Time capsule celebrates 25 years of Kids in College

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Kids in College program, a time capsule was buried July 19 near the Arch at Penn State New Kensington.

Children from each of the 38 summer camps provided a token that was placed in the capsule, which will be opened in 25 years in 2038. The time capsule was designed and manufactured by the Alcoa Technical Center and donated to the campus. Designers Tim Harmon, Don Beatty, Kevin Honeck and Jason Brem participated in the ceremony.

Coincidentally, the campus’ iconic Arch, which stands at the front entrance to the campus, also was a gift from Alcoa. Designed by Henry Noestheden, the aluminum arch has been a campus landmark since 1976. The structure was the inspiration for the creation of the new donors group, Arch Society, whose membership is reserved for campus supporters who have contributed a total of $25,000 to the campus.

One of the charter members of the society is Allen S. Russell, former vice president of Science and Technology at the Alcoa Technical Center. Russell established the Technical Employees of Alcoa Metallurgical Award Fund scholarship in 1979 by donating the award he received when named Scientist of the Year by Industrial Research/Development magazine. The 2012-13 scholarship recipient was sophomore Emily Bolewitz, an information sciences and technology major.

The campus and Alcoa have been intrinsically intertwined since 1963 when the company donated 35 acres of its Upper Burrell property to Penn State for a new home of the University’s New Kensington campus. Since then, Alcoa and Penn State have collaborated on numerous initiatives, such as STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) initiatives, scholarships, the virtual nature trail, "green chemistry" and service projects that have benefited the campus and the community. Four years ago, Alcoa was the recipient of the campus' inaugural "Corporate Partner of the Year" award.

"Alcoa is more than a corporate partner, Alcoa is our neighbor, and the people there believe in working together for success of the community," said Kevin Snider, chancellor of the campus. "Alcoa was responsible for providing a home for the campus, and has a long history of working with us and others to make our homes and communities, great places to live, work and learn."

The Kids in College time capsule is the second interred on campus. On the other side of the Arch is a capsule that was entombed in 1988 by the campus’ Student Government Association. It will be opened in 20 years in 2033, after hibernating for 45 years. With the opening of two time capsules in a five-year period, campus students in the 2030s will be awash in 1980s and 2010s nostalgia.

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Last Updated July 31, 2013