College Q&A: Help fill 40th anniversary UHV time capsule

Feb. 22, 2014 at midnight
Updated Feb. 21, 2014 at 8:22 p.m.

What types of items can I donate for the UHV time capsule? When will it be opened?

In the year 2053, University of Houston-Victoria faculty, staff and students will open a time capsule to get a snapshot of what life was like at the university 40 years earlier.

During the next two weeks, the public has a chance to contribute items for the time capsule. UHV will bury it later this year to wrap up its 40th anniversary celebration, which happened in 2013. The plan is to dig it up and open it during UHV's 80th anniversary in 2053.

Although UHV leaders didn't bury a time capsule when the university opened in 1973, it still is fun to speculate about what might have been inside if they had done so. Maybe it would have included typewriter ribbon, a pocket protector, a 1973 class schedule, a Diana Ross record or an "American Graffiti" movie poster.

While it's difficult to predict what life will be like in 2053, it wouldn't be surprising if people still enjoyed looking back on history, particularly the past of the university where they are employed or go to school. There could be great interest in seeing what's inside this time capsule. Now is your chance to help fill it with present-day mementos.

The university is looking for photos, event programs, sports memorabilia, ticket stubs or anything else that screams UHV. These items need to be from the 2013 calendar year, so everything will be 40 years old when the capsule is opened. We can't accept food or liquids.

The time capsule is 16.5 inches tall and 16 inches in diameter. Items already collected include a 40th anniversary outdoor banner, T-shirts, a graduation stole, a jaX the jaguar stuffed animal, a special anniversary magazine, the university's 2012-13 Viewbook, a Nursing Pinning Ceremony program signed by School of Nursing faculty and staff, and a 2012-13 Annual Report and Excellence Awards Yearbook.

Any additional items should be submitted by March 7. For more information or to donate items, contact Paula Cobler, UHV director of marketing and communications, at or 361-570-4350. Items also can be mailed to UHV Marketing and Communications at 3007 N. Ben Wilson St., Victoria, TX 77901.

The idea of a time capsule came from the President's Annual Report and Excellence Awards held in November 2012. The theme of the report was History in the Making. At the time, UHV President Phil Castille announced a real time capsule would be buried outside the Academic and Regional Economic Development Building.

Construction began in November on the $12.5 million academic building located across the street from UHV's soccer field. The construction is slated to be wrapped up by December. Look for an announcement later this year about when and where the time capsule will be buried.

Do you have a question about the University of Houston-Victoria? Contact Jeremy Shapiro, UHV communications specialist, at 361-570-4296 or



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