ICPF's 16th Annual Careers in Corrugated Packaging Teleconference
On February 19, 2015, the International Corrugated Packaging Foundation (ICPF) will conduct its 16th annual, Careers in Corrugated Packaging & Display Teleconference. An estimated 400-500 packaging, graphic design, marketing & sales, supply chain management, business and other students and faculty will participate from 15 -20 college and university campuses across the country. This event is not a webcast, but a live video conference utilizing PBS studios and professional TV broadcast grade equipment for two-way interactivity. Campuses participating earlier this year included Appalachian State University, 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, Ryerson University, University of Florida, University of Texas-Arlington, University of Wisconsin-Stout, and Virginia Tech.

This coming year's topic, "The Business of Corrugated Packaging & Display” will be addressed by Jack Fiterman (General Manager, Liberty Carton Company) representing the independent side of the industry and Tim Bergwall  (Division President of Paper Packaging, Greif Packaging ) who will provide a perspective from an integrated, publicly traded company. Co-moderators will include Sheridyn Gasser (Jamestown Container - packaging designer and Bowling Green State 2014 graduate) and Megan Stallings (PCA student intern and Virginia Tech student). Sheridyn and Megan both participated in ICPF's Teleconference this past February and were among the top students who were ICPF guests at  ICPF's student / executive dialogue dinner that is annually conducted the evening before the Teleconference.  Both Sheridyn and Megan were recruited into the industry through ICPF.  Bowling Green State University and Virginia Tech are among over 25 university packaging programs across the nation that are supported ICPF.

The panel presentation will be followed by a round of live questions directed to the panelists from each of the participating campuses. The two hour Teleconference's grand finale will be ICPF's annual "Best of the Best", student design presentation competition. Three student teams from Dunwoody College of Technology, California Polytechnic State University and Millersville University that earlier placed in AICC's 2014 design competition will be tasked to show, tell and sell their winning entries by explaining the objective, the research conducted, design and other background. The teams will be competing live for three levels of cash prizes for first, second and third place.