Redefining the Classroom

Time capsule coming together for South Hall

Posted: May 15th, 2014

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CALLING ALL MEMORIES – Lake Superior State University business students Sam Gilbert and Brenna Moher accept a time capsule from David R. Finley, dean of the College of Business and Engineering, during a campus reception on April 25. The capsule will be filled with South Hall memories as the building (seen behind through the windows) undergoes a $12 million renovation over the coming year. For the past 110 years, South Hall has been an army barracks, lab space, a counseling center, the university bookstore, and - until it was mothballed in 2005 - the School of Business and Economics building. Lake State's roughly 30,000 alumni will be asked for items to include in the capsule, such as photographs and stories. The capsule will be sealed during the building's rededication to house Lukenda School of Business in 2015, and opened in 25 years, to mark the silver anniversary of the building's renovation. (LSSU/John Shibley)

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SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – Lake Superior State University is making time to remember its history.

A time capsule will be housed in the renovated South Hall likely late next summer.

A PVC tube, 50 centimetres long with a diameter of 20 centimetres, will be filled with items related to the upcoming school year and past uses of the century-old building. South Hall was part of the U.S. Army's former Fort Brady. The building's origins date back to the early 1900s.

South Hall has served different uses for the Lake State campus in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., including bookstore and library. A $12-million renovation will see it house the Lukenda School of Business, named after Dr. Lou Lukenda of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.

“We want to capture what's going on in 2014-2015 for folks down the road to have some fun with and see,” said David Roland Finley, dean of business and engineering. “(South Hall) served many, many functions. All sorts of different units of the university have been housed there.”

Lake State's roughly 30,000 alumni will be asked for items to include in the capsule, such as photographs and stories.

Business students who are members of the Enactus student group have already started work on assembling items. LSSU president Tony McLain and Finley gave students the capsule. They joined Finley in walking through South Hall in late April to collect items, including a LSSU course calendar and name plates from doors, to add to the capsule.

Its location is still to be firmed up with project architects and engineers. The capsule is to be cracked open in 25 years, to mark the silver anniversary of the building's renovation.

“We don't want to bury it in a cornerstone that we can't get to,” said Finley. “It'll probably be discreetly located under lock and key.”

His goal – to have the capsule show future students and staff “the differences of the era and the similarities.”

“Hopefully (South Hall) will be in great shape (in 2040),” said Finley. “We're designing it for that. It's soon enough to open it up so the folks involved with the renovation and the launch of the building – hopefully there'll be plenty who can participate and remember.”

For the next generation on campus, he hopes the capsule's contents will act as “a reminder of the history and heritage” of Lake State.

This is the second known time capsule at LSSU. An earlier capsule was created to mark Lake State's 50th anniversary in 1996. It's scheduled to be opened for the university's centennial in 2046.

An official groundbreaking for work on South Hall was held on May 2.

The R.W. Considine Foundation matched $450,000 in donations towards the renovation cost. Lake State had to fundraise $3 million with the state of Michigan contributing $9 million.


CONTACTS: John Shibley, e-mail, 906-635-2314; Tom Pink, e-mail, 635-2315.