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Capsule Captures College Diversity

Time capsules are receptacles containing documents or objects typical of the current period, and placed in the earth or in a cornerstone for discovery in the future.

Students in Associate Professor of Social Work Stephanie Craig’s Social Work Ethics & Diversity class are putting a twist on the standard time capsule with its culture capsule. Members of the class will create a capsule filled with materials that reflect the cultures and traditions found on the Keuka College campus today.

“This project is significant because we have so much diversity on the campus we wanted to do something that reflected the campus as a whole,” said Craig, who also serves as chair of the Division of Social Work.

“Our class decided to undertake this project because other classes have created posters or pamphlets, and we wanted to do something that was unique to this class,” said Amber Heslop, a sophomore social work major from Aurora.

Caitlin Metz, a sophomore social work major from Shortsville, agrees.

“Posters are not up very long, but the capsule will be in the Lightner Library for a year,” she said. “We chose a capsule because it gets the entire campus involved.”

“We will place items in the capsule during Open House (April 16) from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.,” said Greg Shoff, a junior social work major from Penn Yan. “We’d like as many different cultural items as possible represented. I am bringing in a newspaper article.”

According to Lia Breezee, a sophomore social work major from Canisteo, items for the capsule “should be no bigger than your hand and can include an artifact, newspaper clipping, or pictures. I am bringing in an Irish flag.”

Samantha Strally, a junior social work major from Romulus, plans to bring in money from Europe her Dad had when he was in the Navy, while David Hull, a D.R.I.V.E. student, will bring in a newspaper and a D.R.I.V.E. brochure.

Next year, the current members of the Social Work Ethics & Diversity class will come back together as a group to open the culture capsule. Joining them will be members of next year’s class.

“We will discuss similarities and differences among what we have put in the capsule this year to events occurring next year,” said Craig.

Items for the culture capsule can be dropped off in the multicultural affairs office in Dahlstrom Student Center, or the social work resource room on the third floor of Hegeman, located right across from the Academic Success at Keuka (ASK) office.

Item(s) will not be returned unless otherwise noted. Leave a name, number and e-mail if you wish to get your items back.

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