Congratulations Cal Poly and Clemson!

ICPF’s Tenth Annual Careers in Corrugated Teleconference

Cal Poly and Clemson Teams Place First and Second

in ICPF’s Best of the Best Student Competition

March 2, 2009

Alexandria, VA....The International Corrugated Packaging Foundation’s tenth annual Careers in Corrugated Teleconference was broadcasted live from Michigan State University Studios this past February 25 to packaging science and graphic design schools participating from 17 colleges and universities around the country.  A new Teleconference participation record. 

Students teams placing first place and second place during ICPF’s interactive Teleconference’s eighth annual live Best of the Best student design competition included Gianni Donati and John Howard (Cal Poly) for "Poly Pitches" and  Kristen Jackson and Kelly Feight (Clemson) for "Clemson Gift Box"

The student teams were tasked to show, tell and sell their top winning entries from AICC’s 2008 student design competition  Students explained their objective and the research, design and other background on how they worked to reach their objective.   Teams were judged on personal communication & persuasion skills, creativity, and graphic application. This year, teams were allowed to use up to two power point slides or a solid works screen for no more than 30-45 seconds.

Additional student competitors winning cash prizes, and a valuable entry for their resumes included 

3rd Place Winners: Chelsey Wood and Troy Nelson (Cal Poly) for "The Perfect Palletizer", and

4th Place Winners: Kevin Roberts and Aric Krasowski (Cal Poly) for "Poly Dental Pallet Display"

Prior to the student competition in the Teleconference, a panel of industry executives consisting of Joseph Hodges, Mid-Atlantic Packaging, Inc.; Rachel Kenyon, Fibre Box Association; and George D’Urso, Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation addressed elements of the industry’s sustainability, including the evolution of independent corrugated converter sustainable packaging practices, the life cycle analysis of the corrugated industry, and an industry perspective in answering questions related to recycled content within corrugated packaging (see attached graphs).  The industry panel was followed by an interactive question and answer period with student participants asking questions from each of the 17 campuses.

Packaging science and graphic design students and faculty participated in the Teleconference from the campuses of  Appalachian State University, Cal Poly State University, Clemson University, Dunwoody College of Technology, Iowa State University, Maryland Institute College of Art, Michigan State University, Millersville University, North Carolina A&T State University, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Rutgers University, San Jose State University, Thaddeus Stevens College, University of Florida, University of Wisconsin-Stout, VA Tech, and Western Michigan University.   

The purpose of ICPF’s annual Teleconference is to raise student and faculty awareness and knowledge of the corrugated packaging & display industry and its career opportunities for future packaging and graphic design graduates.

For more information on ICPF’s programs and initiatives, please visit


Co-sponsored by the Association of Independent Corrugated Converters and the Fibre Box Association, ICPF’s mission is to generate a stream of increasingly qualified students to enter the corrugated industry, now and into the future. ICPF is dedicated to the continued creation and building of partnerships within the education community, the granting of equipment and other resources to advance curriculum, the expansion of student internships within the industry, and the promotion of corrugated packaging career opportunities for packaging, business management, accounting, engineering, marketing, graphic design, architecture / structural design and tech graduates.


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