Committee Invites Suggestions for UMass Amherst Time Capsule

February 17, 2000

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AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts millennium committee invites members of the University community to submit suggestions for the Year 2000 UMass Time Capsule, to be installed in the crypt of the Old Chapel during a campus celebration May 1. The deadline for suggestions is April 18.

Chancellor David K. Scott recently named the committee, which includes representatives of the entire campus community, to consider what articles would be appropriate to put into a time capsule to be opened 100 years from now.

Scott says, "It''s important to remember our past, even as we make plans for the future. I want committee members to consider what we would want people to think about the campus a century from now."

Susan Whitbourne, professor of psychology, who co-chairs the committee along with history professor Ron Story, says students, faculty, staff, and alumni are encouraged to suggest small items that are commemorative of the campus in the year 2000 or that recall its history. Photos, articles, letters, and other small memorabilia are preferred, and individuals who
suggest the items should be prepared to provide them.

"The materials should be of potential historical interest," says Whitbourne, "and ideally will provide a lively cross-section of the physical, social, and cultural aspects of our campus.

"We''re especially interested in showcasing the achievements of the members of the campus community," she says.

Suggestions for items should be submitted by the April 18 deadline, by mail (no phone calls) to Becky Dean, Chancellor''s Office, Whitmore Administration Building, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Mass. 01003, or by e-mail to: millennium_capsule@admin.umass.edu.

In addition, the millennium committee has established a Web site, where
suggestions may also be submitted, at http://www.umass.edu/capsule/.