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May 18, 2010

At A Glance

Robert D. Dockendorff Scholarship awardees announced

The University of Iowa Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Staff and
Faculty Association has announced that Lindsey Lachanski and Will Bamber were
the recipients of the Robert D. Dockendorff Scholarship for the 2009-2010
academic year. The association made the announcement in conjunction with the
UI Foundation and the Office of Student Financial Aid.

Lachanski, of Carol Stream, Illinois, is majoring in political science and
religious studies. Bamber, of Cedar Falls, Iowa, is majoring in biochemistry.

The Dockendorff Scholarship supports students who are active in the Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Allied Union, who contribute to the
diversity of the campus, and who demonstrate financial need. Robert D.
Dockendorff of San Francisco established the scholarship at the UI in 2005
through a gift to the UI Foundation.

Dockendorff graduated from the UI in 1960 with a bachelor's degree in sociology. A native
of Danville, Iowa, where his family still owns a farm, he worked for the
Pacific Maritime Association in San Francisco for 35 years before retiring.
His interest in student aid stems from his belief that education is the key
to solving the country’s problems. He has been involved with the San
Francisco schools and served for many years on the Ethics Committee for the City
of San Francisco.

More information about the LGBT Staff and Faculty Association is available


Simpson professor to give Weber Days annual history lecture May 19

Simpson College professor Bill Friedricks, winner of the inaugural Iowa History Prize from Humanities Iowa, will give the Irving B. Weber Lecture at noon, Wednesday, May 19, in Meeting Room A of the Iowa City Public Library, 123 S. Linn St., as part of the annual Irving B. Weber Days celebration.

The talk "An Accidental Iowa Historian," is free and open to the the public. Friedricks will talk about his journey to become an Iowa historian, the development of the Iowa History Center, and his Iowa History Prize activities. The lecture is sponsored by the Iowa Project on Place Studies at the University of Iowa, the Johnson County Historical Society, the Iowa City Public Library, and Humanities Iowa.

Irving B. Weber Days is held annually to honor the life of Weber, Iowa City's official historian, UI alumnus and All-American swimmer, and to celebrate the rich history of this community. Irving B. Weber Days is held in May during National Historic Preservation Month.


Free UI Sports Medicine program discusses sports vs. exercise May 24

The experts at University of Iowa Sports Medicine will discuss how to balance specializing in sports with all-around fitness training at a "Health for Your Lifetime" program from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, May 24, at UI Sports Medicine, 2701 Prairie Meadows Drive in Iowa City.

Admission is free.

Topics include:
--How to balance sport specialization and cross training.
--Physical and psychological development issues to be aware of with kids and sports.
--Gender differences in training.
--How to set up activities in order to improve athletically and prevent injury.

To register, call 319-335-8886 or 877-MED-IOWA, or register online at

If you have a disability and require an accommodation to participate in this program, call 319-384-1745.


Alumni Association holds social media networking event in Omaha June 3

The University of Iowa Alumni Association will present a networking event from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday, June 3, at the Urban Wine Company, 1037 Jones St., in downtown Omaha, Nebraska. The event will feature a presentation on how to strategically use social media to cultivate business and personal relationships.

Don Davidson, 2002 UI graduate who is the new media marketing, business development, and relationship manager at Manarin Investment Counsel, will discuss how to use Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn and other social media applications, and how to use social media to manage your brand and set yourself apart in an increasingly competitive environment. Specific case studies and a question and answer session will be included.

Cost is $5 for UI Alumni Association members and $7 for non-members. RVSP by May 27 to For more information email or call 800-IOWALUM.


Science Station kids' camps begin in Cedar Rapids, Iowa City on June 14

The University of Iowa College of Engineering, in cooperation with education sponsor AEGON Transamerica Foundation, will partner with the Cedar Rapids Science Station to present two eight-week summer camp programs for children from June 14 through Aug. 6.

The programs, to be held at Lindale Mall in Cedar Rapids and at Van Allen Hall on the UI Campus in Iowa City, will offer a variety of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) activities for children of all ages.

"Vet Tech," "Math Detectives" and "State Fair Science" are just a few of the labs designed to help children learn while having fun. For more information or to register, visit or call 319-363-4629.


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