About Us

 

 
Who We Are
 

University Graphic Systems is a team of 13 student managers who operate a print and design services company located on the Cal Poly campus. We engage with Graphic Communication students to educate them on the UGS workflow and to prepare them for future leadership roles. We strive to learn new skills that contribute to our development as young industry professionals.

 
Our Mission
 

University Graphic Systems aims to prepare a new generation of industry leaders — one job, one skill, one team at a time.
 

 

 
FSC Certified
 

UGS has a Forest Stewardship Council ® certification, which promotes the responsible management of forests. By choosing to print your job FSC certified, you are partnering with UGS and committing to the highest social and environment standards within the printing industry. FSC stock paper guarantees the paper is derived from well managed forests.
 

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Core Values
 


 

Learn by Doing

We are committed to Cal Poly's motto of education through involvement and participation.

 


 

Quality

We strive to produce products that meet or exceed our customer's expectations.

 


 

Deliver

We pride ourselves on our unique workflow, which contributes to prompt job completion.

 


 

Customer Service

Through focusing on customer relationships, we create a foundation of personal and company excellence.

 


 

Continual Improvement

To ensure company efficiency, we regularly improve our workflow through lean technique implementation.

 


 

Synergy

Our company is successful through team collaboration, rather than individual work.

 

 

 


 

Our Managers

 


 


 

Meg Fukamaki

General Manager

The General Manager is responsible for the administration of UGS finances including budgets, reports and payroll coordination. The General Manager meets with Cal Poly Corporation Administrators, leads management meetings and maintains relations with the GrC faculty, staff, and advisory board.

  generalmanager.ugs@gmail.com

 

 


 

Ciara Lane

Customer Service Manager

The Sales Manager works directly with clients to ensure continued business satisfaction. The Sales Manager is responsible for quotes, applications to print, completion of job dockets, billing and customer surveys.

  ugssales@calpoly.edu

 

 


 

Jacob Berkowitz

Estimating Manager

The Estimating Manager is directly responsible for translating what the customer wants into a printable entity and creating a monetary value. The estimator is also responsible for ordering supplies and keeping track of inventory.

  estimating.ugs@gmail.com

 

 


 

Hannah Hester

Prepress Production Manager

The Prepress Manager is responsible for file manipulation, proofmaking, and plateburning for UGS Commercial jobs. The Prepress Manager will be responsible for training, scheduling, and management of paid prepress employees that will assist the manager in regular, high volume jobs such as the Mustang News.

  prepress.ugs@gmail.com

 

 


 

Blake Chapa

Digital Production Manager

The Digital Production Manager is responsible for operating the digital printing equipment and completeing any commercial print jobs that come through the digital printing department.

  digitalproduction.ugs@gmail.com

 

 


 

Megan Wong

Offset Production Manager

The Offset Production Manager is responsible for coordinating production within the Web department. Responsibilities include scheduling production crews, overseeing production and the printing of jobs, maintaining and enforcing safety procedures and cleanliness in the web building, and maintaining open communication with the Mustang News staff.

  offset.ugs@gmail.com

 

 


 

Jillian Keplinger

Bindery and Finishing Manager

The Bindery Manager is responsible for all jobs requiring binding or finishing, as well as the scheduling of employees in the Bindery department. The finishing processes include cutting, folding, binding, foil stamping/embossing, scoring, and boxing/packing.

  bindery.ugs@gmail.com

 

 


 

Isabella Montalvo

Design Reproduction Manager

The Design Reproduction Manager is responsible for creating original artwork for clients needing graphic design, assisting the Prepress Manager in retouching client artwork, and helping the Marketing Manager develop campaigns to raise awareness of UGS.

  designservices.ugs@gmail.com

 

 


 

Matt Bowers

Marketing Manager

The Marketing Manager is responsible for overseeing marketing initiatives which include: sales collateral design and development, marketing awareness campaigns, Mustang News ad design and scheduling, marketing research, web site maintenance and development, and interdepartmental marketing.

  marketingmanager.ugs@gmail.com

 

 


 

Katie Kouvelas

Improvement & Education Manager

The Improvement & Education manager is responsible for implementing and promoting both lean and sustainable practices in the UGS workflow. She is the liaison between UGS and the GrC 472 course that focuses on also maintains FSC certification (CoC), while experimenting in developing sustainable production practices.

  education.ugs@gmail.com

 

 


 

Ray McDonnell-Horita

Specialty Printing Manager

The Specialty Printing Manager is responsible for producing all screen printing jobs and managing the Print and Copy store. Other responsibilities include working with the i-cut to produce any flexographic jobs, as well as experimenting with new and emerging print technologies to help expand UGS’s markets.

  specialtyprinting.ugs@gmail.com

 

 


 

Vince Uhler

Technician

Vince operates and maintains all digital and mechanical equipment, while also providing leadership and assistance in the areas of management, quality control, sales, marketing, purchasing, accounting and budget control for the UGS managers. Beyond that Vince acts as a father figure for all the managers in their times of need.

  vuhler@calpoly.edu

 

 


 

Kenneth Macro

Advisor

Kenneth Macro helps to both educate and encourage the UGS team to accomplish everything they can.

  kmacro@calpoly.edu

 

 

 

 
Industry Involvement
 

UGS is supported by generous contributions from the printing and publishing industry.
 

 


 

 

Want to start a project?
 

UGS can handle all of your printing and bindery needs. Stop by and visit us any time during the week! Our professionally trained students are waiting to greet you and give you a smooth, personal printing experience.
 

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