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title:

Front side of the President's Medal for Excellence

image number:

P0028545

description:

The President’s Medal for Excellence is a reproduction in fine silver of the symbolic jewel of office worn by the president at ceremonial occasions. The jewel of office, which was presented to Indiana University by Pi Chapter of Beta Theta Pi, is rich in meaning. Its design, and the chain from which it hangs, are inspired by the arbutus, the university flower. Three precious stones within the jewel represent reading, writing, and arithmetic, as well as, the arts, sciences, and humanities. The President’s Medal reflects those values.

Criteria for recipients include distinction in public service, service to Indiana University, achievement in a profession, and/or extraordinary merit and achievement in the arts, humanities, science, education, and industry. A certificate in recognition of excellence is presented when the medal is given.

The date of the first presentation was September 20, 1985, and the first recipients were members of the Beaux Arts Trio.

For the reverse side of this medal see image P0028546.

date taken:

2003

copyright owner:

Indiana University

topic:

Art

topic:

Awards

topic:

Medals

topic:

Logos, I.U.

topic:

Seals (Insignia)

topic:

Arbutus (the flower)

topic:

Logos, I.U. (Seal)

series:

Groups

subseries:

President's Medal for Excellence