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Congratulations to Karel

Karel Blakeley of LeMoyne College in Syracuse, New York was named the Non-Performing Person of the Year during the 2008 version of the Syracuse Area Live Theatre (SALT) Awards. Mr. Blakeley, whose Projects for Teaching Scene Design - A Compendium is offered through USITT's Bookstore, received the award during ceremonies held in April.

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Barbados Member Sends Greetings

Frank Willard, of Syracuse Scenery & Stage Lighting Co., Inc., and Helen Willard, USITT Stage Expo Sales Manager, recently paid a visit to Ronald Grant at the Frank Collymore Hall in Barbados. Mr. Grant, a USITT Professional Member, attended the 2005 Annual Conference & Stage Expo in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

He asked Ms. Willard to extend his warm greetings to all at USITT, and we are happy to assist her in passing along his message.

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Planning Underway for Cincinnati

A contingent of USITT's Conference Committee and staff members Tracy Davis and Barbara Lucas spent part of the Memorial Day weekend in Cincinnati as part of the planning process for the upcoming 2009 Annual Conference & Stage Expo.

The group stayed at the stunning and historic Hilton Netherland, which will be the headquarters hotel for USITT next March, and enjoyed meeting and exploring the city during its massive Taste of Cincinnati celebration.

Joe Aldridge, VP Conferences, was seen briefly on the 6 p.m. NBC local television news, having left the hotel in search of a bit of barbecue to enjoy.

The small group of USITT people did not make much of a dent in the hundreds of thousands of others enjoying a vast variety of regional and international foods, music, and other amusements.

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Sorry, Steve!

In the April issue of Sightlines, we incorrectly identified a winner of the Behind the Scenes raffle held at the 2008 Annual Conference & Stage Expo.

One of the raffle winners was indeed Steve Rees of State University of New York at Fredonia, not Steve Reese as was stated.

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