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The UCI Medal July 23, 2014

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Many of you probably saw President Obama receive the UCI Medal during commencement recently, and some may have wondered what exactly is the UCI Medal? Well, the UCI Medal was established in 1984 by then Chancellor Jack Peltason to recognize people, both from the university and the community, whose dedication and generosity have significantly contributed to the spirit and vision of UCI. Honorary  degrees have not been awarded by the University of California since 1970, and the Medal was designed to substitute as the highest honor bestowed by UCI to an individual. The UCI Foundation, a non-profit corporation established in 1967, manages private donations on behalf of UCI and also oversees the annual awarding of the UCI Medal. The first medal was awarded to founding Chancellor Daniel Aldrich in 1984. The next was awarded in 1987, but since then the medal has been awarded annually. The two-sided design of the Medal combines the academic tradition of the University of California with the vitality of the UCI campus. The front reflects the unique circular design of the campus, depicting the vertical facade of Langson Library shown against the sun, symbolic of light and learning. The eucalyptus and coral tree leaves represent the more than 11,000 native and exotic trees that make up Aldrich Park. The Medal was designed and cast by noted Southern California artist Inez Owings. The verso of the medal carries the seal of the University of California with its motto “Let There Be Light.”

So, who has received the UCI Medal? A list of past recipients is available here.   Enjoy and celebrate… Zot! Zot! Zot!

The front of the UCI Medal.

The front of the UCI Medal.

 

 

 

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