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Cal Poly wins the grand prize award at TAGA 2019

May 22, 2019

The Cal Poly Technical Association of the Graphic Arts (TAGA) is a club within the Graphic Communication Department. TAGA offers a hands-on learning experience through its six month production sprint to compete in the student publication competition at the annual TAGA Conference.

Graphic Communication Career Day Spring 2019

Apr 11, 2019

Here is a list of the companies attending our GrC Career Day on Friday April 19

Every quarter, the Cal Poly’s GrC department throws a career day. Career days are located on campus and showcase employers from various companies. This allows students to interact with professionals and perhaps land a future internship or better, employment. Not only does career day prepare students for interviews and for life outside of college, but it is also is a great way for companies to market their organization.

Career Day is fascinating because students have the ability to approach any table that intrigues them, thus gaining valuable insight by asking questions and learning from employers. Often, recruiters provide pamphlets or little souvenirs that leave attendees with a lasting impression.

This past quarter, the GrC department was honored to welcome Apple at career day. It was great to have Hannah Giorgi, a GrC alum, join us at a booth and represent Apple’s packaging division. It is really awesome when alums partake in Career fair as it gives students true inspiration. They are able to see the big things GrC students can achieve prior and post-graduation.

International Graphic Communication Week 2019

Jan 25, 2019

Young Brian Lawler, a woman who knew her heart was at Disney since 6, and a couple of tips from Adobe made this International Graphic Communication week one to remember!

A year ago, Brian Lawler received a mysterious box with many photos from the GrC department 50 years ago. Lawler recollected his memories of being a student and the laughs, the tears, and the special people that came with it. Photos ranged from Lawler in TAGA, to the bindery sink (when it was clean), and a host of other photos from awards, ceremonies, and tours at the Shakespeare Press Museum.

Kayla McCarty was 6 years old when she told her dad she was going to work for Disney, and 20 years later Kayla is a marketing manager for the Walt Disney Company based in Orlando, FL. After graduating from the Graphic Communication department in 2015 with a concentration in Design Reproduction Technology, Kayla moved to Orlando and has since worked in creative, communications/social media, strategy, and project management roles at Disney. (Taken from GrC dept)

Sephora’s Internal Branding team, Project Manager, Victoria Chau was also another GrC alumna. Chau graduated in 2014, with a concentration in Design Reproduction Technology and minor in photography. Chau spoke about how always saying “yes” can lead you to learning things you never thought you would be doing. Chau also stated that she still using her GrC skills in her current work with Sephora.

Lastly, principal scientist, Dov Isaacs from Adobe spoke on lies your printer has told you. He covered a brief analysis of some of the root causes and issues behind those “lies.”

Camp PolyHacks 2019 Competition

Jan 19, 2019

This month, Camp PolyHacks took place, and this is anything but your typical camping experience. Forget the food, tents, and wood. Instead, bring your creativity and maybe a hipster, hacker, and a hustler with you on this two day trip at the SLO Hot House. From January 18-19, 2019, GrC students competed in the Camp PolyHacks. Within the team, there were three different types of positions. There were “hustlers”, who ran the business side of the hackathon. There were “hackers”, who ran the actual hacking side of the hackathon. And there were “hipsters”, who were in charge of the design aspect of the hackathon. Within the team there were 8 different organizers, so everyone was able to have their own job. GrC students on the team, like Emily Ticknor, stated that her role was that she “provided proof of the concept, helped refine it, edited the elevator pitch, and made sure our team was going to deliver our project on time with a clear, concise and actionable application.”

Camp PolyHacks welcomes, “Cal Poly students of all background to work in teams to ideate, design, pitch, and market their solution to a problem facing the community. It’s a Learn by Doing marathon of collaboration, learning, and creativity.” Over the 48 hours, students find ways to solve problems in 1 of 3 trails: sustainability, education, and inclusivity. 

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Students Present Senior Showcase in Fall 2018

Dec 10, 2018

On Friday December 7th the Senior Showcase took place in the Graphic Communication building. The Fall quarter “Snowcase” involved twenty-four seniors of the major presenting their hard work from the past ten weeks in a reverse career fair setting. Each senior was able to work hands on with a project of their choice revolved around their concentration and major with enthusiasm and drive.

The Senior Showcase is a great opportunity for Graphic Communication senior students who are excited about real world work experiences to show off their dedication to being young, successful and soon-to-be college graduates! The seniors during the Showcase represented a good role model status for the younger GrC students who came to take a look, and as always the showcase is an open invitation to department professors, alumni, friends and families as well as the community.

GrC Hosts Second Annual PIASC Career Day

Nov 13, 2018

For the second year in a row the Printing Industry Association of Southern California put on a career day for printing companies from SoCal.  Companies that were there included Classic Litho + Design, Dual Graphics, PIASC, PJ Printers, Superior Lithographics, Thoro Packaging, Trend Offset Printing and Westamerica Communications. 

GrC Students Hold Council Meeting

Nov 13, 2018

On November 1st GrC’s student representatives to the GrC Advisory Board held the fall quarter’s student council meeting. The purpose of these meetings is for students to discuss issues or concerns they have about the department that the student representatives can then bring to the attention of the GrC advisory board. This year's student representatives are Jorge Valentin Carreño Gatica, Emily Anderson, and Natalie LaFollette. If being on the advisory board is something that may interest you talk to Ken about being a representative for next year.

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New Eric Steinbach Memorial Endowment Established

Oct 17, 2018

San Luis Obispo, Calif. — Cal Poly has established an endowment in honor of the late Eric Steinbach, former president of publishing solutions for Quad/Graphics Inc. and a member of the university’s Graphic Communication Department advisory board for 24 years. Steinbach passed away unexpectedly in February 2018.

The Quad/Graphics Eric Steinbach Memorial Graphic Communication Endowment supports education in the Graphic Communication Department. Funds from the endowment will be used to provide annual scholarships for students studying graphic communication management and/or technology and to provide resources for program development related to curriculum, laboratories, and faculty and staff — all areas that Steinbach supported as an advisory board member.

“Eric Steinbach’s leadership on the Graphic Communication Department advisory board is the reason behind many of our successes in curriculum development, laboratory development and professional development of faculty,” said Professor Emeritus Harvey Levenson, former head of the Graphic Communication Department. “We are honoring Eric’s name in a way that will never be forgotten at Cal Poly and Quad/Graphics or in the graphic communication industry.”

The establishment of the endowment has three goals. The first goal, which already has been met, was to raise $25,000 needed for vesting. The second goal is reaching $100,000 by the end January 2019, and the third goal is growing the endowment to $200,000.

The endowment is seeking support to reach the $100,000 goal. To meet the third goal, Quad/Graphics and the Quadracci Family’s philanthropic organization, the Windhover Foundation, has committed to match the first $100,000 of donations, doubling the amount available to $200,000 for scholarships and professional development.

“This is an important way for Quad to support our industry and the next generation of print industry professionals,” said Joel Quadracci, chairman, president and CEO of Quad/Graphics. “Eric Steinbach leaves behind an incredible print industry legacy that spans more than 30 years. We extend our sincerest appreciation to Cal Poly for creating an endowment in his name. This is an ideal way to honor Eric and his passion for education.”

Those who contribute to the endowment will be formally recognized at Cal Poly’s 2019 International Printing Week Banquet, to be held at the end of January, when the matching gift will be presented.

Contributions to can be made to the Quad/Graphics Eric Steinbach Memorial Graphic Communication Endowment through the following:

Contribute online via the Cal Poly Giving page.

David Cohune, Assistant Dean for Advancement, College of Liberal Arts, Cal Poly State University. Phone: 805-756-7056. Email:

Email a pledge noting amount pledged, contact information, and any payment preference — onetime, monthly, quarterly. Cal Poly will then send invoices. Pledges can be made to any of the following at Cal Poly:
Ken Macro —;
Dave Cohune —;
Ray Hartman —;
or Harvey Levenson —

For more information on the endowment, contact Ken Macro at 805-756-2257.

Study Abroad in Munich

Study Abroad in Munich, Germany

Oct 12, 2018

Professor Ulrich Mooseheimer gave a presentation discussing the study abroad program in Munich, Germany. Students that had previously studied there also talked about their experiences. If you are interested in studying abroad in Munich please see Professor Keif for more information.

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Cal Poly Wins Phoenix Challenge 2018

Jun 5, 2018

Hope Mosley, Pavan Sohal, Yasmeen Eid, Michaela Purcilly, Hana Zarea, Jillian Kehliger, and Alan Nguyen were apart of the winning team of the Phenix Challenge that was held in St. Luis, Missouri on March 24th, 2018.

The team created a packaging solution for a local kombucha company, Whalebird, which consisted of a growler carrier. They also created marketing stickers, and a static cling to label the different flavors of kombucha.

The Phoenix Challenge is an annual competition that involves up to six students from universities around the country who compete when given a prompt. Students are given a year to prepare for the competition 30 minute presentation. The prompt has to be solved using flexography.


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