Friday, October 23, 2009
The Rhatigan Student Center celebrated the sealing of a time capsule on Thursday. The time capsule, which will be opened in 2059, is part of the RSC’s 50th Anniversary celebration.
University departments, staff and student organizations were invited to submit items to represent 2009. A total of 42 organizations and departments included items in the time capsule, including a book and photos from WSU President Don Beggs and a letter and t‐shirt from Vice President of Campus Life and University Relations, Dr. Wade Robinson.
Other organizations that submitted items included the Student Government
Association, University Relations, Admissions, WSU Foundation, the WSU Alumni Association, and the Student Activities Council.
“I am extremely grateful to all of the Wichita State staff and students who
participated in sealing our present to the future,” said Rogie Wiswell, Marketing Manager for the RSC. “The Rhatigan Student Center Time Capsule would have been boring if we were the only ones to contribute items. I believe with everyone’s contributions we have sealed a great representation of student life in 2009. If I am not around in 2059, I’ll make my 51‐year‐old son come for me.”
The items placed in the time capsule included photos, an accounting calculator, a Wu doll, documents and a bowling pin. There were more than 80 items placed in the large aluminum time capsule, designed and built by James Gross of National Institute for Aviation Research.
“The artifacts in the capsule are relevant, fun and show Shocker pride. It will be interesting to see what the future thinks of our generation,” said Katie Le, RSC Marketing Assistant.
For now, the sealed time capsule will be stored in the Director’s Office. It will be placed in an undetermined location in the RSC walls during building renovations.
“The introduction of the 2059 time capsule was the conclusion to the 50th
Anniversary celebrations of 2009,” said Jeremy Lee, RSC 50th Anniversary intern.
“It’s been fun working on the project and it’ll be great to see the interns of the 100th Anniversary open this time capsule to reveal 2009 to Shockers of 2059.”