Blast from 1999; Lake Land opens times capsule
by Tori Daniels/Staff Writer
Buried deep in the ground, behind the Judge Learning Resource Center and next to an old tree, is a time capsule left here from Lake Land students past. The time capsule was buried on campus by the Phi Theta Kappa 15 years ago. Back then Thomas Caldwell and his wife, Nancy Caldwell, were both in charge of Phi Theta Kappa. They decided that in honor of Arbor Day 1999 they would bury a time capsule and plant a tree near it, keeping the theme of Arbor Day. Now, 15 years later, they unearthed the capsule to revisit the items that were left by past students. According to Mr. Caldwell some of the items that were included in the time capsule were then-current news items, sports memorabilia such as a baseball signed by former Lake Land student Gary Gaetti and future building plans of the time. President Josh Bullock read a letter that was left by former President Luther. It should be noted that those building plans did not include the West Building; they had no plans to build the West Building until after the time capsule was buried. The tree that was planted after the time capsule was buried was provided by Ron Roberts of Roberts Nursery At the time the tree was less than 2 feet, but now it is over 20 feet tall.
A few things have changed since 1999, though. Emily Buhnerkempe is now in charge of Phi Theta Kappa and both of the Caldwells have moved on from their Phi Theta Kappa responsibilities. Both are still involved with Lake Land; Thomas Caldwell is now in charge of the Collegiate Veterans Alliance. Since the responsibilities of these clubs have changed, the unearthing of the time capsule has included both Phi Theta Kappa and the Collegiate Veterans Alliance.
The date of Friday, April 25 has significance as well. This year that is Arbor Day. Since the time capsule was buried in honor of Arbor Day, another tree was planted after the reburial of the time capsule this year. Phi Theta Kappa and the Collegiate Veterans Alliance are doing this in the hopes that it will help boost Lake Land’s chances of becoming a nationally recognized “Tree Campus.” Being a Tree Campus will give Lake Land national recognition and the knowledge that the student involvement has helped out the environment. Hopefully on Arbor Day in 15 years, a new group of students will unearth the things that our generation put in the time capsule, and hopefully they carry on the tradition of environmental awareness that we are striving for today.