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April 23, 2007

UI Recognizes Students, Faculty, Staff Member, Alumnus At Annual Finkbine Dinner

The University of Iowa honored several outstanding students and faculty members, a staff member and an alumnus on Tuesday, April 17, at the 90th anniversary Finkbine Dinner for Representative Student Leaders, one of the university's most prestigious award ceremonies.

Nancy Hauserman, professor of management and organizations and a 1996 recipient of the Faculty Hancher Finkbine Medallion, emceed this year's dinner, which was held at the Iowa Memorial Union. Interim UI President Gary Fethke presented the awards.

The event began in 1917 to honor campus leaders and give them an opportunity to meet administrators, faculty, staff, fellow students and alumni. The dinner is named after William O. Finkbine, a Des Moines businessman and 1880 UI law graduate.

In addition, several awards were presented for student, staff and faculty excellence.

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.

UITV will broadcast the dinner at a later time. Check listings for day and time.

The winners of this year's Hancher-Finkbine Medallions include:

--Hancher/Finkbine Undergraduate Student Medallion: James Allen Ankrum, Cedar Rapids; Thomas Niblock, Nevada, Iowa.

Ankrum is a senior biomedical engineering student. His honors include the Goldwater Scholarship, the Paul D. Scholz Scholarship and the Rhodes Dunlap Collegiate Scholarship. He has served as president of Tau Beta Pi, co-president of the Biomedical Engineering Student Society, lead tutor in the Engineering Tutoring Program, and senator in the Associated Residence Halls. He has worked as a resident assistant in the Honors Learning Community, and as a laboratory assistant and teaching assistant at the UI while actively volunteering in a variety of settings both on and off campus. He was selected the 2006 Homecoming King and is a member of Herky's Legion, the all-around champion intramural sports team.

Niblock is a senior economics and religious studies major. His many awards and honors include the Excellence in Undergraduate Research Award, the Rhodes-Dunlap Collegiate Scholarship, the Murray Undergraduate Scholarship and the prestigious Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship, awarded to only 20 students nationwide. He has been an active member of the Tippie College of Business Leadership Council and the Tippie College of Business President's Council, UI Student Government and the Association of Big Ten Schools. He currently works in the University Honors Program and trains college tour guides through the Business Student Ambassador Organization. He was recognized this year with a Hawkeye Marching Band Four Year Service Award.

--Hancher/Finkbine Graduate/Professional Student Medallions: Johnathan Lee William Gajdos, Chadds Ford, Penn.; Justin Matthew Weis, Muscatine.

Gajdos is a graduate student in German and current president of the Graduate Student Senate. He has been recognized as a Fellow at the Linguistic Society of America Summer Institute at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University, and as a UI Presidential Graduate Fellow. He has made substantial contributions to the UI graduate community through his efforts to enhance the collaboration among graduate and professional students and increase the visibility of graduate students within and beyond the UI. He is a member of the Graduate Council, German Department Curriculum Committee, Shared Governance Council and the University Library Charter Committee.

Weis is a fourth-year medical student. He is a member of the Medical Student Government Executive Council, the Medical Education Committee, UI Graduate and Professional Student Senate and the Executive Council of Graduate and Professional Students. Weis has served as the Caver College of Medicine primary representative to the American Association of Medical College's Organization of Student Representatives, was elected to their national governing council and recognized nationally by the AMA Foundation for his leadership skills in advocacy, community service and education. He received the National AMA Foundation Leadership Award, the Gus G. Nopoulus Scholarship, the Dennis & Katheryn Boatman Scholarship and the Dennis R. Schuldt Scholarship. He also volunteers at the Iowa City Free Medical Clinic and is on the board of directors for Iowa City's Summer of the Arts.

--The Hancher Finkbine Faculty Medallion is given to a faculty member on a rotating basis between each college. This year the faculty member was chosen from the College of Pharmacy from nominations solicited by the College of Pharmacy Student Association. Jay D. Currie, associate head and director of Experience Programs in the Division of Clinical and Administrative Pharmacy in the College of Pharmacy and director of the Community Pharmacy Residence program, received the Hancher Finkbine Medallion.

Currie, a graduate of the first doctorate of pharmacy class at the UI, joined the faculty in the College of Pharmacy in 1984. He received his bachelor of science in pharmacy and his doctorate in pharmacy from the University of Iowa. He is a significant innovator in the field of pharmaceutical care. He is one of the founding members of the Iowa Center for Pharmaceutical Care and was instrumental in the development of the clinical and Advanced Practice Experience programs, which ensure that pharmacists graduating from the UI would have the proper experience to be progressive, patient-focused practitioners. He was elected president of the Iowa Pharmacy Association, one of the most active state pharmacy associations in the nation.

--The Hancher Finkbine Staff Medallion went to Marian V. I. Muste, associate research engineer in Civil and Environmental Engineering. This is the first year that a staff member has been awarded the medallion. Nominations were solicited from the university community and the Finkbine Dinner Committee made selection.

Muste joined the staff of the UI Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in 1995. He completed his undergraduate studies at the Polytechnic Institute Cluj-Napoca in Romania and received his master of science degree and doctorate from the UI. He has been recognized as a Fulbright Senior Scholar, Fulbright Senior Specialist and Fellow of the National Science Foundation/Japan Society for Promotion of Science. Muste has taken responsibility for and secured funding to modernize the College of Engineering Fluids Laboratory and leads the IIHR (Iowa Institute of Hydraulic Research) International Perspectives in Water Resource Management program. This program gives students the opportunity to study abroad in a different country and gain first-hand knowledge of the realities and complexities of water resource issues. He is also an active participant in the campus community as a member of the UI Staff Council.

--The Hancher Finkbine Alumni Medallion went to Shirley Rich Krohn.

Krohn received her bachelor of fine arts in theater arts from the UI in 1944 and a master of fine arts in theatre arts from Smith College in 1946. She went on to establish an extraordinary career as a casting agent at a time when women were largely excluded from the entertainment industry. Krohn's accomplishments include casting more than six major Broadway productions and more than two-dozen high profile films and television. As a result of her success, she was elected to the Board of the Casting Society of America, became a voting member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and served for many years on the Tony Nominating Committee. She has also been awarded the Hoyt Bowers Award for outstanding contributions to the Casting profession and the UI Alumnae Achievement Award. As the benefactor for three to four acting student scholarships per year, Krohn demonstrates her generosity and commitment to Iowa actors.

--Distinguished Student Leader Certificates went to the following: Nicole Leigh Heacock of Dubuque; John Thomas Heineman of Grinnell; Latisha D. Myers of Ames; Terri Ann Nordin of Story City; and Jana J. Peterson of Webster City. This award recognizes students who have exhibited meritorious qualities in leadership, learning and loyalty.

Heacock is a senior mechanical engineering student who has been recognized as a Presidential Scholar, State of Iowa Scholar, Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholar, Valedictorian Scholar and Engineering Excellence Scholar and has been included on the President's and Dean's Lists every semester of her college career. Heacock led the revival of the UI Chapter of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics during her sophomore year and has acted as president since that time. She is also a lead in the Engineering Student Ambassadors, lead hull design engineer for the UI Concrete Canoe Team, a member of Theta Tau Professional Engineering Fraternity and Webmaster for the Engineering Senior Class Gift Committee. She is the non-voting student body representative to the College of Engineering Curriculum Committee.

Heineman is a senior pre-medicine student majoring in biology and political science. His academic achievements have been recognized by Phi Beta Kappa, Pi Sigma Alpha, Phi Eta Sigma, UI Order of Omega and Staff and Circle Mortar Board. He has also been awarded the Donald B. Johnson Fellowship, Rhodes-Dunlap Collegiate Scholarship and Sigma Chi Academic Scholarship. As the vice president of Medicus, Heineman has set donation records in biannual blood drives, and has organized or participated in volunteer trips to Louisiana, Costa Rica and Nicaragua. He has been instrumental in fund-raising efforts on behalf of the Free Medical Clinic, in conjunction with World AIDS Day and through the Sigma Chi fraternity. Heineman is currently training to swim the English Channel in July 2007 through his participation in the UI Water Polo Team and UI Trihawks (Triathlon) Team.

Myers is a senior nursing student. She has participated on a National Institute of Health-funded clinical trial research team and in the UI Biosciences Advantage Program. She has been recognized as an Opportunity at Iowa Scholar, John W. & Mabel Gottberg Schoen Nursing Scholar, Sigma Theta Tau member and Schoup Reihman Nursing Scholar. Myers is active in the university community as a member of the UI Minority Student Nurses' Association, UI College of Nursing Diversity Committee, Student Support Services as a nursing mentor, UI College of Nursing Human Rights Committee, and the Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity. She also volunteers with numerous organizations such as National Assistance for the Mentally Ill, UI College of Nursing, UI Diversity Recruitment, and her church.

Nordin is a fourth-year medical student. She was one of only five national recipients of the Nicholas J. Pisacano, M. D. Memorial Scholarship, and the first from Iowa in 10 years. She serves on the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine and the Families and Medicine Student Group. In her third year of medical school, Nordin completed a Doris Duke Clinic Research Fellowship and her oral and poster presentations of her findings were awarded first place for Medical Student Research by the American Academy of Family Physicians Scientific Assembly. She played a pivotal role in fostering the medical school learning communities serving as mayor of the Boulware Learning Community and as a representative on the Medical Student Council.

Peterson is completing her dissertation for her doctorate in Community and Behavioral Health. Her research work on the health of persons with developmental disabilities has been recognized by an Above and Beyond Award from the Governor of the State of Iowa, the Outstanding Research Award from the UI College of Medicine Research Week, the Special Olympics Inc. Health Professions Student Grants Program and the Pfizer Fellowship in Community Health. She is a charter member of the College of Public Health Student Association and has served in leadership roles over the past three years. She is consistently recognized by fellow College of Public Health students for her dedication to the success of her peers and the students she mentors.

Other awards announced at the dinner were:

--Philip G. Hubbard Human Rights Award, which went to Sehee Foss of Cedar Falls. This award is presented by the UI Human Rights Committee to a student who has made the most outstanding contribution to the advancement of human rights. It is named after the UI's first tenured African-American professor, a member of the first Human Rights Committee and former vice president for Student Services.

Foss, a third-year law student, is president of the Iowa Campaign for Human Rights, a group she founded with a small group of her classmates. Foss initiated a detained immigrant program in partnership with the Center for Human Rights and the Midwest Coalition and Justice for Our Neighbors. Since its inception, this program has successfully brought together community organizations and volunteers from the law school and the community to realize the rights of some of Iowa's least-protected people. Foss is also the vice president of the Equal Justice Foundation; a student group that encourages law students to pursue public service careers through financial assistance and educational programs. She has completed summer internships with the National Consumer League, working on legislation to improve conditions for farm workers, and the U.S. Department of Justice, working on the prosecution of child pornography and other child exploitation crimes.

--Robert F. Ray Faculty Representative Award, presented by the UI Board in Control of Athletics to a male and female student-athlete who demonstrates outstanding academic excellence, athletic excellence and leadership. The award, named after a former dean and long-time UI faculty representative to the Big Ten Conference, went to Jacques Bouchard of Rio Rancho, N.M. and Melanie Meister of West Des Moines.

A senior double major in microbiology and biochemistry, Bouchard competes on the Hawkeye gymnastics team as a rings specialist. He has been nominated team captain twice during his Hawkeye career, and has earned several other honors, including being named a three-time All-American scholar athlete and three-time Academic All-Big Ten athlete, and he set a school record on still rings this season, besting a record he set last year at the Big Ten Championships. He has been selected one of eight finalists for the Nissen-Emery Award, the Heisman Trophy of gymnastics. He was awarded Best Work Ethic as well as the UI Academic Excellence Award. He is a resident assistant and represents his team on the Iowa Student Athlete Advisory Committee as well as serving as the student athlete representative to student government.

A senior middle blocker for the Hawkeye volleyball team, Meister maintains an excellent academic record as a biology and pre-medicine student. Since transferring from California State University, Fullerton, she has become a Hawkeye standout, serving as team co-captain and playing in 120 games in her junior season alone. In that same season, she led the team in blocks, including a team-best 23 solo blocks. She is an active member of the Iowa Student Athlete Advisory Committee and serves on the executive board as secretary. She is currently serving her second year as a representative of her team to the Iowa Student Athlete Advisory Committee.

--M.L. Huit Faculty Award, presented by members of mortar board and Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Societies to a faculty member who demonstrates dedication to, concern for and interaction with students. The award, named in honor of a former dean of students, went to Steven A. Aquilino, who joined the College of Dentistry Department of Fixed Prosthodontics in 1982.

Aquilino has served as director of Graduate Prosthodontics and head of the department of Prosthodontics. He is actively involved in patient treatment, mainly the restoration of patients requiring implant-supported prostheses as well as fixed and removable prostheses. His research activities have been in the areas of implant biomechanics, dental materials and adhesive bonding for fixed prosthodontics. His current interests include evaluating the clinical outcomes of prosthodontic treatments. Aquilino's colleagues and students describe him as "a rare teacher, especially in the clinical health sciences, who has given much to the present and many future generations," "a man of the world," "devoted and energetic," and "committed to his service."

--James N. Murray Faculty Award, presented by the Beta Iota Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa honor society to a non-tenured faculty member who demonstrates outstanding rapport with students and creates an exemplary classroom atmosphere. The award, which honors a former UI political science professor, went to Brenda Longfellow, an assistant professor in the School of Art and Art History in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Longfellow received her bachelor of arts degree in art history from the University of Puget Sound, and a master of arts degree in art history from the University of Washington. She earned a master of arts degree in Latin and classical art and archaeology, as well as her doctorate in classical art and archaeology from the University of Michigan. Longfellow is recognized by students for her sincere dedication to teaching and supporting her academic community, as well as encouragement of student-initiated projects. She has written extensively on the aesthetic and technical innovations of ancient engineers, an effort that has culminated in an impending book titled "Roman Emperors and Monumental Civic Fountains."

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