ACUP 2014 An Oasis of Knowledge
The recent Association of College and University Printers conference may have taken place in sunny Phoenix, Ariz., but it was no vacation. The 82 managers who traveled there from all over the world came for answers and advice on how to keep their in-plants thriving in these trying times. The three days of intensive educational sessions did not disappoint them.
ACUP was packed with ideas and examples of how to transform and expand your in-plant, and improve customer relationships. There were numerous discussions about new services, with tips from those who have already implemented them. Even the opening session cut right to the chase. Instead of the customary keynote speaker, a panel of managers detailed their survival and expansion experiences. The content only got better from there.
This year's ACUP marked the 49th time this group of higher-ed in-plant managers has gotten together, and its second time in Phoenix. Managers came from as far away as Australia and Scotland, and from all over the U.S., including Alaska. They shared their experiences and plans, and got tips from one another. A full exhibit area featured dozens of vendors showing products specific to the in-plant market. The conference also included a tour of Arizona State University's Print & Imaging Lab, which utilizes students almost exclusively as its work force.
At a special banquet on the last day, the winners of the ACUP awards were honored. In addition, two long-time members were presented with the first ACUP Hall of Fame awards: Bob Lane and Harv Dahl, who both retired from ASU.
The conference started in a unique way when attendees at the opening session were greeted not by a live speaker but by the image of Mark McCarty on a video screen, speaking from his office 1,200 miles away in Springfield, Mo. The manager of Printing Services at Missouri State University told the tale of his shop's near demise and digital resurrection.
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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, cosponsored by IPMA and In-plant Impressions.