• About Mikela Cowan

    Beat the Heat!

    by  • July 4, 2015 • Articles, Community, Events

    Beat the Heat! Summer is finally upon us.  We’re looking at long days, lots of sunshine, mildly oppressive heat, and thanks to all the rain we’ve gotten, mosquitoes! That doesn’t mean don’t go outside… just remember to stay hydrated and wear proper PPE (sunscreen, hats, bug spray).  Summer also means that work may be...

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    ION training opportunity

    by  • July 4, 2015 • Education, Events, Notices

    ETC is presenting a 2 day series of classes on their ION lighting console. These classes will be held in Austin at St. Edwards University on July 28th and July 29th, 2015. More Details are available on the ETC website. If you are interested in attending these classes, please register at Ion Training –...

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    Stage Basics: DMX

    by  • July 4, 2015 • Articles, Education, Uncategorized

    DMX is like cable television. Although your house is being pummeled with 5000 channels of garbage, you are able to safely watch the Spurs or This Old House because your TV can disregard any information it doesn’t need. Only part of the signal coming through the coaxial cable is for the station you’ve got...

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    Past Issue Archive

    by  • July 4, 2015 • Archives, Articles, Issues

    We endeavor to archive as many issues of Stage Call as possible. If you see an issue that is missing, and you have a decent looking copy – please let us know, so we can scan and add it! Thanks! In the beginning – Brad Wilson was president Vol I.1, May 2005 Vol I.3, January 2006 Vol I.4,...

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    Safety Everywhere

    by  • April 17, 2015 • Articles, Education, Member Contributions

    by Joseph Martin While we tout safety as a virtue, I have found that in many areas of our industry we are either non-compliant or ignore simple things we can do to make our jobs easier and safer. I find in our local that the membership does work safely. We are great about making sure enough hands are on a heavy object and asking others for...

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    Heads Up! Communication is Key

    by  • April 9, 2015 • Articles, Member Contributions

    by Mikela Cowan One of the most common phrases we are taught early on in our careers is “Heads up!” Sometimes it’s a shouted phrase from above to give anyone below them a warning to move. Sometimes it’s a loud notification from the fly-rail or deck that pipes are coming in. In either situation,...

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