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Cornelia Strong College

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Friday, 30 April 1999 | Per aspera ad astra | Newsletter No. 150!


Grand End-of-the-Year Tea and Senior Serenade!

The end of the year is upon us, and that means the Grand End-of-the-Year Tea is upon us as well! Come one, come all, on May 4th, for this wonderful occasion, at which we will be having a special Senior Serenade (accompanied by Laura Poe on the piano) for everyone who is leaving the College at the end of this semester. And when you come to Tea bring down all those loose pennies that have been cluttering up your desk drawer and add them to the Strong College fishbowl! Future generations of Cornelians will thank you. Also at Tea we will have the official passing of the gavel from College Council President Heather Lloyd to incoming President Bri Payne!

Welcoming Committee

A whole host of people have signed up to serve on next year’s Welcoming Committee under the able direction of Mary Minter and Kelly White. This is one of the most important positions in Strong College, because the Welcomers are one of the first contacts new students have with us. The Welcomers will be in touch with the new students during the summer to tell them about Strong College, and will arrive a day early in the Fall, before the other students, to assist with move-in. Many thanks to Welcomers Kate Anderson, Glen Baity, Stephanie Crews, Elizabeth Hargrove, Cherrita Hayden, Erin Fox, Krista Karbowski, Deanna Lambert, LaTonya Lipscomb, Amanda Minter, Erik Nuss, Christy Mobley, Amanda Parks, Stephanie Ranew, Jen Stumpf, Sharon Sullivan, Sakettia Tillery, Lam Tran, Dan Treharne, and Chris Williams!

Positions of Power

Our own Ryan Kelly has been elected Vice President of the UNCG Student Government Association for next year! Of the six campus-wide candidates for SGA President and Vice President, no fewer than four were current or former members of Strong College! If you have any concerns about important campus issues, Ryan wants to hear from you. And speaking of important positions of power, our own Jon Buford has been appointed Executive Editor of The Carolinian for next year! Jon has a whole host of ideas to help revive the campus newspaper, and he is also looking for people of all talents to help! Give him a call or stop by his room if you are interested. Congratulations indeed to both Ryan and Jon for the coming year!

Non-Resident Membership for Next Year

Students who have lived in Strong College for two years but who plan to move off campus for their third year may retain their membership in Strong College if they wish. Non-resident members are full members in every respect but residence: they receive the Strong College Newsletter, have access to the building, are able to participate in all events and activities in the College, and may hold office. If you have been a resident member of the College for two years and wish to continue as a non-resident member, just pick up a form on the bulletin board outside the College Office and fill it out today!

Strong-L is Open All Summer

Want to stay in touch with all your Strong College friends over the summer? Then you should be on Strong-L! Our email chatting place runs all year round, 24 hours a day, and during the summer we will be adding some of our new members before they even arrive on campus! To subscribe just put your name and email address on the sign-up sheet outside the Office.

Tee Shirts!

As summer approaches and you contemplate your fashion theme for the coming months, why not stop by the College Office and pick up one, or two, or more Strong College tee shirts for all your wardrobe needs? They are always correct for every occasion, formal and informal, and the most fashionable people at every party are always wearing them. And if you go anywhere exotic be sure to get your picture taken in your Strong College tee shirt, and we will add it to the Strong College Around the World web page!

Ad Astra

Dr. O’Hara’s Book-of-the-Week is Against the Gods: The Remarkable Story of Risk by Peter Bernstein, in honor of this, the 150th issue of the Strong College Newsletter. Through aspera and astra we’ve come a long way, baby.

Strong College senior Turkesshia Moore has been elected an Outstanding Senior by the UNCG senior class! Strong congratulations to Turkesshia!

Our own Scott Thomason has added another feather to his cap. Scott is this year’s recipient of the Josephene Hege Award of the UNCG chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. This award will allow Scott to travel to Liverpool, England, this summer to do research on Civil War documents in British archives. Congratulations, Scott!

An assortment of new pictures of spring semester events has been added to the Strong College website. Go to the photo albums page and browse through the 1998–99 album today!


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 Emily Dickinson’s “Much Madness is Divinest Sense” for all the crazy people of the College:

Much Madness is divinest Sense –
To a discerning Eye –
Much Sense – the starkest Madness –
’Tis the Majority
In this, as All, prevail –
Assent – and you are sane –
Demur – you’re straightaway dangerous –
And handled with a Chain –


4 May (Tuesday), 4:30 p.m., Junior Common Room — The Grand End-of-the-Year Tea!

11 May (Tuesday), 4:30 p.m., Junior Common Room — Survivors’ Tea for anyone remaining.

16 May (Sunday) — Commencement!

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