What is the College Seal?
In 2008, the College President, Dr. Kenneth Molen, mandated the creation of the college seal. The seal should be "approximately the size of a silver dollar, and the inscription beginning underneath the upper rim should contain the name 'Utah College of Dental Hygiene.' The year of the establishment of the parent institution will be presented in Roman numerals on the front of the seal. The seal will bear the Latin inscriptions 'Lumen' and 'Munus' to symbolize the enlightenment (light) and dedication to service that the college maintains and strives to instill into all of its students and graduates. By order of the College President, the seal shall be presented during all formal or ceremonial functions and will be embossed or present on all diplomas, transcripts, honorary degrees, and other official college publications.
The circles that encompass and provide a backdrop for the seal components represent the four interacting Earthy Spheres (the Atmosphere, Hydrosphere, Biosphere, and Lithosphere) of the world in which we live.
The shield suggests that it (along with all of the elements within it) protects the college's mission and goals. The shield protects the college's identity and efforts during times of adversity as the college continually moves forward toward educational improvements and growth.
The lemniscate of Bernoulli (also know as the mathematical symbol for infinity) and the flame above it expresses the eternal commitment to learning and bringing scholarly light to illuminate and broaden the mind while pushing back the darkness of ignorance.
The setting sun symbolizes the west, where the college was founded and currently resides.
The mountain outlines emblazoned on the front of the shield represent the triumph that comes with genuine challenge and achievement. Mountains are also seen as symbols of timeless and infinite endurance. The three mountains represent the mountains (with their peaks) that are visible from the front entrance of the college. These mountains are Y-Mountain, Maple Mountain, and Buckley Mountain. When we view mountains, they remind us of the heights to which we must climb to achieve our worthwhile goals and what attaining those goals will mean to us, as well as those who are important to us and who have supported us.
The windmill reflects the rich heritage of the founders of the college. The word "Molen" is Dutch for "Windmill."
The caduceus (or Wand of Hermes) is a symbolic sum of its parts. The staff is a symbol of authority. The wand of Hermes has a winged component that reflects a tie to both the ancient and traditional alchemical sciences. This connection to the ancient science of alchemy contributed significantly to the scientific fields of chemistry, pharmacy, medicine, physics, and others. There is also a tie to the planet, God, and the element of Mercury, which represents fluidity, information, transformation, and new beginnings. As a whole, the caduceus reflects the authority to quickly deliver vital information, wisdom, aid, and enlightenment.
The key is a symbol of knowledge and guardianship.
The laurel wreath, with its incorporated banner, reminds us of the need to strive for excellence. A laurel wreath was conferred in ancient times as a symbol of honor and glory. The recipient was recognized not only for their excellence but for exhibiting traits of honor, truth, and justice. The laurel wreath crown is awarded to those who are the very best, and is a significant mark of achievement.
The Official College Colors
The official college colors are white and royal blue. The color of white symbolizes light, reverence, purity, and peace. The royal blue color symbolizes confidence, conservatism, and wisdom. These colors are incorporated into the college seal to continually remind all of the faculty and students of their representative meanings.
Licensed Uses of the Seal
The seal is the exclusive intellectual property of the college and is protected by law. Unauthorized use of the seal is expressly prohibited. Persons or organizations with questions about the lawful (or unlawful) use of the seal may contact the college by calling (801) 426-8234.