ACUP Energizes Harrisburg
Just a few years after it nearly fizzled, ACUP has come roaring back, with a conference as large and lively as those held in its glory days.June 2012 By Bob Neubauer
With sessions covering everything from cross-media and Web-to-print to copier fleet management and mail, the recent ACUP 2012 conference was a well-rounded event.
Held in the sleepy state capital of Harrisburg, Pa., in late April, the 47th annual Association of College and University Printers conference brought together nearly 100 higher-ed in-plant managers from all corners of the country—and from four other countries as well: Australia, New Zealand, the U.K. and Canada. When managers weren’t attending sessions they were browsing the 30+ exhibits in the large vendor area or just talking with each other about their shops. (Don't miss IPG's ACUP video. Click the video tab above the photo.)
The conference was organized by Jennifer Bowers, ACUP administrative director, along with new ACUP President Lisa Hoover and her staff at Bucknell University's Office of Publications, Print and Mail. They got to show off their in-plant and their beautiful campus on the third day of the event when the entire group took a one-hour bus trip to Lewisburg. There, Print Production Team Leader Dean Fisher led attendees past his shop’s Xerox Color 800, Nuvera 100, Presstek Vector TX52 platesetter, Heidelberg QM46 and other state-of-the-art equipment. This was followed by a special screening of the documentary Linotype: The Film at Lewisburg’s art deco Campus Theatre, after which director Doug Wilson answered questions about his film.
This was ACUP’s second conference as a non-profit organization. Coming just three years after the cancellation of its 2009 conference due to slim registration numbers, this year’s event marked an impressive rebound for ACUP.
“ACUP is doing very well now,” remarked outgoing President Richard Griffin, of Central Piedmont Community College, at the member meeting. The association has 170 members and is focusing on broadening the services it provides them. An overhaul of the ACUP Web site is planned, with a members-only area to be added.
During the meeting, Griffin officially passed the president’s torch to Hoover. New board members Catherine Chambers (Virginia Tech), Steve Amitrano (Burlington County College) and Chuck Brantley (Rhodes State College) were also welcomed. And four new committees were unveiled, to be run by a dozen volunteers.
The 2013 ACUP conference will be held May 19-23 in the Minneapolis area, marking the first time ACUP has ventured to Minnesota. Long-time attendee Doug Fenske, of the Minnesota State University, Mankato, has volunteered to host the conference, with the assistance Naomi Quiram of nearby Gustavus Adolphus College. Visit www.acup-edu.org for the latest information.