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Upstate Plans Workshops, Job Fair

Mark your calendars. It's official. The Upstate New York Regional Section will hold its fourth annual Job Fair and day of Technical Workshops hosted by SUNY-Oswego on Saturday, January 26.

The unofficial start of the day will be coffee and a meet-and-greet at 9 a.m. Workshops will commence at 9:30 a.m.. In addition to technology-focused workshops, there will be time devoted to resume and portfolio review. Lunch and a brief regional meeting will be noon to 1 p.m. followed by job interviews and workshops from 1 p.m. on.

Johan Growled, technical director at SUNY-Oswego Department of Theatre ( is co-organizer for the event with Glimmer glass Opera Technical Director Abby Rodd (

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Southwest Plans Symposium & Design 2008

The Southwest Regional Section will hold its Winter Symposium & Design 2008 event January 19 to 20 at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas.

Sheila Hargett, of Texas State University, is the featured artist. Workshops will include: corset construction; work saving and innovative shop tools; joining USA, IATSE, etc.; EOS Console workshop using panorama power cyc, cyberlights, Nexaras, Mac II, etc.; emphasis control lighting system; choosing color for the production; scene painting on a motorized paint frame; generating concept studies using Photoshop; foundations and futures of stage architecture; stage rigging techniques; and sound mixing and microphone techniques. The event will feature a tour of the 186,000 square foot WTAMU fine arts complex.

Professional, academic and student design displays in set, costume, lighting, and sound will be accepted. Design prizes will be awarded to exhibitors. The deadline to enter is December 30.

The event is hosted by the WTAMU Department of Art, Theatre, and Dance along with the USITT student chapter, and sponsored by the Sybil B. Harrington College Of Fine Arts and Humanities.

Go to to register online and enter designs. For more information contact Jim Kemmerling at806-651-2814 or John Landon at 806-651-2815.

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Ohio Valley Fall Conference

USITT-Ohio Valley held its Fall Conference October 13 at the renovated Boyd Cultural Arts Center on the Wilmington College Campus. The 65 attendees chose from workshops covering nine different design and technology spectrums.

Stirling Sheldon demonstrated how to build Blinky LEDs. Richard Wolpert, president of Union Connector Co., Inc., taught a workshop on Electricity 101. Kathie Brookfield, Gina Neuerer, Tamara L Honesty, and Jim Hill conducted a sequence of three workshops on Resume/Letter Writing, Interview, Portfolio Pages, and Electronic Portfolio. Kelly Yurko presented Wig Design and Fitting, right. Regina Truhart presented Time Management and Communication Tools for Student Designers and Technicians, and Raymond Kent gave a detailed overview of Planning for Video/Projection Systems.

At the closing ceremony, Matthew Benjamin, chair of the Ezekiel Awards Committee, announced the awards for the annual design and technology exhibit. Section Chair Jim Hill presented the Peggy Ezekiel Career Service Award to Katie Robbins of Otterbein College and Steve Wexler of the University of Cincinnati College, Conservatory of Music.

Other Ezekiel award recipients can be viewed on the Section web site.

The Section thanks Becky Haines, Wynn Alexander, Lois Hock and their students at Wilmington for their help in setting up this conference.

Stirling Sheldon demonstrated how to build Blinky LEDs for the Ohio Valley Fall Conference.

Photos/Courtesy Tammy Honesty, Ohio Valley Board Member

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