Founded in 1917 by alumnus William O. Finkbine, the Finkbine Dinner is an opportunity for each generation of campus leaders to become acquainted with the event's hosts and with one another. This dinner brings together outstanding individuals to establish meaningful connections that will help them throughout their careers, volunteer experiences, and daily lives.
This annual event honors past & present distinguished students, faculty, staff, and alumni through a series of awards (listed below). The Hancher-Finkbine Medallion, one of the awards presented at the Dinner, is an opportunity for members of the University community to recognize their peers for exemplary dedication in leadership, learning, and loyalty. These awards, the most prestigious at the University of Iowa, seek to recognize individuals of extraordinary ability and potential.
Below you will find a link to a brief history of the Finkbine Dinner, as well as the different awards that are presented at the annual event:
The Finkbine Dinner: A Family Legacy
The first annual dinner for representative Iowa men was held February 21st, 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.
To recognize leadership, learning, and loyalty, the tradition of awarding Hancher-Finkbine Medallions was established in 1964.
Distinguished Student Leader Award
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.
James N. Murray Faculty Award
The James N. Murray Award was established by the Beta Iota Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa in 1985 in honor of the late James N. Murray, UI professor and past chair of the Department of Political Scienc...
Nominations 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.
Since its beginning, the Finkbine Dinner has recognized the importance and value of learning, leadership, and loyalty at The University of Iowa. With the introduction of the first Hancher Finkbine medallion, awarded to Dennis L. Pauling in 1966, a new tradition was born in recognizing individuals that best exemplify those qualities. Over time, multiple awards have been added to best recognize the diverse community of students, staff, faculty and alums at the University of Iowa.