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MAILING A QUARTER MILLION POSTCARDS

The "Save the Date" postcards announcing the Bicentennial of the University are ready to go and our mailing staff is working diligently to complete the addressing and sorting in preparation for dropping four pallets of cards off at the post office. The management of a mailing list of a quarter million names and addresses fits well with the capabilities of the Printing and Copying Services. Our mailing team reviewed the list provided by the President's Office, making sure there were no duplications and that all of the addresses were deliverable. Running the cards through our addressing equipment took several days. Here Jessie Noel packages postcards into bundles sorted by zip code ready for mailing. All of the cards will be dropped at the post office this week and will be on their way to the many alumni and friends of the University.

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PRESIDENT’S OFFICE ON PRESS

Preparations for the celebration of UVA’s 200th anniversary begin at the University printing office. Representatives of the President’s Bicentennial Committee have been preparing their Save the Date announcement mailing. Here Elyse Girard and Rachael Eller review a fresh printed sheet that has just been pulled off the five-unit Heidelberg offset press. They review the color to make sure they have a perfect match to the digital proof they approved earlier in the process. Production manager Stephen DeLuca stands by to answer questions.

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EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY PRINTING BROUGHT TO LIFE

Printing and Copying Services is proud to assist the University in teaching students about the history of printing. The information revolution of the past several decades has brought a new focus to the important role print has played in preserving our intellectual and cultural achievements. Here Josef Beery of PCS gives a demonstration on a replica eighteenth-century printing press to students at the University of Virginia’s Rare Book School. The working press built by University Special Collections Librarian Clinton Sisson and others in the 1970s is now on display in the south exhibition room of the Harrison-Small building. Rare Book School students also visit the University printing office (what we now call PCS) at its facility on Old Ivy Road to learn how books and publications are printed today.

 

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FLEXING OUR MUSCLE

We love showing off a little. The school year always ends with a big push here at the UVA Printing Office. Printing and Copying Services is responsible for preparing the Finals Programs used at the celebration of UVA’s graduating students each year. This 56-page magazine-size “program” lists every student receiving a degree in each of the eleven Schools of the University plus the College of Arts and Sciences and the Data Science Institute. Doctors of Philosophy have their dissertation title included with their name, and every undergraduate receiving honors is noted. Recipients of Student and Faculty Awards and members of Honorary Societies are listed. And rounding it all out are the words of “The Good Old Song.”
          The most daunting task, of course, is accuracy. Working with the University's Registrar's office, our experienced team of compositors and proofers carefully ensure names are spelled right, titles are correct, and no one is forgotten.
          Printing is monumental. The almost 40,000 programs contain close to two-and-a-quarter-million total pages. The job requires over eight skids of paper, each skid weighing close to a ton. Moving this much paper quickly and efficiently through our printing and binding equipment gives each member of Printing and Copying Services a chance to demonstrate the skills they have mastered in their years of service to the University. The result is a printed piece which we know will be cherished in the homes of many for years to come. It is our great honor to participate in the production of this document recording the accomplishments of the University of Virginia each year!

 

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NEW ADVERTISING ID

Printing and Copying Services recently introduced a new image to its visual identity! “UVAPrint” in a big bold slab serif font captures the high energy and team spirit of our exceptional craftspeople. These folks are dedicated to producing the highest quality printed materials on our wide selection of equipment. We produce offset, digital, and wide-format jobs in full color with incredible turn around. And we have a state-of-the art mailing facility as well. Simply email uvaprint@virginia.edu or visit our website at uvaprint.virginia.edu.