ACUP Energizes Harrisburg

Managers came from all over the world to attend ACUP 2012.

Nearly 100 higher-ed in-plant managers from all over the world attended the recent ACUP conference.

Barb Pellow gave the opening keynote at ACUP 2012.

Paul Jones (center) of Ashland University leads an informal roundtable discussion on Web-to-print solutions.

Attendees prepare to tour Bucknell University’s in-plant on a beautiful spring morning.

Laura Sicklesteel (California State University, San Bernardino) and Kathy Blondel (University of California, Riverside) check out  the equipment at the Spiel Associates booth.

Managers network in between sessions. From left: Rodney Brown (University of Delaware), Maury Kane (Temple University), Steve Dimond (MIT) and Richard Griffin (Central Piedmont Community College).

The Campus Theatre on Lewisburg’s main street welcomes ACUP to the screening of Linotype: The Film.

Karen Farr (left), president of NIPPA, presents an award to Lisa Hoover, president of ACUP, recognizing the cooperation of the two organizations.

ACUP attendees tour Bucknell University's in-plant and get a demo of its Xerox Color 800 (right).

The old and new ACUP board.

Steve Dimond of MIT moderated one interactive session.

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.

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.

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Bob has served as editor of In-plant Graphics since October of 1994. Prior to that he served for three years as managing editor of Printing Impressions, a commercial printing publication. Mr. Neubauer is very active in the U.S. in-plant industry. He attends all the major in-plant conferences and has visited more than 130 in-plant operations around the world. He has given presentations to numerous in-plant groups in the U.S., Canada and Australia, including the Association of College and University Printers and the In-plant Printing and Mailing Association. He also coordinates the annual In-Print contest, cosponsored by IPMA and In-plant Graphics.

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  • Ray Chambers

    Bob – nice coverage of our ACUP conference. Allow me to make one small correction. Yes, Lisa and her guys from Bucknell did a great job organizing the conference, but please don’t overlook the contributions of Jennifer Bowers, ACUP’s Administrative Director. Jen was a vital member of the team. Thanks to Lisa, Jen, and all the folks that helped make ACUP the success that it was.

    Ray Chambers