The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

From left Casey Scott, Vice President of National Posters, Inc.; Michael Schrage, President of Retail Merchandising Group; Margaret Kelley, University Advancement; Phil Harris, President and CFO; Matt Greenwell, UC Foundation Associate Professor, UTC Art Department; Alan White, head of the UTC Art Department.

Hot off the Press: UTC Art Department Benefits from Graphic Design Gift

National Posters, Inc. has awarded a $3,000 unrestricted gift to the graphic design area of the UTC Art Department. The proceeds were generated from an annual golf tournament.

“The University has provided us with some wonderful interns for more than four years, and we have hired many UTC alumni,” according to Casey Scott, Vice President of National Posters, Inc.

Alan White, head of the UTC Art Department, is grateful for the funds. “When they told me it was $3,000, I said that in these tough times for higher education, that was a windfall for us,” White said.

National Posters, Inc., National Posters Digital and Retail Merchandising Group, are the Chattanooga divisions of National Print Group. Additional National Print Group facilities are located in Knoxville, Atlanta, Dallas and Lansing, Michigan. Locally, the company frequently opens its doors to UTC graphic design students.

“ Our graphic design students enjoy taking tours, and our interns learn a lot. Our interns get a hands-on experience, and they have the opportunity to work with a lot of digital equipment,” said Matt Greenwell, UC Foundation Associate Professor.

“ The interns have done well, they suit our needs well, and they are very professional,” said Michael Schrage, President of the Retail Merchandising Group. “We give them basic responsibilities, and as their skills grow, they are given more to do. We are making an investment in them so that as our needs grow, we would like to be able to consider hiring these students.”

It is an arrangement that works well for everyone involved in the partnership, according to White. “To us, it is the ideal internship for our students,” White said.