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Fethke, Student Honored at Finkbine Dinner

Former Tippie dean Gary Fethke and a Tippie undergraduate student were honored on April 22 at the 91st anniversary Finkbine Dinner for Representative Student Leaders, one of the university's most prestigious award ceremonies.

Fethke was the recipient of the Hancher Finkbine Faculty Medallion, which is given to a faculty member on a rotating basis between each college. This year the faculty member was chosen from the Henry B. Tippie College of Business from nominations solicited by the Tippie Senate.

Fethke is a graduate of the UI with a Bachelor of Arts and doctorate in economics, and he has been a faculty member in the Tippie College of Business since 1974. Currently a professor of management sciences and economics, Fethke served in a variety of leadership roles in the college, most notably 12 years as dean of the Tippie College of Business. In June 2006, he was appointed interim president of the university. Despite a busy schedule as a university administrator, he continued to teach a capstone course in the Executive Masters of Business Administration Program on leadership and strategy. Throughout his career, he has been a dedicated teacher, as well as a researcher who has been published in several noted journals and periodicals. Fethke was instrumental in the development of the Pappajohn Business Building and the Pomerantz Center as well as the establishment of a number of student-centered institutes, centers and programs.

Also honored was Elise Runde Voss, who received a Distinguished Student Leader Certificate. This award recognizes students who have exhibited meritorious qualities in leadership, learning and loyalty.

Runde Voss, a senior finance major, is a Hawkinson Institute of Business Finance Scholar, on the Tippie College of Business Dean's List and a member of National Society of Collegiate Scholars and Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honor Society. The first president of the Tippie Senate, Voss was re-elected five consecutive semesters as co-chair of the Undergraduate Leadership Council and works as a peer tutor in the Judith R. Frank Business Communications Center. She was one of 20 students nationwide chosen for the prestigious financial analyst internship at the Target Corporation. Voss competed on the UI Federal Reserve Challenge Team in the fall of 2007 and worked on the Krause Fund Challenge, a market fund managed by undergraduate students.


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