Program and Schedule of Events

January 18 - 21, 2019 | Kalamazoo, Michigan

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2019 Student Summit Program and Schedule of Events

Complete Program: Printable Version (PDF File)

Preliminary Schedule - Subject to Change

Friday, January 18
  12:00pm - 4:00pm Registration Open
  12:00pm - 1:00pm Interviewer table set-up
  1:00pm - 5:00pm Interviews
Saturday, January 19
  7:00am - 7:00pm Registration Open
  8:00am - 4:00pm Interviews
  9:30am - 11:00am

Interview Etiquette Rountables: 
Topic Tables include:

  • What Are Managers Looking For? - Tim Hagenbuch, General Manager, WestRock Eaton Mill

  • Interview Strategies: How To Get The Position You Want - John VanDerKolk, Technical Sales Rep, Kemira

  • First Impressions

  • Superior Resumes

  • Finding a Good Fit

  • How to Interview the Interviewer

  11:00am - 12:45pm Presidents' Luncheon (Invitation Only)
  11:00am - 12:45pm Advisors' Luncheon (Invitation Only)
  11:00am - 12:45pm Lunch on own 
  1:00pm - 1:20pm

Welcome/State of TAPPI 

Larry Montague, President & CEO, TAPPI

  1:20pm - 1:30pm

Program Overview

Geoffrey Mallett, Student Chapter President, Western Michigan University

  1:30pm - 2:30pm

Keynote Speaker

Mike Farrell, EVP, Graphic Packaging Intl.

  2:30pm - 2:45pm Coffee Break
  2:45pm - 4:00pm TAPPI Trivia Game
  4:00pm - 6:30pm Networking Fair
  7:00pm - 9:30pm Free Evening
Sunday, January 20
  7:00am - 3:00pm Registration Open
  7:00am - 8:30am Breakfast
  8:00am - 7:00pm Interviews
  8:30am - 9:15am

Breakout Sessions A1: Transition into the Real World 

Panel Comprised of Young Professionals, Designed For Juniors and Seniors

Moderator: Stephen Bussa, Student, Western Michigan University


  • Alex Fleck, Technical Department Intern, Graphic Packaging Intl.

  • Joe Henderson, Sr. Process Engineer, WestRock

  • Matt Muhs, Support Engineer, Solenis

  • Trevor Cooper, Technical Service Engineer, Omya

Breakout Session A2: Transition into the Real World 

Panel Comprised of HR Professionals, Designed For Freshmen and Sophomores

Moderator: Tim Hagenbuch, General Manager, WestRock Eaton Mill

Panelists: to be announced

  9:15am - 10:00am

Breakout Session B1: Industry Innovation: Flexible Fibers and R&D Trends

Speaker: Dr. Kecheng Li, Chair, Chemical and Paper Engineering, Western Michigan University

Breakout Sessions B2: What is Packaging?

Speaker: LIndsay Jessmore, Student, Michigan State University

  10:00am - 10:10am Coffee Break
  10:10 am - 10:30am

Team Building

Gary Rudemiller, Exec. Director, Miami University Paper Science & Engineering Fdn.

  10:30am - 12:30pm Engineering Competition
  12:30pm - 1:45pm Lunch and Engineering Competition Awards
  2:00pm - 3:00pm


Jack Bray, President, Sawgrass Horizon

  3:00pm - 3:30pm Coffee Break
  3:00pm - 4:50pm

Roundtable Discussions

Topic Tables Include:

Women in Industry 

Moderator: Pamela Cowan, CFO/CMO, Pulmac Systems

Business Systems 

Moderator: Bob White, CEO, Pulmac Systems

Process Control Systems

Moderator: Michael von Grumbkow, Account Manager, BTG Americas

Life of a Supplier

Moderator: John VanDerKolk, Technical Sales Rep, Kemira

Forest Bioproducts

Moderator: Tom Schwartz, Assistant Professor, University of Maine


Moderator: John Bergin, Managing Director, Paper Technology Foundation WMU


Moderator: Lon Pschigoda, General Manager Pilot Plants, Western Michigan University

Recycled Board Manufacturing

Moderator: Tim Hagenbuch, General Manager, WestRock Eaton Mill

The Value of a Co‐Op

Moderators: Louden Cox, District Rep, Nalco Water and Trevor Cooper, Technical Service Eng, Omya

TAPPI Standards & TIPS

Moderator: Philip Wells, President, Wells Enterprises

Effective Teams

Gary Rudemiller, Exec. Director, Miami University Paper Science & Engineering Fdn.



Larry Montague, President & CEO, TAPPI

  7:00pm - 10:00pm Student Summit Casino Night

Monday, January 21
  6:00am - 8:00am Breakfast
  7:00am - 4:00pm

Mill Tour - Pratt Industries, Valparaiso, IN (students only)