ACUP A Hot Time In Cajun Country
Hosted by LSU, ACUP 2002 was not only a great source of technical information and networking opportunities, it was a lot of Southern fun.
by Bob Neubauer
With Louisiana State University as its host, ACUP 2002 was destined to be a hot affair. And true to expectations, LSU cooked up a conference spiced with just the right mix of education and fun.
Drawing an impressive 171 participants from 123 institutions down to bayou country, the Association of College and University Printers' 38th annual conference was a smashing success. The event was organized by Mike Loyd, LSU's director of Procurement Auxiliary Services, and IPG's 1999 Manager of the Year.
Fresh from hosting the SUPDMC conference a year and a half ago, Loyd had everything down to a science. As a result, ACUP 2002 superbly satisfied the three crucial conference requirements established by its 37 predecessors: it was educational, offered ample networking opportunities and was a lot of fun.
Conference sessions had a heavy focus on both technology and in-plant survival with pertinent, up-to-date information presented by experts. Speakers tackled topics like networked printing solutions and basic PDF training. Others explained the tactics of facilities management firms and discussed ways to bring in-plants more in line with their universities' mission statements.
For those who wanted even more technical data, 26 vendors were on hand, exhibiting their latest equipment.
But ACUP wasn't just an educational experience. It was a chance for managers to mingle. Some who knew each other only by names seen on the Hardcopy e-mail discussion group for university in-plants finally met in person. Their conversations alone were worth the trip down to Baton Rouge.
Kicking off the educational portion of the conference, Dr. Jairy C. Hunter Jr., president of Charleston Southern University, urged attendees to "choose change." As buckets of rain poured down outside (and sometimes inside), Hunter told managers that, rather than complaining and reminiscing about the way things used to be done, they should accept that the organization must change and move forward with it.