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Student-Created Medallion Symbolizes SDSU's Past, Present and Future

RexArthur Ramos will graduate in May with a degree in jewelry and metalsmithing.
By Video by Scott Hargrove

RexArthur Ramos watched more intently than most in the Viejas Arena audience as Adela de la Torre was invested as San Diego State University president on April 11. Ramos had worked for months to create the original medallion placed around de la Torre's neck at the moment of investiture.

The circular medallion of sterling silver and gold leaf signifies SDSU’s global influence, and the nine waves featured within represent the university’s nine presidents, “each bringing a new wave of leadership,” Ramos explained.
Ramos transferred to SDSU from Miramar College, where teachers encouraged him to pursue jewelry and metalsmithing. Ambivalent about his own talent, he enrolled as a linguistics major, but soon switched to art. Now he harnesses that self-doubt as energy “to really push and challenge myself,” as his designs become increasingly complex.

“Rex was immediately able to recognize the importance of the past, the present and the future in developing the medallion,” de la Torre said. “He symbolizes our students, who are creating a new vision for themselves.”

The medallion now has a place in SDSU Special Collections and University Archives.