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Women in Stone launches award program, scholarship

Women In Stone LogoOberlin, Ohio and Chestertown, N.Y.—Women in Stone has unveiled two new opportunities to promote the program’s efforts to promote women in the stone industry.

The Women in Stone Pioneer Award will recognize an advocate within the stone industry for their role in recruiting, retain and advancing women. The winner’s performance in promoting women should be exemplary, honorable and inspirational.Women in Stone co-chair Allyson Humphries of M S International said, “The Pioneer Award recognizes an individual who has ventured into the unknown to educate and empower women in our industry.”

Co-chair Kim Dumais of Miller Druck Specialty Contracting agreed. “There are many individuals within our industry who go above and beyond to educate and elevate women. This award has been established to acknowledge those individuals and recognize them publicly for their efforts.”

The Women in Stone Empowerment Scholarship will provide an MIA+BSI member with an all-expense-paid trip to a 2017 industry event (TISE, Coverings or an MIA+BSI study tour). The winner will also be able to shadow industry professionals during the event in order to gain a better understanding of different sectors of the industry. Applicants should be a first-time attendee of the chosen event and should have between two and five years of stone industry experience. “The Empowerment Scholarship is designed to provide an opportunity that otherwise may not be accessible to women in the industry,” Dumais said. “The scholarship offers a unique opportunity to be personally guided, mentored and exposed to all aspects of our industry.”

Humphries added, “The scholarship is the perfect vehicle for the woman who needs a kick start to her career and wants to learn more about our industry.”

Nominations for the Pioneer Award and applications for the Empowerment Scholarship are due by Friday, Sept. 9. To download forms, visit www.naturalstoneinstitute.org/womeninstone.

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Discounted registration extended for Surfaces|StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas

Surfaces and StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas have extended the discounted registration deadline for attendees to Wednesday, December 12. The discounted registration pricing is $15 for both Exhibits Only and Exhibits with Education packages. WFCA and MIA members will pay $5 for both registration packages. After December 12, registration for Exhibits Only increases to $35 ($10 for members) and Exhibits with Education increases to $150 ($100 for members). Continue reading Discounted registration extended for Surfaces|StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas

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Dimension Stone Design manual now available free to MIA members on website

Cleveland—The Marble Institute of America (MIA) has announced that its Dimension Stone Design Manual has been added to the “Members” area of its website. This is a significant policy development for the MIA, who previously distributed the standards document via online sales of hardcopy or in a downloadable format. While new MIA members will still receive a physical copy of the Design Manual when they initially join the MIA, they will now also be able to access a “view only” version of the book by logging onto www.marble-institute.com. Continue reading Dimension Stone Design manual now available free to MIA members on website

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MIA launches iStone app for iPad

Cleveland — Marble Institute of America, the authoritative source for natural stone standards and education, and studiomarmo, the renowned Italian expert on natural stone graphic and web design, have announced the much anticipated release of iStone, a natural stone swatch application for the iPad that is available in the Apple App Store. Continue reading MIA launches iStone app for iPad