ETC (Electronic Theatre Controls, Inc.) is again offering to take six deserving college students to LDI. Each student will receive an all-expense-paid trip to the tradeshow, which will be held October 20 to 22 in Las Vegas.

This is the seventh year in a row ETC is sponsoring this unique academic award. At LDI, sponsorship recipients will get the chance to see the latest in entertainment technology, meet leaders and peers in the industry, all while joining in on the behind-the-scenes activities of ETC.

The ETC LDI Student Sponsorship includes roundtrip airfare to Las Vegas, hotel, all meals, a full conference pass, an exclusive student reception, and a lot of great ETC swag.

ETC Sponsorships are open to undergraduate seniors and graduate students in lighting design, theatre technology, or closely related fields.

Pick up applications in person at the USITT tradeshow in Louisville, KY, from March 30-April 1, 2006, or download them from ETC’s Web site,

The Sponsorship application deadline is April 28.

ETC is proud of their LDI Sponsorship program alumni, many of whom already have impressive accomplishments under their belts. Kristie Roldan (2003), who was also chosen as one of Entertainment Design magazine’s 2005 Young Designers to Watch, has worked for Disney® Imagineering in Disneyland, and is now working at Visual Terrain. Another ETC Sponsorship alumnus, M. Scott Grabau (2003), has been working as a sound and lighting designer in the San Diego area. He recently received the KPBS Patté Award for Theatre Excellence in sound design for a production of Sam Sheppard's Curse of the Starving Class. David Griffie (2004) went on to earn his MFA in Scenography from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro and is currently teaching Lighting and Scene Design at the College of the Albemarle in North Carolina.