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For the Record
Lighting Portfolio Reviewers Needed

David R. Borron
Lighting Commission

One of the important aspects of the Lighting Commission, and indeed the Institute, is to assure the consistent and pertinent education of the next generation of designers and technicians. To that end, the Commission sponsors a portfolio review each year at the USITT Annual Conference & Stage Expo. Those being reviewed present a body of their work, and the reviewers are charged with suggesting ways to improve the participant's work and presentation skills in a helpful and non-threatening way.

To ensure this important process continues, participants (both reviewers and those being reviewed) are being sought. It only takes a half hour for each review and is very rewarding. It is also a good way to participate in Commission activities. Most of the current Commission leadership began by participating in the portfolio review process either as a reviewer or a person being reviewed. Those who have never done a review should not worry. Beginning reviewers are always teamed with veterans, and the reviewers always strive to make the person being reviewed feel at ease.

Students at all levels who want opinions from someone other than their primary mentor; professionals just starting out or going toward that next, better job; or educators who are going through the tenure and promotion process and are in need of peer review should participate.

Anyone with a degree in lighting, or experience working in the professional field and has a commitment to the further education of lighting designers should consider being a reviewer.

Those ready to volunteer as reviewers can e-mail Dave Borron at Those wishing to be reviewed can find further information at (LINK from Conference web) and then e-mail as well.

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