Time Capsules Bridge UNM History, Future

By Carolyn Gonzales

Tennessee Williams said, “Time is the longest distance between two places.” Travel the distance to UNM 1908, on Wednesday, Sept. 21, at 6 p.m., when the contents of a time capsule are revealed. Students buried the capsule in 1908 in the cornerstone of old Rodey Hall. The opening is part of UNM homecoming festivities.

 A new time capsule will be buried the same day and sealed until 2111. A committee of students, alumni, faculty and staff has been identifying items to put into the time capsule, to be buried in the lower level of Hodgin Hall. See what Lobos past and present think is important to share with the future. Suggested items for the new capsule include an iPad, green chile seeds, photos of campus and the city.

Letters – one each from a student, alumnus, faculty and staff will be included in the capsule.

1908 Time Capsule

Students buried a time capsule by in 1908 in the cornerstone of old Rodey Hall. It will be opened Wednesday, Sept. 21. Photo by Carolyn Gonzales

‘It All Starts with U’ theme for 2011

“It All Starts with U” this year when the University of New Mexico’s Homecoming gets underway Wednesday, Sept. 21. The weeklong celebration, UNM’s 87th annual, features more than 50 separate events, including the unveiling of UNM’s Time Capsule from 1908 and the grand reopening of the Alumni Center at Hodgin Hall on Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 6 p.m. It culminates on Saturday, Sept. 24 at 4 p.m. when the Lobos take on the Bearkats of Sam Houston State at University Stadium.

Also, on Sept. 21, students can vote on the UNM Homecoming royalty in the Student Union Building from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Additionally, entries are due for the annual Campus Decorating Contest. This year, participants have the opportunity to decorate a specially designed letter “U,” that best represents their department.

The entries will be displayed at the annual Alumni Faculty/Staff lunch on Friday, Sept. 23 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Courtyard in front of the Alumni Center at Hodgin Hall. The top three winners will be determined by popular vote at the lunch.

On Thursday, Sept. 22, "The Lobo Howl,” along with other activities that are all a part of the Cherry-Silver Games competition, takes place when students carry on the tradition for the coveted Cherry-Silver Cup in wacky and hilarious games at the Duck Pond. For more information contact Student Activities Office at (505) 277-4706.

On Friday, Sept. 23, it’s Lobo Spirit Day. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to wear red on campus to show off their Lobo pride. All are encouraged to join students for a pep rally at noon in the Atrium at the UNM Student Union Building to help send the Lobo teams to victory. Also on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m., Alumni Decade Reunions, including the 50th Anniversary class of 1961, will be held at the Alumni Center at Hodgin Hall. From 8 to 11 p.m., alumni are invited to join UNM students for an evening of music and dancing at the Student/Alumni Dance and to meet the 2011 UNM Homecoming Court.

Events for Saturday, Sept. 24 include the All-University Breakfast at 9 a.m. at the Albuquerque Country Club when the Mortar Board and Zia Awards are given out.  

The featured event Saturday is the Southwest Fiesta Tailgate, which will be held at a new location, the Club Level at The Pit. The fun starts at 1 p.m. and includes the 18th annual Alumni Association Live Silent Auction. Once again this year, the Silent Auction Silent Auction is also currently available online. Bidding for the online auction closes on Sunday, Sept. 25 at 8 p.m.

Tickets for the SW Fiesta Tailgate at The Pit are $10 per person and $5 for children 12 and under.  Discount tickets to the football game are available for only $10 through the UNM Alumni Homecoming Web site until Friday, Sept. 23.

Also, throughout the week the UNM Homecoming Community Service Project will have a U-Haul truck located at various locations across campus and at The Pit parking lot on South Campus on game day from 1:30 to 4 p.m. collecting non-perishable food items, clothing and household items to benefit the victims of New Mexico’s wildfires and subsequent floods.

The week culminates with the football game between New Mexico and Sam Houston State at University Stadium at 4 p.m.

Other homecoming highlights include affinity group reunions, lecture series, various student activities and more. Join in on the fun all week – “Homecoming 2011: It All Begins with U.” U lived. U learned. U played. U danced. U studied. U cheered. Now we want U back!

For a complete list of activities and advanced ticket sales call (505) 277-5808 or visit: http://www.unmalumni.com/homecoming