ACUP Goes West
The weather was warm but the sessions were hot as more than 300 college and university print and mail managers got together in sunny Scottsdale, Arizona.
College and university in-plants are thriving, and nowhere was this more apparent than at the recent Association of College and University Printers (ACUP) conference in Scottsdale, Ariz.
This year's event, which marked ACUP's 35th year, broke new ground by partnering with the National Association of College and University Mail Services (NACUMS). As a result, a record 325 people attended the event, which was hosted by Arizona State University (ASU) and organized by Bob Lane, ACUP president, and Linda Augustine, NACUMS president.
Lane and Augustine did a stellar job of setting up a full schedule of educational sessions, roundtables, a large exhibitor area (featuring the likes of Agfa, Canon, Océ, Ricoh, T/R Systems, Xerox and many others) and an entertaining array of evening activities. Arizona's sunny spring weather allowed most events to take place in a vast, tent-like pavilion fronted by pools, splashing fountains and lush greenery, bursting with flowers.
The main reason for combining ACUP and NACUMS was to mirror the path many in-plants have taken by merging their in-house printing and mailing operations. Almost 37 percent of college and university in-plants manage both print and outgoing mail, according to an April IPG survey. At ACUP, managers from Brigham Young University and University of California, Berkeley, described the result of such mergers.
BYU's West Barton and Thom Roylance said that combining print and mail has allowed them to use employees more efficiently, through cross-training and shifting employees during downtime. Roylance, mail manager, tries to catch design problems before pieces are mailed and money is wasted on postage. He advises departments on ways to change the design of their mailings to save postage.