UAlbany’s time capsule is once again sealed behind the cornerstone of Dutch Quad, where it is expected to remain for at least another 50 years. President Havidán Rodríguez presided over the pandemic-postponed re-interment of the capsule nearly three years after it was opened in 2019 to celebrate UAlbany’s 175th anniversary. The new cache includes a vial of air from the School of Public Health, a recipe card for a custom pizza from the Office of the Provost and a 2019 football jersey, among other mementos. In a postscript added to his original letter, Rodríguez referenced the dramatic local, national and international events with which the world has contended.
“As you can perceive from this postscript,” the president wrote, “this past year and a half has been one of tremendous mood swings — back and forth — from fear to pessimism and anxiety to faith and optimism, but it is hope, kindness, altruism and resiliency that truly defines the human spirit.”