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President’s Core Values Medallion

The President’s Core Values Medallion was established in 2007 to recognize ten to twelve graduating seniors who best exemplify the core values of the institution. The students awarded this honor have truly embraced the University’s core values.

Each of the schools, together with the University President, will select this year’s class of Presidential Award winners. Honorees will be presented with a unique medallion depicting the core values to be worn at Commencement as well as a framed commemorative keepsake. The medallion is identical to the one worn by the President Farish as part of his presidential commencement regalia.

Criteria for Selection

  1. One graduating senior will be selected from each of the following schools: Art, Architecture and Historic Preservation; Business, Criminal Justice; Education; Engineering, Construction and Computing and Continuing Studies. Three graduating students will be selected from the College of Arts & Sciences – one from each of the three divisions within.
  2. Impressive, broad, and meaningful individual student experiences congruent with our Core Values must be articulated in the nomination and selection process within the schools. University Core Values include:
  • Love of Learning: Respectable to Outstanding G.P.A.; demonstrated commitment to future learning (graduate studies, field work).
  • Commitment to Community Through Service and Sustainability: A commitment to serving others and/or advancing sustainable practices in their local community, the community outside the University, or on campus. Demonstrated leadership experience in curricular and/or co-curricular positions.
  • Student/Faculty Research: Summer or on-going research collaborations with faculty members that contribute to scholarly work.
  • Global Perspective: Study-Abroad experience, commitment to Foreign Language proficiency, campus based activities or academic work in support of global perspectives.
  • Preparation for Career and Future Study: Knowledge of career opportunities, internship or experiential education experiences, related work experiences.  Demonstrated investigation regarding graduate studies.
  • Promotion of Civil Discourse: Demonstrated commitment and practice of civil discourse in and out of the classroom, relevant scholarly writing, journal submissions, classroom presentations, research or participation in the planning and delivery of co-curricular programming.

Nomination & Selection Process
Individual students are invited to nominate themselves (or peers) for award consideration by forwarding supporting materials directly to their Dean no later than March 20, 2015

All nominations must contain a written summary of qualifications pertaining to the Core Values most highly demonstrated by the student and should also include major and minor, internships, study abroad, leadership, distinctive awards and honors, and future plans – career, service and/or graduate school related. 

Faculty & Administrators may nominate seniors no later than March 20, 2015 directly to the Dean of the appropriate school he/she is enrolled. The nomination should include supporting materials. Education majors can be considered by both schools they hold majors in but are only eligible for one award. Each school must select honoree(s) prior to or before Apri1 2, 2015.  In the event of a tie or a difficult decision – only ONE name can be forwarded as an honoree. However, ONE additional name from each college may be forwarded for consideration for at-large honoree(s) to be selected by the President.

Students who are awarded this honor will be notified shortly before commencement.

Questions about the process can be directed to Associate Dean of Student Affairs Allison Chase Padula at 401-254-3793.