Moraine Park Class of ’87 time capsule opened

by jbrezinsky23. August 2012 09:39

Culver’s winning flavor revealed

 Promotional buttons, a Moraine Park Technical Institute hat, classroom books and literature, photos, personalized notes, and a special poem written by barber-cosmetology students were just a handful of the items revealed as Dr. Sheila Ruhland, Moraine Park Technical College president, carefully opened a time capsule from the Moraine Park Class of 1987.
     A crowd of Moraine Park students, alumni, past and present staff members, community members, friends and family gathered at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 16, to witness Moraine Park’s time capsule opening. The Moraine Park class of 1986-1987 closed the time capsule 25 years ago and requested it to be opened in the College’s 100th year. Guests were able to take a closer look at the items and see the many wonderful memories included from the class.
     Larry Lamont, retired Moraine Park instructor and designer of the time capsule, was present for the opening. “I’ve been looking forward to this for a long time,” said Lamont, who taught mechanical design and civil-structural engineering at Moraine Park from 1969-2000. Lamont said it was fun seeing the items that students included in the capsule and to celebrate the opening.
     Ruhland revealed the 2012 centennial time capsule following the 1987 opening. Three time capsules, one for each of the College’s three campuses, and all identical, were designed and constructed in a collaborative effort between Moraine Park’s marketing department and the building trades construction and metal fabrication programs. The artifacts placed in the time capsules represent Moraine Park in present-day and are a combination of community, staff and College-submitted items. The 2012 time capsule is to be opened at the discretion of College successors.   
      “As this chapter in Moraine Park history comes to a close, we look forward to creating new memories to include in a future time capsule,” said Ruhland during the event. “Thank you for supporting Moraine Park by taking part in this culminating celebration event.”
    In addition to the time capsule opening and dedication, everyone was invited to participate in a Moraine Park trivia contest, spin the prize wheel, view items to be included in Moraine Park’s new time capsule (there will be three total – one for each campus), and sample Culver’s new custom Moraine Park-themed custard flavor, Wolf Pack Choc Attack.       
     Moraine Park also welcomed Jane Oates, Assistant Secretary of Employment and Training Administration for the Department of Labor, to campus on Thursday. She made the trip from Washington D.C. to facilitate a hallmark summit on connecting communities for a sustainable workforce. The summit was a way for District legislators, educators, and business and industry partners to come together for a discussion on creating a sustainable and prosperous future for Moraine Park.
     The day of festivities and collaboration came to an end with a centennial dinner. Past Moraine Park leaders Dr. John Shanahan and Dr. Gayle Hytrek spoke about highlights during their tenures at the College.
     Ruhland expressed her appreciation to all of the people who helped make the centennial year a success. “We appreciate everyone who has helped Moraine Park celebrate our centennial,” said Ruhland. “From participating in the summit, to spinning the prize wheel at the time capsule opening and dedication ceremony, so many people have played a role in supporting our spirit of innovation and collaboration,”
     Moraine Park’s centennial website will continue to be updated with post-centennial information. Visit to find out more.