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Congrats to Mark Shanda

Mark Shanda has been named chair of the Department of Theatre at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. Mr. Shanda has been on the Ohio State faculty since 1986, and will retain the title of Resident Technical Director. The undergraduate program has over 250 majors and the graduate program has 45 students.

Mr. Shanda served as technical director for the United States' Prague Quadrennial 1999 entry, and served as chair of the Theatre Technology Exhibition, Tech Expo. He received KC/ACTF's Gold Medal of Excellence Award in 1998.

As a theatre consultant, Mr. Shanda has worked on projects all over Ohio.

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Ann Archbold takes new Position

Ann Archbold, a USITT Director at Large, has been named Head of the Master of Fine Arts Lighting Program at the University of Wisconsin. Ms. Archbold, who had been at Florida State University, is moving to Madison, Wisconsin this summer.

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To Ride Again in 2006

After raising more than $27,000 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS in their 2005 trek to the Badlands of South Dakota, the Long Reach Long Riders are already planning to do it again.

Donations can still be made in support of the 2005 ride via the group's web page, which includes photos and an account of this year's adventure. Dates for 2006 are July 9 to 18, and the destination will again be Rapid City, South Dakota.

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Rick Stephens Visits Office

The USITT office had an extended visit in July, when Rick Stephens spent a few weeks exploring the records and archives of the Institute. According to Mr. Stephens, the 90 degree days were a pleasant break from the temperatures he'd been experiencing in Texas. It was great to have him with us.

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Membership Discussed

It was also great to have Elynmarie Kazle, Vice President for Membership & Development, working with us in July, but for a shorter time than Mr. Stephens. Ms. Kazle worked with the staff on plans for upcoming membership recruitment, awards programs, and long-term giving opportunities.

We are always pleased when officers and members have an opportunity to work in Syracuse with staff members.

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Inside Leg Makes Debut

USITT member Cathy Fritsch has launched a new service for professional costume shops to assist with online actor measurements at She notes the site was developed with the advice and consent of Actor's Equity, LORT counsel, and Indiana Repertory Theatre. Because it will take time to build its database, membership is free to professional members until January 2006, and will continue to be free for educational theatres after that time, Ms. Fritsch reports.

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