Fairmont State University celebrates 150 years of academic opportunity, tradition and Falcon pride during the Homecoming 2015 Sesquicentennial Celebration. The culmination of the celebration will be the Sesquicentennial Time Capsule Dedication Ceremony planned for 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23.
“Those who have been or are now a part of the campus community know that this is a special place. We are grateful to have the opportunity to pause for a moment in acknowledgment of the many people from Fairmont State’s past who have made this University what it is today and to take a snapshot of 2015 campus life to share at FSU’s Bicentennial during Homecoming 2065,” said FSU President Maria Rose.
The Time Capsule, fabricated by Wilson Works, Inc. of Morgantown, is a stainless steel cylinder that is 30 inches tall and 18 inches in diameter with a lid featuring the FSU Sesquicentennial logo designed by Tammy Holden, Director of Creative Services. Jeremy Entwistle, Coordinator of the Sculpture and Foundry Department of the School of Fine Arts, has designed and created a cast iron marker that will indicate the site of the Time Capsule, which will be placed in the ground in front of the Falcon Center during the dedication ceremony.
“To have the opportunity to create a unique cast iron emblem that reflects the history and success of Fairmont State University, while directly tying to the cultural and industrial heritage of this great state has been an honor,” Entwistle said. “I have had the good fortune to collaborate on this project with energetic students, the hard working staff of the Physical Plant, members of our diverse faculty and our dedicated administrators who all make Fairmont State such a dynamic, close-knit environment. We all look forward to another 150 years of greatness at the ‘college on the hill.’ ”
Beginning in the spring of 2015, FSU students, alumni, employees and community members were invited to submit items for inclusion in the Time Capsule to the Office of University Communications. Submitted items could be historical, reflecting the past 150 years of FSU, or modern, showing a snapshot of campus life in 2015.
“Our office has been very pleased with the response to the call for Time Capsule items. Alumnus Thomas O’Shea donated three medals he won in 1975 at the Conference Swimming Championships. Alumnus John DeMary of Rivesville contributed a 1941 issue of ‘Bump,’ a campus humor magazine for which he served as editor. Alumnus Steve Parlett gave us a banner that he purchased as a kid at Mountaineer Field the day he saw the Fighting Falcons win the 1967 NAIA National Football Championship. Several alumni provided us with freshman beanies. Faculty member Jeff Greenham created a beautiful new ceramic piece. These are just a few of the outstanding contributions we received,” said Amy Pellegrin, Director of Marketing and Branding.