2014 Annual Conference

2014 Theme

The 49th Annual ACUP conference will be held in Phoenix, AZ  

April 6 – April 10, 2014

Sonoran Desert Sunset“Things are different in the desert. The sky is bigger. The stars are brighter. The sunsets stop you in your tracks. America’s sixth-largest city still has real cowboys and rugged mountains and the kind of cactus that inspires. Phoenix is the gateway to the Grand Canyon, and its history is a testament to the spirit of puebloans, ranchers, miners and visionaries. Phoenix — Arizona’s urban heart and America’s sunniest metropolis.”

Photo and Text Credit: Greater Phoenix CVB ~  http://www.visitphoenix.com

Phoenix Night Skyline

Phoenix averages 211 days of sunshine per year. An additional 85 days per year are only partly cloudy, leaving an average of 69 days of cloudy or rainy days.

A saguaro cactus will take between 50 and 100 years to grow an arm. The saguaro cactus flower is the official state flower of Arizona.

Conference Promotional Brochure

Printable PDF of the Conference Summary Information

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Pictures from the 48th Annual Conference in Minneapolis, MN

PhotosConf142013 Conference Photo Credits: Gary Warren; The Ohio State University OARDC & ACUP Member

Recommendations from past conference participants:

  • This brings peer managers together with very similar goals, issues and challenges. I strongly believe that the informal discussions that occur all over the 4 days are the highlight of what I take back.  I can’t think of any in-plant that would not benefit from this event.  All things considered, it is priced reasonably and well worth the cost.
  •  I recommend the conference frequently to both University in-plant managers, and equipment vendor’s. For the most part we all have the same issues because we all work for academic institutions. I feel it provides an efficient use of institutional funds towards managerial development.
  •  ACUP is the forum where we can go and share similar issues among our peers. Whether you are a large sheet/web fed shop or a small digital shop we all share a common thread, and that is proving our importance to our university. This forum is a great tool to help each other understand and learn what works well and what doesn’t. It is also a great time to relax, enjoy great food and entertainment, and fellowship with your industry peers.
  •  The professional contact and support you get form the conference are great. It’s a great combination of professional development and personal enjoyment. It’s fun!

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