ACUP+ Cancels its Conference
In the early days of the COVID-19 shutdown, when it seemed possible the pandemic might end by June, the Association of College and University Printers (ACUP+) quickly moved to postpone its March conference until the end of June. Sadly, things have not gone as many of us had hoped. Yesterday, the association announced that it was formally canceling its 2020 conference.
“ACUP+ holds the health and safety of our members, sponsors, and community to be of utmost importance,” wrote Administrative Director Jennifer Bowers in an email. “It is with this priority in mind that the Board of Directors has decided to cancel the 2020 annual conference.”
Registration and sponsor fees will be either refunded or rolled over to the 2021 conference to be held in Vancouver, Washington, April 11 – April 15.
ACUP has only been canceled once before — also due a national crisis — when the 2009 recession suddenly dried up travel funds. This time the reason for cancellation seems more dire. Despite this, the association is working to provide some of its planned educational sessions to members virtually.
“Although we won’t be together in person this year, the ACUP+ committees are at work to develop a series of webinars and virtual meetings to be held through the summer and fall months,” Bowers continued. “Schedule dates and times for these educational opportunities will be announced soon. We are also planning a virtual awards ceremony to honor those winning entries sent in for 2020.
“ACUP+ is wishing the best for you and yours during these challenging times. Stay well and we look forward to seeing you at upcoming ACUP+ virtual events and in person at our 2021 conference.”