On October 9, the U.S. Postal Service announced the appointment of three members to the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee (CSAC). Created 61 years ago, CSAC evaluates the enormous number of stamp proposals received by the Postal Service each year. Committee members, appointed by the Postmaster General, provide expertise on history, science and technology, art, education, sports and other subjects of public interest.
The new members are: Spencer R. Crew, a career historian, university professor and former head of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History; Mike Harrity, senior associate athletics director of Student-Athlete Services at the University of Notre Dame; and Ivan Cash, an award-winning interactive artist and film director, and the founder of Cash Studios of Oakland, California.
Spencer R. Crew
“Spencer R. Crew is the Clarence J. Robinson Professor of History at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. He has worked in public history institutions for more than 25 years. Crew served as president of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and worked at the National Museum of American History (NMAH), Smithsonian Institution for 20 years, serving as director for nine.
“At each of those institutions, he sought to make history accessible to the public through innovative and inclusive exhibitions and public programs. Crew is an active member of the academic and cultural communities, serving on numerous boards that work to generate enthusiasm for history among the public.”
At Notre Dame, Mike Harrity “leads the areas of sports performance and student welfare and development, serves a lead role with primary benefactor groups.
“Harrity has 17 years of experience at NCAA Division I institutions supporting 720 student-athletes across 26 teams at the University of Notre Dame. He directs all areas that impact the student-athlete experience, with a focus on optimally enhancing the academic, personal, athletic, professional and service-learning experience of each student-athlete from recruitment through alumni status.
“Harrity explored the subject of creating and sustaining cultures of excellence with 13 coaches and many of their team members, who have won 103 combined championships; the results of his exploration were published in his first book, Coaching Wisdom (2012).”
According to the USPS, “Conceptually driven and genre bending, Ivan Cash’s media projects spark meaningful conversation and impact culture. His work has been featured in The New York Times, CNN, TIME, The Guardian, Fast Company, Buzzfeed, The Atlantic and more. Three of his videos have been named Vimeo Staff Picks and two have been selected as Webby Honorees.
“Cash has been recognized as a Forbes 30 Under 30 artist, an Art Directors Club Young Gun, and a PRINT New Visual Artist.” His work has been exhibited around the world.
Every year, about 50,000 ideas are submitted for consideration by CSAC, which reviews the suggestions, narrows the selection of stamp subjects to be issued and makes recommendations to the Postmaster General for final approval. Submitting a stamp idea and issuing a stamp can take several years of deliberate discussion and design, so ideas for stamp subjects, made on paper, should be received a minimum of three years before the proposed issuance.
Mail your suggestion (one topic per letter) to:
Attn: Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee
475 L’Enfant Plaza SW, Room 3300
Washington, DC 20260-3501