Jennifer Bowers

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.

For 45 years, the Association of College and University Printers has held a conference, each one organized by a volunteer in-plant manager. That is about to change. ACUP is officially incorporating as a non-profit organization.

The Association of College and University Printers will officially incorporate as a non-profit organization in the state of Colorado by the end of September. Not only that,  the "new" organization has already picked a date and location for its 2011 conference. Tom Tozier, who formerly managed in-plants at the University of Colorado and the University of California-Santa Cruz, will be named ACUP's executive director.

DESPITE THE cancellation of the ACUP conference, ACUP lived on this year in a Webinar that attracted more than 100 in-plant managers from around the world. IPG partnered with the Association of College and University Printers to bring about the event, held on what would have been the last day of the ACUP conference. Three of the speakers who were scheduled to talk at ACUP gave their presentations online. Then, to replicate some of the free-flowing shop talk that is ACUP's hallmark, three past ACUP hosts held a lively roundtable discussion about the latest developments in their shops.

Though their conference was cancelled, more than 100 university in-plant managers from all across North America got together anyway on Wednesday for a webinar. Hosted by IPG, in partnership with the Association of College and University Printers (ACUP), the 90-minute webinar was a big success. It took place on what would have been the last day of the ACUP conference, cancelled this year due to economy-related travel bans.

The University Print Managers’ Group, a UK-based association of in-plant managers, gathered an international audience for its conference in June, including attendees from U.S. and Australian in-plant associations. Jennifer Bowers, president of the U.S.-based Association of College and University Printers (ACUP), along with David Harrison and Martin Booth from the Network of In-house Print Professionals Australasia (NIPPA,, joined 65 attendees from in-plants all over the UK for the three-day affair, which took place in Bournemouth, on the south coast of England. Speakers offered ideas to help in-plants become both indispensable and respected at their institutions. To combat increasing competition, one speaker urged

Insourcing is a great source of revenue for in-plants. But what happens if your parent organization frowns upon one of your customers? At Pittsburg State University (PSU), officials declared this week that the in-plant could no longer accept work from politicians, according to a report by KOAM-TV, in Pittsburg, Kansas. Officials worried that taking print work from politicians gave the impression the university was endorsing one candidate over another. (Never mind that all candidates were welcome to bring their work, and politicians paid the same price as other customers.) Though the in-plant manager at PSU did not return IPG’s calls today, he was presumably

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