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2012 Time Capsule Likely to Be Remembered

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 - 3:54pm

Employees and students in a group photograph for the time capsule.

With the time capsule in the center, UTSD employees and students gathered for a group photograph on Dec. 5, 2012 in the Cooley Center. See more photos at http://go.uth.edu/2012TimeCapsuleAlbum. Photo by UTHealth Media Relations.

Employees, students and a few alumni of The University of Texas School of Dentistry gathered Wednesday, Dec. 5 for “Time Capsule II:  2012 Packing Party” — the ceremonial packing of the time capsule that will be sealed and stored in a marked location inside the school. The capsule commemorates 2012 as the school’s first year in the Cambridge Street building.

At the event, attendees could sign a 12-foot archival scroll, pose for a group photograph and video, and drop off letters to their future selves or to UTSD personnel of the future. These and dozens of other items will go into the capsule before it’s finally sealed in January. Anyone who didn’t have a chance to sign the scroll may do so in the Library and Learning Commons before the holiday break.

Dean John Valenza, DDS, emceed the “packing party” and advised students to mark their calendars for Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2062 – the target date for opening the capsule – although no one really knows when it will be opened. Items going into the capsule were displayed on tables, with Valenza choosing some of them to show on the big screen.

Students Derek Steinberg, Jacky Flores and Claudia Minoso sign the 12-foot scroll that will go into the time capsule. Photo by UTHealth Media Relations.

Students Derek Steinberg, Jacky Flores and Claudia Minoso sign the 12-foot scroll that will go into the time capsule. Photo by UTHealth Media Relations.

Highlights of the ceremony Wednesday included comments by Student Council President Patricia Tan, and presentation of awards for suggestions of what to place in the capsule. Winners included Tim Hill, Alfa-Hadassa Capetillo, Brian Schnupp, Adam Grimm, Dr. Gena Tribble, Dr. Jennifer Kerr, Dr. Jay Welch, Traci Hayes, Dr. Amy Ridall, Dr. Veronique Delattre, Dr. Herb Wade, Laura Nelson, Terral Thurman, Diane Boudreau, Adrien Lewis and Eric Solberg. They all received certificates of appreciation from the school and $10 gift cards donated by The French Corner. 

Valenza acknowledged the work of UTHealth Special Events Coordinator Diana Leipold, UTSD Communications Manager Rhonda Whitmeyer and volunteers from the school’s Employee Relations Committee who helped with the event, including Kathleen Henshaw, Kimberly Magee, Mamie Ellis and Loraine Alexander.

The award winners were selected by the UTSD Historical Committee, which includes Valenza, Whitmeyer, Graphic Services Manager John O’Black, Executive Director of Development John Greer, Associate Dean for Student and Alumni Affairs Phil Pierpont, DDS, and UTSD Alumni Association Executive Director Tricia Fullerton.