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Education Club Creates Time Capsule for New Building

The SUNY Cortland Education Club, which has created a time capsule filled with topical and historical materials related to the College and its educational heritage, will hold a brief ceremony at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 5, before burying the capsule within the new building's walls.

The event will be held in the Education Building lobby at the Prospect Terrace entrance. Education Club officers and School of Education faculty will offer some remarks, including a description of the interesting items that will be entombed in the time capsule scheduled to be opened in 25 years.

Among its contents will be letters from the past three SUNY Cortland presidents — James M. Clark, Judson H. Taylor and Erik J. Bitterbaum — as well as some personal items of Cortland Normal School Principal Francis J. Cheney, who directed the school from 1891-1912 — and for whom Cheney Hall is named, that are being donated by his granddaughter Louise Conley, a Cortland College Foundation board member.

The Education Club will be placing a plaque on the wall to commemorate the burying of the time capsule and to denote that the capsule will be opened in 2034. Karen Seibert, assistant director for the Center for Educational Exchange, conceived the time capsule idea as a way to mark the construction of Education Building and Child Care Center. Seibert shared it with Education Club advisor Karen Hempson, who in turn found the club members very enthusiastic about making the concept a reality.

For more information, contact Education Club member Cari Scoppa at (585) 752-9981.