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2009.10.27 > For Immediate Release
contact: Beverly Newsam - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2129 - e-mail: bnewsam@mail.unomaha.edu

Submissions Sought for UNO Centennial Time Capsule

Omaha - During the next few months, objects will be collected at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) for inclusion in a centennial time capsule.  Members of the extended community - in addition to faculty, staff and students - can submit items through Jan. 5, 2010, according to certain criteria.

Time capsule items will be featured in a display at Criss Library in February 2010 and "buried" in an interior wall of the Mammel Hall atrium, currently under construction at the UNO Pacific location.  By housing materials above ground, capsule organizer and UNO Associate Professor of Psychology Suzanne Sollars said materials should be better protected and more secure. 

Stainless steel containers - six 12"x12"x24" and one 12"x12"x48" (students) - will store the donated mementos representing a variety of groups, including students, faculty, staff, administration, alumni, community donors/supporters and community schools/neighbors/partners.  Designed as a forward-looking project, collected items will be more than a historical account of UNO today. 

"The primary theme is to consider who is opening the capsule and what will be novel to them at that time," Sollars said. "Through the capsule, we hope to leave a legacy of thought.  What do you want to say to the UNO and Omaha communities of 2110?  For item submissions, try to keep in mind what the people of 2110 might want to see."

Categories of items sought for the capsule may include:
- Those that are one-of-a kind;
- Toys and novelty items;
- Folk art;
- Items specific to UNO or community partners that might not otherwise be passed along;
- Things currently used frequently but often thrown away that may not otherwise be seen in pristine condition in 2110;
- Items that will likely have changed substantially due to technological advances but are not likely to be saved; and
- Written submissions.

Photographs will not be included, as they already tend to remain archived.  Electronic media like CDs or DVDs, and items with any type of fluid material are also discouraged due to possible deterioration and future potential technological difficulties.  

As many items as possible will be included in the capsule. Individuals and groups who want to be involved in providing submissions should contact Sollars at ssollars@unomaha.edu.  The 2110 Committee will have the final decision on item inclusion.

Planning for the capsule began last year, during the UNO centennial celebration, after the UNO Faculty Senate passed a resolution for the project.  Sollars said the capsule is a fun way for everyone to get involved, at essentially no cost.  Costs have been defrayed thanks to a donation from the Omaha Community Foundation.  All funds for the project are from private donations.   

In addition to choosing general time capsule items, a contest will take place to collect three items for each group's container that currently cost $20 or less but are projected to be valued at a high dollar amount when the capsule is opened in 100 years.   

Anyone attending the library time capsule display in February 2010 can vote for the items they think will have the most value in 2110. Biographical information about the winners, in addition to the items, will be included in the time capsule.

For more information or for guidelines on submissions, contact Sollars at ssollars@unomaha.edu.

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