Photo feature: UCCS remembers the past, celebrates the future with time capsule

Doug Cook, grounds and nursery, Facilities Services (left) and Rob McGann, outdoor services supervisor, Facilities Services (right) remove a section of the Pedestrian Spine to reveal the time capsule below

More than 100 faculty, staff, students and alumni crowded around the west entrance of the University Center Oct. 8 to watch the unveiling of a 27-year-old time capsule as part of the UCCS Homecoming and 50th anniversary celebrations.

“We’re going to celebrate the future today by celebrating the past,” Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak said.

The time capsule was placed beneath the pedestrian spine outside the west doors of the 1988 expansion of the University Center on Oct. 1, 1988. Steve Gnadt, former director, University Center, placed the time capsule and was present for the ceremony and reception.

Jeff Davis, executive director, Auxiliary Operations and Steve Gnadt, former director, University Center, open the 1988 time capsule
Steve Gnadt, former director, University Center (left), and Jeff Davis, executive director, Auxiliary Operations (right), open the 1988 time capsule

Items included, but were not limited to, a CU Gold pennant, ashes from the 1988 Yellowstone forest fire, a Pre-Collegiate development program and a piece of ribbon from the 1988 University Center expansion.

According to Mary Rupp, archives librarian and digital repository coordinator, Kraemer Family Library, select items from the capsule will be on display outside of UCCS University Archives on the third floor of the Kraemer Family Library. All items will then be added to the archive collections, which are available to all faculty and staff.

The capsule will be replaced with a new capsule commemorating the university’s 50th anniversary. Attendees were asked to sign commemorative 50th anniversary wine bottles, and to record their memories of UCCS to be included in the UCCS University Archives oral history collection.

Homecoming celebrations will continue Oct.9 – 10 with a tailgate before Women’s Soccer takes on Colorado Mesa, and Men’s Soccer play South Dakota Mines. Following the soccer games there will be a fireworks display, a first in UCCS history. Seating in Mountain Lion Stadium is limited, but blankets and chairs are welcome on the field. Family and friends are welcome and parking will be available in Lot 576 or at Lane Center.

For a full list of Homecoming events, visit Homecoming to celebrate Mountain Lion pride, 50th anniversary.


Susan Szpyrka, vice chancellor, Administration and Finance, poses with a California Raisin pencil she placed in the 1988 time capsule


— Photos by Philip Denman

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