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May 25, 2004

Greene Student Honored With Top UI Award

Tyler Nixt of Greene was recently honored with the University of Iowa Robert Ray Faculty Representative Award, one of the most prestigious awards given to University of Iowa students.

Awards were presented at the Finkbine Dinner in the Iowa Memorial Union on April 27. 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.

Nixt, co-captain of the UI wrestling team, graduated in May 2004 with a B.B.A. in Accounting. A four-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, as well as a 2003 Verizon District VII Academic All-American, Nixt has been named to the Dean's List every semester of his collegiate career and named to the President's List after the Fall 2001 semester. Athletically, he has competed for the Iowa wrestling team in the 174-pound weight class compiling a 116-28 collegiate career record. He finished as runner-up at the Big Ten championships in 2002, 2003 and 2004. He has also competed at the NCAA Championships each of those years. Nixt's career recently ended with a third place finish at the 2004 NCAA Wrestling Championships, where he received All-American honors for the first time.

The Ray Award is presented by the UI Board in Control of Athletics.

EDITOR'S NOTE: A photo of Nixt receiving his award from Ana Arnold, chair of the UI Board in Control of Athletics, can be downloaded from the University News Service Web site at http://www.uiowa.%7Eournews/2004/may/images/052504tylr-nixt-hr.jpg.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Service, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Snee, 319-384-0010, tom-snee@uiowa.edu