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University of Iowa News Release

May 25, 2004

Ames Student Honored With Top UI Award

Jacek Pruski of Ames was recently honored with the University of Iowa Distinguished Student Leader Certificate, one of the most prestigious awards given to University of Iowa students.

Awards were presented at the Finkbine Dinner in the Iowa Memorial Union on April 27. 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.

Pruski is a political science and interdepartmental studies major. A recipient of the Presidential Scholarship, Pruski has received several awards and honors, including the Virgil M. Hancher Award, the highest honor given to a UI junior for academics and leadership. He has been on the President's List and Dean's List and created his own interdisciplinary major in environmental economics and policy. Through his participation in the Honors Program, he has served as volunteer coordinator and liaison to the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council and is an honors mentor. Pruski has been a UI Student Government Senator and a member of the Dean's Student Advisory Committee and the UI Environmental Coalition.

Awards were presented by UI President David Skorton.

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