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September 2004
News & Notices
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During the 2004 election process, staff members Carol B. Carrigan, left, and Stacy Darling tally ballots. Patricia Dennis, USITT Secretary, traveled to Syracuse to supervise the ballot-counting process.  Ballots for the 2005 election will be mailed in November.

By Patricia Dennis


Slate Announced for 2005

A slate of officers and Directors at Large has been prepared by the Institute's Nominations Committee for the 2005 elections. The slate may be amended by following the By-Laws that state: “Additional nominations for each elective office may be presented by petition, supported by no fewer than 50 signatures verified as those of members in good standing in the Corporation. Additional nominations shall be accompanied by written approval of the nominee and a brief biographical description.

Additional nominations may be made electronically for candidates who wish to be included on the ballot. To file an e-mail petition, the process is to:

  • Confirm the willingness of the individual to stand for election;
  • Collect the names of at least 50 current USITT members who have agreed to support the nomination; and
  • Forward by e-mail to Nominations Committee Chair Bruce Brockman at by October 1 the name and brief biography of the nominee, as well as the list of names and e-mail addresses of those supporting the nomination.

Once the electronic petition is received, the membership of those who endorse the nomination will be verified and the support of each signer will be confirmed. If all is in order, the name will be added to the slate.

The Nominations Committee hopes that this option will allow the membership a convenient process of participation and involvement. Petitions may still be filed on paper and mailed to Mr. Brockman at Oklahoma State University, Dept of Theatre, 121 Seretean Center, Stillwater, OK 74078-4076. Any member with questions can also call me at 218-726-8778 or Mr. Brockman at 405-744-9203.

William J. Byrnes, in his capacity as Immediate Past President, chaired the Nominations Committee until June 30. He and the committee worked diligently to seek input from the membership at large, Commissioners, Regional Sections, and Directors at Large. The committee is confident that the slate includes a strong list of individuals well prepared for these positions and representing the wide variety of interest groups, professions, and regions within USITT.

The Nominations Committee presents the following slate for the 2005 election.


President Elect Carl Lefko
Sylvia Pannell

Vice-President for Commissioners

Debra Krajec
Kim Williamson

Vice-President for Membership and Development

Elynmarie Kazle
Sherry Wagner

Vice-President for Conferences

Joe Aldridge

Vice-President for International Activities

Alexandra Bonds
Secretary Patricia Dennis


Each of these officers will be elected for a two-year term starting July 1, 2005.

Members will be asked to vote for six Directors at Large. The slate put forward by the Nominations Committee for Directors at Large is:

  • Ann Archibold
  • Louis Bradfield
  • Bill Browning
  • Dan Culhane
  • Eric Fielding
  • David Krajec
  • LaLonnie Lehman
  • Andi Lyons
  • Martha Marking
  • Damita Peace
  • Brian Reed
  • Lisa Westkaemper

Those elected as Directors at Large will serve three-year terms starting July 1, 2005.

Ballots for the election will be mailed to current members in November. Ballot packets include biographies of each candidate, the ballet itself, and a postage-paid envelope so ballots can be returned.

USITT’s officers and Directors at Large shape the future of our organization – it is critical that all members participate in the election process, by doing so you invest in the future of the Institute.

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