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Randolph Community College Time Capsule Buried for 50th Anniversary

ASHEBORO (November 27, 2012)

RCC officials bury a time capsule for the College's 50th anniversary

Burying a time capsule for Randolph Community College’s 50th anniversary were (from left) Clark Adams, English/communication instructor and co-chair of the 50th Anniversary Committee; Shane Bryson, student activities coordinator and former SGA president; RCC President Robert Shackleford; and Lorie McCroskey, director of recruitment and student activities. The capsule will be opened during the college’s 100th anniversary in 2062.


Randolph Community College officials buried a time capsule on Nov. 27 as part of the school’s yearlong celebration of its 50th anniversary. RCC opened for classes on Sept. 4, 1962. The time capsule was sponsored by the RCC Student Government Association.
           
“One of the real purposes of this is to remind a generation yet to come what went into building the RCC that they will enjoy when we are long gone,” said RCC President Robert S. Shackleford at the ceremony held outside the J.W. “Willie” Plummer Vocational/Technical Center. Included in the time capsule: a copy of this year’s Student Handbook; the current issue of the College’s Career Focus magazine with the 50th anniversary photograph on the front; the 50th Anniversary Curriculum Graduation program; a packet of current student demographic and enrollment information; a prospective student recruitment packet; a list of this year’s cultural arts events; the College’s 2011-2012 Report to the Community; a T-shirt from the 2012 Fall Fling sponsored by the SGA; an RCC water bottle and other memorabilia; a copy of today’s Courier-Tribune; a letter from the current SGA president, Jon Tostoe; and a letter from Dr. Shackleford to the future president of RCC.
           
Also participating in the ceremony were Shane Bryson, RCC student activities coordinator and former SGA president; Lorie McCroskey, director of recruitment and student activities; and Clark Adams, English/communication instructor and co-chair of the RCC 50th Anniversary Committee.
           
Dr. Shackleford said he struggled with what to say when asked to write the letter to RCC’s future president, joking that the first thing he thought about saying was “please don’t laugh at us” because he was imagining the technological advances that would be made in the next 50 years. He read the letter to the small crowd of faculty members, staff members, and students gathered for the ceremony.
           
“As I think back on Randolph Community College’s first 50 years … and how much change those 50 years have seen, I cannot even imagine the Randolph Community College of 2062!”
Shackleford read. “…Our technology today will be considered absolutely primitive by the time you read this letter. …
           
“… I imagine, though, that some things 50 years from now will be similar to today’s RCC. Our core values are Community, Employees, Quality Education, Radical Hospitality, and Student Success. Somehow, I think those things will still be high on your list of values. …”
           
Shackleford addressed some of the younger members of the crowd: “A few of you may attend the 100th anniversary in 2062 … and say, ‘I was there when he read that letter.’” Andrew Ainsworth of Asheboro, 16, a Randolph Early College High School student and a member of this year’s Student Leadership Academy, was in attendance and said he does plan on coming back in 2062. He took snapshots with his own camera during the ceremony.
           
This is the first time the College has created a time capsule. The Randolph Community College Foundation sealed a time capsule on Oct. 30, 2004, in celebration of the Foundation’s 25th anniversary; that capsule is scheduled to be opened on Oct. 26, 2029, the Foundation’s 50th anniversary.

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