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Tippie College Welcomes Alumni

The University of Iowa classes of 1963, 1958, 1953 and all years prior are invited to the University's Alumni Weekend, June 6-7. Business alumni are welcome to tour the Pappajohn Business Building and attend a coffee with Dean Gary Fethke on Friday, June 6, at 10 am. In addition, a social and dinner for all business alumni will be held at 6:30 pm on Saturday.

The University of Iowa Alumni Association (UIAA) is holding a number of events throughout the weekend. On Saturday, the UIAA will present the Distinguished Alumni Awards, the highest honor presented by the UI Alumni Association. The Tippie College of Business is proud that two business alumni, Patrick Baird, BBA76, and Jim Hanson, BSC58, have been chosen to receive Distinguished Alumni Awards for Achievement.

The awards are have been given annually since 1963 to recognize the achievements and service of UI alumni and friends. This year's awards are given in four categories: Achievement, Service, Faculty and Young Alumni. The Distinguished Alumni Award for Achievement is given for significant accomplishments in business or professional life or for distinguished human service. Recipients from the Tippie College of Business are:

Patrick Baird, BBA76, is currently the president and chief executive officer of AEGON USA, Inc., the fifth largest insurance company in the U.S. Baird has been with the company for 20 years, focusing his attention on mergers and acquisitions. In addition to serving on several Cedar Rapids-area boards, he was the driving force behind the AEGON Advantage Golf Tournament, which has raised more than $400,000 for the Athletics Hall of Fame and the renovation of the Finkbine Golf Course. While at the University, Baird was a member of the UI golf team.

Jim Hanson, BSC58, met his wife Joann, BA56, on the UI campus and together they have consistently given back to the University. The Hansons have supported a range of UI projects and programs including the Tippie College of Business, campus radio stations, the arts, and Old Capitol. They have devoted countless hours to various UI boards and campaigns, and, in 2000 the Hansons established a scholarship that helps students who demonstrate leadership skills or possess volunteer experience. The Distinguished Alumni Award will be presented to both Jim and Joann Hanson for their accomplishments and service to the University.

To find out more about the Distinguished Alumni Awards and the people who have received them since the awards' inception in 1963, visit More information on Alumni Weekend is available at

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