Newman University wasn’t alone in its efforts to juggle the scheduling of a major event around the challenges presented by a global pandemic. The Wichita, Kansas, institution decided to postpone the inauguration of its new president until a safer time than the summer of 2020.
Kathleen S. Jagger, PhD, MPH, became Newman University’s 12th president on July 1, 2020, but like many of what came to be called the COVID class of presidents, her inauguration ceremony had to wait. By the time a decision was made to target October 7, 2021, for the event, there was precious little time to obtain a new presidential chain of office.
Medalcraft Mint sales representative Jenifer Baker worked with Newman University officials to quickly secure an approved design for the 3-inch nickel-silver medal with an antique finish that would anchor the chain of office.
“Jenifer immediately followed up on our contact request and was always responsive throughout the process,” says Sr. Therese Wetta, Director of Mission Effectiveness at Newman University. “She beat the turnaround time she promised, and the way it was shipped with a protective box and wrapped in satiny cloth made it very presentable to everybody who saw it.”
The Medalcraft Mint production team completed the project in time for delivery more than a month ahead of the promised late September target for the October 7 ceremony.
“Jenifer alleviated our worries about not having the chain of office in time,” Sr. Therese adds. “The medal itself is top-quality. The president was pleased, the board was pleased, and the Sisters were pleased.”