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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 alumnus Tuesday, April 21 at the 81st 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: William Jonathan Cardi, a
third-year law student from Morgantown, W.Va.; Chad J. Doellinger, senior
philosophy and political science major from Newton; Anthony S. Gabrielson,
a senior philosophy major from Vinton; and Scott T. Guenthner, a fourth-year
medical student from Centerville.
Hancher-Finkbine Faculty Medallion: James B. Lindberg, associate
dean of liberal arts and professor of geography in the College of Liberal
Arts. Lindberg has been on the faculty in geography since 1960 and served
as chair from 1977-1983. Since 1984 he has been associate dean of academic
programs in the College of Liberal Arts.
Hancher-Finkbine Alumni Medallion: Marvin A. Pomerantz, chairman
and chief executive officer of The Mid-America Group in West Des Moines
and chairman and chief executive officer of Gaylord Container Corporation.
He graduated from the UI in 1952 with a bachelor of science degree in
commerce. Pomerantz's work on behalf of education in Iowa has included
serving as president of the State Board of Regents, chairman of the UI
Foundation Board, national chairman of the Iowa Endowment 2000 campaign,
and chairman of the Commission on K-12 Educational Excellence for the 21st
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: John-Paul Chaisson of Iowa
City, a graduate student in social work and at-risk youth program/multicultural
educational coordinator for the West Liberty School District. 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: Jacqueline M. Comito,
a doctoral student in anthropology from Carroll; Tracy J. Edgerton, third-year
law student from Omaha, Neb.; Katharine Larsen of Mason City, who earned
her bachelor's degree in global studies in December of 1997, graduating
with highest distinction; and Beth P. Peterson of Waltham, Mass., a doctoral
student in mathematics.
The Distinguished Student Leader Certificates are given to students
who have exhibited leadership, learning and loyalty in their work with
fellow students and faculty members.
Robert F. Ray Faculty Representative Award: Justin Pohn of Winnetka,
Ill., a senior marketing major who is a member of the UI men's tennis team
and has been an All Big Ten selection for four seasons; and Anne West of
Waverly, a senior political science major who was team captain and Most
Valuable Player of the UI rowing team this year and also earned NCAA All-American
honors. 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: Thomas J. Schmidt, associate professor
of physiology and biophysics in the College of Medicine. 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 life.
James N. Murray Faculty Award: Margaret K. Bass, assistant professor
of English in the College of Liberal Arts. 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.