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University of Iowa News Release

May 25, 2004

Cedar Rapids Student Honored With Top UI Award

Brandon Ward Fitz of Cedar Rapids 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.

Fitz is completing his degree in electrical and computer engineering with a minor in business. In addition to being on the Dean's List seven consecutive semesters, Fitz has received Iowa's Presidential Scholarship and membership in both Engineering and Greek honor societies. He recently was selected to receive the Phi Kappa Psi Dud Daniel Leadership Award, a national fraternity leadership honor awarded to only one person in the country. His many leadership activities include president of Interfraternity Council, president of Phi Kappa Si Fraternity, a UI Student Government Senator, Orientation Student Advisor and an Engineering Student Ambassador.

Awards were presented by UI President David Skorton.

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