Rider University in Lawrenceville, New Jersey capped off their University Day celebrations last month by burying a time capsule that will be unearthed at their bicentennial celebration in 50 years.
Heritage Time Capsules provided the school with the tools to store and preserve the items that were collected by students, faculty and alumni. Organizers say the time capsule contained history publications, a certificate from a US flag that was flown over an American base in the Middle East, Rider athletics memorabilia, coursework, and a recent issue of The Rider News.
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It took three years for a special committee to plan Rider University’s 150th celebration. The private school was founded in 1865. The events that led up to the time capsule burial gave students the opportunity to work together to preserve their school’s history. “I am happy to be able to share this time with everyone,” said Natalie Pollard, director of alumni relations and a ’93 and ’98 graduate. “This includes students who are here to celebrate, students of the future and certainly students of the past.” And for some, like Paige Lynne Morgans, a Rider freshman arts administration major, time capsules are a bit of a curiosity. “I did not know what the time capsule was going to look like, so I came to see it before it went into the ground.”
University President, Mordechai Rozanski plans to retire after 10 years at the school. According to US News and World Report Best Colleges 2015 edition, Rider is ranked number 23 in the nation for best Regional Universities in the North. It is also home to the internationally renowned Westminster Choir College.