IPFW remembers the past, looks to the future with time capsule ceremony

November 20, 2015  

IPFW time capsule

Chancellor Vicky L. Carwein adds her name to the 50th celebration time capsule at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. (Photo by James Whitcraft)
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Students, faculty and staff at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne memorialized the school's 50th Celebration by closing and burying a time capsule at on Monday (Nov. 16) in IPFW's Rhinehart Music Center.

"Although my colleagues on this project, Art Friedel and Jim Owen, and I are among the least likely to be present for IPFW's 100th celebration in 2064 when the 50th Celebration time capsule will be opened, we worked with six of IPFW's Chapman Scholars who may be present for those festivities," said Linda Balthaser, assistant dean emerita of the School of Arts and Sciences and project coordinator in charge of the time capsule.

The project's goal was to collect items and documents that would be both interesting and informative to people in 2064, when the capsule will be opened. To ensure that the materials survive for the next 50 years, documents were printed on 100 percent cotton paper and enclosed in acid-free archival sleeves.

Items in the capsule include the current IPFW Statistical Profile (a document prepared annually to serve as a comprehensive resource about institutional facts and student characteristics); a 2014-15 Student Handbook; House Enrolled Act No. 1001 identifying IPFW as a Multisystem Metropolitan University effective July 1, 2015; and a volleyball signed by Coach Arnie Ball, head coach of IPFW's men's volleyball team, and Lloy Ball, Olympic gold medalist and IPFW setter and alumnus, among many others.

"We overachieved a bit," Balthaser said. "We intended to enclose 50 items, but the number ended up exceeding 100."

The capsule also includes letters written by the four original Chapman Scholars: Amy Schwarz, Jessica Geyer, Matt Rybicki, and Jeff Valliere.

The time capsule itself was designed by graphic artist Gregor Roth to mirror the shape of the 50th Celebration logo.  

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