Joseph Master

“I attended my first CUPRAP spring conference just 10 days after starting my first position in higher education. I hadn’t even left my job in publishing yet, and I received an email from my future boss that said: “You have to go to this.” I haven’t missed one since and I have encouraged all of my staff to attend. The power of this organization isn’t just the programming; it’s the people. It’s the commiseration over shared pain points, the validation that you’re on the right track, and the sometimes enlightening realization of what the right track even looks like. In a field where university communicators are so outnumbered by our faculty colleagues, the CUPPIE awards also serve a noble purpose in recognizing work that sometimes goes unnoticed (or under-appreciated) by those on the other side of the academic isle. I am so grateful that I was forced to go to that first conference. I assure you, the rest have been by choice.”