125th Anniversary Time Capsule Items Revealed
The contents of a special anniversary-themed time capsule that will be buried in honor of Drexel’s 125th anniversary were announced today at the commemorative 125th anniversary event. The time capsule will be buried during the Korman Quad construction — but don't worry, a special marker will be placed on the ground where it is buried so that future Dragons will know where to look when they want to open it.
Here are the time capsule contents:
- Philadelphia Inquirer – Dec. 7 and Dec. 17 issues (the former for the big 2016 event and the latter for the original 1891 founding ceremony)
- The Triangle – Dec. 2 and Dec. 9 issues (the last two issues of the year)
- Maps of Drexel’s University City, Center City and Queen Lane campuses
- Drexel identity brand book
- Copy of the greetings from Gov. Tom Wolf
- Copy of the City of Philadelphia City Council citation by Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell and President Darrell Clarke
- Copy of the City of Philadelphia proclamation by Mayor James Kenney
- 2016 Board of Trustees directory
- 125th anniversary lapel pin
- Dr. Mario stuffed dragon
- 2016 issue of Drexel's Philanthropy Journal
- 2016 President’s Report
- Drexel Magazine anniversary Edition
- 2016 EXEL magazine
- Screenshot of drexel.edu website homepage
- 125th anniversary commemorative program and speeches
- Academy of Natural Sciences’ plaster cast of a Suuwassea dinosaur claw currently housed in the Academy's vertebrate paleontology collection.
- Academy of Natural Sciences and Drexel University affiliation agreement
- A Legacy of Art, Science & Industry – Highlights from the Collections catalogue
- Fall 2016 issue of Drexel Quarterly
- 2016 issue of Drexel’s Lexerd yearbook
- 2016–17 student handbook
- Dragon’s Gold empty beer bottle
- “Ambition Can’t Wait” 2016 freshman commemorative T-shirt
- “Ambition Can’t Wait” brand awareness campaign newspaper ads
- Squash ball from 2011, the first year in which squash became a varsity sport at Drexel
- Original 1974 piece of the Daskalakis Athletic Center basketball court (walked upon by student athletes as well as graduating seniors for about a third of Drexel’s total history).
- Dad Vail Regatta gold medal (one of Drexel’s 14 total)
- The Chronicle of Higher Education’s Dec. 2, 2016 issue with a Drexel 125th anniversary full-page advertisement
- “The Man Who Made Wall Street: Anthony J. Drexel and the Rise of Modern Finance” biography about the University’s founder
- “Transforming the Modern Urban University” strategic and campus master plans
- Program booklet from the 2011 inauguration of Drexel current president, John A. Fry
- Drexel’s 2016–17 academic course catalogue
- List of all Drexel faculty and staff
- “Building Drexel: The University and Its City, 1891–2016” book
- Digital archive of 125 years of Drexel stories and lecture series videos
- "Building Drexel: Celebrating 125 Years" Video
- 2016 Commencement programs and images
- 2016 Drexel/Phillies Commencement baseball cap
- 2016 Enrollment Management viewbook
Also included are the top three items with most received votes on 125th anniversary website. Voting for the time capsule began in September and since then, just fewer than 6,000 people voted on 35 items to be included.
The items voted to be included:
- Program booklet from the inauguration of Drexel’s 13th president, Constantine Papadakis, who served from 1995 to 2009. This item received 1,390 votes, or 22 percent, of the total votes.
- “Dragon Gels” sport supplements developed by Nyree Dardarian, assistant clinical professor in the Nutrition Sciences, College of Nursing and Health Professions. This item received 1,328 votes, or 21 percent, of the total votes.
- Drexel University Online’s “Commencement-In-A-Box,” which is sent to online graduates and includes an official Drexel mortarboard, tassel, window decal and dragon pin. This item received 342 votes, or 5 percent, of the total votes.
Two Drexel student representatives will include their personal surprise items in the time capsule. Here is what they have donated, in their own words:
Brittany Tucciarone ’17, LeBow College of Business; President, Undergraduate Student Government Association:
“Without the ongoing and unwavering support from my parents, I would not be standing before you as the student leader that they have helped me grow to be today. So for my personal item, I would like to include a photograph of myself and my parents to thank them for their love and support throughout my entire life and college career. May this item represent all of the Drexel students’ loved ones who have supported them through their journey in higher education.”
Valerie Tutwiler ’13, Doctoral Student, School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems; Vice President, Graduate Student Association:
“Through being a STAR scholar, a co-op researcher and now a doctoral student Drexel has instilled in me a passion for scientific research. To symbolize the monumental advances in research that students at Drexel University have made over the past 125 years I have chosen to include the Jan. 28, 2016 issue of Blood, a high-impact scientific journal. This is particularly meaningful to me as my research is published in this issue with an image that I took featured on the cover.”