The University of Houston-Victoria is looking for items to include in a time capsule that will be buried outside the university's new Academic and Regional Economic Development Building before it opens. The time capsule is the final piece in the university's 40th anniversary celebration, which included special events and commemorations starting in fall 2012 and throughout 2013. The plan is to open the capsule in 40 years during UHV's 80th anniversary in 2053. "The time capsule is a good way to cap off our year of celebrations for our 40th anniversary," UHV President Phil Castille told the Victoria Advocate. "It's also a way of stressing our commitment to the future as we grow and build out our Victoria campus."

The time capsule is 16.5 inches tall and 16 inches in diameter. Items already collected include a 40th anniversary outdoor banner, T-shirts, a graduation stole, a jaX the jaguar stuffed animal and a special anniversary magazine that was distributed in the Victoria Advocate and at UHV events. Other items include the university's 2012-13 Viewbook, December Nursing Pinning Ceremony program signed by School of Nursing faculty and staff, and a 2012-13 annual report and excellence awards yearbook signed by attendees at the November event and by UHV faculty and staff.

UHV is looking for more university-related items from the 2013 calendar year to include in the time capsule. These may include photos, UHV event programs, sports memorabilia, ticket stubs and more. Food and liquids are not allowed.

A ceremony to bury the capsule will be planned before the new building opens. The $12.5 million academic building is scheduled to be completed in December and is located just northeast of the UHV University Center, 3007 N. Ben Wilson St. Community members are asked to submit items for the time capsule by March 7.

For more information or to donate items, email Cobler at, call 361-570-4350 or mail to UHV marketing and communications at 3007 N. Ben Wilson St., Victoria, TX 77901.