Friday, January 3, 2014

A Few Print and Mail Happenings of 2013



It's crazy to think how fast 2013 went by! We had an interesting year that saw some changes take place- some that were totally not in our plans!


One of the biggest changes that happened here is that we took over the Open Access Printers on campus. We have branded it Express Print. Raymond, Randy and Fred, along with a few students, have been working hard to keep the printers running smooth (and filled with paper & toner!!!). They are doing a great job.

When the street and bus stop were eliminated between the law building and the Wilkinson Center, we had to close down the post office due to no access for the mail trucks. But this gave us time to clean up and reboot the University Post Office. Not only can you do regular US Mail, but now we offer FedEx and UPS shipping out of there, too. And at discounted rates... meaning the cheapest prices on campus! We have a couple new employees working the UPO, Ric and Dennis, who are both well-seasoned and knowledgeable in the shipping & mailing world. They really know their stuff!

As the year was drawing to a close and the holidays were approaching, we made a strong effort to create new Christmas cards. Our goal for 2014 is to have even more cards to choose from and something for every season and holiday. We'll keep you posted.

2013 broke any kind of record we may previously have had for wedding announcements. By mid-June we had already had over 600 different clients order wedding announcements! Great stuff! It doesn’t hurt that BYU is the wedding capital of the universe.

We also acquired some new equipment, and the laser engraver is at the top of the list. This thing engraves on wood, stone, metal, glass, acrylic, and can even engrave on fruit or piece of licorice, if you’d like! We have been engraving awards, pictures (which are really cool to see), Family Proclamations, Priesthood Line of Authority, special scriptures and quotes, and lots of other things. Swing on by when you’re in the area and check it out!

Once again, we printed thousands of family histories for hundreds of customers. We will be participating in Rootstech again in February. Stop by our booth if you attend.
 
We are looking forward to a great 2014 and being able to serve both the campus and local community. Please come by the University Press Building and see us.



Thursday, May 30, 2013

Campus Showcase Highlights BYU Print & Mail

Thom Roylance happy as ever to say hi.
We were very excited and honored to be invited to the Campus Showcase this year. Just a handful of departments are invited each year to showcase what they are all about and most importantly what they do for the campus community.

Thom Roylance, Print & Mail's Assistant Director, was joined by June Standley and Paul Snyder, to host the Print & Mail table. They had tons of products to show to the hundreds and hundreds of campus faculty, staff, and administrators who stopped by. Printed products included magazines, text books, journals, thesis, booklets, pamphlets, our giant printed backdrop, wedding invitations, etc., and a few really cool items that were created on our new laser engraver, all created right here at the University Press Building!
June handing out note pads and pens.

It's great to see friends from campus. Just look how excited Thom is!
It's great to be able to rub elbows (literally!) with the great folks from the BYU campus.




Thursday, May 16, 2013

Open Access Printing

East Campus Dr, minus the walkway!
This beautiful month of May has seen a lot of change going on around the campus. The destruction of the walkway across East Campus Drive, heck, the disappearance of East Campus Drive between the Wilk and the Law Building, Y View becoming part of "MTC West" and now.... we have taken over Open Access Printing on campus!

OIT decided that they wanted to focus on what they do best, and left printing to, well, the people who know just a little something-something about printing. We are trying to make the transition as smooth as possible and are hoping to avoid any huge hiccups in service. So far things are going pretty well.

Open Access Printers. How can we improve?
If you have any suggestions of how we can improve the Open Access Printing experience, please let us know! We want it to be as easy as possible.


Friday, March 29, 2013

Youth Event Journals

For a few years now we have been providing Seminaries and Institutes with Scripture Journals for their students. We were quite surprised how many Seminaries & Institutes from all around the world started ordering them! (And they will soon be available in numerous languages)

Anyway, we started noticing that folks were buying them for their ward and stake youth activities, so we decided to create journals specifically for Girls Camp, Youth Conference, Scout Camp, and Trek.We call them Youth Event Journals and they are now available for any ward or stake (or individual for that matter) and can be ordered using a Unit Number. Visit our Print & Mail website or give Diane a call at 801-422-2809 if you have any questions.

June, our graphic designer, did a great job in creating beautiful journals that are quite stunning!


Thursday, February 21, 2013

Family History and Roots Tech

We set up the camera at our last Printing Your Family History Workshop and captured Carol's presentation. There's a lot of useful "general information" if you are trying to put together any other type of book, too; you know, it all translates.

You can also access our Guide to Printing Your Family History by clicking here.

One of our employees used our photo book program CougarPix to create a pictorial history of his parents and ancestors. So, there are lots of ways you can get started on Family History!

We are also excited to be involved with Roots Tech on March 21-23 up in Salt Lake City! A couple of our folks will be there manning a booth, showing off all kinds of samples of histories and giving people ideas of how they can put together an awesome family history! Make sure you stop by and say hello.

And as always, call us if you have any questions about printing your history! 801-422-2741.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Martha Gunter- New "Campus Mail Supervisor"

Did you know that there's a new Campus Mail Supervisor in town? With the retirement of Brad Prescott, whose 13 years of dedicated service are greatly appreciated, Martha Gunter has enthusiastically stepped into the role and is already rocking and rolling! Here's a little about Martha--

Martha has been working at Print & Mail for the past 5 years as a mail sorter.  She's been married to Pat, who works in the bindery, for 19 years, they are parents to 5 children and 6 grandchildren (though you would never know it by looking at them... how do they stay so young-looking?!)

Martha's favorite part of her job is getting to know the students she works with. "I feel like they are my own kids; like I am a mom to them. In fact my own kids get jealous sometimes because I make stuff for the kids here and they wonder why I'm not making it for them!"

Martha's philosophy on life? Simple - "Always do your best no matter what it is; cleaning trash or being president of the United States."

What mail tips does Martha have for campus? "Make sure you have a proper address. And if you aren't sure what building people are in, give us a call. We love to help!"

What's on her playlist? "I like all kinds of music, well, except Gansta Rap. But mostly I'm listening to talk radio! I hope people won't judge me because of that!"

Martha's favorite thing about BYU is the spirit here. And the people. "Everyone's friendly and try to take care of each other. It's a nice community."

Martha walks about 4 miles a day delivering mail. So next time you run into Martha, congratulate her on her new position. She is awesome!!!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Printing Your Family History Workshop

Just about every month (on the first Wednesday of the month) we hold a free workshop here at the University Press Building on how to prepare your Family History for printing. This workshop is taught by our very own Carol Holland, who has helped hundreds of people get their Family Histories printed. (We print thousands of volumes of family histories every year!!!)

One of the big reasons why we hold this workshop is to help people plan and prepare their files correct, right from the get-go, so they don't put tons of hours into writing and preparing their book only to be told they need to start over.

Some of the topics discussed are:

-Basic File Preparation
-Image Scanning
-Binding Options
-File Submission

There are always lots more topics discussed from the questions that get asked by the attendees. We have all kinds of people attend- both young and old, those that are just getting excited to start, and those that have years of experience. Either way, we'd love to have you attend, too.

And we always serve yummy refreshments!!!

Sign up at here or call 801-422-1469 if you have any questions about the workshop.


Next free workshop will be held Wednesday September 5th. Hope to see you there!