This dinner brings together outstanding individuals to establish meaningful connections that will help them throughout their careers, volunteer experiences, and daily lives.

Founded in 1917 by alumnus William O. Finkbine, the Hancher-Finkbine Dinner is an opportunity for each generation of campus leaders to become acquainted with the event's hosts and with one another.

Hancher-Finkbine Award Recipients

This annual event honors past and 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.

Nominations and Selection

Learn more about the history of the Hancher-Finkbine Dinner and awards.

Awards Presented at the Hancher-Finkbine Dinner

Hancher-Finkbine Medallion

Hancher-Finkbine Medallion

Through the generosity of Hands of Iowa City and The University of Iowa Foundation, medallions are now awarded to four students, a professor, and a member of the alumni family each year. Women and men are equally eligible to receive this symbol of the University’s highest esteem.

Distinguished Student Leader Award

The Distinguished Student Leader Awards are selected by the Hancher-Finkbine Dinner Committee to recognize students who have exhibited meritorious qualities in learning, leadership and loyalty. Recipients are nominated by student organizations and collegiate deans. Established in 1980, recipients include both undergraduate and graduate students.


Philip G. Hubbard Human Rights Award

Phillip Hubbard

The Philip G. Hubbard Human Rights Award was established in 1981 in honor of Philip G. Hubbard, University of Iowa Vice President for Student Services and Dean of Academic Affairs from 1966-1989. Vice President Hubbard was selected as a faculty representative to serve on the first UI Human Rights Committee established in 1963, and dedicated himself to human rights and equal opportunity throughout his distinguished career. During the Spring semester, through an established nomination process, a University of Iowa student is selected who has made the most outstanding contribution in the area of human rights during the previous year, and who most exemplifies the principles held by Dr. Hubbard. The award consists of a plaque and a scholarship to be applied toward the student's educational costs. Beginning in 2011 the award may be given to one undergraduate and one graduate/professional student who meet the established criteria at the discretion of the committee.

Robert F. Ray Faculty Representative Award

Robert Ray

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. Dean Ray served as faculty representative from 1956 until his death in 1982. This award is presented annually to one male and one female senior student-athlete who have completed eligibility and have demonstrated outstanding academic excellence, athletic excellence, and leadership. Recipients who pursue a graduate or professional degree at The University of Iowa and have not exhausted their athletic grant-in-aid may also receive an Iowa tuition grant up to $1,000 to be used within three years of receiving the award. 

M. L. Huit Faculty Award

M. L. Huit

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. The award is presented annually to a faculty member who best characterizes M. L. Huit's contributions to University and community life. Dean Huit exemplified the qualities of dedication to, concern for, and interaction with students. 

Nominations may be submitted by anyone in the University of Iowa community. Collaboration between students and faculty is encouraged in the nomination process.

James N. Murray Faculty Award

James N. Murray

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 Science. Professor Murray was also an ODK alum. The Murray Award is designed to honor an untenured faculty member, typically a younger scholar with less than six years of UI service, who has demonstrated outstanding rapport with students and who creates an exemplary classroom atmosphere.

Nominations may be submitted by anyone in the University of Iowa community. Collaboration between students and faculty is encouraged in the nomination process.