May 10, 2007

Printing and Duplicating wins national honor

by Tim Crosby

CARBONDALE, Ill. — Staff members at Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Printing and Duplicating Service won a national award for their work on a Saluki softball poster.

The staff members, typesetter Shannon Wimberly, pre-press technician Larry Gentry and press technician Michael Hobbs, received a silver award from In-Plant Graphics Magazine for work on the poster. The magazine and contest specialize in printing operations that are part of larger institutions, such as universities, hospitals or other organizations.

The SIUC entry was one of more than 600 nationwide. The team won the second-place award in the Posters-Offset, Flexo and Silkscreen category.

“This is the first time we’ve entered this contest, so we’re very proud we won a silver,” said Dennis L. Maze, who just retired as superintendent of the print shop. Maze said the University entered the 2006 poster this January and received official notification of the award in April.

A committee of printing professionals judges the contest, Maze said.

“And they look at it with a magnifying glass,” he said. The committee judges the piece based on its overall design and printing quality.

Printing and Duplicating Service representatives will attend a conference in June to collect the award.