Archives Photograph Collection

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title:

Front side of The University Medal

image number:

P0028547

description:

The University Medal was created in 1982. The first recipient was Thomas T. Solley, who was retiring as director of the IU Art Museum. At the bestowal, then-President John Ryan said:

"Occasionally in the life of a university, there emerges a person whose contribution is so singular that it does not fit easily within the characteristics of established awards. Even though no such award has been made in the 162-year history of Indiana University, the need for it, as well as the individual and the occasion for it, emerged simultaneously in recent months. An award of this kind is not without precedent among other universities, though they are few in number. It is not conceived as an annual award, but rather as one to be bestowed only at such times as eminently worthy recipients whose contributions differ from those recognized by traditional awards are identified."

The medallion is made of 18-karat gold and bears on its face the university seal. It is reserved not only for individuals of unique accomplishment, but also for those who are ineligible to receive an honorary degree or a Distinguished Alumni Service Award (DASA). The award can only be made by the authority and action of the Board of Trustees on the recommendation of the president of the university. For an image of the reverse side of this medal see image P0028548.

date taken:

2003

copyright owner:

Indiana University

topic:

Art

topic:

Medals

topic:

Logos, I.U.

topic:

Seals (Insignia)

topic:

Awards

topic:

Logos, I.U. (Seal)

series:

Groups

subseries:

University Medal, The