TAGA 2016: Adventures, Academics, and Awards


The RIT attendees to the 2016 TAGA Conference pose with their awards from this year’s student competition. 

As we sit in the Memphis airport waiting for the flight to take us back to our school’s home city of Rochester, New York from this year’s Technical Association of the Graphic Arts conference and competition, we can’t help but sit back and reflect on what a rewarding experience it has been.

Not only were we able to meet, network with, and learn from industry professionals and fellow students alike, we were also able to see how we stacked up against the stiff competition we saw from Ball State University, Appalachian State University, Ryerson University, Clemson University, Grenoble Institute of Technology, and Michigan State University.

We are proud to be bringing home both the award for Best Electronic Publication and Best Technical Writing for our 2016 TAGA Publication. We are unbelievably moved and honored that all of our hard work paid off, and to be recognized as such for something that everyone on our team poured their heart and soul into. And we know we couldn’t have done this on our own – we owe everything to RIT’s School of Media Sciences and its wonderful, talented staff; Mohawk Paper, who so generously donated all of the paper used in the creation of our publication; Jade and the rest of the production staff at B Squared in New York City for showing us around and letting us become part of the process of binding our book; and of course all of those who donated to us to help us make this feat possible. We are eternally grateful to all of you.

Additionally, I would like to recognize all of our members for the dedication and passion they showed. We know that it is sometimes difficult to fit everything into our hectic schedules, but everyone did such fantastic work. We couldn’t imagine a better group of people to have worked with on this year’s publication.

Finally, I want to extend a huge amount of thanks to my fellow eboard members Alissa Roy, Olivia Konys, Hannah Mulford, Mitchell Morgan, and Abby Austin. All the planning sessions, long nights, stress-filled moments, problem solving, and twelve hour days spent in the printing lab were truly worth it.

And now we’re ready to do it all again for next year. See you soon, TAGA!

-Mandi Moon


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