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EKU Team Competes in 2016 Flexography Challenge

2016 GCM Flexography Team

Five Eastern Kentucky University Graphic Communications Management majors recently competed in the 2016 Phoenix Challenge Flexo College Competition in Fort Worth, Tex. Pictured left to right are: seniors Devin Beech (Sr, Lexington), Deborah Pullen (So, Monticello), Heather Smith (Jr, Mt. Sterling), Marlee Jennings (Sr, Berea), and Jena Potter (Sr, Langley).

According to advisor Dr. David Dailey, "This was a yearlong competition during which students worked with a small business to brand or re-brand their product, and produce items such as labels and/or tags by the flexographic printing process."

EKU's team competed against nine other schools nationwide including Appalachian State, Cal Poly, Clemson, Illinois State,  Ryerson, Central Missouri, Waukesha Community and Technical College, and Central Piedmond Community College. The 2016 Overall Champion was Cal Poly.

Dailey, who is recipient of the Kagy Lifetime Achievement Award and Hartman Award from the Graphic Communications Education Assoc. (formerly International Graphic Arts Education Assoc.), further commented, "While our team did not win or place, they received valuable experience."

The Phoenix Challenge Foundation is an organization of industry professionals who are dedicated to encouraging today's youth in exploring the exciting career opportunities available to them through the Flexographic printing industry. The Mission of the Phoenix Challenge Foundation is to promote the growth of the Flexographic printing process in the educational system throughout North America.

Published on May 04, 2016

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