ICPF Conducts Annual Student Dinner Dialogue with Students and Executives
East Lansing, MI...On February, 19, the evening before ICPF's 15th annual Career in Corrugated Teleconference, 12 select students, from Michigan State Packaging, Bowling Green State University Graphic Design & Packaging, and Virginia Tech Packaging, joined Teleconference speakers and local industry executives for dinner to learn more about corrugated packaging & display industry careers. The industry executives joining in the student dinner dialogue included James Collier (TimBar Packaging & Display), Joe Filler (Sound Packaging), Matthew Landaal and Ann Lisiecki (Landaal Packaging), Chad Hartzell (Welch Packaging),  Tyler Matusevich (RockTenn), Mike Schaefer and Godfrey Demarco (Tavens Packaging), and David Sukosky (Packaging Corporation of America).

The students from Bowling Green State and Virginia Tech traveled to East Lansing as ICPF's special Teleconference guests. These students joined the MSU student audience the next day to view the Careers in Corrugated Packaging & Displays Teleconference and to gain another perspective by observing their remotely accessed campuses and fellow 400 students’ interactive participation from the Michigan based WKAR PBS broadcast site.

The student dialogue dinner as well as the travel and accommodations for ICPF's six student guests were enabled in large part by a donation by Landaal Packaging.  Bios provided by the twelve students attending the dinner follow. The resumes of these students, as well as those of over two hundred other qualified upcoming graduates, can be accessed by those ICPF Corporate Partners who post student internships or full-time entry level openings on ICPF's Career Portal at www.careersincorrugated.org. Or partners can e-mail rflaherty@icpfbox.org for contact information on a specific student.

Based on the responses from the industry representatives and the students, the dinner and the visit to the Teleconference the next day were a success. "I wanted to thank you for the opportunity to attend the ICPF Teleconference last week. I had a great experience meeting you, networking with the people from industry, and connecting with students who share my interest in packaging", e-mailed Sheridyn Gasser, a Bowling Green State University Senior. "I appreciated all of your hard work putting the event together and the efforts ICPF made for us students to meet the industry leaders. That was such a great experience and strengthened my interest in corrugated packaging even more."

2014 Student Participants - ICPF Corrugated Packaging Dialogue Dinner 

Cyrus Adibpour, a Virginia Tech packaging system and design program senior, is scheduled to graduate in the fall 2014. "I am highly involved with our packaging program from being the vice president of our IOPP and TAPPI chapter, to joining 3 design competitions in the past year.  Through an internship this past summer at the Center for Packaging and Unit Load Design, I had the opportunity to learn about lean manufacturing, package designing, and performing several standardized tests (such as ASTM, ISO, and ISTA testing) for packages and unit loads. I was extremely excited to further my knowledge in the corrugated packaging industry and be a part of the ICPF dinner and Teleconference." Cyrus currently is seeking a full time position in the corrugated packaging industry to begin in the spring of 2015.

Jillian Bickley
, an MSU junior in her second year of packaging. plans to graduate in May 2016.  "I will graduate as a double major in packaging and supply chain management. I have experience with automotive part packaging through a previous internship and plan to go on a co-op with Kraft Foods in January through June of 2015. In addition, I will be heading to Germany, Switzerland, and Sweden to study packaging logistics, all of which I am very excited about.  I am also currently working on a corrugated design for the 2014 Starpack Awards competition. As a highly motivated and driven individual, I am eager to learn all that I can in the packaging world.  The ICPF dinner was an incredible opportunity to speak with industry leaders to gain advice and learn about their experiences in different areas of their career."

Eric Ellis
, an MSU packaging science junior, will graduate in May 2015. Eric has had various experiences in the packaging field, working as a machine operator at a paperboard packaging company and most recently at an independent corrugated box plant in the design department. Currently, Eric is a member of the Coalition of Packaging Professionals and Academic Connections (CoPPAC) and is also working with MSU professor Dr. Kamdem on a research project studying the effects of moisture on paper as well as different sizing agents to improve their moisture barrier properties. “As a future packaging professional, I look to further expand my knowledge of the corrugated industry by attending events such as ICPF's student dialogue dinner and ICPF's Careers Corrugated Packaging Teleconference. “ At the time being, Eric is currently seeking an internship for the summer and fall semester.

Sheridyn Gasser
, a Bowling Green State University Visual Communication Technology senior with a focus in print media, plans to graduate in August, 2014.  Her interests lie in all areas of print design, but she especially has a passion for packaging design and branding. She has completed multiple projects in a packaging and design course, researched corrugated sustainability, and is currently doing an independent study with more advanced packaging concepts and design. She currently is seeking to identify a firm in the Philadelphia area for a packaging internship this summer (2014).Upon graduation in August, 2014, Sheridyn will be looking for a position as a packaging concept developer, graphics designer, and CAD designer. She is open to traveling to any location in the United States for a position.

Alex Giallonardo
, a Michigan State packaging senior with a cognate in Business, plans to graduate in May 2015. Alex worked multiple semesters as a fundraising specialist and supervisor for MSU Greenline, a fundraising organization within Michigan State University. Alex has recently been accepted into the Packaging Logistics study abroad program in Sweden this summer of 2014 with Dr. Kamdem, and is looking forward to the trip with much excitement.  Having recently changed from an Economics major to a Packaging major, Alex has not yet had the opportunity to be placed in a Packaging Internship. However, he will be assisting Dr. Kamdem in research before the semester end and plans to engage in a Packaging internship during the spring of 2015, which will hopefully lead to a full-time position. “ After working a few years in the industry after graduation, I hope to come back to Michigan State to earn both my Masters and Doctorate degrees, so I can play a valid role in the advancement of the field of Packaging.”

Zaihre Hannah, an Air Force ROTC packaging major at Michigan State University, will graduate in May 2015. "The amount of dedication and effort put into my studies in the field of packaging, has led to a scholarship from the Selig Group. I desire to pursue a career in the corrugated/wood packaging field. My motivation comes from wanting to work with industrial processes, missiles, and munitions. I am also currently seeking a summer internship through ICPF that will develop skills relating to corrugated packaging. I am anxious to gain knowledge and advice from the various presenters while attending the dinner and teleconference. This is a great opportunity to network and potentially be involved in this corrugated industry."

Travis Leitner
, a Michigan State packaging junior, plans to graduate in May 2015. “I am excited to network with the wonderful people from the International Corrugated Packaging Foundation.  My passion for packaging goes far beyond the classroom.  I constantly look at packages and am quick to critique them by looking for improvements. I will be interning with Sun Products Corporation this June through December of 2014.  I am a member of CoPPAC and eager and curious to see what the future of packaging has to offer me.

Amanda Matthews
, a BGSU Visual Communication Technology senior, will graduate in fall 2014. Amanda's interest in the corrugated packaging industry was first sparked when getting hands on experience during her studies at BGSU. Along with her studies, Amanda is also very interested in marketing and spends time working with musical performers and events. "I like that corrugated packaging lets me combine aspects of my design, technical and marketing skills together. I'm excited to add to my ever growing knowledge of the corrugated packaging industry through attending the ICPF Dinner and Teleconference. I'm currently searching for an internship for the fall of 2014."

Sidney Parkhill
, a Bowling Green State University senior, will graduate in May 2014. "While at BGSU, I am specializing in print media as a Visual Communication Technology major with a minor in art. I have completed three internships in graphic design, which included responsibilities in brand development, custom artwork, and customer service. I have also developed an interest in both graphic and structural design through my courses at BGSU, and would enjoy pursuing one or both areas within the corrugated packaging & display industry. I am open to locations for full-time positions upon graduation in May."

Marshall Rounds
, a Bowling Green State University senior, will be graduating in summer 2014. Studying Visual Communication Technology, focusing in Print Media and Photography, he has gained knowledge and experience from the classroom and from his co-op experiences.  This included serving from August 2012- August 2013 as a printer operator and finisher at CGS Imaging in Maumee Ohio, where he operated HP Grand Format Printers and HP Latex Grand and Large Format printers and finished vinyl graphics including vehicle application. Marshall currently works part time as a Visual Communications and Marketing Specialist at the BGSU Bookstore where he assists in designing and implementing all the promotional materials and content for the store. He indicates his Interest in packaging came from use of VCT’s Packaging and Display design lab through classes and independent study.  “I have interest in everything from graphic design, print media including corrugated packaging and display design, color management, and photography. I love learning about how they all work together. Being privileged to meet with industry professionals and attend this Teleconference allowed me to network and learn more about the industry.” Marshall will be receiving his degree in August, but is looking for a possible career position to start in May this year.

Megan Stallings, a Virginia Tech sophomore, who is pursuing a major in Packaging Systems and Design and a minor in Business Management Leadership, plans to graduate in spring 2016. "I spent last year working at the Virginia Tech Center for Packaging and Unit Load Design. During the internship I learned how to understand and apply lean thinking and international standards, such as; ASTM, ISO, ISTA and TAPPI. The internship has helped me to improve my leadership, team working, professional presentation, and technical writing skills. I am highly involved in the packaging program by being an active member of the TAPPI and IOPP clubs. I am very excited about my future in the paperboard and corrugated industry."

Claire Wieszczecinski, an MSU packaging science junior, will graduate in May 2015. Claire is a member of two student packaging clubs at Michigan State, CoPPAC (Coalition of Packaging Professionals and Academic Connections) and Pi Kappa Gamma, a packaging honors fraternity. Claire is looking at all of the possibilities of working in the corrugated industry and is interested in learning more. “Attending the ICPF dinner allowed me to network and expand my knowledge of the opportunities in the field. For full time and internship positions I have no preference on the location and am very willing to relocate."