Founders Day Birthday Party Planned The opening of a 25-year-old time capsule will be the kickoff to a Founders Day birthday party on Wednesday, Feb. 17 at West Texas A&M University.
The time capsule will be opened at 9 a.m. in the Jack B. Kelley Student Center (JBK), Commons. It was buried beneath Terrill Lawn in 1985 and designated to be unearthed and opened in 2010. Contents of the capsule will be removed and available for viewing at the Founders Day birthday party that follows from noon-2 p.m. in the JBK.
“It’s going to be a fun event to commemorate the University’s Founders Day,” Kirk Scarbrough, student body president, said. “We hope everyone—students, staff, faculty, alumni and community members—will come and help us celebrate.”
Dr. J. Patrick O’Brien, University president, will offer a few words of welcome, along with Canyon Mayor Quinn Alexander and Scarbrough. A special ‘maroon velvet’ Centennial cake will be served, and commemorative Coca-Cola bottles will be distributed. Special bottles of ‘buffalo milk’ also will be available at the festive occasion.
On Feb. 17, 1910, ground was broken for the first building at West Texas State Normal School. The day has since been designated as the University’s Founders Day.
For more information about Founders Day events, call Scarbrough at 806-651-2386.