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BFA Guidelines up for NAST Vote

NAST is scheduled to vote during its National Meetings March 26 to 28 on the Bachelor of Fine Arts curriculum, a project that was spearheaded by USITT's Management Commission. (See story in the May issue of Sightlines.)

Congratulations to the many, many members of the Management Commission and their affiliates at NAST for the tremendous amount of work which has gone into this project, which has taken several years to accomplish.

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H & H Award Winners Named

Congratulations to Brittany E. Eastburn, Nicholas Flinn, Katie Liang, Chrissy Nickel, Patrick Tynan, and Benjamin Eugene Womick who were selected as winners of the H & H Student Conference Support Program for 2009.

Each of the students, who has been a member of USITT for more than a year, registered for the 2009 Annual Conference & Stage Expo before the Very Early deadline in December. They were chosen in a random drawing conducted by the USITT office.

The six students will be able to attend the Conference supported by funds from H & H, and Reid Neslage, Vice President of the California company which created the Conference support program more than five years ago.

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More Bikers for Long Riders

The Long Reach Long Riders have added to the roster of riders for their 2009 charity motorcycle ride. Sam and Kacey Fisher, of Fisher Theatrical in Hanover, Maryland will be joining returning veterans and the other new riders to help raise funds for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and The ESTA Foundation's Behind the Scenes program. This will be the 6th annual ride for the group. What started out as a one-time ride has blossomed into a yearly event which has raised over $170,000 in the past five years.

This year's ride begins on July 31 in Richmond, Virginia and ends August 6th in Dahlonega, Georgia. In between will be a leisurely ride through the beautiful Smokey and Blue Ridge Mountains as well as trips on the Blue Ridge Parkway and the famed Dragon's Tail in Robbinsville, NC.

To date there are 14 bikes and two chase cars registered for the ride. There are eight Harley Davidsons, three Hondas, one BMW, one Kawasaki, and a Buell. The riders hail from Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Ohio, Kentucky, Washington DC, Maryland, New York, British Columbia, and England. David and Brenda Edelstein, of London, England, are making it a family affair by bringing their kids, Henry and Lucy along for the ride. Rumor has it they'll all take turns riding behind David on his Electra Glide.

Greg Williams, who shares this years' Ride Marshaling duties with Alice Neff, and Moe and Christine Conn, noted "We're thrilled to have Sam and Kacey on the ride and hope that more people will also decide to ride with us. The more people we have the more money we raise. It'll be more fun too."

For more information on joining the ride, making a donation or sponsoring an event along the route, please visit

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