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Dick Durst to Head Baldwin-Wallace College

Our warmest congratulations to Dick Durst, former president of USITT and OISTAT, on his recent appointment as the eighth president of Baldwin-Wallace College in Ohio. Mr. Durst, who is currently dean of the College of Arts and Architecture and executive director of University Art Services at Pennsylvania State University, was chosen after a national search to replace Mark H. Collier, who retires on June 30, 2006.

Mr. Durst, known to many USITT members as the colorful moderator of the New Products Showcase at the Annual Conference, is a former dean of the College of Fine and Performing Arts at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and dean of the School of Fine Arts at the University of Minnesota, Duluth, where he had also been a faculty member and department head.

A special USITT connection: Sandy Bonds, Vice-President for International Activities grew up in the house Mr. Durst will occupy. Ms. Bonds' father was president of Baldwin-Wallace for 26 years.

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President, President-Elect Visit Office

In May, President John S. Uthoff and President-Elect Sylvia Hillyard Pannell visited the USITT offices in Syracuse for discussion, planning, and reviews.

Although the ceremonial gavel of office was transferred at the Awards Banquet in April 2006, the visit to Syracuse included the handing off of the plaque noting the names and years of service of all USITT's presidents. Ms. Pannell's name was added to the plaque and the band of the gavel before the presentation. (below).

Photo/Barbara E.R. Lucas

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Lisa Westkaemper Appointed

Congratulations to Lisa Westkaemper who was recently appointed as USITT's Acting Vice-President for Promotion & Development. The position was realigned by action of the Institute's Board of Directors and Ms. Westkaemper will be the first occupant of the reconfigured vice-presidency. We look forward to Ms. Westkaemper's ideas and enthusiasm.

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Costume Symposium Sold Out

Congratulations to organizers and those already scheduled to attend the 2006 Costume Symposium in Cedar City, Utah this August. We don't know whether it was the appeal of the subject, the presenters, or the setting but all spaces in both sessions are already filled. We look forward to the reports of the Master Class at the Utah Shakespearean Festival in a future issue of Sightlines.

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Building Featured at CITT/ICTS Show

Our colleagues in Canada tell us Rendez-Vous 2006: The Centre of the Universe awaits us all. Canadian Institute for Theatre Technology/Institut canadien des technologies scénographiques' 16th Annual Conference and Trade Show takes place in Toronto in August. Those who attended USITT's 2005 Conference in Toronto know what an enchanting city it can be, and CITT/ICTS Rendez-vous is an annual classic within the Canadian performing arts industry.

It combines professional workshops, social events and unique networking opportunities for members. This year, the Toronto Committee has been working "relentlessly" they tell us at putting together a fantastic four-day event centered around the theme Enter: The Building - More than Bricks and Mortar.  Conference dates are August 10 to 13 2006, with pre-conference workshops August 8 and 9. Conference details and schedule are available here.

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