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Giving Back: Quad/Graphics Raises Thousands for Cal Poly Endowment Named After Former Employee

Eric Steinbach was a division head for Quad/Graphics that passed suddenly in 2018. There's now an endowment named after him at the Cal Poly Graphic Communication department.

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Sussex, Wisconsin-based Quad/Graphics, a printing, graphics and marketing company operating with multiple brand names, donated more than $40,000 to Cal Poly’s Graphic Communication Dept.

The San Luis Obispo, California, school’s graphic instruction department received the money raised from Quad/Graphics’ annual charity golf outing held in Wisconsin in June. The money-$41,000-went to the Quad/Graphics’ Eric Steinbach Memorial Endowment at the institute.

Eric Steinbach, who died suddenly in 2018, was formerly president of publishing solutions for Quad and was an extremely active member of Cal Poly’s Graphic Communication Advisory Board for 15 years. He mentored and hired students, advised on curriculum, and aided in establishing many resources for student labs.

“Quad Graphics’ generosity in raising these funds will benefit top-notch students who are carrying heavy amounts of debt and loans to put them through school,” says graphic communication associate professor Colleen Twomey. “As these students graduate, they will immediately have a positive impact on the graphic communication industry.”

The funds from the golf tournament will be added to the Quad/Graphics Eric Steinbach Memorial Endowment to continually assist deserving students by providing scholarships. The endowment will also allow Cal Poly to add resources for technology and enhanced curriculum development, so that the graphic communication program continues to provide relevant experiences to produce graduates who are ready to join the work force and continue to grow the graphic communication industry.

“We are ever so thankful for Quad’s continued support of our program and for honoring the work and legacy of Eric Steinbach,” Graphic Communication Department chair Ken Macro says.

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Tony Kindelspire is the former digital content editor of Sign & Digital Graphics & WRAPS magazines.

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