Tippie Students and Alumna Honored at Hancher-Finkbine Dinner

Two Tippie students and an alumna were among the University of Iowa students, faculty, staff, and alumni who received some of the institution’s highest honors April 9 at the 96th annual Finkbine Dinner.

Tippie alumna Janice Ellig received a Hancher-Finkbine Medallion recognizing her leadership, learning, and loyalty. A Philip G. Hubbard Human Rights Award (which include a $1,500 scholarship) went to student Zach Heffernen. Garret Dunn received a Robert F. Ray Faculty Representative Award, which honors outstanding student-athletes and awards $1,000 grants to recipients entering graduate or professional school at the UI.

In 1917, William O. Finkbine and Carl Kuhnle hosted the first awards dinner for UI men. In 1921, Finkbine’s daughter Dorothy Finkbine Sauers and her aunts introduced a similar dinner for women.

The events were combined in 1972, and to this day are supported by an endowment established by W.O. Finkbine, as well as other alumni, friends, and the UI Foundation.

For additional info on the other Finkbine Dinner awards, visit the Division of Student Life website.

Read on to learn more about this year’s Tippie honorees.

Janice Ellig
Hancher-Finkbine Alumni Medallion

Ellig received a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the UI in 1968, and a master’s in organizational development from Rider University in 1978. She established her business career through roles with companies like Pfizer, Citibank, and Ambac Financial Group. Since 2000, she has been co-CEO of Chadick Ellig, an executive search firm in New York City.

A 2011 recipient of the UI Distinguished Alumni Service Award, Ellig has established a scholarship in memory of her sister and a named classroom in the College of Public Health Building. She is a member of the President’s Club Platinum and the College of Public Health Founding Partners, and recently with her husband made a commitment to the new UI Children’s Hospital.

Ellig is a member of the UI Foundation Board of Directors and currently serves on its executive and development committees.

Zach Heffernen
Hubbard Human Rights Award

Heffernen is a Tippie College of Business senior originally from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He also is earning a minor in international studies and a human rights certificate.

Heffernen advocated continued funding for the UI Center for Human Rights, leading a positive campaign to generate a petition and a rally that gathered wide attention. In 2012, he formed UI Students for Human Rights to lobby for the center and sponsor human rights events on campus.

He is a member of the UI President’s Charter Committee on Human Rights, and a recipient of the U.S. state department’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholar Award and a Council on International Exchange Scholarship.

During a semester abroad, Heffernen volunteered at the African Assembly for the Defense of Human Rights, joining efforts to ensure government transparency on HIV funding, overall budgets, and immigration policies. He also volunteered at an orphanage in Dakar, Senegal.

Garret Dunn
Ray Faculty Representative Award

A UI tennis player from Tempe, Ariz., Dunn rounds out his senior year with a 3.99 grade point average, double majors in finance and accounting, and a fourth Hawkeye letter.

In 2012, Dunn was named Tyler Cleveland Most Valuable Player, as well as men’s tennis team captain. With teammate Michael Swank, Dunn holds the number-one doubles position on the team.

In spring 2012, Dunn and Swank compiled eight consecutive victories, including three wins over nationally ranked doubles teams. So far in 2013, the duo has won five of six doubles matches, and Dunn himself has won six of seven singles matches with a winning streak of four games. Overall, he’s had 76 career victories.

In fall 2011 Dunn was admitted into the competitive Hawkinson Institute of Finance within the Tippie College of Business, which accepts 20 top undergraduate students every fall on the basis of academic performance, leadership, professional potential, and interpersonal skills. He currently serves as chair of the Iowa Student Athlete Advisory Committee and previously served as Life Skills Committee chair.