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. 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 Hancher-Finkbine Dinner, as well as the different awards that are presented at the annual event.
2021 Hancher-Finkbine Awards
2021 Anniversary Hancher-Finkbine Dinner (Virtual) Tuesday, April 20 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm (CST) To attend the virtual ceremony, please register here in advance.Learn More
The Hancher-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.Learn More
The tradition of awarding Hancher-Finkbine Medallions was established to recognize leadership, learning, and loyalty. In early 1964, alumni of the dinners were invited by Administrative deal Allin W, Dakin to contribute to a “Hancher Fund of the Finkbine Men” in honor of Virgil M. Hancher, who had been honored as a student at the first dinner and was about to retire as president of his alma mater.Learn More
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.Learn More
Philip G. Hubbard Human Rights Award
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. 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.Learn More
Robert F. Ray Faculty Representative Award
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.Learn More
M. L. Huit Faculty Award
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.Learn More
James N. Murray Faculty Award
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.Learn More