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Nov. 10, 2011 Volume 33, No. 12

Printing Services keeps calendar tradition going strong


Campus photos have watercolor effect

It’s time for employees to sign up for a free Printing Services 2012 wall calendar.

Calendars are provided by Printing Services to all MU, University Health Care and Columbia campus UM System employees who preorder online.

By preordering calendars, employees help Printing Services cut down on waste. Individual requests also are preferred for automated addressing.

“We are not trying to create a hurdle or obstacle for people by asking them to sign up,” said Rick Wise, MU printing services director. “In past years, we flooded the campus with the calendars. This seems to be a more efficient way to marry up the demand with the supply.”

The 2012 calendar features Rick Reed’s photographs. Over several months, Reed, a printing services employee and amateur photographer, photographed various campus icons. To enhance their appeal and make them more unusual, a watercolor effect was added to some photos so that they look like paintings, Wise explained.

“We do the calendar to keep awareness heightened about our operation, but at the same time, I want it to be interesting and fun,” Wise said.

It’s more difficult than it looks, however.

“We’ve been doing this for about 30 years and it’s hard to come up with an interesting theme year after year,” Wise said.

So, for the 2013 calendar it occurred to him to seek help from future photojournalists in the MU School of Journalism. It may be a new twist for the new yearly tradition.

“We are actively pursuing this,” Wise said. “I think this would be great because the students are why we are here and to have their perspective on how they see the campus would be interesting.”

Nov. 30 is the deadline for ordering the 2012 wall calendars that will be distributed in December by campus mail.

Supervisors with employees who do not have access to a computer should call Joanne Rotert at 882-4210 or email

Wise said extra copies of the calendar will be available at Printing Service’s Digiprint Centers in Ellis Library and the MU Student Center.

“I hope people enjoy and use them,” Wise said. “They contain useful information about MU’s academic calendar as well as other reminders.”