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Tippie Students Recognized at Finkbine Dinner

Two Tippie undergraduate students were among those honored on April 5 at the 94th anniversary Finkbine Dinner for Representative Student Leaders, one of the University's most prestigious award ceremonies. UI President Sally Mason presented the medallions and student leader certificates.

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. Several awards were presented for student, staff, and faculty excellence.

An Undergraduate Hancher-Finkbine Medallion was presented to Roberto Paniagua, a senior double majoring in economics and political science from Westchester, Ill. Roberto has developed a fluency in four languages; English, Spanish, French, and Italian. He has studied abroad in the India Winter Program and in Lyon, France. He served on several organizations at the Tippie College of Business, including its Judicial Board, which investigates student Honor Code violations. He served as the fundraising chair for Tippie Build's Habitat for Humanity Project, president of the Multicultural Business Student Association and was president of the Multicultural Business Association. He also has worked with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program. He has been a Peer Leader for the Iowa Edge Orientation Program, a Student Ambassador for the University's Center for Diversity and Enrichment, and a Honors Program Peer Advisor. The tradition of awarding Hancher-Finkbine medallions began in 1964. The medallion, which recognizes outstanding leadership, learning, and loyalty, is named after Finkbine and Virgil M. Hancher, who served as president of the UI from 1940 to 1964. Nominations for the student awards are solicited from recognized student organizations and collegiate deans.

A Distinguished Student Leader Certificate was presented to Lisa Gillette from Ottawa, Ill., who is a senior finance and economics major in the Tippie College of Business and is pursuing a theater arts minor. As an economic research assistant, she analyzed Major League Baseball (MLB) data to find a correlation between physical characteristics and the performance of MLB pitchers based on 25 variables. She has held several leadership roles, including president of Delta Sigma Pi Professional Business Fraternity and a justice on the UI Student Judicial Court. Within the Tippie College of Business, Gillette has been named a Tippie Scholar, served as a business student ambassador, and been a member of the Tippie College of Business Judicial Board. She has been a Rhodes Scholar Nominee, named in the Tippie 21 Under 21, awarded the Frank Knight Economic Scholarship, and is a member of the Hawkinson Institute of Finance. The certificate recognizes students who have exhibited meritorious qualities in leadership, learning, and loyalty.

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