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FLEXO Magazine : June 2008
for the similarities and differences between the two regions. "A lot of the challenges are all the same. I get the feeling that, in the U.S., you are all sort of in it together. There is a bit more information sharing going on here. I also saw a more positive approach to things. When there is a problem, you guys just attack the problem, whereas we have a culture of finding ways around it." Norwood declared that he is happy in his chosen career, noting that he is fol- lowing in the footsteps of his father, who worked for an offset newspaper printer. "He always said this was a worthwhile in- dustry to be in. There is always going to be work available and it's very rewarding." FLEXO Names New Editor Christian R Bonawandt has been named editor, FLEXO Magazine. He will now take the lead role in developing and generat- ing content for the publication, as well as its affiliated properties-SourceBoolc, FLEXOLive! and Sustainable FLEXO. Bonawandt has been a valued member of the FTA/FFTA/FLEXO Magazine staff since August 2002. In the past six years, he has held increasing positions of responsibility. Beginning as associate editor, he was later named associate editor/production editor, and then elevated to managing editor. His latest promotion came just before FFTA's 2008 Annual Forum. As Bonawandt steps into his new role, his visibility and field exposure will be in- creased. He will be the primary staff liaison to both the Editorial Advisory Board and Wide Web Strategic Leadership Council. In announcing the promotion, Bob Moran, FLEXO publisher said, "I am confident that Chris will continue to work diligently to maintain and enhance the reputation of FLEXO, improve the quality of its content and keep the magazine positioned to meet stated strategic goals and objectives. I look forward to working closely with Chris as he pursues these endeavors and builds upon FLEXO's formidable strengths." Those wishing to send Chris a note of congratulations, put forth a story sugges- tion, or offer to pen a technical article for the magazine, can reach him at: cbonawandt@ flexography.org. Ph: 631-737-6020 ext. 31. Forum 2009 Call for Papers N ow is your chance to participate in FFTA's Annual Forum. Submit your pro- posal for a presentation by July 18. All submissions must: . Be 250 words or less . Accurately and succinctly describe the content and scope of presentation . Include your complete contact information . Include abstract title Abstracts must be submitted online at www.flexography.org/abstracts.cfm. The Forum Program Committee will review all abstracts and select speakers. For more information contact Shelley Rubin, FTA educational program coordinator, at 631-737-6020 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Rossini Flexo Scholarship A little over a year ago, FFTA was ap- proached by a very supportive long-time member regarding the possible funding of a new educational scholarship for junior or senior undergraduates demonstrating a strong interest in flexography within their graphic communication studies. At Forum 2008, the Association announced the es- tablishment of the Rossini Scholarship for Flexographic Studies. This $20,000 annual commitment, for the next 10 years-personally funded by Felice and Paola Rossini-will provide three deserv- ing students with scholarship awards in the amount of $10,000 for first place, $6,000 for second place, and $4,000 for third place. In addition to these awards, Mr. and Mrs. Rossini have agreed to pay all travel ex- penses for the three scholarship winners to attend the Annual Forum and be recog- nized by the industry for their accomplish- ments. The FFTA Scholarship Committee will begin formalizing the selection cri- teria and review process in the coming months in order for the first three Rossini Scholarship winners to be selected in time to attend Forum 2009 in Orlando, FL. "Rossini S.p.A. was founded more than 75 years ago by my father, Erminio Rossini, who invented the leather covered rollers used on the first offset presses," said Felice Rossini, president. "I learned everything from my father and this has resulted in a very strong graphics culture throughout the companies consisting of the Rossini Group. www.f I exog ra p hy.o rg FTA TODAY My father spent a lot of time educating in- dividuals on the principles of printing and my wife and I wish to follow in his foot- steps. That's why I am pleased to be able to provide opportunity to talented individuals who express interest in the graphics indus- try, especially the flexo industry, which is Rossini's core business today." Mark Andy Honors FTA In recognition of the Flexographic Technical Association's 50 Years of Making Flexo Stronger, Mark Andy Inc. President Paul Brauss presented FTA President Mark Cisternino with framed artwork of St. Louis by John Pil. The honor took place on Monday, April 28 on the INFO*FLEX show floor. "This doesn't happen every day," said Brauss of the 50th anniversary of the leading association dedicated to flexographic printing/converting. "We appreciate being a part of this organization and this event and we hope to continue to be a part of it." "It goes without saying that FT A, and I personally, have always valued our partner- ship with Mark Andy over the years and I cannot imagine where we would be right now without your support and involvement in our many industry and educational ac- tivities," said Cisternino. Schroepfer oins TEST Melinda Schroepfer is the newest mem- ber ofFTA's major educational initiative, TEST (Technical Education Services Team). Melinda comes to the Association from Dunwoody College of Technology, where she most recently worked as the accreditation, curriculum design, assessment and faculty development specialist. As manager of cur- riculum development and accreditation, she will report directly to Joe Tuccitto, FTA edu- cation director. Melinda's role in TEST will be similar to her previous position, as she will assist FTA in curriculum devel- opment, but moreover, focus on accreditation for all offered materials. JUNE 2008 FLEXO _