“From the Earth to the Stars…”

UCSC Foundation Medal, 2002-Present

The UCSC Foundation Medal “recognizes individuals of exceptionally distinguished achievement whose work and contribution to society illustrate the ideals and vision of UC Santa Cruz.” The Medal was designed in 2002 by Sean M. Monaghan to express the unique intellectual, social, cultural, environmental and educational qualities of University of California Santa Cruz and its reach of influence. Each Foundation Medal includes a unique base made of ancient limestone from the UCSC campus.  (The Henry Cowell Ranch Lime Works produced lime from 1850-1920, carted by horse down to the wharf, and perserving the land from further development until the founding of the UCSC campus in 1965.)  Atop the natural limestone base is a bronze collar, signed, dated and cast by the artist, which supports a bronze gimbal with an optical-quality lens.  The custom ‘lens’ is a composite of three pieces of glass, laminated, ground and polished at the Optical Lab at UCSC.  The clear elements are high-purity fused silica.  The amber/opalescent center wedge is made of Zerodur, uniquely ideal for large telescope mirrors in open domes since it is unaffected by changes in temperature.  The golden Zerodur represents a ray of light emanating from the etched star, echoing Fiat Lux (Let There Be Light) from the original Regent’s Seal, designed by Tiffany & Co. of New York in 1910.   This hand-made art piece is a symbol for the quest of Humanity to broaden its reach toward compassion and understanding in every endeavor.

Alice Waters

Chef and Food Activist, 2015 Recipient

Toni Morrison

Author, Introduced by Angela Davis, 2014 Recipient

Frank Gehry

Architect, 2013 Recipient

Jean Michel Cousteau

Oceanographer and Environmentalist, 2010 Recipient

Ed Catmull

President of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios, 2009 Recipient

Robert Sinsheimer

Innovative Molecular Biologist and Former UCSC Chancellor, 2007 Recipient

UCSC Academic Senate Mace

Made of Bronze, UCSC Campus Limestone and the Original Redwood Staff engraved with Campus Founders’ names.  Designed by Sean M. Monaghan, the Academic Senate Mace is the emobiment of the ‘Intellectual and Moral Authority’ of the University. Presented for the first time at the Formal Inauguration Ceremony of Chancellor George Blumenthal in 2008.

Wiseguy Award

Bronze and Granite, 9″ High, 2006-2008