Rock Valley College is capturing a moment of time from exactly a half decade ago as Rock Valley College officials pull out a time capsule from November of 1970 to reflect on the history of the school.
“The college has moved ahead, it’s changed. There are many things the same but the culture has changed,” Former Rock Valley College President Karl Jacobs said.
“I’m here to remove the cornerstone that was decreed in 1970, that it would be open fifty years later, same day, same time,” Rock Valley College President Howard Spearman said.
A tradition fifty years in the making comes to fruition as officials at Rock Valley College share items that were stored in a time capsule in 1970. Behind the cornerstone is a case full of items from fifty years ago. There were local news clips, school newspaper clippings, and radio from 1970.
“Once in a lifetime opportunity, this came on my radar five years ago during our 50th I was doing a lot of research into our archives and diving into some history,” said Director of Communications and Marketing at RVC David Costello.
A new time capsule was placed in the spot where the old one was and the new time capsule is filled with content that represents the year 2020. The time capsule will be put away for another fifty years and will be opened in 2070. With everything that has happened in the year 2020, it is interesting to envision what students and staff members in fifty years are going to think about 2020.
“I am so excited that I will now be here in fifty years,” Rock Valley College student Annika Vincent said. “I kind of want to sneak my phone number in the capsule so people in fifty years can get into contact with me.