Digital design and marketing services are still available! If you're interested, email us at ugssales@calpoly.edu Digital design and marketing services are still available! If you're interested, email us at ugssales@calpoly.edu

What Is University Graphic Systems?

We are a team of 10 student managers who run and operate University Graphic Systems (UGS) located on the Cal Poly campus. UGS is a student-managed, student-operated experiential enterprise that provides full graphic and printing services for the Cal Poly campus constituency. Since our inception in 1968, UGS has provided hands-on experience for students entering the graphic communication industry.

Students train for two quarters in specific areas of their choice such as sales, marketing, prepress, estimating, sheet-fed and web offset lithography, bindery, finishing, and mailing services. After completing their initial training, students are eligible to apply for paid positions within the enterprise, advancing to supervisory roles within their specific areas of interest. Students/employees who are interested in management are interviewed and hired annually to manage and run our company.

UGS places a high value on relationships with clients and have a passion for print, design and web development. UGS pursues the opportunity to learn and grow skills through partnerships with corporate sponsors, the Graphic Communication Department, Cal Poly Corporation, the Cal Poly campus, and the greater San Luis Obispo area.

Advised by an assigned faculty member and a full-time technician, students are exposed to real-life managerial situations that require logical, succinct, and critical decisions that can affect the success of any printing company.

Meet the Team

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Chris Jones

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.

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Bergan O'Connell

Account Manager

The Account Manager meets with current and potential clients to create and maintain customer relationships. They are responsible for working with fellow managers and UGS interns on new product development to further UGS's growth and development within the Graphic Communication Industry.

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Elise Monroe

Account Manager

The Account Manager meets with current and potential clients to create and maintain customer relationships. They are responsible for working with fellow managers and UGS interns on new product development to further UGS's growth and development within the Graphic Communication Industry.

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Kinsey Mangan

Project Manager

The Project Managers are responsible for overseeing the completion of all commercial jobs. Each Project Manager is responsible for managing each job throughout the UGS workflow from estimating and imposing to actual production and customer communication.

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Lauren Wenstad

Project Manager

The Project Managers are responsible for overseeing the completion of all commercial jobs. Each Project Manager is responsible for managing each job throughout the UGS workflow from estimating and imposing to actual production and customer communication.

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Camiron Czarny

Project Manager

The Project Managers are responsible for overseeing the completion of all commercial jobs. Each Project Manager is responsible for managing each job throughout the UGS workflow from estimating and imposing to actual production and customer communication.

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Michaela Kwan

Specialty Printing Manager

The Specialty Printing Manager is responsible for overseeing all specialty services. Other responsibilities include experimenting with new and emerging print technologies to help expand UGS’s markets.

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Stephanie Tang

Specialty Printing Manager

The Specialty Printing Manager is responsible for overseeing all specialty services. Other responsibilities include experimenting with new and emerging print technologies to help expand UGS’s markets.

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Haley Adler

Marketing Manager

The Marketing Manager is responsible for creating and implementing a quarterly strategic marketing plan and promotional campaign for UGS. Other responsiblities include managing UGS social media accounts, designing internal collateral for UGS, and creating promotional materials.They are also responsible for the creation and maintenance of the UGS website.

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Whitney Knorp

Marketing Manager

The Marketing Manager is responsible for creating and implementing a quarterly strategic marketing plan and promotional campaign for UGS. Other responsiblities include managing UGS social media accounts, designing internal collateral for UGS, and creating promotional materials.They are also responsible for the creation and maintenance of the UGS website.

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Industry Involvement

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

Electronics for Imaging Xanté
Esko Kodak
Heidelberg Muller Martini
Hewlett-Packard Ricoh