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Production Manager Named

Congratulations to Tayneshia Jefferson, Vice-Commissioner for the Management Commission, on her new position as the production manager with the Indiana University Department of Theatre in Bloomington, Indiana. She succeeds David Grindle, who has joined USITT as Executive Director.

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Member Oversees Welcome Home Event

David Stewart spent part of the spring overseeing preparations of the May 23 LZ Lambeau: Welcoming Home Wisconsin's Vietnam Veterans held at Lambeau Field. The event was part of a weekend-long celebration in Green Bay held to honor and thank Wisconsin's Vietnam Veterans, while offering a warm welcome home that many never received.

The event served as a tribute to Wisconsin's “brave men and women who sacrificed greatly in service to our country,” according to Governor Jim Doyle and honored “those who were killed in action and those still missing and listed as unaccounted for from the Vietnam War."

The LZ in the celebration’s name referred to the Landing Zones that Vietnam Veterans were often deployed to.

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Ming Cho Lee Honored

Renowned scenic designer Ming Cho Lee was honored with the 2010 TDF/Irene Scharaff Robert L.B. Tobin Award for Sustained Excellence in Technical Design. The awards presentation also included Albert Wolsky, legendary costume designer, receiving the TDF/Irene Sharaff Lifetime Achievement Award and John David Ridge receiving the TDF/Irene Sharaff Artisan Award. Ceremonies were held April 23 at the Hudson Theatre in New York City.

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Fun in Charlotte

While a great deal of serious business was accomplished during the planning meeting for the 2011 Annual Conference during a recent visit to Charlotte, the group did have a few moments to enjoy the native version of barbecue. Just a short ride on the light rail, and a quick walk through the humid evening, the variety of beverages and barbecue at Mac’s Speed Shop provided a great adventure.

Photo/Barbara E.R. Lucas

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Break Ground for Training Facility

SaylorGregg Architects’ new IATSE 8 Training and Education Center is under construction in South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The new building features a quarter acre of extensive vegetated green roof and a programmable fiber-optic illuminated ceiling system which extends from the main entrance lobby out to the exterior entrance marquee. While the new facility’s primary use will be to support the training and educational activities of Local 8’s membership, areas of the building have been designed with the dual purpose to accommodate catering and will be available for rental. The Main Training Room, a 5,700 square-foot space, has been designed to be divided to simultaneously accommodate two smaller events from a single kitchen if needed.

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