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Time capsule buried in Cooper Medical School lobby

The 50-year clock started ticking Tuesday afternoon when students, faculty and staff at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University in Camden buried a time capsule in the school's lobby.

Time capsule buried in Cooper Medical School lobby

Cooper Medical School´s founding dean, Paul Katz, drops a piece of red ribbon from the school´s ribbon-cutting into a time capsule, which commemorates the school´s opening and is to be reopened in 50 years. The capsule was filled and buried in the lobby of the new medical school in Camden during an event Tuesday called "Past, Present and Future."
Cooper Medical School's founding dean, Paul Katz, drops a piece of red ribbon from the school's ribbon-cutting into a time capsule, which commemorates the school's opening and is to be reopened in 50 years. The capsule was filled and buried in the lobby of the new medical school in Camden during an event Tuesday called "Past, Present and Future." APRIL SAUL / Staff Photographer

The 50-year clock started ticking Tuesday afternoon when students, faculty and staff at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University in Camden buried a time capsule in the school's lobby.

The time capsule, an idea generated by the med school's dean Paul Katz as a way to leave "an interesting and meaningful legacy," is covered with a bronze tile engraved with concise directions -- “Interred 2013/Open in 2063.” 

“Many of us who have been involved in the development of the school and its inaugural year consider ourselves pioneers,” Katz said in a statement.

Fifty years was selected as the duration in the hope that members of the school’s inagural class will be able to be at the opening event to celebrate their role in the school’s history. The school welcomed its inaugural class of 50 students in August 2012. 

Some of the items to be placed in the Time Capsule include:

  • Reflections and predictions from members of CMSRU’s charter class
  • A copy of Dean Katz’s remarks and a piece of ribbon from the school’s Grand Opening event
  • A CMSRU ID badge and a variety of CMSRU branded items
  • A custom photo book documenting the school’s launch and its inaugural year
  • Current newspapers, lifestyle magazines and medical periodicals
  • Press clippings about CMSRU from throughout the inaugural year
  • Memorabilia donated by the Philadelphia Flyers and the Philadelphia Eagles
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