The Finkbine Dinner
The first annual dinner for representative Iowa men was held February 21, 1917, with William O. Finkbine, 1878A, 1880L, of Des Moines, and Carl Kuhnle, 1881A, 1882L, of Denison, as hosts. In 1921 the first annual dinner for representative Iowa women, the Good-Will Dinner, was held with Dorothy Finkbine Sauers (daughter of W.O.) and her aunts Emilie and Marie Stapp of Massachusetts as hostesses. In 1972 the dinners were combined and designated the Finkbine Dinner of Representative Students. The purpose of the dinners was to enable the hosts and hostesses to become acquainted with each generation of campus leaders and for these leaders to know each other, all to the end of cementing firm and lasting ties to the University. So successful did he believe these dinners to be, Mr. Finkbine provided an endowment to perpetuate them.
To these dinners have come each year students chosen as campus leaders, those who have attended Finkbine Dinners in previous years, the president, deans, and other members of the University. Speeches are few, but conversation is predominant in the proceedings.
Mr. Finkbine hoped that the leaders of The University of Iowa’s constituencies: students, faculty, administration, and alumni would, on these occasions, come to have a better understanding of one another’s diverse interests and of their mutual concern for the traditions and vitality of the University.
The following awards are presented at the annual Finkbine Dinner:
To recognize leadership, learning, and loyalty, the tradition of awarding Hancher-Finkbine Medallions was established in 1964.
Hancher-Finkbine Medallion Nomination and Selection
Each year the Finkbine Dinner Committee composed of students, staff and faculty and an alumnus select the recipients of the Hancher-Finkbine Medallions.
Distinguished Student Leader Certificate
The Distinguished Student Leader Awards are selected by the Finkbine Dinner Committee to recognize students who have exhibited meritorious qualities in learning, leadership and loyalty.
Philip G. Hubbard Human Rights Award
The Philip G. Hubbard Human Rights Award was established in 1981 by President Willard L. Boyd in honor of Vice President Philip Hubbard, one of the faculty representatives on the first UI Human Rights...
Robert F. Ray Faculty Representative Award
The Robert F. Ray Faculty Award was established by President Willard L. Boyd in honor of Dean Robert F. Ray, The University of Iowa faculty representative to the Big Ten Conference.
M. L. Huit Faculty Award
The Marion L. Huit Faculty Award was established in 1978 to recognize M. L. Huit's outstanding dedication and service to students of The University of Iowa during his tenure as dean of students.