Eighth Annual Satellite Conference Attracts Record Number of Colleges, Universities, and Students
February 21, 2007 . . . In spite of last week’s snow front across the Midwest and mid Atlantic, a record thirteen colleges and universities with an estimated 375-400 students participated in the International Corrugated Packaging Foundation’s (ICPF), eighth annual interactive careers in corrugated teleconference conducted on February 13, with only Indiana State University canceling because of weather conditions.
New additions to the conference this year included Virginia Polytechnic & State University, Christian Brothers University and Western Michigan University. Also, for the first time this year, Clemson students from both the packaging science and graphic communication schools participated together from their campus. Clemson faculty reports that because of the student group’s size, an additional class room had to be wired for participation in the teleconference.
The annual ICPF conference is directed towards informing and further educating students about the corrugated packaging industry and the career opportunities it offers. Students at this year’s conference, with the theme of Careers in Corrugated: Sustaining Your Future!, learned more about the industry’s unique sustainability as well as new directions and career opportunities in the industry. Conference speakers during the two hour February 13, (2:00 – 4:00 PM EST) broadcast included Brett Kirkpatrick- V. P. of Operations, Bay Cities Container; Wil Cote-Product Regulatory Affairs Mgr., International Paper; George D’Urso- i2 Operations Mgr., Georgia-Pacific Corporation; Art Tyska-Graphic Design Mgr. /Retail Experience Network, Weyerhaeuser; and Nick Phillips- Packaging Development Services Mgr., Weyerhaeuser.
During the conference, the top student teams from AICC’s 2006 Student Corrugated Design Contest also pitched their winning entries from their respective campuses to their peers. The student presenters explained their entries’ structure, graphic application and were judged live during the interactive conference.
A California Polytechnic State University student team won the top award in this sixth annual “Best of the Best” design competition, taking home a purse of $2,500 and an ICPF grant of $5000 for Cal Poly to further advance its corrugated curriculum. Congratulations to Eric Kuilhaug, and Chris Starnes for their winning entry and presentation of “Careers in Corrugated”.
Second place was awarded to Cal Poly’s Josh Taylor and James Manley for their entry and presentation of “Sleeved Mailer with a Pull Strip”. University of Wisconsin-Stout’s team of Ashley Zimmerman and Wes Eveland were awarded third place for presentation of their entry of “1, 2, 3, . . . Plants”. And, Cal Poly’s Lucas Euser and Nancy Schueneman earned fourth place for “Refrigerator Shelf Juice Box”.
Campuses participating in the ICPF eighth annual conference included Michigan State University, University of Wisconsin-Stout, California Polytechnic State University, Virginia Polytechnic & State University, Clemson University, Christian Brothers University, Western Michigan University, Humber College, Mohawk College, University of Florida, North Carolina A & T University, Fox Valley Technical College & Rutgers State University.