The Kenan-Flagler Business School will be celebrating its 100th birthday by burying a a time capsule filled with UNC memorabilia that will stay in the ground for the next 25 years.
This will be part of the business school's centennial celebration on Dec. 5 in Koury Auditorium. The celebration will take place from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., and will be attended by staff, faculty, students and alumni. Doug Shackelford, the dean of the business school, will lead the program.
The ceremony will discuss the history of Kenan-Flagler Business School. A centennial video will be shown, highlighting the school's notable moments throughout the past century. The time capsule will also be buried and is set to be extracted in 2044.
“Our time capsule is actually quite large,” said Tom Cawley, director of advancement services at the business school. “I’d say it’s about three and a half feet tall, and it’s cylindrical, so we can put quite a few things in there.”
The list of items to be put in the time capsule has not been finalized, but some of the items on the list include a centennial book entitled "UNC Kenan-Flagler: A Century of Tradition and Innovation," a letter from Shackelford to the future Kenan-Flagler Business School, a variety of local newspapers from the day of the event, a Beat Duke spirit pin and a stuffed Rameses.
“We’re still talking to students and programs about different things to put in there, from the different programs that are meaningful to them,” Cawley said.
The history of Kenan-Flagler spans all the way back to 1919, when UNC President Edward Kidder Graham recognized the need to develop business leaders for the growth of North Carolina's business sector. The school, then called the School of Commerce, was led by Dudley D. Carroll, the department’s first dean and the namesake of Carroll Hall.
University Archivist Nicholas Graham said that the program was created in response to changes in the country's economy.
“This was an era in the early 20th century when the University was increasingly responsive to needs throughout the state of North Carolina,” Graham said. “With increased industrialization in the United States, business became increasingly complicated, and there was a recognized need for professional training in business.”