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Tippie, Business Students Honored at Finkbine Dinner

Tippie College alumnus and benefactor Henry B. Tippie received The University of Iowa's greatest honor, the Hancher-Finkbine Alumni Medallion, at a ceremony held April 16 at the Iowa Memorial Union. In addition, two Tippie College of Business students, Daniel Fletcher and Christopher Linn, received Distinguished Student Leader Certificates, honoring their leadership achievements.

The tradition of awarding Hancher-Finkbine medallions began in 1964. The awards, which recognize outstanding leadership, learning and loyalty, are named after William O. Finkbine, a Des Moines businessman and an 1880 UI law graduate, and Virgil M. Hancher, who served as president of the UI from 1940 to 1964. Four outstanding students and one professor are chosen for the award annually. In addition, one alumnus who has attained special distinction is recognized with this honor.

The Finkbine Dinner for Representative Student Leaders celebrated its 85th anniversary this year. The event began in 1917 to honor campus leaders and give them an opportunity to meet administrators, faculty, fellow student leaders and alumni.

Nominations for the student and faculty awards are solicited from recognized student organizations and collegiate deans. The Finkbine Dinner committee selected the medallion and distinguished student leader certificate recipients, which were presented by UI President Mary Sue Coleman. Henry B. Tippie was selected to receive the Alumni Medallion after a review of nominations of distinguished alumni.

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 Tippie College of Business was named in his honor.

Daniel Fletcher, a senior economics and political science major from Cedar Falls, Iowa and Christopher Linn, a senior management and communication studies major from Bettendorf, Iowa were awarded 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.

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, Fletcher 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 the UI Dance Marathon and is currently the 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 the UI Chapter of Phi Kappa Theta, he has been initiated into the Order of Omega, a national Greek leadership honor society.

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