printing students get a little extra from a dynamic duo
As new technologies
change the face of the printing industry from "an old, dirty trade
to a high-tech industry," more and more women are considering
careers in the traditionally male trade, says Lynda Samuel Hull
'87. (There are 286 undergraduates in the School of Printing Management;
30 percent are women, with the numbers continually growing.) Women
in the printing industry now might find navigating their way through
the career maze just a little less puzzling, thanks to two RIT
alumnae. Hull and Susan Persson Dumke '84 have endowed a scholarship
fund -- The Women in Printing Network Scholarship -- to help women
achieve a more powerful presence in the printing industry. The
scholarship will not only provide valuable financial assistance,
but will also create a network of mentors and peers for women
pursuing an education and career in the printing industry.
Susan Dumke (left) and Lynda Hull
"I feel very fortunate
to have my degree in printing management from Rochester Institute
of Technology. A lot of people helped me -- either financially
to get my degree or through support and advice -- to succeed
in my career. I can't think of a better way to thank all of
them than to help someone else," says Hull. A graduate of the
School of Printing Management and Sciences, she is currently
employed by Graphic Converting Inc., Raleigh, North Carolina.
Dumke and Hull want
to attract more women to the printing industry and to help them
become more successful during college and throughout their careers.
According to Dumke, the printing industry is the "... perfect
place for the women of the 21st century." A graduate of the
former School of Fine Arts, Dumke combined her background in
graphic design, photography and printing to become a success
in the printing industry. She and Hull have also collaborated
on several projects, including a book on 19th century Manhattan
"The need for such
dedicated scholarship aid is even more critical today," says
C. Harold Gaffin, chair of the School of Printing Management
and Sciences, "considering that over 30 percent of last year's
entry class were female. We are totally supportive of the vision
and goals for this scholarship."
Hull and Dumke did
not meet at RIT, but at a trade show in 1988. Their friendship
quickly developed based on their enthusiasm and passion for
the printing industry. Along with the scholarship's financial
help, Dumke and Hull have formed a group of printing professionals
willing to act as mentors to women students.
that women have role models that they can seek advice from and
follow," says Hull.