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Tippie Students Recognized at Finkbine Dinner

The University of Iowa honored outstanding students, faculty, staff, and alumni April 14 at the 92nd anniversary Finkbine Dinner for Representative Student Leaders, one of the University's most prestigious award ceremonies.

Nancy Hauserman, professor of management and organizations in the Tippie College of Business, emceed this year's dinner, which was held at the Iowa Memorial Union. UI President Sally Mason was among those presenting the awards.

The event began in 1917 to honor campus leaders and give them an opportunity to meet administrators, faculty, staff, fellow students, and alumni. The dinner is named after William O. Finkbine, a Des Moines businessman and 1880 UI law graduate.

One of two Hancher-Finkbine Undergraduate Student Medallions went to Erin Cavanagh, a senior from Bettendorf, Iowa, majoring in accounting with a Spanish minor and an International Business Certificate. Cavanagh traveled to Seville, Spain, for a study abroad experience focusing on international business courses taught in Spanish. Her honors and awards include the Presidential Scholarship, Rhodes Dunlap Collegiate Scholarship, and Hawkinson Institute of Business Finance Scholar. She has conducted ecological research in Costa Rica as an intern for the World Food Prize. In addition to working as a research assistant for several management faculty in the Tippie College and as peer editor in the Frank Business Communications Center, Cavanagh completed summer internships at Ernst & Young and Merrill Lynch. As a member of Delta Zeta sorority, Cavanagh served as academics chair, new member educator, and philanthropy chair. Her leadership experiences include serving as vice president for community outreach for the UI Panhellenic Council and executive director for business for the 10,000 Hours Show of Eastern Iowa.

One of two Hancher-Finkbine Graduate/Professional Student Medallions went to Alexandra Nica, from Brasov, Romania, who is pursuing a doctoral degree in economics in international trade and growth. Nica's research focuses on understanding why people in other countries have such a high rate of savings. As a graduate teaching assistant, Nica has taught in a variety of areas of economics including international trade and econometrics, and received an Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award and several "Thank a Teacher" notes from students in her classes. An active member of Graduate Student Senate (GSS), she has served in a number of leadership roles including her current position of vice president. In addition to organizing the annual Jakobsen Research Conference in 2009, she cofounded the GSS Academic Mentoring Committee and the GSS Educational Outreach Committee in 2008 to enhance the experience of graduate students at Iowa. Alexandra currently serves as an elected student representative to the Graduate Council and the GSS representative on the Executive Council of Graduate and Professional Students.

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