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ESU Founders Day activities have fast start

Day 1 of Emporia State's Founders Day 2014 was pretty special Friday.

First, university officials stuffed a time capsule with a host of items, including flyers, a music score and a sports jersey.

After that, wedded bliss filled the White Library learning commons as ESU student Hongzhi Meng of China married Alex Dowdell, a Ph.D. student at KU Med. Meng says they had to book the space on short notice.

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Dowdell says they both jumped at the chance to be the first couple to wed at White Library.

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From there, it was time for the Founders Day luncheon. ESU announced the winners of its 1863 scholarship competition, with Kendra Briggs receiving $1,000 and Kristina Bramwell receiving $863 to mark the year Emporia State was founded.

Founders Day activities continue with a gala celebration Saturday night at Webb Hall.

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