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The bi-weekly, email newsletter with the information you need   March 19, 2012 • Vol. 10, Issue 5
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IoPP's new online learning platform is here!
Answering the growing demand for education on your own time, at your own pace, and from wherever you are, IoPP is launching its first series of educational programs via the Internet. Starting now, IoPP is introducing the convenience of web-based learning options. Developed in cooperation and funded by Kraft, General Mills, Clorox and Ecolab, the E-Learning platform creates and offers downloadable-on-demand training content through the IoPP Packaging Learning Center. IoPP's first E-Learning offering will be its signature seminar, Fundamentals of Packaging Technology. You now have instant access to the Fundamentals curriculum without having to travel to take classes! Online Fundamentals is available 24/7. It entails 42 prerecorded modules and more than 25 hours of content closely resembling IoPP's popular in-person Fundamentals course.
For details about IoPP's E-Learning program, click here 

Clemson announces future Leaders in Packaging recipients
Late last year, Packaging World announced that Clemson University was selected by Printpack, Inc. to receive the inaugural 2012 Future Leaders in Packaging Scholarship. Based on Printpack’s participation in Packaging World’s 2011 Leadership in Packaging (LIP) program and their outstanding effort to promote voter participation, they were given the honor of choosing the packaging school to receive this year’s scholarship.
For details, click here

IoPP webinar focused on package testing
IoPP's next webinar, Non-Destructive Package Testing: Driving Sustainable Operations, presented by Oliver Stauffer, Vice President, Inspection Technologies, PTI Inspection Systems, is taking place March 29, 2012, online from 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m CST. This is an excellent opportunity for quality assurance professionals to learn about package-inspection technologies and options for non-destructive testing, and to understand the benefits of implementing a non-destructive inspection method. The presentation will focus on cost, test methods (subjectivity vs. hard data), sampling and market trends in the pharmaceutical, bio-pharmaceutical, medical device and food industries. Registration is FREE to IoPP members, $99 for non-members.
For details and registration, click here

IoPP Packaging Education Scholarship Fund submissions due today!
The Institute of Packaging Professionals is pleased to offer four $2,500 academic scholarships for 2012-2013 to recognize exceptional college students headed for a career in packaging. Do you know of any students pursuing a career in packaging that would benefit from this excellent opportunity? The scholarships have been created to support packaging education and to raise awareness of packaging as a career choice. As an added bonus, the top talent identified through this program will be shared with IoPP Benefactor companies as a recruiting tool for their organizations. This could be that post-graduation foot in the door that jump-starts packaging careers! Applications are due today! 
For scholarship details and submission information, click here 

Packaging Machinery: Basics course taking place March 26-28  
If you're either a recent college graduate new to packaging, who hasn't worked with packaging machinery, or a packaging professional who needs a quick primer or refresher on machinery, IoPP's "Packaging Machinery: Basics" course is designed for you. The course requires just 2.5 days of your time, and it's taught by a veteran, certified instructor. "Packaging Machinery: Basics" will be offered March 26-28 (and again October 8-10). The course is held in the Chicago area at Frain Industries, in a facility where you can observe demonstrations on real machines
For "Packaging Machinery:Basics" schedule and registration, click here

Upcoming events

March 20
Central Ohio Chapter meeting: Sustainable Packaging: Definitions and Research Needs, Dublin, OH.
Click here for more information. Contact: Chris Ritz, e-mail chrisritz@planetr.net.

March 20
Chicago Chapter dinner meeting presentation: What's Driving Packaging Innovation in 2012, Rosemont, IL.
Click here for more information. Contact: Trevor Deck, e-mail programming@ioppchi.org.

March 22
Central Indiana Chapter tour: Welch Packaging, Indianapolis, IN.
Click here for more information.

March 26-28
Packaging Machinery: Basics, Franklin Park, IL.
Click here for more information. Contact: Barb Dykes, e-mail bdykes@iopp.org.

March 27
Wisconsin Chapter Speaker Event: Package Printing, Milwaukee, WI.
Click here for more information. Contact: Jeff Corbat, e-mail jcorbat@yahoo.com.

March 28
Cleveland Chapter Networking Forum and Great Lakes Brewery tour, Cleveland, OH.
Click here for more information. Contact: Chris Ragusa, e-mail cragusa@praxispackaging.com.

March 29
IoPP Webinar: Non-Destructive Package Testing: Driving Sustainable Operations, Online.
Click here for more information. Contact: Jim George, e-mail jimg@iopp.org.

March 29-March 31
27th Annual Student Packaging Jamboree, hosted by RIT, Rochester, NY.
Click here for more information. Contact Andrea Steen, e-mail als3245@rit.edu.

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