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Students, faculty, staff, and alumni honored at Finkbine Dinner

University of Iowa students, faculty, staff, and alumni received some of the institution’s highest honors Thursday, April 24, at the 97th annual Finkbine Dinner for Representative Student Leaders.

Wanakee Carr received a Hancher-Finkbine Medallion recognizing leadership, learning, and loyalty, and Anthony Cyr received a Distinguished Student Leader certificate.

In 1917, William Finkbine and Carl Kuhnle hosted the first awards dinner for UI men. In 1921, Finkbine’s daughter Dorothy Finkbine Sauers and her aunts introduced a similar dinner for women. The events were combined in 1972, and to this day are supported by an endowment established by W. Finkbine, as well as other alumni, friends, and the UI Foundation.

Wanakee Carr

Hancher-Finkbine Graduate/Professional Student Medallion

Carr is a fourth-year medical student and a Des Moines, Iowa native. She is the current president of the Carver College of Medicine Student Government, where she recently oversaw the college’s most fiscally successful Crista Gala.

Other achievements include a term as co-mayor of the William Bean Learning Community and research assistantships in the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation and the Department of Health and Human Physiology.

Carr is an executive officer for the Executive Council of Graduate and Professional Students (ECGPS), the recruitment chair for the UI chapter of the Student National Medical Association, and a past peer mentor and Iowa Medical Student Surgical Interest Society treasurer.

Anthony Cyr

Graduate/Professional Distinguished Student Leader Certificate

Cyr, a Cedar Rapids native, is completing his final year in the Carver College of Medicine Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP)—a combined M.D. – Ph.D. degree path. He is the past recipient of the Senior Medical Student Department of Surgery award and the Ruth L. Kirschstein National research Service award.

In 2010, Cyr received the Tutor of the Year award while serving as a research mentor for undergraduate students and a teaching assistant in the Department of Biochemistry.

Cyr is a past mayor of the Flock Learning Community—a role for which he received the Flock Community Leadership award—and a member of the Medical Student Promotions Committee, among others. He is also active with the Iowa City Free Medical Clinic where he has volunteered as an examiner and served on the board of directors.

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