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Student Volunteers Needed

100 student members are needed to participate in the 2008 Student Volunteer Program. In exchange for 15 hours of work at the 2008 Conference & Stage Expo in Houston, Texas, USITT will waive the Conference registration fee. Assignments vary from conference office support, A/V and computer assistance, Stage Expo special exhibition set-up and tear down, Light Lab, and many other opportunities that will help make the 48th Annual Conference & Stage Expo a success.

The Student Volunteer Program registration form will be available on-line starting September 20. At that time, current USITT Student members may download, complete, and submit the application form to the USITT office.

After October 4, the Student Volunteer Program will be open to anyone wishing to become a USITT member. Forms will be available on-line at Any student who is not a current USITT member may sign up for the program and apply for membership at the same time.

Applicants are selected for the program on a first come, first served basis.

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USITT Office to Move

Beginning in late September, the USITT offices will move to 315 South Crouse Ave., Suite 200, Syracuse, New York. All electronic and telephonic communication will continue with current addresses and numbers.

All members will receive an e-mail once the move is complete, and a postcard reminder will also be sent.

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Motorcycle Raffle to Benefit BTS

Thanks to the generosity of Neil Mazzella and Hudson Scenic Studio, the ESTA Foundation will raffle the one-of-a-kind Broadway Chopper at LDI 2007 to raise funds for Behind the Scenes. This award-winning show bike will capture the attention of everyone who sees it cruise by.

The Broadway Chopper is a custom street chopper built and painted by the craftspeople at Hudson Scenic. It comes equipped with a 1992 1200cc Harley-Davidson engine and transmission mounted on an Atlas rigid frame with matching gas and oil tanks. The custom wheels are from Performance Machine with an 18-inch wheel holding a180 Avon tire on the rear and a 21-inch wheel holding a matched Avon tire on the front. All the handle bar kits are from Arlen Ness. The bike comes with a complete bible itemizing every part used in its assembly.

Tickets for the raffle will be available throughout the show at the Behind the Scenes booth and in the evenings at the ESTA Annual Dinner, the Rose Brand Party, and the special LDI Behind the Scenes benefit event on Saturday evening. LDI 2007 takes place from November 16 to 18 in Orlando, Florida.

Behind the Scenes provides financial assistance to entertainment technology professionals who are seriously ill or injured. Funds are available to anyone who has worked at least five years full time in the entertainment technology industry. It was created by the ESTA Foundation so industry members could support each other in times of crisis. For more information, to donate, or to apply for a grant, visit

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