Monday, February 16, 2015

66th Annual TAGA Conference, Fort Worth, Texas

While preparing for the upcoming TAGA conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico, we wanted to throw it back and give a recap of the trip twelve of our students took last March to the 66th Annual TAGA Technical Conference in Fort Worth, Texas.

To prove that everything really is bigger in Texas, we visited Billy Bob’s, the “World’s Largest Honky Tonk,” at the historic Stockyards. There was a cattle drive, bull riding, and plenty of two-stepping. Other notable areas of the city included the Fort Worth Water Gardens and Sundance Square.

During the conference, attendees heard from keynote speaker Daniel Dejan, the designer of Print&, a beautiful printed piece and accompanying webinar released by Sappi, as well as many educators and print scientists.

The highlight of the trip was definitely the honours banquet and awards. This is where RyeTAGA was awarded the Helmut Kipphan Student Publication Award, outdoing six other student chapters with our journal. This was a huge accomplishment and very gratifying after all of the hard work that our team had put into the project.

On the final day, attendees were bussed to the Bureau of Engraving and Printing — one of two locations in the United States where American banknotes are printed. On a tour of the facilities, we heard about the different processes, inks and security features that go into the creation of fresh money. Technically none of the money in the facility is worth anything until shipped to the Federal Reserve Vault and the serial numbers are enabled and verified at the Federal Reserve Bank. Contrary to this notion, the gift shop was happy to sell us a full press sheet of thirty-two $1 notes for the price of $61.00.

The 67th TAGA Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico is only a month away and with twelve students attending with RyeTAGA we will have a full report of that experience coming up in the blog.

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