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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.

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

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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