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Packaging Club Update

April 19, 2017 –  

By Tyler Engel

Virginia Tech Packaging Student club has been established since 2010. The club is a member of two different national organizations: a Student Chapter of the Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP) and a student chapter of Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry (TAPPI). More than 60 active students are doing collaborative projects every semester such as participation in packaging design competitions, the annual PackExpo and the Packaging Jamboree. Developing a deep and advanced career in packaging is a main goal of the club.

As the semester is nearing an end, we have a few important events we are working towards. We are at the final stages of finalizing materials and a timetable for Shack-a-thon. This weekend, we had our first build day and it was a big success. When our shack is completed, it will be a huge recruitment asset for Packaging Systems and Design and Sustainable Biomaterials. We hope to educate and recruit more Virginia Tech students to our majors and clubs. One of the things we are focusing on during the week of Shack-a-thon is handing out yogurt. This is important because we can really talk about all the steps necessary to design, create, package, and distribute the yogurt. It will give people an overall view of what our major is and how there are endless opportunities in our industry. We will also be able to communicate about the company who creates the yogurt and expand our student-industry relationships.

As for officer positions, we have held officer interviews already and selected the new officers for the 2017-2018 school year. We have begun the transition from old to new officers and are teaching them the responsibilities of each position, so they will be ready when the new school year starts. We are planning some social events such as a puzzle room challenge to build teamwork skills, and a fun way for the new officers to communicate in their roles. Lastly, we have our end of the year party celebrating our graduating seniors. There will be fantastic food and a fun way for students and faculty to celebrate a great academic year.

If interested in joining the Packaging Club, we meet bimonthly on Wednesday nights in Cheatham. Students of all majors are welcome to come out and join us. The club focuses on developing the skills necessary to become innovators in the packaging industry and to build off the skills we learn in our classes.

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