Corrugated Packaging Teleconference Draws 400 Potential Recruits

On February 19, ICPF conducted its 16th annual, Careers in Corrugated Packaging & Displays Teleconference. In spite of the shutdown of colleges across the mid-Atlantic due to snow, and the -20 degree temperatures at Michigan State University that kept many students inside, an estimated 400 packaging, graphic design, sales and business students and faculty from 15 colleges and universities participated. The annual teleconference is not a webcast, but a live, interactive video conference utilizing professional TV broadcast grade equipment at the PBS station in East Lansing, MI for the two-way interactivity. Participating campuses included Bowling Green State University, Cal Poly, Clemson University Graphic Communications & Packaging, Dunwoody College of Technology, Illinois State University, Indiana State University, Lewis Clark State College, Michigan State University, Millersville University, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rutgers University, University of Florida, University of Texas-Arlington, University of Wisconsin-Stout, Virginia Tech and Western Michigan University. 

"The Business of Corrugated Packaging & Displays" was addressed by Tim Bergwall (GREIF) and Jack Fiterman (Liberty Diversified).  Co-moderators included Sheridyn Gasser (Jamestown Container packaging designer) and Megan Stallings (PCA student intern).  Both Sheridyn and Megan were recruited to the corrugated industry through ICPF after representing Bowling Green State University and Virginia Tech packaging programs, respectively, at last year's Careers in Corrugated Teleconference and student dialogue dinner. The two university programs are among the more than 25 university programs working with ICPF.

The presentation by the two industry representatives was followed by a round of live questions directed to the panelists from each of the participating campuses. The two hour Teleconference's grand finale included ICPF's annual "Best of the Best", student design presentation competition.

Three student teams that earlier placed in AICC's 2014 design competition were tasked to "show, tell and sell" their winning entries by explaining the objective, the research conducted, design and other background.  The industry judges indicated the scoring was very close among the three teams. The Dunwoody College of Technology student team of Stephanie Burdorf, Charlotte LaCour, Dan Mueller, Noah Rabinowitz and Jenna Weiler won first place; the Cal Poly team of Emily Mallet, Andrew Morey & Patrick Salibi won second place; and the Millersville University team of Hynea Redd and Walter Simko won third place. The three teams won cash prizes for their compelling presentations.