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Cornelia Strong College

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Friday, 28 January 2000 | Per aspera ad astra | Newsletter No. 169


Senior Tutor’s Award

Each semester Dr. O’Hara has the pleasure of presenting at Tea the Senior Tutor’s Award for Academic Achievement, and he will do so at Tea this week, Tuesday, February 1st. The Senior Tutor’s Award goes to those Strong College undergraduates who received a semester grade point average of 3.75 or above during their previous term of membership in the College. Every semester we think the number of recipients can’t possibly get any larger, but once again we have set a record. The seventy-seven awardees for last term are: Angela Albertson, Kanika Alston, Julia Barefoot, Carrie Bogart, Elizabeth Bolton, Christina Bottoms, Kimberly Bottoms, Stacy Brent, Staci Brinkley, Ryan Brookshire, Emily Brown, Shannon Burge, Christina Caltagirone, Jennifer Clodfelter, Uwanda Coleman, Ashley Cress, Emily Dahlke, Laura Davis, Lacey Diggs, Lisa Duffey, Matthew Dunn, Hannah Easley, Jeremiah Feducia, Melissa Feimster, Daryl Florance, Emily Furr, Kristin Gale, Christopher Hall, Elizabeth Hargrove, April Helton, Dylan Jackson, Kristin Janiga, Amy Jones, Krista Karbowski, Meghan Kindred, Heather Lambert, Cecilia Ruth Lance, Stacy McClintock, Leslie McDougel, Daniel McInnis, Carrie Meier, Catherine Meyer, Jason Miller, Kenneth Miller, Shanta Mitchell, Joy Munns, Sara Neeves, Travis Newton, Sarah Olive, Jennifer Osborne, Ashley Palmer, Stephanie Parrish, Sara Phillips, Jennifer Rogers, Matthew Rowles, Heather Scronce, Philip Shands, Sarah Shaver, Gregory Shealy, James Smith, William Spainhour, Crystal Stroupe, Anna Swenson, Amanda Tesh, Barron Thompson, Catherine Thompson, Tammy Thorarinson, Heather Thorn, Tiffany Tillman, Kimberly Trogdon, Courtney Via, Laura Weber, Cindy Webster, Kelly White, Timothy Williams, Sarah Workman, and Jessica Zellers. Please join us at Tea to congratulate these students on their excellent work—they are ornaments to our College!

Recruiting for Next Fall!

We are now entering the application season for the next academic year, and Strong College needs your help! Many of our members have come to us as a result of recommendations by other Strong College members. Do you have friends back in high school who are considering UNCG? Why not suggest they apply to Strong College as well! Do you have friends elsewhere on campus, or off-campus friends who are looking for a different place to live? Encourage them to apply too! The admission schedule is available on our website, as is a printable copy of our application and recommendation blank. Help continue the Strong College tradition!

Love is in the Air!

Valentine’s Day is on its way, and assorted preparations have begun. Now available the College Office is a wide assortment of little Valentine cards for you to give to your Strong College friends and admirees—the first card is free and extras are 5¢ each. Very importantly, there is also now an envelope on the bulletin board outside the Office ready to receive your Valentines and other tokens of affection for our own Master of the Universe, Tim the Lemur. And in addition, the candy jar in the Office has been refilled with seasonally appropriate confections, at the special rate (just for you) of three/$1Strong. The College Council will be sponsoring our traditional Valentine’s Party on Thursday, February 10th—watch for details, or come to the next Council meeting to help!

Room Sign-up for Next Year

All resident members of the College should have studied the information about room sign-up for next year that is posted around the building. Students wishing to return to the building next year but to a different room should attend the sign-up sessions on either Monday, February 7th (for rising seniors and graduate students) or Tuesday, February 8th (for all others). See the posted notices for more details.

Take a Walk in Peabody Park

The Peabody Park Rangers, headed by our own Krista Karbowski, are sponsoring a monthly Walk in Peabody Park, resurrecting the tradition of Walking Period from the old Women’s College days. The next walk in the Park will be this coming Thursday, February 3rd, beginning at 4:00 p.m. at the north end of College Avenue. Come along and learn about our century-old educational park and some of its natural inhabitants. Everyone is welcome!

Ad Astra

Dr. O’Hara has contributed three more CDs to the Strong College music collection now growing in the College Library: Absolute Heaven and The Power and the Majesty, both by the Robert Shaw Festival Singers, and Gerald Finzi’s Intimations of Immortality and Dies Natalis. (You’re welcome!)

Jessica Zellers has also made a contribution to the music collection: A three CD set of Harmonic Practice for Tonal Music. Thank you, Jessica!

Many thanks to the several people who helped to rearrange the furniture in the Junior Common Room this past week, in advance of the arrival of another piano—watch for it to appear soon!


The Poem-of-the-Week appears regularly in this space. This week’s poem is the opening stanza from Randall Jarrell’s famous poem “90 North” (1942), perhaps written on this campus during a winter like this one:

At home, in my flannel gown, like a bear to its floe,
I clambered to bed; up the globe’s impossible sides
I sailed all night—till at last, with my black beard,
My furs and my dogs, I stood at the northern pole.


31 January (Monday), 9:00 p.m., Committee Room — Monday Night at the Lemurodeon! (Free movies!)

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

1 February (Tuesday), 5:45 p.m., Dinner at Spencers — After Tea, come join the crowd for dinner at Spencers!

1 February (Tuesday), 8:30 p.m., Junior Common Room — Card Games Galore! Everyone is welcome to come!

2 February (Wednesday), 8:00 p.m., Committee Room — Strong College Council meeting. Everyone is invited!

2 February (Wednesday), 9:00 p.m., Star Chamber — Star Trek: Voyager! Join us in the Delta Quadrant!

3 February (Thursday), 8:00 p.m., Senior Common Room — Cornelian Literary Society. Everyone welcome!

3 February (Thursday), 9:00 p.m., Committee Room — Blue Lemur Coffee Bar! Come and get caffeinated!

4 February (Friday), 12:00 noon, Strong College section of the Caf — Fellows’ Lunch; students are welcome!

OFFICIAL DISCLAIMERS: Nothing here is official. Please don’t sue us. I’ve got way more minions than you. No fungi, no future. I feel an interpretive lobster dance coming on. Crash outcomes may vary. There is disorder in my normally alphabetized life. This does not represent the official policy of the Association of Bitter Women or No boys allowed. Be quiet or I’ll make you a disclaimer. You’re just jealous of my thick glossy coat. Eeeew, she wrote “gurge.” When you live in the water it’s hard to keep your hair neat. It’s a good thing he has an exoskeleton. If this works out, you may be able to live in a glass ball on Mars. I’m a decapod girl in a decapod world. I have one of those disorders or something. It’s hard to be the girlfriend of the Master of the Universe. Color swirls are a natural occurrence. I put the J in INFJ. Stuffed with polyester fiber. If you experience eye watering, headaches, or dizziness, increase fresh air or wear respiratory protection. I’ll extrov you in a minute. It’s hard being secret agents. I’m an engineer, not a costume designer. Everything’s better with a halo. The better our fantasies are, the better our realities can become. Second star to the right, and straight on till morning. If we succeed there will be many songs sung in our honor. A decent boldness ever meets with friends. Think continually of those who were truly great. Risk—risk is our business; that’s what this starship is all about; that’s why we’re aboard her. Without struggle, there is no progress. Why are we here if we’re not magic? I want my CSC. Per aspera ad astra!

© Robert J. O’Hara 2000–2021