Xplor Mid-Atlantic Region Sponsors 12 Clemson GC Students
at GOA/Xplor Global Conference and Exhibits
On February 3–5, twelve Graphic Communications students traveled with Mrs. Nancy Leininger to Miami Beach for the Graphics of America/Xlpor Global 2006 Conference and Exhibits. The Clemson “ambassadors” were sponsored by the Xplor Mid-Atlantic Region in a pilot program championed by Katherine Clarke (Casey) a 2003 Clemson GC grad. Casey got the necessary funding approval to help offset some of the costs, and arranged the agenda. The students were also joined by Dr. John Leininger, who was already at the conference to receive his Electronic Documents Professional Certification earlier in the week. He was just one of four from the USA to receive this certification this year.
Our first day at the event started off with a breakfast for our group with speakers including Skip Henk, Xplor International President and Diana Hillman, Mid-Atlantic Region President, and presentations by Joe Farina and Paul Loumena from Elixir on the state of the document industry. The students were joined at the breakfast by several other company sponsors, Mid-Atlanta Region officers, and recent Clemson GC grad, Kemrey Heinold.
After arriving at the exhibit hall, the students were scheduled to rotate through the booths of the 5 sponsor companies whose representatives acted as mentors to the students. Jeanne Mowlds of EDSF used some of the time the students spent with her taking them around the show floor introducing them to other industry representatives. Other sponsors taught the students about their company and the document industry. Later in the afternoon, Dr. John Leininger had arranged for Robin Walton of HP Indigo to give the students a thorough and practical demonstration of the digital devices at the HP booth. On the final day of the trip, students were on their own to visit other booths, network, and sit in on training sessions.
These graduating seniors are finishing their undergraduate course work in Graphic Communications in May. Each was able to gain an in-depth view of the world they are about to enter. This pilot program was such a success that Xplor hopes to be able to provide this opportunity to even more students in the future. The students agree that the trip and their membership in Xplor are great opportunities for them to enhance their course experiences, to network with industry porno leaders, and to learn more about potential job opportunities. They are grateful for the support of the department and the Mid-Atlantic Region to minimize their out-of-pocket costs and make the trip possible.
Company sponsors were Jeanne Mowlds of EDSF, BJ Nestler and Jay Gallagher of Document Solutions Network, Paul Loumena of Elixir, Bill Sanders and Chris Parker of NearStar, and Mary Anne Rowan of Solimar Systems. The twelve GC seniors in attendance were Stacy Brogan, Shelley Fox, Tara Greene, Melissa Hall, Justin Meissner, Laura Ogard, Brian O’Neill, Betsy Pietrus, Pamela Pryor, Morgan Serreno, Bryan Wilson, and Matthew Wimberly.
Dr. John Leininger earns EDP Certification
Wednesday, February 1, 2006 Dr. John Leininger, Professor of Graphic Communications at Clemson University, was 1 of 19 individuals from around the world to be certified as an Electronic Document Professional through Xlpor International. The presentation was made at Xplor’s Global Document Exchange, in conjunction with Graphics of the Americas, during the opening general session in the Jackie Gleason Theater, Miami Beach Convention Center. Commission chairperson Terry Johnson, EDP presented the awards.
The Electronic Document Professional (EDP) Program, sponsored by Xplor International, recognizes individuals that possess a high standard of ethics, knowledge and experience in the field of electronic document systems. The EDP designation is an industry symbol for professional proficiency, experience and commitment. EDP professionals promote and enhance the industry through continuing individual education, knowledge sharing, and mentoring others in the certification process.
About Xplor International
Xplor International is a worldwide, not-for-profit professional association that consists of thousands of users and suppliers of the products and services that create, modify and deliver customized information using a wide variety of document technologies. The association provides educational products and programs for its members and the industry at large through conferences, meetings and annual events. Xplor International has its worldwide headquarters in Torrance, California, with affiliated offices around the world. Further information is available