Published: Aug. 4, 2014
East Carolina University’s printing and graphics department recently received a national printing award for its 2013 football ticket book. From left are Earlene Mills, ECU Pirate Athletics ticket manager Scott Lane, Ann Weingartz, Nikki Teel, Allen Vervisch and Mike Robinson.
University printing, graphics team wins award for football ticket book
East Carolina University’s printing and graphics department has been awarded a national printing award from the In-Plant Printing & Mailing Association through a contest sponsored by In-Plant Graphics magazine, for the 2013 football ticket book.
The award-winning piece is a spiral bound book containing personalized season tickets, parking passes and other fall sports information and schedules.
For the past three years, University Printing and Graphics has produced the customized football and basketball season tickets for the ECU Athletics ticket office. Each book can contain tickets for one or several people and are printed and spiral bound into a colorful book.
Printed pieces from corporations and colleges around the country are submitted for the contest and judged on superior print quality and complexity.
“It’s quite an honor,” Ann Weingartz, director of University Printing and Graphics, said. “The piece won a gold award for the non-offset printing category, which moved it forward to the ‘Best in Show’ competition, where it won,” she said.
ECU’s printing and graphics facility is the largest self-operated printing facility in the UNC system. Being a department within the university allows for collaboration and synergy, which plays a significant part in the success of the elaborate printing jobs, a news release said.
The ticket book was inspired by Scott Lane, ticket manager of ECU Pirate Athletics who worked with design manager Earlene Mills of the university print shop on the booklet.
ECU is the only university producing this type of custom ticket books for its season ticket holders in-house, according to a news release. Other university athletics departments use specialty-printing companies to produce their ticket books.
“This season ticket booklet commemorated the first 50 years of Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, and it is great to see the winning tradition carried on by this piece,” Lane said. “University Printing and Graphics is a tremendous asset for ECU, and the work they can produce is second to none. Their hard work and attention to detail make this booklet a reality. Our donors, alumni and fans love receiving this impressive piece each year.”
Allen Vervisch coordinates the variable data files that are required to customize the printed books. He matches the information received from the ticket office with the specific books being printed.
Vervisch is the computer technology support administrator for University Printing and Graphics and works with the designers, printing staff, bindery personnel and mailing crew to ensure everything is done correctly.
“Everyone pulls together on a job like this one,” he said.
A video clip showing judges narrowing down the top pieces and selecting the East Carolina University ticket book can be viewed online at http://www.inplantgraphics.com/article/east-carolina-university-printing…