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University of Iowa News Release

May 25, 2004

Urbandale Student Honored With Top UI Award

Jennie Lillis of Urbandale was recently honored with the University of Iowa Robert Ray Faculty Representative Award, one of the most prestigious awards given to University of Iowa students.

Awards were presented at a 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.

Jennie Lillis, a native of Urbandale, Iowa and three-time captain of the UI women's basketball team, will graduate in May 2004 with a B.A. in Communication Studies. Lillis has been named to the UI Dean's List three semesters. She is a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, and was most recently named to the 2004 CoSida District VII Academic All-American, second team. Athletically, Lillis has been a leader on the court for the women's basketball team all four years. She was recently selected to the 2004 all-Big Ten second team by both the media and coaches, marking the third time she has earned all-Big Ten accolades. Lillis is only the second Hawkeye player to amass 1,700 points and 800 rebounds in her career. In addition, she is one of only three Hawkeyes to score 300 points or more in each year playing at Iowa.

The Ray Award is determined by the UI Board in Control of Athletics.

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