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With support from the UW-Stevens Point College of Natural Resources & College of Letters and Science
Sustainability News
June 2013
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RiverPoint art paper makes splash in media
New paper mill staff benefit from Hands-on course
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RiverPoint art paper
makes splash in media

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UW-Stevens Point art student Tarin Baldauf makes a print on RiverPoint art paper in the university's print studio.
The unique collaboration between artists and engineers at UW-Stevens Point that led to creation of a new art paper caught the attention of local media. RiverPoint art paper was featured in recent coverage in print and broadcast media. 
A story by Luke Ranker in Central Wisconsin Newspapers (Stevens Point Journal, Wausau Daily Herald) highlighted UW-Stevens Point artists' residency called Monoprint, with artists from around the country using RiverPoint paper. The story was also featured on Fox 11 online.
A feature by Leah Kraus of  WSAW Channel 7 in Wausau included footage of university's pilot paper machine and interviews with artists using the paper.
Distributed by the Associated Press, the local coverage garnered a wide audience when picked up by sites such as The Epoch Times, which ran with the headline: Want Fine Art Paper? Check Out Wisconsin.
We introduced RiverPoint at a graphics arts conference in Milwaukee in March. Since then we've filled orders to people in a half-dozen states. If you're not familiar with this high-quality, economically priced paper, click on any of the media links or this WIST website page for more information. Have an artist in your home? Here is an online order form. Sales of RiverPoint art paper support research and education at UW-Stevens Point.

New paper mill staff benefit from WIST Hands-on Papermaking Course

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WIST laboratory services specialist Casey Konopacky, left, observes as a student in Hands-on Papermaking adjusts vacuum on the pilot paper machine.
The next Hands-on Papermaking course by WIST is scheduled for October 3-4. Karyn Biasca, chair of the UW-Stevens Point Paper Science and Engineering Program and instructor in WIST's papermaking class, said newer mill employees in particular benefit from the two-day course. It not only provides a solid overview of the process and an opportunity to run a pilot paper machine, it familiarizes participants with the unique jargon of the paper industry.

Participants noted on course evaluation forms:
"It gave me a better understanding of paper machine parts and terminology. I will know what they are discussing at our paper machine when quality issues occur."
 "The hands on learning experience is very valuable and is helping me wrap my head around the paper making process."

Reserve seats in this course for new staff in your mill by emailing Angie Hauer at Angie.Hauer@uwsp.edu

Other courses scheduled this fall include Life Cycle Assessment, September 13; Hands-on Pulping and Bleaching, October 24-25; and Safe Methods to Prevent Bacteria-Generated Gas Explosions in Pulp and Paper Mills, a webinar scheduled for December 5. 
Watch for new Scratch Sheet in your email box
scratch sheet headerJohn Baldus, WIST director of laboratory services, puts together a digest of interesting news and upcoming events related to sustainability and the knowledge economy. He calls it the Scratch Sheet and we'll be distributing it monthly beginning in July.   
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