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UW-Green Bay to dedicate Time Capsule on Sept. 7

Green Bay, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will conclude its 50th Anniversary celebration and offer commentary on a vision for its future with dedication of a new time capsule at noon, Wednesday, September 7.

The dedication and program will be held on the plaza level of the David A. Cofrin Library,

UW‑Green Bay, 2420 Nicolet Drive. Following the celebration, the time capsule will be sealed until the University’s 100th Anniversary in 2065.

Documents and memorabilia from the 50th Anniversary year, as well as pieces of campus history will be enclosed. Some items will be on display prior to sealing. The program includes welcome and remarks from Trustee Louis LeCalsey III, Chancellor Gary L. Miller and student Sean Gleason.

In conjunction with its 50th Anniversary Celebration last year, UWGB personnel opened the original cornerstone to recover a time capsule buried around the time of the University’s founding. The cornerstone is located in the floor between UWGB buildings Instructional Services and Environmental Sciences. The original time capsule was dated April 19, 1968.

The items documented the vision for the new campus in terms of physical plans and curriculum offerings, and emphasized the campus connection to the greater community. It also included city and county publications as well as memorabilia from the Green Bay Packers and Super Bowl I. It included newspapers from the regions with “UW Centers” — Green Bay, Manitowoc, Marinette, and Appleton, and represented the geographic reach of the new campus. Unfortunately, the original time capsule suffered significant water damage, and many of the contents were significantly damaged.

Plans for a new time capsule project were launched in summer of 2015. Through surveys, campus participants and alumni suggested objects for inclusion in the time capsule. Among the items: a green bandana (signifying campus spirit), a coffee cup from the popular Mary Ann Cofrin Hall coffee cart, a student newspaper, commencement and Weidner Center programs and items from the Green Bay Packers and the Green Bay Phoenix. The new time capsule will also include a photo album of campus images from this year. Members from University Archives, led by University Archivist Deb Anderson, are preparing documents and key items to ensure they stand the test of time in a waterproof environment.

Among unique items will be letters to UW‑Green Bay of the future written by a variety of campus individuals — the chancellor, student government president, faculty chairs, and leaders of student organizations — to their counterparts.

Campus facilities staff members are creating a locked cabinet that will house the new time capsule in the Cofrin Library for the next 50 years.

The event is free and open to the public.


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