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Michael Monsos Named to Board

Michael Monsos has joined the USITT Board of Directors as of July 1, 2008. He replaces Michael Mehler who was elected Vice-President for Programming. Mr. Monsos is head of design and technology at the University of Montana and serves as a member of the Publications Committee and the Conference Committee. He is also the brother of USITT VP Members, Sections & Chapters Holly Monsos. His term runs until 2010.

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Rosemary Ingham

Rosemary Ingham, distinguished author and costume designer, died on Sunday, July 13 at St. Mary's Hospital, associated with the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Ms. Ingham received the USITT Distinguished Achievement Award in Costume Design in 2006.

A memorial service is being planned for the fall, and more information will appear in the September issue of Sightlines. A website,, has been established so friends can post messages for her family.

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Tech Expo to Return in 2009

Tech Expo, USITT's biennial display of creative use of technology, will again be a featured part of Stage Expo in Cincinnati next March. Loren Schreiber has passed the torch of chairing the committee which is responsible for the exhibit and accompanying Tech Expo Catalog to Rob Kerby, who notes that the entry deadline for the 2009 Tech Expo will be October 31, 2008. The committee is planning another interesting and informative exhibit, so those who have creative ideas are urged to begin thinking about their entries. Anyone with questions can contact Mr. Kerby at or 859-572-1427.

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Connective Corridor Continues Programming

Anyone who would like to visit the USITT office in Syracuse, New York can now participate in even more cultural activities. In July, the Connective Corridor, where the USITT office is located, was the setting for two linked events, the long-standing Syracuse Arts & Crafts Festival and the popular Jazz in the Square which were all part of the new Syracuse ArtsWeek in Downtown Syracuse from July 24 to July 27.

The Connective Corridor serves as the link to these and other cultural venues in the area. An arts walk acted as a pedestrian conduit between activities held in Columbus Circle and Clinton Square. Many area organizations worked with the Downtown Committee to coordinate ArtsWeek events, including the CNY Jazz Arts Foundation, Syracuse University, the Cultural Resources Council, the City of Syracuse Public Arts Commission, the 40 Below Public Arts Task Force, the Syracuse Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Syracuse New Times, the Onondaga County Public Library, the Arts Branch of the YMCA, the Writer's Center of the YMCA, the Everson Museum, the Red House, and the Syracuse International Film Festival.

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Cuban Artist Wins Award

Congratulations to Jose Antonio Prades Hung of the Cuban OISTAT Center, who was recently honored for his photograph "Reflexion" which won a prize in the contest held in conjunction with the tenth anniversary of the magazine Excelencias del Caribe. More than 86 million copies of the magazine are distributed in six languages and in 166 countries, Mr. Prades Hung says. His photograph won in the "smokers" category.

Mr. Prades Hung participated in the 2002 USITT Annual Conference & Stage Expo in New Orleans, Louisiana and was an OISTAT representative to the 2005 OISTAT World Congress held in conjunction with World Stage Design and the USITT Annual Conference in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

The winning image appears below.

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