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April 24, 2009

At A Glance

Small Business Development Center to hold business succession planning workshop

The University of Iowa Small Business Development Center will hold a succession planning workshop for small business owners at 9 a.m. Wednesday, May 13, in Room W401, John Pappajohn Business Building. The six-hour workshop will offer business owners information, local resources, and hands-on assistance for how to plan the transition of ownership of their business. Registration is $75 for up to four individuals, which includes lunch and all resources provided at the workshop.

To register and for more information call 319-335-3742 or visit the Iowa SBDC Web page at

Lunch tote sales to support breast cancer research at Holden

A portion of all sales from the sale of a special lunch tote sold at Younkers stores in Iowa beginning Friday, May 1, will benefit breast cancer research at Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Iowa.

Priced at $10, the dual-zippered lunch tote features two insulated food storage compartments and a pink ribbon pull. From each sale, $4 will be donated to Holden Cancer Center.

The tote will be available at all Younkers stores and on

Learn more about Holden Cancer Center at

UI Composers Workshop presents concert May 3

The University of Iowa Composers Workshop will present a free concert of new works by student composers at 8 p.m. Sunday, May 3, in Macbride Hall Auditorium on the UI Pentacrest.

The Composers Workshop is a collaborative project between composers and performers in the UI School of Music. The workshop is directed by David Gompper, professor of music in the theory and composition department of the School of Music and director of the Center for New Music.

Seven works for a variety of different media comprise the program:

--"How Long" for baritone voice and piano by David DeVasto.
--"The Certain Gathering of Night" for mezzo-soprano, piano, cello and percussion by Anthony Donofrio.
--Study for Harp by Matthew Dotson.
--"Four Haikus" for brass quintet by Lieschen Mast.
--"Hijinks for Tenor Saxophone and Electronic Media" by Seth Custer.
--"Arbitrary Distinctions" for harp and interactive electronics by Chris Shortway.
--"Funerary text" for trombone by Peter Juffernbruch.

The main showcase for student composers in the School of Music, the Composers Workshop presents a series of free concerts each semester. The May 3 concert will conclude the workshop's performance schedule for the 2008-09 academic year.

Old Capitol Museum presents Jane Austen's 'Emma' May 9 and 10

The Old Capitol Museum will present a live performance of Jane Austen's famous novel "Emma" from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 9, and Sunday, May 10. The program, which will be presented by members of Ushers Ferry Historical Society of Cedar Rapids, is free and open to the public.

This performance of "Emma" is being presented in conjunction with the exhibition "'Fresh Threads of Connection': Mother Nature and British Women Writers," on display in the Museum's Hanson Family Humanities Gallery. The exhibition runs now through July 26; it had been scheduled to be on display through May 24.

Guest-curated for Old Capitol Museum by Bridget Draxler, a UI graduate student pursuing her doctorate in 18th century British literature, "Fresh Threads of Connection" examines the lives and work of 10 extraordinary British women writers from the 18th and 19th centuries. Featured writers include Austen, Beatrix Potter (author of beloved children's tales about the mischievous Peter Rabbit), Anna Sewell ("Black Beauty"), Charlotte Brontë ("Jane Eyre") and more.

For more information on this and other Old Capitol Museum programs call 319-335-0548 or visit


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