GC Students and Faculty Attend Adobe’s Momentum in Print 2006
Adobe Systems hosted their first international users meeting in San Francisco on January 22-24, 2006, and Clemson Graphic Communications students and faculty were in attendance. Dr. John Leininger and Mrs. Nancy Leininger were presenters at the event. Dr. Leininger conducted a half-day hands-on Variable Data Printing Training session assisted by Mrs. Leininger, and Mrs. Leininger was also on the slate as a Panel Moderator for the Short-Run Packaging session.
As a member of the Adobe Momentum in Print 2006 Advisory Panel, Dr. Leininger knew that Adobe was putting together an event like no other. It included General sessions, Tutorial Sessions, Focus Sessions, and a Sponsors Showcase. So at the last minute when he was given VIP tickets to allow others to attend, he immediately went to the department chair to get approval for 4 students and one other faculty member to attend. There wasn’t much lead-time, but when opportunity knocked, we responded. The availability of last minute weekend flight specials on the web drastically minimized costs, and before they knew it Dr. Eric Weisenmiller, along with GC students Courtney Adams, Andrea Brown, Chad Smith and Dustin Williams were on their way to Momentum in Print!
They attended several excellent tutorial sessions on Color Management, Digital Photography, Print Production, Workflow, and Industry Standards. The general sessions and panel discussions gave them a current practical view of the direction of the industry. They were able to network with many printers and sponsors since all the meals and early evening activities were planned into the event. While listening to the students talk one might think that the tutorials were the highlight of the event. But Andrea and Chad may disagree since Andrea won a free copy of Adobe Creative Suite2 and a tutorial book, and Chad won an iPod!
Adobe’s Sr. Manager of Product & Partner Marketing, Robin Tobin made the Clemson participants feel right at home. She introduced them to folks she knew they should meet, and was pleased that Clemson was so well represented at the event. The students gained much from this opportunity, though they had to juggle plans and classes to make it happen. They appreciate the faculty who worked with them to make up work missed while away and allowed them to take advantage of this tremendous enhancement opportunity.
Bill Treadaway Print Leadership Forum
Thursday, November 3rd marked the first Annual Bill Treadaway Print Leadership Forum. The theme, “Boundless Opportunities,” focused on the human factor as it featured speakers from all industry segments from digital, commercial and publishing through labels, packaging and specialty. But the theme was the same for all as the human qualities of leadership are common to all facets of the printing industries.
The day commenced with a keynote address, It’s All About Your People” was delivered by Bill Farquharson, well known industry sales development consultant. This session was sponsored by State Printing An RR Donnelley Company. Each session throughout the day had a Gold level sponsor with the evening banquet, attended by over 200 students and industry participants being sponsored by Adobe Systems. Other “session sponsors” were Cadmus-The Whitehall Group, Copac Inc., Harper Corporation of America, Heidelberg USA, Inc. and Southern Graphic Systems. There were fifteen Silver sponsors whose contributions will make it possible to start the plans now for the Second Annual Treadaway Forum, to be run in 2006.
The concept of the annual Bill Treadaway Print Leadership Forum was developed by friends of the thirty-year President of the Printing Industry of the Carolinas. Following his passing in March, 2004, his friends and Clemson faculty joined to find a way to memorialize his unique life of leadership and the numerous ways in which Bill facilitated the continuous development of the Clemson Graphic Communications program. The long term goal is to deliver top quality Forums, each on a selected theme of importance to the industry and its future leaders. Programs of this caliber will attract the participation of increasing numbers from current industry leaders. In Bill’s way, the interaction of the industry leaders and Clemson students and faculty will facilitate significant leadership development values for all. Industry engagement with the Clemson program has always been the single most significant factor in its ability to attract and deliver top quality people for the industry.