PODi Receives Clemson University’s 2010 Corporate Appreciation Award
ROCHESTER, NY—April 1, 2010—PODi, the Digital Printing Initiative, is proud to be recognized by Clemson University’s Department of Graphic Communications with this year’s Corporate Appreciation Award, honoring companies which have contributed significantly to the welfare of this leading center for printing leadership. PODi was singled out for the opportunities it has made available for Clemson students to serve as conference interns at the PODi AppForum, where they are able to see digital print strategies in action, and make invaluable career connections with industry leaders. Awards were presented March 25, 2010 as part of the 5th annual Bill Treadway Print Leadership Forum at Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina.
Dr. John Leininger, Professor of Graphic Communications at Clemson University, presented the award to Tracy Burkovich from PODi and told the audience, “PODi has given our students a unique opportunity to interact with the proactive printers that attend the PODi AppForum. The students make contacts that have helped them find successful careers in the print and cross media segments of the industry. During one AppForum two students interviewed with a vendor company and the next year they were working the table for that vendor at the Forum. This has been a win, win, win, win relationship (a win for the students, Clemson, PODi and the industry) and we thank PODi for the continued support.”
Over the past five years, Clemson students have taken an active part in PODi’s AppForum, a 3-day, educational event focused on digital print. Conference interns create displays, prepare conference spaces, and work closely with speakers, assisting with presentation set up and monitoring schedules. They help attendees register, answer questions, and are vital to assuring the event moves smoothly. Because the AppForum attracts the top innovators and executives in the digital print world, conference interns are afforded unique learning and networking opportunities.
Rab Govil, President of PODi, says, “The future of printing is being shaped in Clemson’s Graphic Communications program. PODi believes in the importance of supporting the talent, innovation, and drive of this next generation. We’re honored to receive the award, but our greatest joy is seeing the many Clemson conference interns who have worked with us at our AppForum conference, singled out for recognition.” 2010 Clemson honorees included these AppForum alums:
• Frederick Tyler Simon Scholarship – Ann Digiorgio
• David O. Sheriff Scholarship; Edgar H. Snider Memorial Scholarship; Undergraduate GC Major Most Helpful to Others – Meghan Foley
• Graphic Communications Faculty Award of Excellence; Gutenburg Award; Gravure Education Foundation Scholarship; David O. Sheriff Jr. Annual Scholarship; Print & Graphics Scholarship Foundation – David Leininger
• Thomas F. Chapman Leadership Scholarship – Robert “Drew” McWhorter
• Pitman Scholarship; Most Creative Undergraduate GC Major Award – Kate Selfridge
Other recipients of Clemson’s 2010 Corporate Appreciation Awards included Pageflex by Bitstream, HIFLEX, Ahahi Photoproducts, Omet s.r.l., and Mimaki USA.
PODi (www.podi.org) is a vendor neutral industry initiative with hundreds of member companies, including Executive Board members EFI, HP, Pitney Bowes and Xerox. The organization’s goal is to drive demand for marketing applications powered by digital print & help members build successful digital print businesses. Membership in PODi is open to companies and organizations involved in digital printing.
About the Department of Graphic Communications at Clemson University A hands-on philosophy underscores all of Clemson's GC (http://graphics.clemson.edu ) activities, and is a significant factor in the program's ability to prepare practical, problem-solving people ready to move into the 21st Century.