August 2013

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July 2013

News & Notices

Board Wraps Up Business Year

Year end tasks and appointments for the new year were all part of the agenda when the Board of Directors met electronically on June 14. USITT's fiscal and business year ended on June 30, and a new year began on July 1.

The board approved two new Awards for Young Designers & Technicians – the Barbara Matera Award in Costume Making and the Master Craftsmanship Award – with nominations to be accepted for the first time in 2014.

The Board also accepted the Strategic Plan for the organization, which has been discussed and refined over the past year. The next step in the process is to develop a business plan, a step which will continue to align the organization's activities with the strategic plan. A task force will be appointed to participate with the board on the process. This will be a major topic when the board meets in person in August.

New and continuing Commission appointments were approved, as were the Chairs of standing and operating committees of the Institute. Committee members are being confirmed and will soon be on the USITT website.

Michael Vitale and Shawn "Pinky" Estell were confirmed as USITT's first Board Mentees. The board committee which made the selection noted that having a strong field of qualified candidates made it difficult to narrow the field. Mr. Vitale and Mr. Estell will be mentored throughout the 2013-2014 year.

Executive Director David Grindle reported that USITT continues in good fiscal health and should have a small surplus at the end of the year. A final number will be available once USITT completes its annual audit this fall.