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UI honors students, faculty and alumni at Finkbine Leadership Dinner
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa honored several outstanding students,
faculty and an alumna Tuesday, April 8, at the 80th anniversary Finkbine Leadership
Dinner, one of the most prestigious award ceremonies at the UI.
The event has been held annually since 1917 to honor campus leaders and give
them an opportunity to meet administrators, faculty, fellow students and alumni.
The dinner is named after William O. Finkbine, a Des Moines businessman and
1880 UI law graduate.
Here is a listing of the awards presented:
Hancher-Finkbine Student Medallion: Latonia Haney of Omaha, Neb.,
a senior finance major with an emphasis in accounting; Robin Hawkins of St.
Charles, Ill., who graduated in December 1996 with a degree in English and
a teaching certificate with honors from the College of Education; and Marta
Hemmingson of LeMars, a fourth year medical student.
Hancher-Finkbine Faculty Medallion: William R. Grigsby, professor
of periodontics in the College of Dentistry.
Hancher-Finkbine Alumni Medallion: Carroll J. Reasoner, attorney
and senior partner with Shuttleworth and Ingersoll, P.C., of Cedar Rapids.
She received a bachelor's degree in philosophy from the UI in 1973 and a J.D.
in 1976. She is currently vice chair of the Board of Directors of the University
of Iowa Foundation.
The tradition of awarding Hancher-Finkbine medallions began in 1964. The
awards, which recognize outstanding leadership, learning and loyalty, are
named after Finkbine and Virgil M. Hancher, who served as president of the
UI from 1940 to 1964.
Philip G. Hubbard Human Rights Award: Julie Yuki Ralston, a third
-year law student from Davenport. The award, which carries a $1,500 award,
is presented to a student who has demonstrated outstanding contributions to
the UI's commitment to human rights. It was established in 1981 in honor of
the long-time UI faculty member and administrator who was one of the faculty
members on the first UI Human Rights Committee.
Distinguished Student Leader Certificates: Chad Doellinger of Newton,
a senior philosophy and political science major; Gregory Hanson of Waukee,
a senior biology major and Spanish minor; Jason Jameson of Minden, Neb., a
fourth-year medical student; Heather Kramer of Aplington, a senior majoring
in political science and Spanish; and Julie Yuki Ralston of Davenport, a third-year
The Distinguished Student Leader Certificates are given to students who have
exhibited leadership, learning and loyalty in their work with fellow students
Robert F. Ray Faculty Representative Award: Peter Masucci of Maawan,
N.J., a senior finance major and member of the Hawkeye gymnastics team who
performed in the all-around event; and Jennifer McMahon of Tucson, Ariz.,
a senior civil engineering major who earned second team All Big Ten honors
in 1996 as a pitcher for the Hawkeye softball team. The award is presented
each year to student-athletes who have completed eligibility and have demonstrated
outstanding academic and athletic excellence and leadership.
M.L. Huit Faculty Award: Kenneth Mobily, professor of sport, health,
leisure and physical studies. The M.L. Huit Faculty Award was established
in 1978 to recognize Huit's dedication and service to UI students during his
tenure as dean of students. The award is presented each year to a faculty
member who best characterizes Huit's contributions to university and community
James N. Murray Faculty Award: Robert Latham, assistant professor
of English. The award is given to an untenured faculty member who has demonstrated
outstanding rapport with students and who creates an exemplary classroom atmosphere.
It is named in honor of the late James N. Murray, UI professor and past chair
of political science.