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MAKE YOUR MARK® in Graphic Communications is a campaign sponsored by the Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation (GAERF) to promote a positive image of graphic and media communications and encourage students to explore the industry's diverse career opportunities.

GAERF was created by three industry trade associations. These three national associations jointly own the Graphic Arts Show Company, (GASC®), producer of major trade shows for the industry. GAERF's purpose is to channel a portion of the revenues earned by GASC-owned shows into worthwhile industry programs.

In addition to MAKE YOUR MARK, the Foundation manages an annual grants program and PrintED®, a national accreditation program for graphic communications courses of study at the secondary and post-secondary school level based on industry standards. Through its grant programs, GAERF funds the industry's education web portal and a companion site for elementary age schoolchildren.

The Foundation has its headquarters at 1899 Preston White Drive, Reston, VA 20191-4367. Contact the Foundation toll free by calling 1-866-381-9839 or 703-264-7200, or e-mail to Director Eileen Cassidy at ecassidy@npes.org. Visit the GAERF web site at www.gaerf.org.

GAERF'S founder's are:
National Association for Printing Leadership (NAPL) and Printing Industries of America, Inc. (PIA), trade associations for printers and related businesses, and NPES The Association for Suppliers of Printing, Publishing and Converting Technologies, a trade association for companies which manufacture and distribute equipment, systems, software and supplies used in printing, publishing and converting.

MAKE YOUR MARK Partner Organizations

The Electronic Document Systems Foundation (EDSF)
EDSF is dedicated to enhancing the value and relevance of paper and electronic document communications worldwide. The worldwide EDSF Scholarship Awards assist students who are interested in document communication careers. Groundbreaking educational and training programs are recognized through the global EDSF Excellence in Education Awards. These awards are presented for innovative contributions that help prepare our future industry workforce and develop current professionals. The EDSF Internship Consortium matches students with corporations for hands-on experiences in the workplace. EDSF has also compiled extensive Educational Resources to help students and professionals locate the information they need to achieve their own development goals.

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Off-Site Links and Resources
The MAKE YOUR MARK web site contains links to external web sites and references to outside resources available through government, nonprofit, and commercial entities. These links to external sites and references to outside resources are provided solely for informational purposes and the convenience of the user. The Graphic Arts and Education Research Foundation (GAERF) does not control, review, approve, or endorse these external sites, nor does the Foundation control, review, approve, or endorse these outside resources. Users should be aware that external sites may collect data or personal information. Once you link to an external site, you are subject to the privacy policy of that site. If you decide to access any site linked to the MAKE YOUR MARK web site, you do so entirely at your own risk. In addition, the external links and outside resources are in no way intended to represent an exhaustive listing.

Please note: MAKE YOUR MARK web pages may carry part of the above statement with a link to further information. Clicking on that link will take you to this page.

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The MAKE YOUR MARK web site contains information gathered from many different sources. The opinions and interpretations expressed in the web site do not necessarily state or reflect the views or policies of the Graphic Arts and Education Research Foundation (GAERF), or any affiliate, contractor, or subcontractor thereof.

Privacy Policy
Providing personal information on the Internet is completely voluntary, yet different web sites may do different things with that information. Before providing any personal information, you should familiarize yourself with the privacy policy of the site collecting the information. Please read carefully the MAKE YOUR MARK web site privacy policy (below), and the privacy policy of any external web site to which you provide personal information.

I. Information Collected and Stored Automatically
During your visit to the MAKE YOUR MARK web site, we will collect and store certain information about your use of the site automatically. This usage information does not identify you personally. We rely on this information to learn about the number of visitors to our site, the types of technology they use, and the areas they visit, in order to help us make our site more useful. Usage information may also be used for educational and scholarly research. We do not track or record information about individuals and their visits.

II. If You Provide Personal Information
If you choose to provide us with personal information, as in an e-mail message, we use that information to respond to your message and to add you to our mailing list in order to send you electronic and print MAKE YOUR MARK information. Personal information collected by the MAKE YOUR MARK web site will not be used for commercial purposes.

III. No Personal Information Collected from Children
The MAKE YOUR MARK web site does not collect personal information from children, meaning those under 18 years of age. We are concerned about protecting children¹s privacy and hope parents and teachers are involved in children's Internet activities.

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While some of the images and documents in web sites linked with the MAKE YOUR MARK web site may be in the public domain, others may be protected under copyright, trademark, and other intellectual property laws of the United States and foreign countries. Such laws generally prohibit (subject to civil and criminal penalties) the unauthorized reproduction, distribution, adaptation, display, and performance of protected works. It is the user's obligation to comply with these applicable laws, including, where necessary, seeking the advice of counsel regarding the application of the fair use doctrine to the proposed educational use of materials. Other federal, state, and local laws that may apply to the use of materials linked with the MAKE YOUR MARK web site are defamation, misappropriation, invasion of privacy, and/or publicity rights.

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Neither the Graphic Arts and Education Research Foundation (GAERF) nor any affiliate thereof, nor any of their employees, nor any of their contractors, subcontractors, or their employees: (1) make any warranty, express or implied, or assume any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any text, image, or materials in any web site linked with the MAKE YOUR MARK web site; or (2) represent that their use would not defame or violate or infringe upon the rights, including, without limitation, copyrights, trademarks, or any other intellectual property rights, moral rights, publicity rights, or privacy rights of any other person or entity.

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Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998
Pursuant to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998, the agent to receive notification of claimed infringement is:

GAERF
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