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Tippie Student Receives Hancher-Finkbine Medallion

On April 13, senior economics major Laura J. Nass received the Hancher/Finkbine Undergraduate Student Medallion at the 93rd anniversary Finkbine Dinner for representative student leaders, one of the University's most prestigious award ceremonies.

Nass, who is from Lombard, Ill., is also completing an international business certificate. An active student scholar, she is a member of the Hawkinson Institute of Business Finance, a scholar assistant in the UI Honors Program, and a researcher at the Federal Reserve Challenge. Laura’s leadership activities include serving as president of the Tippie College of Business Senate and as a founder of the Students Consulting for Non-Profit Enterprises student organization. In 2008, she was named one of Tippie College's 21 Under 21. Laura recently served as a student representative to the UI Strategic Initiative Task Force and is currently a member of the Tippie College of Business Judicial Board. In addition to internships at Merrill Lynch, Beli Joli, and the Auroville Industrial School in Tamil Nadu, India, Nass was a volunteer on the St. Paul Mission Trip to Arusha, Tanzania.

Interim Vice President for Student Services Tom Rocklin emceed this year's dinner, which was held at the Iowa Memorial Union. UI President Sally Mason was among those who presented the awards. Richard Emmert, recipient of Hancher Finkbine Alumni medallion, gave brief inspirational remarks.

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.

The tradition of awarding Hancher-Finkbine medallions began in 1964. The awards, which recognize outstanding leadership, learning, and loyalty, are named after Finkbine and Virgil M. Hancher, who served as president of the University from 1940 to 1964. Nominations for the student awards are solicited from recognized student organizations and collegiate deans.

UITV will broadcast the dinner at a later time. Check listings for day and time.

For more information, visit the Finkbine web site at

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