University Graphic Systems (UGS)

Mission Statement

University Graphic Systems is committed to learning and service. Through shared knowledge and the support of the Graphic Communication Department at Cal Poly, we deliver print, design and web development services that enable our clients to move forward in their business and personal initiatives.

Who We Are

University Graphic Systems (UGS) is a student-managed, student-operated commercial printing and digital imaging enterprise within the Graphic Communication Department of California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo. UGS has been an integral part of the Graphic Communication Department’s educational program since 1968. Recently, UGS has created UGS Print & Copy, a complete retail printing center that provides quick print services on campus. Learn more here at our site.


Considering UGS is a student run operation, it only stands that our leadership falls into the hands of the students. Currently UGS has 13 managers of different positions ranging from Bindery to Marketing.

Nicole Smith

General Manager

Nicole Smith is responsible for the administration of UGS finances including budgets, reports and payroll coordination. The General Manager meets with Cal Poly Corporation Administrators, leads management meetings and maintains relations with the GrC faculty, staff, and advisory board.

Ken Marco


Ken Macro is the current advisor of the UGS team.

Other Managers

Learn more about the other UGS Managers.

Our Philosophy

UGS PhilosophyAs a student-run company, UGS values continuous learning, constructive self-criticism, continual self-improvement, integrity, relationships, mutual respect, teamwork, openness, clear communication, and personal and company excellence. We appreciate creative design, vibrant color and understand the importance of personal customer service. We place a high value on relationships with our clients and have a passion for print, design and web development. We pride ourselves in accomplishing any challenge and surpassing clients’ expectations. We pursue the opportunity to learn and grow our skills through partnerships with corporate sponsors, the Graphic Communication Department, Cal Poly Corporation, the Cal Poly campus, and the greater San Luis Obispo area.

FSC® Certified

FSC certification UGS has a Forest Stewardship Council® certification, which promotes the responsible management of forests. By choosing to print your job FSC certified, you are partnering with UGS and committing to the highest social and environment standards within the printing industry. FSC stock paper guarantees the paper is derived from well managed forests.

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