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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.

GrC Wins Awards at 70th Annual TAGA Conference

May 21, 2018

TAGA, or Technical Association of the Graphic Arts, is a hands-on, competitive Graphic Communication club. Each year, they create a technical, student-run journal that displays exceptional content and design. TAGA gives students the opportunity to gain hands-on, Graphic Communication experience with research, design, web development, marketing, print and digital production. The final product is taken to the annual TAGA conference where they compete with other student chapters from around the world. This year, the conference was held in Baltimore, Maryland.


Cal Poly GrC was well-represented at the Technical Association of the Graphic Arts 70th Annual Conference. Executive members of TAGA include: Jasper Lim, Molly McCarthy, Ciara Lane, Kristen Nagamatsu, Ashley Chen, Madeline Hagarty, and Ryan Hutson. At the Baltimore conference in March, Cal Poly took home a couple of prestigious awards such as “Best Production Quality,” “Best Publication Design,” and the “Harvey Levenson Award for Best Undergraduate Research.” Way to go, TAGA!

GrC Student Honored at DSCOOP

May 1, 2018

On March 26th-28th, Hannah Anderson and Alena Muler took part in the DSCOOP Conference that was held in Dallas, TX.

Hannah Anderson won the first part of the competition which consisted of coming up with a design that went off of the prompt - How Print Will Change the World. She presented her design to 150 to 200 industry professionals who were thoroughly impressed will her creation of a briefcase that omitted light from printed solar panels for emergency situations.

Alena Muler took part in the second portion of the competition which consisted her of sitting down at a discussion panel with 150 to 200 industry professionals. The panel asked individuals about the program, their studies, the future, and what they do in their spare time.

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GrC Students Win at Communication Design Competition

May 1, 2018

On April 17th-19th, Cal Poly students won the 2018 Communication Design Competition that was held by the Xplor International Conference in Orlando, Florida.

The competition consisted of redesigning a statement to make it more “functional, aesthetically pleasing, and extending its purpose.” Cal Poly had two teams participate in the competition.

Team 1 Members: Kallen McDonough, Madison Stepherson, Jessica Wei

Team 2 Members: Sarah Hughes, Jocelyn Tam, Katherine Chen

Team 2 won the challenge and was awarded $2,000 to use towards traveling expenses.

International Graphic Communication Week Day 3 Roundup

Jan 29, 2018

On the final day of speakers during International Graphic Communication Week, we had a packed day full of amazing presentations including guest speakers: Molly Hitchings, Nic Azevedo, Erin Nuss, Ryan Hansen, Carl Joachim, Bill Merrit, Don Gulcher, Doug Pike, and Kim Connely.

International Graphic Communication Week Day 2 Roundup

Jan 25, 2018

After Day Two of International Graphic Communication Week students were buzzing with ideas and inspiration after all of the wonderful presenters.

International Graphic Communication Week 2018 - Day 1

Jan 24, 2018

On January 23, 2018, Day One of International Graphic Communication Week kicked off starting with design based presentations from various companies such as Pandora and Patagonia. Speakers for the day included: Kendra Aronson, Alyssa Duhe, Melissa Hicks, Keir DuBois, Amaya Weedle, Monique Martinez, Jordan Damron, and Jim Niemiec.


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