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Alma Mater Time Capsule Contents

Joel Steinfeldt
4/3/2014  8:00 am

Chancellor Wise seals the time capsuleOffice of the President

  • Letter from President Robert Easter.

Office of the Chancellor

  • Letter from Chancellor Phyllis Wise.
  • 2014 Commencement ticket for Saturday, May 17, 2014.
  • 2014 Commencement Weekend invitation.
  • New Student Convocation Program from August 23, 2013.
  • 2013 Commencement program from May 12, 2013. Includes the names of Chancellor’s Scholars and members of the graduating class of 2013.
  • Event program for “In Recognition of Sergeant Shawna Morrison,” held September 8, 2013. Morrison was the first female student in university history to die in a military operation.
  • Event program for the 2013 University Scholars Reception, which honored faculty Scott Ahlgren, Department of Mathematics, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Elvira de Mejia, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, Division of Nutritional Sciences, College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences; Susan Martinis, Department of Biochemistry, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Silvina Montrul, Department of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese and Linguistics, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Kevin Pitts, Department of Physics, College of Engineering; and Jay Rosenstein, Department of Journalism, College of Media.

Illinois Student Senate

  • Letter to the future student body from the members of the 10th Assembly of the Illinois Student Senate.
  • Photograph of members of the Illinois Student Senate.

Conservation Committee

  • Conservation Report from lead conservator Andrzej Dajnowski, Ph.D., of the Conservation of Sculpture and Objects Studio, Forest Park, Illinois.
  • Conservation photography. Images and video documenting the conservation process, from Alma Mater’s removal to work performed prior to the sculpture’s return to campus.
  • “Lorado Taft: The Chicago Years,” by Allen Stuart Weller, a work to be published in fall 2014 by The University of Illinois Press, in collaboration with Krannert Art Museum, University Library, and Spurlock Museum.
  • Original decayed bolts from the sculpture that were replaced as part of the conservation process.

Student iCard
Student Items

  • Student identification card (iCard) from Relwin Jay Singh Anajee Singh. Singh is a 21-year-old College of Engineering student majoring in Mechanical Engineering. He hails from Perak, Malaysia, and plans to graduate in 2016.
  • “The Daily Illini,” volume 143, issue 91, March 11, 2014.

1867 Society/Office of the Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement

  • 1867 Society mug. The campus held its first Student Donor recognition event on April 17, 2014, to recognize the importance of students who chose to support the campus with a gift. Each student who attended received an orange mug with the 1867 Society logo. All student donors were recognized as members of the 1867 Society, a registered student organization, and a sentiment of thanks.
  • I Love Illinois tank top. The second “I Love Illinois” Week was held February 24-28, 2014. The event was organized by the 1867 Society Executive Council and included members of the Student Alumni Ambassadors, Illinois Students Senate, Fraternities and Sororities, College of Business’ Legacy Society, LAS Leaders, ACES Students Advancement leaders and more. It was a week of spirit, philanthropy, and celebration.

Alumni Association pinAlumni Association

  • Alumni Association pin.
  • 2012 Homecoming pin.
  • “Illinois” magazine, volume 20, issue 3, spring 2014, “Makeover: Alma Mater’s Return and Restoration.”
  • iHelp t-shirt, 2013. Homecoming week featured a massive volunteer initiative in the communities surrounding the Urbana campus. Organized by the Student Alumni Ambassadors of the Alumni Association, iHelp offers students, alumni, family and friends the opportunity to work together on projects to improve communities in the name of Alma Mater.

Greetings to “thy happy children of the future”

  • Greetings from 427 students, faculty and staff, DVD.
  • Greetings from 864 alumni, DVD.

Collegiate Cap and Gown Herff Jones Division

  • 2014 mortar board graduation cap tassel.
  • 1867 mortar board graduation cap tassel.

Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology

  • “Bridging Divides: The Origins of the Beckman Institute at Illinois,” hard cover book by Theodore L. Brown, 2009 University Press.
  • “Rules that Govern My Life,” famous quotes from Institute founder Arnold O. Beckman, including biographical information.
  • “Overview: Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology,” DVD.

College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences

  • Extension 100th Anniversary PinPhotographs and an information brochure for Re_home, a student-built, solar-powered house. The house competed with entries from 18 other universities from around the world on the National Mall in Washington,D.C., September 23 to October 2, 2011.  Team Illinois won two of the 10 Solar Decathlon contests in the 2011 Solar Decathlon. Illinois earned top honors in the Appliances and Energy Balance contests and placed seventh overall. The house is located in the south farm at 3603 South Race Street, Urbana, and is used for teaching, research and public education. 
  • Extension 100th anniversary commemorative pin and pen.
  • Extension 100th anniversary brochure, with information about how the Extension helps with 4-H and youth, economic development and workforce preparedness, energy and environmental stewardship, family health and financial security and wellness, and food safety and security.
  • Press release. U.S. Senator Dick Durbin and ACES announced that the university has received a $25 million federal grant to lead a consortium of universities and non-governmental organizations working to increase the food supply in Africa by increasing soybean yields in five countries.
  • World Food Prize information brochure. Contains information about ACES faculty Mary-Dell Chilton and Robert T. Fraley, distinguished scientists who shared the 2013 World Food Prize for their independent, individualized breakthrough achievements in founding, developing, and applying modern agricultural biotechnology.

College of Applied Health Sciences

  • Wounded Veterans Center PinLapel pin from groundbreaking for the Chez Family Foundation Center for Wounded Veterans in Higher Education. The university has been the national leader in disability since 1948, when it was the first, and for many years the only, higher education institution that provided accommodations and education support services to veterans who had been injured in World War II.  The Center will be a national resource for those veterans who survived recent conflicts with the most grievous injuries and will provide comprehensive, customized academic and rehabilitative support services that these most vulnerable of the nation’s wounded veterans and their families will need in order for them to successfully pursue their next rewarding career and reintegrate into the community. Opening in 2015, the Center will be a place of affiliation, identity and respite for wounded veterans and their families. 

College of Business

  • A letter from the college.
  • Digital news articles about faculty, students and alumni.
  • A printed and digital copy of “Perspectives,” the college’s magazine, and a PDF copy of the e-book “Subsistence Marketplaces” by Dr. Madhu Viswanathan, Professor of Business Administration
  • Altgeld: A scale model of Altgeld Hall, printed on March 24th, 2014, at the Illinois MakerLab (, the world’s first business school-based 3D printing lab. The 3D model for the building was created by the Illinois Geometry Lab, which is housed at Altgeld itself. 
  • MakerLab keychain:  A mini-keychain printed on March 24th, 2014, at the Illinois MakerLab. The outline of the state of Illinois serves as a backdrop of this souvenir that is given to all visitors at the MakerLab.

College of Education

  • Video overview of the College by faculty member Cris Mayo.
  • PowerPoint presentation, “History of the College of Education.”
  • Images showing daily life and events on campus, including graduation and student life.

College of Engineering

  • Tiny injectable LED, from Professor John Rogers. Ultra-miniaturized LEDs injected deep into the brain illuminate the mysteries of neuroscience. The devices are printed onto the tip end of a thin, flexible plastic ribbon – thinner than a human hair and narrower than the eye of a needle – that can be inserted deep into the brain with very little stress to the tissue. The light triggers target neurons, providing insight into structure, function, and complex connections within the brain. Insights into the structure and function of the brain that emerge from the studies using the LEDs could have implications for treatment of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, depression, anxiety, and other neurological disorders. According to Rodgers, this is the first of many examples of injectable semiconductor micro-devices that will follow.

Primitive HuttCollege of Fine and Applied Arts

  • Promotional item with images depicting the creation of Alma Mater substitute sculptures that stood in for photographs with students for the actual sculpture in May 2013. School of Art & Design graduate students (Ben Hatcher, Alex Schutz, Xinran Yuan, Sara Alsum-Wassenaar, Scott Vanidestine) and undergraduate students (Ben Barber, Dylan Gifford, Katie Maubach, Ali Sunseri, Sean Tierny) under the guidance of Professor Melissa Pokorny created Alma Mater replacements for Commencement Weekend 2013. Students posed with the replacements in Alma Mater’s absence.
  • “Explore, Experience, Engage,” 2014 promotional materials with an overview of exhibits and general information about Krannert Art Museum.
  • Promotional materials for “Not Ready to Make Nice: Guerilla Girls in the Artworld and Beyond,” an exhibition that opened Jan. 23, 2014, at the Krannert Art Museum. It featured major works from international projects by the anonymous feminist collective that has been urging museums toward equality for almost 30 years.
  • Three-dimensional Primitive Hut. Fabricated by the School of Architecture in March 2014, the primitive hut artifact is cast in rockite, a hydraulic cement, using a three-dimensional printed mold. The surface articulation on the sides of the artifact is binary code – a protruding sphere indicating 1, and a subtracted sphere indicating 0. The binary code describes the School’s Spring 2014 Lecture Series.

College of Law

  • Video, “A Minute with Dean Bruce Smith.” Smith is a professor and Guy Raymond Jones Faculty Scholar.
  • Video, “A Minute with Andrew Leipold,” Edwin M. Adams Professor of Law, Director, Program in Criminal Law and Procedure.
  • Video, “A Minute with Melissa Wasserman,” assistant professor, Richard and Anne Stockton Faculty Scholar, Richard W. and Marie L. Corman Scholar.
  • Annual Report.
  • College view book.
  • College bookmark, gold-plated, sent to donors who made a gift in 2014.

Ninth letterCollege of Liberal Arts and Sciences

  • 100th Anniversary Bookmark, 1913-2013.
  • “Ninth Letter,” volume 10, no. 1, spring/summer 2013. “Ninth Letter”is a semi-annual literary arts journal published by the M.F.A. in Creative Writing Program in collaboration with the School of Art & Design.

College of Media

  • Program for the 14th Annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival 2012, held April 25-29, 2012, at the Virginia Theatre in Champaign. The festival was founded in 1999 by Ebert, a Journalism graduate and Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic, and celebrates films that haven’t received the recognition they deserved during their original runs. The festival brings together the films’ producers, writers, actors and directors to help showcase their work.
  • Roger Ebert’s Film VIP Festival Pass, 2013, the 15th annual festival.
  • Golden “Thumbs up” sculpture from Ebertfest. Filmmakers invited to the festival are presented with Golden Thumb awards, replicas of Ebert's famous thumb made by the same company that manufactures the Oscar statuettes. Ebert’s “thumbs up” and “thumbs down” rating system for film enjoyed wide recognition in movie-going audiences choosing whether to attend a screening.

College of Medicine

  • College of Medicine commemorative pin. “Since 1971, the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Urbana-Champaign has been committed to the highest standards of excellence in academic medical training and multidisciplinary biomedical research.”
  • "(re)solve: A history of the College of Medicine."

College of Veterinary Medicine

  • “Good Human” key tags. To provide animal owners with peace of mind regarding what to do in the event of a medical emergency, the state’s only Veterinary Teaching Hospital offered the “Good Human” free pre-registration program, complete with a coded key tag to have on hand at all times for fast retrieval of the patient record. Nearly 4,000 animal patients were pre-registered through the program since it was introduced in 2011.

50th anniversary tickets for State Farm Center and seat number platesDivision of Intercollegiate Athletics

  • Two seat number plates from seats removed from the State Farm Center as part of stadium renovation work in 2014.
  • A ticket from the final men’s basketball game played in the State Farm Center before the renovation began: Illinois vs. Michigan, Tuesday, March 4, 2014.
  • 2013 men’s football season schedule.
  • 2013-2014 women’s basketball schedule.
  • 2013-2014 men’s basketball schedule.
  • Commemorative ticket from the Assembly Hall’s 50th anniversary, March 2, 2013, Illinois vs. Nebraska men’s basketball game.
  • A photograph of the men’s 2013-2014 basketball team.
  • A photograph of the women’s 2013-2014 basketball team.

Graduate School of Library and Information Science

  • Anniversary pin. The 2013-2014 academic year marked the 120th anniversary of the founding of what is now called the Graduate School of Library and Information Science. 

Illini Union Bookstore

  • 2013-2014 iBook, a popular calendar and planner with facts and information about the campus, including maps of the State Farm Center and central campus as well as photographs depicting campus life.

Institute of Genomic Biology

  • Carle Woese Memorial brochure. In 1977, Carl Woese overturned one of the major dogmas of biology. Until that time, biologists had taken for granted that all life on Earth belonged to one of two primary lineages, the eukaryotes (which include animals, plants, fungi and certain unicellular organisms such as paramecium) and the prokaryotes (all remaining microscopic organisms). Woese discovered that there were actually three primary lineages. Within what had previously been called prokaryotes, there exist two distinct groups of organisms no more related to one another than they were to eukaryotes.  Because of Woese’s work, it is now widely agreed that there are three primary divisions of living systems – the Eukarya, Bacteria, and Archaea, a classification scheme that Woese proposed in 1990. Woese joined the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1964 and remained there until he passed away in December of 2012 at the age of 84. He was a founding member of the Institute for Genomic Biology, and a memorial was held in January 2013 with a number of speakers sharing their remembrances of their interaction with Carl.
  • 2012 Annual Report. Officially dedicated in March 2007, the Institute for Genomic Biology (IGB) is a multidisciplinary, collaborate research unit dedicated to transformative research in agriculture, human health, the environment, and energy use and production. The mission of the IGB, to advance life sciences research and stimulate bioeconomic development in the state of Illinois, is fulfilled in a number of ways, including pioneering research in bioenergy, critical climate change studies, and promising work in regenerative medicine, drug development, and understanding cancer at the cellular level.
  • "Biomarker" magazine volume 7, 2014. Biomarker magazine promotes the interdisciplinary and collaborative research taking place at the Institute for Genomic Biology with features stories on new discoveries, prominent faculty accomplishments, and the outreach activities of the Institute.
  • Energy Biosciences Institute 2012 Annual Report. The Energy Biosciences Institute was formed, following an international competition invited by the global energy company BP, in late 2007 with funding for 10 years and $500 million ($350 million for the public institutions). Their goal involves two primary areas of bioenergy development – cellulosic fuels (derived from non-food plants) and fossil fuel microbiology. 
  • "Bioenergy Connection" magazine Vol. 2.3, 2014. The official magazine of the Energy Biosciences Institute, Bioenergy Connection features the latest bioenergy news from all perspectives. 

Krannert Performing Arts Center

  • Ticket with “Alma Mater” listed as the patron to the Mark Morris Dance Group performance at the Tryon Festival Theatre, March 14, 2014.  Founded in 1969, the nation's leading university-based performing arts complex presents over 400 performances and events annually. It is considered the Midwest home of the Mark Morris Dance Group, which as of 2014 has performed on campus 15 times. 
  • Ellnora Guitar Festival promotional guitar pick. In 2005, Krannert Center introduced ELLNORA | The Guitar Festival, then called the Wall to Wall Guitar Festival, which draws over 12,000 patrons biennially and has welcomed artists such as Buddy Guy, Ani DiFranco, Chris Thile, Taj Mahal, Dan Zanes, and Derek Trucks; as well as locally connected musicians like Jake Hertzog, Laurie Morvan, and Adrian Belew.  

Supernova visualizationNational Center for Supercomputing Applications

  • Blue Waters brochure. Blue Waters is one of the most powerful supercomputers in the world, and is the fastest supercomputer on a university campus. Scientists and engineers across the country use the computing and data power of Blue Waters to tackle a wide range of challenging problems, from predicting the behavior of complex biological systems to simulating the evolution of the cosmos.
  • Time lapse video showing the construction of Blue Waters.
  • Blue Waters fact sheet.
  • Panoramic photograph of the interior of the Blue Waters facility.
  • Photographs of the Cray computers that power Blue Waters.
  • Image of the cover of Nature Magazine, showing a visualization of the HIV-1 capsid.  The entire HIV capsid – an assemblage of more than 1,300 identical proteins – was modeled in atomic-level detail on Blue Waters. Courtesy of: Juan R. Perilla, John E. Stone, Ilia A. Solov'yov, Olga Svinarski, Klaus Schulten and Peijun Zhang.
  • Visualization of a supernova. Type Ia supernovae, are “basically thermonuclear explosions of really compact stars,” explains UC Santa Cruz postdoctoral researcher Chris Malone. Malone and the other members of the astrophysics research team led by UC Santa Cruz professor Stan Woosley use computational methods to follow the evolution of these massive explosions, and with the extreme scale of the Blue Waters supercomputer the team was able to complete a 3D simulation of a turbulent flame in a supernova at unprecedented resolution—135 m/zone, about eight times greater than typical simulations. Image courtesy of Chris Malone, UC Santa Cruz.

Office of Admissions

  • “Photos,” a view book used by the Office of Admissions in 2013-2014.

Public Engagement

  • T-shirt from the inaugural Community and Campus Day of Services, 2013. The Community and Campus Day of Service provided the campus with an opportunity to engage with the local community in an activity that benefited local needy families. It demonstrated to students that we think giving back to our communities is important and many students played leadership roles.  Volunteering represents the public engagement and service mission of the university.

School of Labor and Employment Relations

  • "Labor in Illinois: The Affluent Years, 1945-80,” Milton Derber, University of Illinois Press, 1989. Derber was a former director of the School, serving from 1951 to 1952.

School of Social Work

  • Images of daily life at the School of Social Work.

Illini Orange Mailbox DoorUniversity Housing

  • Brick from Garner Hall. Garner Hall opened in 1958 with capacity for 468 students. Named for James W. Garner (1871-1938), an authority on international law and former head of the Department of Political Science, the building was demolished in 2012 to make way for new residence halls in the Ikenberry Commons neighborhood.
  • Dining hall menu. University Housing serves more than 3 million meals a year in its 6 dining halls on campus. The cost of a standard meal plan (without room costs) in 2014 is $4,288. 
  • Student mailbox front door from Illini Orange. The Illini Orange (also known as the Illini Orange Snack Bar) stood on the corner of Gregory Drive and Euclid Avenue from 1960 to 2007. The one-story building functioned over its lifetime as a recreation space, a retail outlet (snack bar, convenience store, a McDonald’s franchise), a bus shelter, and a mailroom. This door to a student mailbox was opened with a 4-digit code of a letter and a number. For example, C3 P0.
  • Save the date postcard for the dedication of Maudelle Tanner Brown Bousfield Hall. Bousfield Hall, which opened fall 2013, is named to commemorate Maudelle Tanner Brown Bousfield. Bousfield was the first African-American woman to graduate from the University. From 1903 to 1905 she was the only black woman on campus and graduated with honors in 1906. Located on the corner of Peabody Drive and First Street, the hall houses approximately 480 students. 

University Library

  • Documents and images related to the Library's aquisition of the literary manuscripts and archives of Gwendolyn Brooks: a news release, a descriptions listing, an elegy and seven photographs.

Other items

  • Images of Alma Mater’s removal and restoration by L. Brian Stauffer and Mike Helenthal.
  • Dr. John Bardeen U.S. Postal Service stamp, first day of sale, March 6, 2008. Bardeen was the winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1956 and 1972 and a member of the faculty at Illinois.
  • Alma Mater's Restoration Photobook video by L. Brian Stauffer and Mike Helenthal.
  • Illinois “By the Numbers” brochure, containing facts and figures about the campus in 2014.
  • “Inside Illinois” Volume 33, No. 16, March 6, 2014; faculty/staff newspaper.
  • 2013 Homecoming button.Illinois pennant
  • I Mark 1867 brass pin.
  • Illinois I Mark flag.
  • “Flat Alma,” an oversize image of Alma Mater used as part of a “Hire Illini’ promotional campaign.
  • “Illinois” orange and blue pennant.
  • “University of Illinois vs. A Mummy,” 2006 student film, Illini Film and Video. Student horror film that features the Alma Mater sculpture.
  • “Campus Map and Landmarks” brochure, 2013.
  • “On Campus,” a 2013 guide to the university.
  • “A Guide to Art at the University of Illinois: Urbana-Champaign, Robert Allerton Park, and Chicago, Muriel Scheinman, 1995, University of Illinois Press.
  • Print reproduction of “Illinois Lady,” a poster from the early 1900s. It features a university seal, a woman with an Illinois pennant, and the words to a fight song: “Hol-a-ba-loo! Rah! Rah! Hol-a-ba-loo! Rah! Rah! Hoo-rah! Hoo-rah! Illinois! Wah! Wah!”

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