ad Astra

Officer Alice Chavez has donated another collection of magazines to us; they have just appeared in the JCR and the Library. Thank you, Officer Chavez!

Strong College’s own Robert Lawter and Ashley Palmer have just been elected to the Golden Chain Honor Society. Congratulations to them both!

Jennifer Scott has been accepted into the Walt Disney World College Scholarship Program in Florida for next summer. Congratulations, Jennifer!

Eric Tysinger is the stage manager for the Community Theatre of Greensboro’s production of The Wizard of Oz this month. Magnifico!

Greg Shealy has been appointed an At-Large Delegate to the UNCG Student Government Association. Hear, hear!

C.J. Heidel has donated a Piedmont Triad City Facts reference book to the College Library. Thank you, C.J.!

And speaking of C.J., he has just been appointed a Notary Public for the State of North Carolina, having been duly sworn at Guilford Courthouse earlier this month! (He now joins Dr. Pam Bulgin in the Strong College Notary Public Society. Any other prospective members out there?)


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 from T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets, for John Glenn:

Home is where one starts from. As we grow older
The world becomes stranger, the pattern more complicated
Of dead and living. Not the intense moment
Isolated, with no before and after,
But a lifetime burning in every moment
And not the lifetime of one man only
But of old stones that cannot be deciphered.
There is a time for the evening under the lamplight
(The evening with the photograph album).
Love is most nearly itself
When here and now cease to matter.
Old men ought to be explorers
Here and there does not matter
We must be still and still moving
Into another intensity
For a further union, a deeper communion
Through the dark cold and empty desolation,
The wave cry, the wind cry, the vast waters
Of the petrel and the porpoise. In my end is my beginning.


1 November (Sunday), 1:00 p.m., Junior Common Room — Borders Bookstore Breakaway! (Pam Bulgin)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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