Challenge coins, or coins to honor acts of duty, have been used for centuries, all the way back to ancient Rome as a formal means of recognition. The first examples of these coins in the United States date back to World War I, as a bronze medallion that had had the flying squadron’s insignia stamped on the front. In modern times, these coins are still used by many government branches and the use has extended in to the public sector with firms like Ernst & Young adopting them to recognize exemplary employees.
Following the lead of the Kelley Undergraduate Program, the Kelley Full-Time MBA Program will soon have their own version of the coin. The Kelley Coin will be given to students, alumni, faculty, and staff who exemplify the Kelley values of excellence, professionalism, collaboration, leadership, and integrity.
Once an individual has been nominated for a coin, the nomination will be passed by the Kelley Coin Graduate Committee for review. The committee consists of a member of the MBAA slate, a CRC (Conduct Review Committee) member, the MBA Program Chair, the Executive Director of the MBA Program, the Director of Student Services, the Associate Director of MBA Outreach, and a member of the Graduate Career Services Team. If a nomination passes through the committee, the individual will be presented with a coin.
Any Kelley MBA student, alumni, faculty, or staff member can nominate another Kelley at any time. The committee will meet quarterly to review submissions and ultimately award the coin after submissions are discussed and evaluated. The Kelley Coin will officially be introduced on December 13 at the final TTAC (Third Thursday After Class) social event of the year.