ACUP Comes to Minneapolis

In-plant managers from 59 institutions in 25 states, plus Scotland, England and Australia, attended ACUP 2013.

Ray Burd (University of Scranton), Paul Roberts (University of New Hampshire) and Richard Tussey (Eastern Kentucky University) talk shop in between sessions.

At the first ACUP awards ceremony, Lora Connauhton (University of North Texas) accepts an award for her in-plant from ACUP President Lisa Hoover (Bucknell University) while master of ceremonies Jimmy Friend looks on.

Xanté representative Mark Priede (center) demonstrates the Xanté Impressia for Robert (Bud) Allen (left) and Andy Biedermann, both of Gustavus Adolphus College.

Ray and Catherine Chambers led an in-depth workshop on strategic print management.

Anajet’s mPower MP10 garment printer drew lots of attention in the vendor exhibit area. Here, Mark Andrle (University of Wisconsin-River Falls) and John Barron (University of St. Thomas) watch a demo.

Last year’s host Lisa Hoover (Bucknell University) presents the ACUP cup to 2013 hosts Doug Fenske (Minnesota State University, Mankato) and Andy Biedermann (Gustavus Adolphus College).

Keynote speaker Ken Macro (left) fields a question from Chuck Brantley (Ringling College of Art and Design) after Macro’s talk.

During the tour of Minnesota State University, Mankato Printing & Photocopy Services, press operator Mike Thiessen demonstrates the equipment to Ruben Joseph (Texas Southern University), Dave Hadenfeldt and Ken Reining (both with University of Nebraska-Lincoln).

"The Land of 10,000 Lakes" lured 80 higher-ed in-plant managers last month for four days of networking and education at the 48th annual Association of College and University Printers conference.

For the first time in its 49-year history, the Association of College and University Printers (ACUP) ventured into Minnesota last month, bringing 80 higher-ed in-plant managers together for four days of networking and education.

Cloudy skies and daily showers didn’t sour the mood of managers one bit, as they engaged in enthusiastic conversations about their in-plants. With attendees from 59 institutions in 25 states, plus Scotland, England and Australia, a medley of diverse accents filled the air throughout the event, which took place in downtown Minneapolis. From the Sunday night opening reception, to Monday’s boat cruise on the Mississippi, to the awards dinner on the last night, managers found ample time to talk and compare notes. In addition, roundtable discussions on topics like Web-to-print, mail and digital bindery solutions gave attendees plenty of time to share their experiences and solve one another’s problems.

Appropriately titled “Fishing for a Big Idea,” this year’s ACUP boasted an impressive 30 first-time attendees, from schools such as Bethel University, California Lutheran University, Franklin University and Macalester College. They joined ACUP “regulars” like Iowa State University, Bucknell University, University of Nebraska, M.I.T. and many others.

Organized by ACUP’s planning committee, the conference was co-hosted by Naomi Quiram, director of Print and Mail Services at Gustavus Adolphus College, and long-time ACUP member Doug Fenske, director of Printing & Photocopy Services at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Fenske got to show off his 11-employee operation to attendees on the third day of ACUP. Located 80 miles southwest of Minneapolis, the in-plant features an impressive array of equipment, including a four-color Heidelberg press, a Xerox DocuColor 770, a Canon IPF 8300 wide-format printer, a C.P. Bourg booklet maker with two 10-bin towers, and numerous other pieces of equipment. During the tour, Fenske manned the shop’s Heidelberg letterpress as it produced a foil-stamped, die-cut promotional piece.

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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