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History club and programming board dedicate time capsule Nov.11

The time capsule sits empty in Librarian Stefanie Wittenbach's office Nov. 7. She said history club members will be filling the box this week.
By Kelly Rodriguez

History club officers in coordination with the Student Programming Board will dedicate a time capsule 5 p.m. Nov. 11 during the ribbon cutting ceremony of Main Campus Building.
The 19.8-by-18.2-by-10.3 inch, circular bronze capsule will be buried under the circular pavers by the graduation bricks and will display a marker reminding the community of its opening date August 2036.Notification of the dedication was sent via email Oct. 11 asking students, faculty and staff to answer six questions concerning where they anticipated the university to be in 25 years.

The survey asked:
• What sports teams will the university have in 25 years?
• How many students will the university have in 25 years?
• How many mayors, representatives (state and federal), and superintendents will have graduated from Texas A&M-University San Antonio by that point?
• What do you think the cost of tuition will be in 2036?
• What would you like to say to the class of 2037?

The compiled surveys, which will be printed out as a report with all submitted answers collected from current students, faculty and staff will be placed inside the time capsule and buried as part of the dedication ceremony.
History club Sectary Hoyt Garner is preparing for the dedication ceremony by collecting items from different departments.“We have gathered a military coin from the university, the first Christmas ornament and fiesta medal, T-shirts, a jaguar pennant from our book store, reproductions of the university and Verano’s master plans and the capsule will be opened in August 2036,” Garner said.

Verano Land Group donated 694 acres of land on the city’s south side for the construction of Main Campus, and provided $1 million for scholarships.

“The cost of the project is approximately $1,100,” Garner said of the time capsule. “The Student Programming Board has helped to fund it and other clubs are allowed to offer suggestions. Though there is no guarantee that all items suggested will be included, Garner said that an attempt will be made to include all items.

Club officers will make a presentation at the dedication. A decision has not been reached as to who will speak at the ceremony.

Garner said the history club’s objective is that the project will benefit the university as a living representation of the history of the A&M-San Antonio campus for the growing years to come.

David Franco, history senior and member of history club, said the club hopes to fill it with student surveys, interviews and artifacts from the beginning of the university.

About the Author

Kelly Rodriguez
Aspiring journalist, music enthusiast and avid record collector. Full time student at Texas A&M San Antonio, pursuing my B.A In communications, after which I hope to obtain my Masters, and if the wind sails the correct way attend Grad School. Easy going and open to constructive criticism.

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