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Release: April 17, 2002

EDITORS: Recipients of the awards in this release include people from the following Iowa hometowns: Belle Plaine, Bettendorf, Cedar Falls, Dyersville, Holstein, Kelsey, Sioux City, Solon, Spirit Lake and West Des Moines. Hometowns listed outside of Iowa include Arlington Heights, Ill.; Havre, Mont.; and Casper, Wyo. Detailed biographical information is listed for each person after the name of each award.

UI recognizes students, faculty, alumni at annual Finkbine Dinner

The University of Iowa honored several outstanding students, faculty and alumni Tuesday, April 16 at the 85th anniversary Finkbine Dinner for Representative Student Leaders, one of the most prestigious award ceremonies at the Iowa Memorial Union Main Lounge.

The event began in 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 an 1880 UI law graduate.

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. Nominations for the student and faculty awards are solicited from recognized student organizations and collegiate deans. The Hancher-Finkbine Alumni Medallion recipient was selected from nominations received for many distinguished alumni at the local and national level. The Finkbine Dinner committee makes the selection of the medallion and distinguished student leader certificate recipients. Awards were presented by UI President Mary Sue Coleman.

Here is a listing of the awards presented:

Hancher-Finkbine Undergraduate Student Medallion: Michael Brooks, third year double-major in psychology and literature, science and the arts from West Des Moines, Iowa; and Kristi Schmidt, senior industrial engineering major from Spirit Lake, Iowa.

Brooks is a Presidential Scholar, one of six Fenton Scholars and a recent Truman Scholar nominee. He is a recipient of the American Institute for Foreign Study scholarship, and he has received the Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Essay Contest. He is a member of the Undergraduate Collegiate Senate, the Deans Student Advisory Committee and Provost Student Advisory Committee. As media relations director for the University Lecture Committee he has coordinated press conferences and prepared publicity materials. A poet and musician he has been a fiction editor for Earthwords and the online literary magazine SMACK! Brooks has directed "Shoes, the Musical" for the UI Ten Minute Play Festival. He is a member of the Family Relations Committee for Dance Marathon and has participated in Habitat for Humanity. As a student employee of the Honors program he was a learning community coordinator.

Schmidt's academic achievements and recognition include Presidential Scholar, College of Engineering Excellence Scholar, 3M Engineering Scholar and Big Ten Conference All-Academic Team. She has been an active researcher in the Cognitive Systems Laboratory and this year developed a complex experiment to assess driver distraction using eye-tracking equipment and a sophisticated driving simulator that contributed to the College of Engineering research base. She is past-president of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Student Chapter and current president of the Alpha Pi Mu Industrial Engineering Honor Society. She was one of 12 students selected by faculty to participate in college's Student Leadership Institute. Her many activities include member of the Engineering Student Recruitment Advisory Board, the Provost Student Advisory Committee, Financial Aid Advisory Committee, an Engineering Connection Volunteer and a former member of the UI NCAA Track and Field Team and Cross Country Team.

Hancher-Finkbine Graduate/Professional Student Medallion: Neil Bubke, third-year law student from Holstein, Iowa; and Tracy Reittinger, fourth-year medical student from Dyersville, Iowa

Bubke ranked fourth in his class and is a recipient of the D.J. Fairgrave Scholarship and has been a UI Merit Scholar for the past two years. He was a finalist for the college's Van Oosterhout Moot Court Competition and a member of the college's National Moot Court Team. He has co-authored the brief that won the award for the Best Respondent's Brief in the 2001 National BAA Moot Court Regional Competition. A member of the Iowa Law Review, Bubke authored a student note selected for publication. He persuaded the law school and the Federal Public Defender to set up a new clinical internship opportunity where students will translate theory to practice in the defense of indigent people charged with federal crimes. He has been an Elderly Health Care Provider living with and providing assistance to an elderly man with paraplegia.

Reittinger has designed and implemented a series of innovative programs that earned national recognition while excelling in a rigorous curriculum. She received an American Medical Student Association (AMSA) grant aimed at developing a curriculum that responds to community needs--one of just three such grants awarded nationally. With this grant she developed Community Health Outreach, an elective course for first-year medical students emphasizing partnerships with community services organizations and served as co-director of this course. She helped develop the Minority Women's Health Initiative, an educational and service outreach program with a local church that provides free health assessments and teaches cultural competency skills. She was inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha National Medical Honor Society. She is a member of Caduceus, the college's Curriculum Committee, has served as a tutor, and is currently teaching physical exam skills to first-year students.

Hancher-Finkbine Faculty Medallion: Paul S. Muhly, professor in the department of mathematics. Muhly joined the faculty in that department in 1969. He has a B.A. from the University of Iowa and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. Muhly has become one of the UI's most outstanding faculty, an inspiring teacher, an internationally recognized scholar and a leader on campus and in the global mathematics community. He is internationally recognized for his work in operator algebra and related subjects. Author of three books and more than 100 publications in mathematics, he is founder and co-organizer of the UI annual high school mathematics competition. Muhly is also founder of the Mathematical Physics Seminar, one of the longest-running interdisciplinary seminars in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Active in faculty governance, he is a member of faculty senate where he is currently chair of the Faculty Senate budget committee.

Hancher-Finkbine Alumni Medallion: Henry B. Tippie. Tippie received his B.S.C. in Commerce and Accounting in 1949. A native of Belle Plaine, Iowa, he has shown exemplary loyalty and leadership in supporting UI students educational opportunities. Throughout the years, the Iowan-turned-Texan has built his reputation as an astute business manager and investor in a variety of enterprises, from transportation to communications. Today he is a Texas cattle rancher and chairman of the board of Dover Motorsports Inc. and Dover Downs Gaming and Entertainment Inc. He also is chairman, president and CEO of Tippie Services, Inc., a management services company. He is a founding member of the College of Business Board of Visitors and member of the UI Foundation Board of Directors. His UI support ranges from athletics to the Old Capitol. As a result of his $30 million commitment for scholarships, faculty support, and other initiatives, the UI’s Henry B. Tippie College of Business was named in his honor.

Distinguished Student Leader Certificates : These certificates are given in recognition of those students who have exhibited meritorious qualities in leadership, learning and loyalty in their work with fellow students and faculty. Undergraduates recipients are: Daniel Fletcher, a senior political science and economics major from Cedar Falls, Iowa; Christopher Linn, a senior management and communication studies major from Bettendorf, Iowa; and Karsten Temme a senior biomedical engineering major from Casper, Wyo.

Fletcher, an honor student, is a recipient of the Donald B. Johnson Fellowship and the Rhodes Dunlap Scholarship. In addition to a study abroad experience in Costa Rica, Dan has been an Undergraduate Scholar Assistant researching the Supreme Court. He also served an internship with U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley. He has broadened his learning to include other areas within the university. He recently wrote a play entitled "King Me," which was performed by members of the UI theater department. His many leadership activities include revitalizing the Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law fraternity through increasing participation and coordinating service programs. He also co-founded the largest Christian group on campus, 24-7. He is one of two undergraduate students to serve on the Instructional Technologies Committee for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and is also a member of the Deans Advisory Committee.

Linn is a member of the honors program and has been a strong advocate for student voice through his involvement in student government. While serving as vice president last year, he led an initiative that coordinated students across the state to address the Iowa "brain drain" and co-led a campaign to educate state legislators on higher education funding issues. He has been active in Dance Marathon and is currently business manager for the annual event. He co-hosted a radio show, "The Frequency Bunch" on student-run radio station KRUI. Selected as a member of the 2001 Homecoming Court, his other activities include membership in the Student Alumni Ambassadors. Last summer he completed a Washington Center internship at the National Association of Manufacturers in Washington, D.C. For his work in his fraternity he has been initiated into the Order of Omega.

Temme, also a member of the honors program, is a Presidential Scholar and recipient of numerous awards including the Robert Byrd Scholarship and Barry M. Goldwater Scholar. He was instrumental in the creation of the UI Golden Key International Honor Society. He is currently president of the Biomedical Engineering Student Society and vice president of both Tau Beta Pi National Engineering Honor Society and Alpha Eta Mu Beta National Biomedical Engineering Honor Society. He has been an active member and served in leadership roles in both the biomedical engineering department and the College of Engineering as an ambassador, as a webmaster and a contributing writer to the Hawkeye Engineer. His involvement with the Ambassadors Connecting with Engineering Academy (ACE) included event planning and coordination. He is a member of the Provost Student Advisory Committee and a participant in Dance Marathon and Habitat for Humanity.

Graduate/Professional student recipients are: James Steven Magera Jr., a fourth-year medical student from Havre, Mont.; Julie Ann Norton, a third-year law student from Arlington Heights, Ill.; and Dimitri Papageorgiou, a Ph.D. student in music composition from Greece.

Magera earned honors points far exceeding the class median and regularly went beyond course requirements. In addition to structured coursework and clinical clerkships, he has worked in the department of urology on a phase two clinical trial and recently participated in a medical mission to Haiti. His accomplishments earned him the Ruth O. Johnson Scholarship and the Hoyt Family Scholarship, as well as membership in Alpha Omega Alpha, the national medical academic honor society. He represented the College of Medicine during a recent site visit by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education Accreditation team. He organized a substance absence seminar with two peers for the Community Health Outreach course. He also served on the board of Neighborhood Centers of Johnson County and was a Relay for Life team captain building participation by students and faculty in the College of Medicine.

Norton has been a recipient of the coveted College of Law Merit Fellowship for three years. Respected by the faculty for her insightful comments in the classroom, she was selected to be a tutor for The Writing Resource Center working one-on-one with a wide variety of law students. She currently serves as the Senior Note and Comment Editor for the Journal of Gender, Race and Justice, where she supervises three editors and third-year students writing for the journal. She is a board member of the Equal Justice Foundation and a member of the Pro Bono Society. She served as an intern for the Corporation for National Service and as a summer fellow for Statewide Legal Service of Connecticut. She has been an Old Capitol Museum docent and has volunteered in the Group Activity Program through Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Papageorgiou is a recipient of the Iowa Fellowship. Performances of his compositions on campus are numerous and include Klang, for contrabass and tape, Nuit, for clarinet, viola and piano and two commissions. He suggested a change in the music curriculum based on his experiences in Austria, a change that was implemented with great success. He provided academic assistance to students in a music analysis course of the 20th century with the support of the course instructor. His professional memberships include The College Music Society, The Society of Composers Inc. and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). He has worked at the Center for New Music as an assistant helping to organize many campus activities including the Midwest Composer's Symposium. He has been treasurer of the Student Chapter of the Society of Composers Inc. and a member of the Board of Advisors, Cultural Contexts International.

Other awards announced at the dinner were:

Philip G. Hubbard Human Rights Award: Adam Hernandez, a psychology and Spanish major from Sioux City, Iowa, who is also in the Iowa Biosciences Advantage, a program designed to increase representation of minorities traditionally underrepresented in the biomedical sciences. He has also taken advantage of all academic and experiential opportunities and has brought another aspect to the program, a sense of connection and support. He is social chair for the program and has organized successful events. He has fought for equal rights and equal access for all people despite race, religion or racial identity by confronting issues to support human rights and volunteering to assist with minority recruitment. He is the public relations head for the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) and has assisted with increasing the membership in this organization as well as reviving the dormant umbrella organization, Multi-Ethnic Engineering and Science Association.

Robert F. Ray Faculty Representative Award: Aaron Kampman, a senior elementary education major from Kelsey, Iowa; and Lindsey Meder, a senior psychology and pre-medicine major from Solon, Iowa.

Kampman is captain of the University of Iowa football team, a three-time Academic All Big Ten selection and a two-time member of the Verizon Academic All American Team. He was awarded the Forest Evashevski Scholastic Achievement Award in 2001. Following a senior season in which he was named First Team All Big Ten after leading the conference in sacks, the defensive lineman capped his career with a win in the 2001 Alamo Bowl in San Antonio. Other honors for the 2001 campaign included selection to play in the Shrine Bowl and receiving the Hayden Fry Extra Heartbeat Award. A member of the football team's leadership committee, he also serves as a representative on the UI athletic department's student advisory board (SAAC) and has been actively involved in community outreach efforts. He has also played a significant role in the UI's chapter of Athlete's in Action.

Meder is a guard on the women's basketball team, was a three-time Academic All Big Ten selection and a member of the Verizon Academic All American Team. She is also a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Golden Key National Honor Society. She is a four-year starter who is second on the Iowa career scoring list, was named the 2001 Big Ten Player of the Year by the Women's Basketball News Service as she led the team to the Big Ten Tournament Championship. During her junior year she ranked second in the Big Ten in scoring with a 19.3 average. She is the Iowa record holder for three pointers made and attempted in a game, season and career, and also holds records for consecutive free throws (30) and set a Carver Hawkeye Arena record for free throws made and free throw percentage in a game.

M.L. Huit Faculty Award: David Klemm, professor and director of the School of Religion. Klemm joined the UI faculty in 1982. He received a B.A. with high honors in religion from Marlboro College and his Ph.D. in religion from the UI. A member of the American Academy of Religion, Klemm is a prolific and talented writer with numerous publications and national and international conference presentations. He has made it a priority to foster faculty communication with graduate and undergraduate students and has set up numerous formal and informal meetings to address students' concerns. Klemm seeks to fulfill the difficult job of a mentor and teacher by showing students the heights that they have within them to reach - as thinkers, as citizens and moral beings. He contributes to his field by developing quality graduate and undergraduate students by assisting them in the development, presentation and publications of their work.