UHV to cap off 40th anniversary with time capsule

The University of Houston-Victoria is gathering items from 2013 to put in a time capsule to commemorate the university’s 40th anniversary. The time capsule will be buried later this year outside UHV’s new academic building.

The University of Houston-Victoria is looking for items to include in a time capsule that will be buried outside the university’s new Academic & Regional Economic Development Building before it opens.

The time capsule is the final piece in the university’s 40th anniversary celebration, which included special events and commemorations starting in fall 2012 and throughout 2013. The plan is to open the capsule in 40 years during UHV’s 80th anniversary in 2053.

“The time capsule is a good way to cap off our year of celebrations for our 40th anniversary,” UHV President Phil Castille said. “It’s also a way of stressing our commitment to the future as we grow and build out our Victoria campus.”

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 and a special anniversary magazine that was distributed in the Victoria Advocate and at UHV events.

Other items include the university’s 2012-2013 Viewbook, December Nursing Pinning Ceremony program signed by School of Nursing faculty and staff, and a 2012-2013 Annual Report & Excellence Awards Yearbook signed by attendees at the November event and by UHV faculty and staff.

UHV is looking for more university-related items from the 2013 calendar year to include in the time capsule. These may include photos, UHV event programs, sports memorabilia, ticket stubs and more. Food and liquids are not allowed.

“We encourage everyone to participate in gathering items for the UHV time capsule so that it becomes a community project,” said Paula Cobler, UHV director of marketing & communications. “We want to see 2013 from the eyes of students, faculty, staff and community members who were involved with UHV in memorable ways.”

The idea of a time capsule stemmed from the President’s Annual Report & Excellence Awards held in November 2012. The theme was History in the Making, and attendees were encouraged to bury their own miniature time capsules given to them at the event. At the time, Castille also promised that a real time capsule would be buried outside the Academic & Regional Economic Development Building.

A ceremony to bury the time capsule will be planned before the new building opens. The $12.5 million academic building is scheduled to be completed in December and is located just northeast of the UHV University Center, 3007 N. Ben Wilson St.

Community members are asked to submit items for the time capsule by March 7.

For more information or to donate items, email Cobler at, call 361-570-4350 or mail to UHV Marketing & Communications at 3007 N. Ben Wilson St., Victoria, TX 77901.

The University of Houston-Victoria, located in the heart of the Coastal Bend region since 1973 in Victoria, Texas, offers courses leading to more than 80 academic programs in the schools of Arts & Sciences; Business Administration; and Education, Health Professions & Human Development. UHV provides face-to-face classes at its Victoria campus, as well as an instructional site in Katy, Texas, and online classes that students can take from anywhere. UHV supports the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Opportunities for All initiative to increase awareness about state colleges and universities and the important role they have in providing a high-quality and accessible education to an increasingly diverse student population, as well as contributing to regional and state economic development.

Katy Walterscheidt 361-570-4342