May 21, 2020
Congratulations are in order as Cal Poly’s Technical Association of the Graphic Arts (TAGA) Student Chapter’s annual research journal took home the awards of Best in Design Quality, Best in Production Quality, and Best in Digital Enhancement at this year’s national TAGA Conference! The TAGA club spent seven months putting together the journal, designing a layout, and producing it all on printing presses in the Graphic Communication Department. This club truly is an example of Cal Poly’s ‘Learn by Doing’ motto, as students learn how to create the journal concept to production. This year’s journal featured a beautiful magazine-inspired layout, clear coat varnished topographic map details, and interactive augmented reality that brings the cover design to life. Additionally, a die cut slip cover holds and protects the journal. The 2020 TAGA team consisted of Erica Taylor, Aileen Vasquez, Will Olson, Bailey Yuen, Christine Peters, Alice Ish, and Luis Coreas. The team would like to thank their advisor Professor Brian Lawler, as well as the GrC Technician, Dr. Peter Schlosser for all their help completing the journals.
To view the process and production video or reach their journal, visit https://calpolytaga.com
May 8, 2020
2020 WINNERS – PHOENIX CHALLENGE COLLEGE COMPETITION
Students adapt and impress judges, the industry
and the Phoenix Challenge Foundation
Charlotte, NC. (3 May 2020) – The 2020 Phoenix Challenge College Competition, while adapting to these current uncertain times, was a success on May 2nd. This competition is a fine example of dedication, problem solving and perseverance in tough environments. All the participating teams and students have shown their caliber of talent and poise as they aim for careers in the flexo and package printing industry.
The Foundation is excited to announce the winners of this past weekend’s college flexo competition which was held online May 2, 2020 with great success. This year, due to our unique situation and truncated project parameters, teams were judged in four categories - Presentation, Research, Graphics, Concept and Execution. These scores are weighted and rolled up into an Overall Team Score for each team. Final results are as follows:
First Place – CalPoly – Caitlin Royston, Amber Huang, Ashley Chen, Julienne Chiang, Rita Yu, Morgan Wertz, Hannah Krieg and Trent Kammerer
Second Place – University of Wisconsin-Stout – Matthew Smith, Nikolas Thomas, Eli Dupslaff, Julia Otten and Molly Perkins
Third Place – Central Piedmont Community College – Sabrina Baez, Maddie Purser, Julie Goslin, Tucker Naumann, Jonathan Hall, Matt Gabriel and John Diamond
The winning team, CalPoly, will be featured during this year’s 2020 FTA Virtual Forum Online program where they will showcase their presentation and printed packaging during the session on May 6, 2020 titled “FQC: Exploring Technology & Defining Value in Packaging” – to be held from 2:00-4:00 p.m. Eastern
Regarding this year’s competition, Foundation Chairman Bettlyyn Krafft said, “I continue to be inspired, impressed and frankly just blown away by the college competition. The students take it up several notches every year. This year, with all the difficulties surrounding the pandemic, these students went even further above and beyond. This is why I do this, to help and watch these students thrive!!”
All the Phoenix Challenge student participants, though the support of the Foundation, can continue their education and do become productive participants at companies in our industry. From young career entries to long-standing professional leaders, the Phoenix Challenge Foundation has helped develop talent that now works with leading companies including: J. R. Cole Industries, Salem One, MacDermid Graphics Solutions, Harper Corporation, Quantum Ink Co., Tesa Tape, Anderson/Vreeland, Mark Andy, Inc., We Are Alexander and more.
May 6, 2020
Industry veteran and Cal Poly Graphic Communication supporter Ray Prince passed away May 1, 2020.
Always a friend and supporter of education, Ray helped develop the resources and funded what is now called the Raymond J. Prince Graphic Arts Center (RJPGAC) at Cal Poly. He arranged many donations of publications, raised substantial money, and was responsible for the donation of the entire Printing Industries of America Wadewitz Library to Cal Poly; now the largest graphic communication library in the world. The collection includes rare books, some dating back hundreds of years. These books are protected in the university’s Rare Book Collection, but accessible by students, faculty, and members of the industry for research. Hence, the students at Cal Poly are surrounded by knowledge at their fingertips as a result of Ray Prince.
We are eternally grateful for his support to our faculty, facilities, and students.
Apr 14, 2020
24156 State Road 54
Lutz, FL 33559
On behalf of Xplor International, I want to thank you and your team for being part of the 2020 Xplor Communication Design Competition. All the teams did an excellent job.
The XPLOR20 conference is being rescheduled. We are moving it from April to September and we will let you know when the dates are finalized.
Once again, on behalf of Xplor International, congratulations! We look forward to meeting you in St. Pete Beach!
|If you would like to view this email as a webpage, click here: 2020 Design Competition Results - Cal Poly Team C.|
Mar 18, 2020
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
David Cohune, Assistant Dean for Advancement, College of Liberal Arts, Cal Poly State University. Phone: 805-756-7056. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 — email@example.com;
Dave Cohune — firstname.lastname@example.org;
Ray Hartman — email@example.com;
or Harvey Levenson — firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on the endowment, contact Ken Macro at 805-756-2257.