125th Anniversary Time Capsule Items Revealed

The official time capsule that will be buried for Drexel's 125th anniversary.
The official time capsule that will be buried for Drexel's 125th anniversary.

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: 

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.”