Volgenau School’s Time Capsule to Provide a Legacy for Future Students

Posted: September 25, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Nicole Snyder

The Volgenau School of Information Technology and Engineering is always looking to the future, but now it is looking specifically to the year 2035. That is the year of the school’s 50th anniversary and the appointed opening of a time capsule.

On Tuesday, Oct. 7, the school will bury a time capsule in the entryway of its new building currently under construction. Academic VI, as the building is still called, is not expected to open until 2009.

The time capsule was the idea of Jennifer Lamb, assistant dean for development and alumni affairs at the Volgenau School, and it is a team project with Edgemoor Real Estate Services and Clark Construction, companies working on Academic VI.

“It will be fun to see what people place in the capsule that represents history from our school or today’s technology,” says Lamb.

Edgemoor’s marketing director, Sara Guthrie, found and ordered a steel box to serve as the capsule. It will contain items that signify some of the school’s as well as the era’s history, including flash drives, Commencement programs, slide rules, pocket protectors, CDs and even Crocs.

The event will open at 5:30 p.m. with a welcome message from the school’s dean, Lloyd Griffiths. Then the time capsule will be placed in the front cornerstone of the new building. Guests will be encouraged to put well wishes and notes in the capsule before it is finally sealed shut. A reception in Research I, Room 163, will follow.

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