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Davenport and Sargent Honored at Annual Finkbine Dinner

Tippie undergraduates Cheryl Davenport and Jonathan Sargent were among several outstanding individuals honored Tuesday, April 26, at the 88th anniversary Finkbine Dinner for Representative Student Leaders, one of the university's most prestigious award ceremonies.

Davenport, a native of Thayer, Iowa, received the Hancher-Finkbine Undergraduate Student Medallion. An economics major in the Tippie College of Business, she has been on the dean's list every semester. She has received several awards and honors, including the Virgil Hancher Award and Rhodes-Dunlap Scholarship, and was selected as a Hawkinson Institute of Business Finance Scholar. Her three-year research fellowship included studying an MBA market research project in Mexico. Davenport is fulfilling her third term as an officer in Delta Sigma Pi and had leadership roles in Omicron Delta Kappa and the International Crosswords Community. Her extracurricular activities include Business Student Ambassador, UISG Student Senator, member of Students to Assist Recruiting (STAR), and peer mentor for Orientation Services. She has been active in Dance Marathon and as a volunteer at the Domestic Violence Intervention Program, and she coordinated a diversity series program for the UI Honors Program. Davenport was also the 2004 UI Homecoming Queen.

A Distinguished Student Leader Certificate, which recognizes students who have exhibited meritorious qualities in leadership, learning, and loyalty was awarded to Jonathan Sargent of Ames, Iowa.

Sargent is a senior finance major with a minor in Classics. A recipient of the Presidential Scholarship, Sargent was selected as a Tippie College of Business Hawkinson Scholar. He has received the Delta Sigma Pi Collegian of the Year Award based on his academic and leadership accomplishments, and for two consecutive years was winner of the Classics Department Latin and Greek Exams. He was elected senior vice president of Delta Sigma Pi and selected as an at-large representative on the Tippie College Leadership Council. A member of the Tippie College of Business Judicial Board, he was one of two students chosen by the college to attend the National Conference on Ethics in America at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y. Last year he had a prestigious internship with JPMorgan Chase in Chicago and served as a middle market commercial banking intern. Sargent participated in Dance Marathon and is a mentor in the business mentor program, meeting twice a month with an incoming freshman pre-business student.

This year's dinner was emceed by previous faculty medallion recipient Jerry Schnoor, professor of engineering, with special remarks by 2005 alumni medallion recipient Pearl L. Cheng. UITV will broadcast the dinner at a later time. Check local listings for day and time.

The event began in 1917 to honor campus leaders and give them an opportunity to meet administrators, faculty, fellow students and alumni. The dinner is named after William O. Finkbine, a Des Moines businessman and an 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 UI from 1940 to 1964. Nominations for the student awards are solicited from recognized student organizations and collegiate deans. Awards were presented by UI President David Skorton.

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