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Cornelia Strong College

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Friday, 19 February 1999 | Per aspera ad astra | Newsletter No. 142


Thanks to Hosts!

The recent visit to campus of candidates for UNCG merit awards went very well, and the Strong College component of it did also thanks to the organizational skill of our own Tim Owens. Special Strong thanks go to all those who hosted visitors overnight in their rooms: Kyle Treiber, Ben Miles, Bri Payne, Elizabeth Lyles, Amanda Minter, Dan Treharne, Joel Gilliam, Stephanie Crews, Emily Furr, Hannah Easley, Renee Draughn, Krista Karbowski, Elizabeth Hargrove, Ashley Palmer, Tim Owens, Jeremiah McCluney, Curtis Ostrom, Andy Winternitz, Travis Newton, Josh Sadolf, Erin Fox, Meghan Kindred, Jennifer Parry-Hill, and Kate Longenecker. We know your work will bring many of these excellent students to UNCG and to Strong College next year!

A Beautiful Treasure Box!

Masterful needlework by Amanda Frailey has just created a new and beautiful embroidered box that is now on display in the College Office. The design Amanda created includes a whole array of Strong College symbols, from the coat of arms to a tea cup and a coffee mug, to a croquet mallet and a toy boat, a peppermint and a shelf of books. Come by the Office to see Amanda’s beautiful creation, now the second item in our embroidery collection after the wonderful tea tray designed last year by Michelle Marcelais.

Everlasting Fame for a Quarter

The United States Mint has just begun a ten-year project to produce commemorative quarters with designs featuring all 50 states. Five new designs are being issued each year, and the states will appear in their order of admission to the Union. The first Delaware quarters have just entered circulation, and later this year Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Georgia, and Connecticut issues will appear. Dr. O’Hara has bought a new coin album for Strong College that is designed for this series of commemorative quarters, and he will award $1Strong and everlasting fame to the first person to present a shiny new quarter of each of the types minted. (The quarters are actually being produced at two mints, Philadelphia and Denver, so there are two varieties for each state’s issue, making a total of 10 varieties for 1999 and each year thereafter.) Come by the College Office to look at the new album, and start searching through your pocket change—everlasting fame and a Strong dollar await you!

Literary Hour is Back!

The ever-delightful Strong College Literary Hour (formally known as the Cornelian Literary Society) has resumed its regular meetings for the semester on Mondays from 4:00–5:00 p.m. in the Senior Common Room. You are invited! All we do is sit around and read favorite pieces of literature (sensu lato) and have a grand ol’ time. Bring a book, or just come and listen. Flecker lives!

Ad Astra

Strong College Fellow Susan Shelmerdine has been appointed Chair of the Department of Classical Studies for the coming year. kala!

The Cornelian Prize will be presented at Tea on March 9th, just after we return from spring break. Mark your calendars so you don’t miss it!


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 Walt Whitman’s essay on evolutionary epistemology, “A Noiseless Patient Spider”:

A noiseless patient spider,
I mark’d where on a little promontory it stood isolated,
Mark’d how to explore the vacant vast surrounding,
It launch’d forth filament, filament, filament, out of itself.
Ever unreeling them, ever tirelessly speeding them.

And you O my soul where you stand,
Surrounded, detached, in measureless oceans of space,
Ceaselessly musing, venturing, throwing, seeking the spheres to connect them.
Till the bridge you will need be form’d, till the ductile anchor hold,
Till the gossamer thread you fling catch somewhere, O my soul.


21 February (Sunday), 9:00 p.m., Star Chamber — X-Files! (Kelly Woodfin)

22 February (Monday), 8:00 p.m., Star Chamber — Bible Study Group. (Jon Buford)

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

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

23 February (Tuesday), 9:45 p.m., Committee Room — Movie Night! (Dan Treharne)

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

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

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

27 February (Saturday) — Spring break begins!

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