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WVNCC celebrates 50 years with time capsule burial

LOOKING TO THE FUTURE — Daniel Mosser, president of West Virginia Northern Community College, is joined by Tina Edwards, Weirton program assistant, and Crystal Harbert, division chair of liberal arts, communication and social sciences, in sealing the time capsule Monday before it was buried on the Weirton campus. -- Craig Howell

WEIRTON — West Virginia Northern Community College kicked off a year-long celebration of its 50 years of education and service Monday by preserving some of its history for future generations.

Daniel Mosser, president of WVNCC, greeted other college officials and guests in front of the college’s Weirton campus for the burial of the first of three time capsules commemorating the golden anniversary. “We are putting about a dozen items in the time capsule,” Mosser said.

Among the items included by college officials were a WVNCC-branded face mask, a COVID-19 test kit, a WVNCC View Book, a copy of the college’s strategic plan, a letter from Mosser, a copy of a national popular culture magazine and a copy of Monday’s Weirton Daily Times, along with a T-shirt and other items featuring the college’s new 50th anniversary logo.

Mosser noted one of his identification badges also was placed within the time capsule.

“It’s been deactivated,” he explained.

Pupils from the neighboring St. Joseph the Worker Grade School joined Mosser in the celebration, adding to the time capsule a group of short essays written by the youth describing the field of work they hoped to pursue later in their lives.

Some of the potential careers include dog groomers, nurses, police officers, firefighters, music teachers, veterinarians and jewelers.

Weirton resident Colleen Mindzak also made a contribution, adding items which had belonged to her late mother, Irene Mindzak, from WVNCC’s 25th anniversary.

According to Colleen, following Irene’s divorce, she began taking classes at the college, eventually also finding employment there, first as a secretary when WVNCC operated at the campus of Weir High School, then as its community education coordinator. She later would serve as a member of the Friends of the College board.

“It made a great impact on her life,” she said.

In addition to the time capsule on WVNCC’s Weirton campus, the college had plans to bury similar capsules on the Wheeling and New Martinsville campuses. Plans are to open the time capsules in 2047.

West Virginia Northern was established in May 1972 when the state Board of Regents created a dual-campus community college from what had once been branch campuses of West Liberty State College.

Throughout the next several months, the college will host a variety of activities for students, staff and the communities it serves.

“It’s going to be a year-long event,” Mosser said.

In October, 1970s-themed costume parties will be held on each campus, with open houses scheduled in January and February and outdoor movie nights in April. It will all lead up to a fundraiser gala in Wheeling in May.

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