Time capsule from 75th Anniversary to be opened

Release Date: August 19, 2008

PLAINVIEW – A time capsule buried at the end of Wayland Baptist University’s 75th Anniversary in 1984 will be opened at the start of the Centennial during Koinonia Chapel on Wednesday, Aug. 20.

The 11 a.m. service will be held outside Gates Hall, a change of venue from its normal home in Harral Auditorium. During the brief chapel service, students will get a sneak peek at the new statue of Dr. James H. Wayland, then the time capsule will be opened.

Items from the capsule will be examined and then will be on display on campus in the McClung Center in the glass enclosure in the first floor hallway for a limited time. Students and others will be collecting memorabilia from the centennial year to place in the new time capsule to be buried at Koinonia Chapel next August, the start of year 101.

As the 75th anniversary wound to a close, a Prophecy Committee also formulated a report on what they envisioned life to be like in 2008 as the university celebrated 100 years. That committee included Dr. Bill Hardage, then vice president of advancement; Audrey Boles, then registrar; Eddie Owens, then Director of Public Services; Gary Manning, then head of the Christian Ministries division and professor of Christian studies; Reta Carter, then assistant professor of English; and Joel Bratcher, then president of the Student Government Association.

Manning is professor of religion at Wayland, the only one of the group still employed by the university. Owens is communications chief for United Supermarkets, and Carter is retired from teaching. Bratcher graduated in 1984 and is director of the Baptist Student Ministries at Texas A&M University. Hardage and Boles are deceased.