3/17/04

Martha Barker, 334/844-5683

** MEDIA ADVISORY **

The Auburn University College of Sciences and Mathematics will have a time capsule dedication ceremony on Friday (March 19) at 4 p.m., to mark the construction of the three-building $39 million COSAM Science Center, the largest construction project to ever take place on campus. Completion of the complex is drawing near. The capsule dedication ceremony will take place in the Quad Dorm area between Lupton and Glenn residence halls, immediately following the AU Board of Trustees meeting

The complex consisting of a two-story classroom/office building, four-story laboratory building and 300-seat auditorium, will feature space-age instrumentation and technology to accommodate all levels of instruction and technological features to meet the needs of the 21st Century student.

The time capsule, which is only the second on campus, will be housed in the two-story classroom/office building and will include such artifacts as The Auburn Plainsman newspaper depicting student life in 2004, a COSAM scrapbook containing historical and traditional information about the college and the university; plus memorabilia such as AU lapel pins, keychains and more.

Paul Hudson, co-founder of the International Time Capsule Society, present a special time capsule declaration.

Winners of the COSAM Time Capsule Essay contest will also be recognized during the event. The essay contest was open to fifth-grade students attending Auburn City Schools. Contestants were asked to write an essay describing how technology and/or science are used during a typical day in the life of a fifth-grade-student during the year 2004. The top three essay winners will place their essays inside the time capsule. In conjunction with a U.S. Savings Bond, the essay winners will receive a small T-shirt to wear during the ceremony, and they will also receive an invitation to attend and a large T-shirt to wear to the official opening of the time capsule in 52 years.

The time capsule will be opened in 2056 in conjunction with AU's bicentennial celebration.

For more information on the COSAM Time Capsule Dedication Ceremony, contact Martha Barker, 334/844-5683. To find out more about the COSAM Science Center, click here.

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