The Clemson Packaging Graphics Association, formed in 2016, is hosting an alumni event this Thursday through Saturday for all Clemson University alumni in the package printing industry.

The event, P3 Forum (People + Printing + Packaging), will kick off in the Sonoco Institute of Packaging Design and Graphics building on Thursday, with a facility tour and social at 4 p.m. in refurbished Godfrey Hall.

“This is our signature event that will become an annual vehicle for constant collaboration among graduates of Clemson’s graphic communications and packaging science programs,” said Eric Ferguson ’99, business development manager, North America, DataLase. “P3 Forum is a networking and professional enhancement event that gives our alumni a voice and a platform for staying connected throughout their careers.”

The organization’s inaugural event includes a number of industry-relevant presentations, including a keynote Friday by Connie Silvillo, chief catalyst for Shed Brand Innovation. Six TED-style alumni presentations will also be featured over the three-day event.

The TED-style presenters, all Clemson Alumni, and their topics include,; Kevin Kohler, VP, SCHAWK, “The Value of Digital Printing”; Jason Rhyne, president, IoPP Southeastern Chapter, “Connecting the Dots: Graphics and Packaging Engineering Silos”; Nona Woolbright, associate professor, Clemson University, “The Evolving Workforce”; Scott Gilbert, director of innovation, Phototype, “Success in Rapid Change”; and Ginny Carson, manager, business development resource center, Life Cycle Engineering, “Innovate Yourself.”

On Saturday, a tailgate will be held at the Sonoco Institute prior to the Clemson-Georgia Tech football game.

“The idea is to build relationships and learn from one another,” added founding association member, Jay Sperry ’06. “This active alumni network is a great way to stay in touch and benefit from the continuing education opportunities many of our accomplished alums in the industry have to offer.”

For more information go to P3 Forum.

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