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MEDIA ADVISORY: WVU to kickoff 125 Years of Women celebration with raising of Centenary Time Capsule Tuesday

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia University is celebrating the contributions, perspectives, experiences and roles of women both in and outside the classroom at WVU over the past 125 years – and inspiring its current generation of women to pave the way for the future of women’s equality and empowerment.

The 125 Years of women campaign will officially begin with the raising of the Centenary Time Capsule, which was buried in 1991 in conjunction with the centennial anniversary of WVU’s first woman graduate, Harriet Lyon. New artifacts representative of each era of women will be added every 25 years until the bicentennial celebration in 2091. (NOTE: This year’s reburial will occur during Mountaineer Week in the fall 2016 semester.)

WHEN: Tuesday, April 5. The raising of the Centenary Time Capsule will begin at 3 p.m. The reception will immediately follow the event and will conclude at 6 p.m.  

WHERE: The Centenary Time Capsule will be raised – and contents revealed – at Woodburn Circle.  The reception will be held at E. Moore Hall. (Both are located on the WVU Downtown Campus.)

WHO: President Gordon GeeProvost Joyce McConnell, new Eberly College of Arts and Sciences Dean Greg Dunawayand West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant will all offer comments at Woodburn Circle during the raising of the capsule.


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