OU Claims Victory At Last
Printing a catalog of art pieces is an extremely difficult project because the customer is comparing the proofs to the original works of art. But University of Oklahoma (OU) Printing Services pulled it off with style last June when it printed an exquisite catalog of Native American art for a show at OU's Fred Jones Museum of Art.
"It's really important to the museum that those reproductions be as accurate as humanly possible," notes John Sarantakos, administrator of Printing and Mailing Services.
For its meticulous efforts, the 76-employee in-plant was rewarded last month with the In-Print 2010 Best of Show award out of all offset winners in the contest.
"To us it's like winning a national championship," declares Sarantakos, who has been seeking In-Print's grand prize for many years. "I was pretty thrilled."
He and two members of his staff learned of their victory during the awards banquet on the last day of the In-Plant Printing and Mailing Association (IPMA) conference in Albuquerque, N.M. In a tense silence, the entire audience watched a video, produced by IPG, showing the In-Print judges as they selected the winner from among all the Gold award-winning pieces in the contest. (Watch it for yourself by clicking on the video tab to the right.) Impressively, three of the final four pieces had been printed by OU. (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' in-plant printed the other finalist.)
Striving for Perfection
Over the years, OU's in-plant has earned a staggering 140 In-Print awards.
"We strive for one level of quality: perfect," boasts Sarantakos. "Our mission is to support the university, and that means to make everything we do show the university in the best possible light."
Customers obviously know this because when Ghislain d'Humieres from the Fred Jones Museum of Art was ready to have the "Spirit Red" art catalog printed, he went straight to the in-plant to talk with Assistant Administrator Bob Goodwin, the primary customer service contact for the job.
Related story: Taking Oklahoma by Storm
Bob has served as editor of In-plant Impressions since October of 1994. Prior to that he served for three years as managing editor of Printing Impressions, a commercial printing publication. Mr. Neubauer is very active in the U.S. in-plant industry. He attends all the major in-plant conferences and has visited nearly 170 in-plant operations around the world. He has given presentations to numerous in-plant groups in the U.S., Canada and Australia, including the Association of College and University Printers and the In-plant Printing and Mailing Association. He also coordinates the annual In-Print contest, co-sponsored by IPMA and In-plant Impressions.