OBISPO – Cal Poly’s International Printing Week’s theme -- “Back to the Future
-- How the Past is Prologue to the Future” – was demonstrated Jan. 31-Feb. 1
through a range of activities and events that “Benjamin Franklin himself would
likely have applauded,” said Harvey Levenson, head of the university’s Graphic
Printing Week is a celebration of Franklin and the contributions he made to
printing, publishing, freedom of the press, the production and distribution of
information and knowledge, entrepreneurship, technology and critical thinking.
of students, faculty, staff and industry visitors attended the four-day program
that included seminars, dedications, a banquet, and a career fair. The
highlight was the dedication of the Raymond J. Prince Shakespeare Press Museum
Prince is an industry icon -- a technologist, writer, scholar, and advocate of
education who has held leadership positions in industry and associations,
Levenson said. Prince spearheaded an industrywide drive for Cal Poly’s Graphic
Communication Department to become a resource for the industry’s collection of
historical and rare books, journals and related publications.
Shakespeare Press Museum has been housed at Cal Poly since the 1970s and is one
of only two working printing museums west of the Rocky Mountains.
days of International Printing Week focused on:
Packaging Day, featuring issues related to gravure and flexographic printing.
Technology and Web and Digital Media Day, featuring presentations on website
development, Internet publishing, file building and management, and design
strategies for effective communication, including one-to-one marketing and
variable data printing.
Printed Electronics and Functional Imaging and History Day, featuring
presentations on the growth of printed electronics as a major segment of the
graphic communication industry.
Day, one of three held at Cal Poly annually for graphic communication students.
Companies were recruiting full-time employees and interns.
also included the winter meeting of the Graphic Communication Department’s advisory
board composed of industry leaders representing major industry corporations
around the nation and some international.
included the Resource Room dedication at which a proclamation was presented to
Prince, followed by the premier showing of the feature-length movie “Linotype
the Movie -- In Search of the Eighth Wonder of the World.” Before the showing
of the movie, Jerry Hill, public printer of the State of California, spoke on
how history provides a window to the future.
banquet, held at the Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo, sold out with 150 people
attending. Prince was the keynote speaker and was honored for his 54 years in
the industry and for his lifelong achievements in helping develop and improve
the graphic communication industry. Three scholarships were awarded honoring
late industry legends: Terry Bell (ColorGraphics), George Pure (Craftsman Press
West), and Paul Kissel (Print-Equip News).
Poly’s International Printing Week sponsors were also honored at the banquet.
They include Adobe, Consolidated Graphics, Digital Technology Associates, EFI, Esko, Heidelberg, Hewlett Packard, Konica Minolta, OutputLinks, Ricoh, RR Donnelley, SAGE Publications, US Ink/Sun Chemical, and Utah
beverage sponsors provided wine from some of Central California’s finest
week was magical, involving critical thinking and intellectual dialogue among
industry speakers, students, faculty and staff,” Levenson said. “It is clear
that the graphic communication industry is evolving, and we at Cal Poly are
committed to staying ahead of the curve and representing a resource for
industry as its companies explore new opportunities, new ways to solve old
problems, and new ways to grow.”
About Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and the Graphic
the West’s best public master’s-level university for two decades by U.S. News
and World Report, Cal Poly is a comprehensive polytechnic campus of about
18,000 mostly undergraduate students on California’s Central Coast. One of
the most selective of the California State University’s 23 campuses, Cal Poly
provides a renowned Learn by Doing education aimed at producing innovative
professionals and future industry leaders in science and technology as well as
the liberal arts (www.calpoly.edu).
Graphic Communication Department (www.grc.calpoly.edu) was founded in 1946 and is one
of the largest and best-known programs of its kind in the U.S. It includes
concentrations in graphic communication management, web and digital media,
design reproduction technology, graphics for packaging, and individualized
study. The program is strongly supported by industry with grants and endowments
and with equipment, supplies and software for the department’s more than 33,000
square feet of modern laboratories. The department is nationally
accredited by the Accrediting Council for Collegiate Graphic Communications.
The Graphic Communication Institute at Cal Poly (www.grci.calpoly.edu) focuses on services for industry,
including research, testing, product evaluations, consulting, training,
seminars, workshops, conferences and publishing.