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Jan. 26, 2012

At A Glance

Robert D. Dockendorff Scholarship awardees announced

The University of Iowa Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Staff and Faculty Association has announced Sara Puffer and Brett Burk as the recipients of the Robert D. Dockendorff Scholarship for the 2011-12 academic year. The announcement was made in conjunction with the UI Office of Student Financial Aid. Each will receive a $2,000 award.

Puffer, of Marion, Iowa, is a freshman majoring in ethics and public policy and Spanish in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. She hopes to work as a human rights attorney. Burk, of Oskaloosa, Iowa, is a freshman linguistics and Chinese major in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Department of Asian Language and Literature. He plans to work in the field of human rights.

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

Dockendorff, of Danville, Iowa, graduated from the UI in 1960 with a bachelor's degree in sociology. His interest in student aid stems from his belief that education is the key to solving the country's problems.


Old Capitol Museum 'Piano Sundays' spring series begins Feb. 5

University of Iowa School of Music Professors Rene Lecuona and Alan Huckleberry will open the spring program of the sixth annual Piano Sundays concert series at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5, in the Old Capitol Museum Senate Chamber. Piano Sundays performances are free and open to the public

The first program will include works of Bach and Schubert, among others.

Lecuona is an international performer praised by critics in Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Her performances have been featured on many albums, including a recording of the music of Margaret Brouwer, which won the 2000 Contemporary Art Music Burton Award.

Praised by American Record Guide for his "impeccable musicianship, exhilarating technique, and panache," Huckleberry is recognized as a multi-faceted artist on the classical music scene. He has performed both in recitals and as a soloist with orchestras in Germany, England, Czech Republic, and the United States.

Piano Sundays are sponsored by the UI Pentacrest Museums, West Music, and the UI School of Music.

The School of Music is a unit of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. For more information on the Old Capitol Museum visit


UI School of Music holds auditions for touring 'H.M.S. Pinafore'

The University of Iowa School of Music will hold auditions for its summer opera, Gilbert & Sullivan's "H.M.S. Pinafore," 5:30-10 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19, in Room 160 of Clinton Street Music, 376 S. Clinton St. in Iowa City. Callbacks/back-up auditions will be 8:30-10:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20.

The performances will be July 13-15 in the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts and July 20-21 in the Hoyt Sherman Place in Des Moines. Music rehearsals will start in mid-May and staging rehearsals will begin June 4.

Tony Award-winning actress Alice Ripley will present a two-week voice and movement workshop for the cast as part of this production.

Auditioners should prepare a song in English and a short monologue of one minute or less. To get further information and to sign up for an audition slot, visit If you have questions, contact


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