Copy Center | Printing | Mailing | Course Packs

The following tips are intended to help save you time and money, and give you the best possible finished product.

Copy Center Tips

  • Jobs can be sent as a pdf file by email as an attachment or on disk. Please specify the software program.
  • Leave at least an 1/8" border on the original for copying.
  • Two-sided copying saves money and paper.
  • For the best copies prepare originals on inexpensive, smooth, white bond paper. 
  • Do not use highlighter pens on originals.
  • On the "Job Request Form" please give the actual date needed. Do not use "ASAP."  Orders with actual dates are processed first.
  • Please provide a complete and accurate account number.  Doing so avoids delays in processing the job.

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Printing Tips

  • Remember to provide a completed purchase requisition with your job.  Include an accurate account number.
  • Black and white photographs work best except when doing a four-color job.
  • A laser or color proof allows you to make changes to your copy and layout before final production. Keep in mind that editing your work from the original is always less expensive.
  • Any item being prepared  for distribution outside the University must follow Public Relations guidelines and policies.

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Mailing Tips

Variable Data Mailing

  • You may send an e-mailed attachment or have our free pick up and delivery service stop by and pick up your mailing burned to a CD – either option needs to be saved as a comma or tab separated text file from any spreadsheet or data base program.

Standard Mail (bulk mail)

  • You must provide two samples of your mailing with the order to fulfill Postal Service requirements.
  • For standard mail rates you need a minimum of 200 pieces or 50 lbs.
  • All the pieces must be identical, with the CMU campus return address on them.
  • Mailing must be in zip code order.
  • A mailing list must accompany each mailing. It is post office required to have been updated within 95 days prior to the mail date.

First Class Presort

  • Remember the cost is 4 cents less than the 1st class mail rate.
  • A minimum of 500 pieces is required.

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Course Pack Tips

  • For assistance with organizing your materials or if you have questions call Susan Russell at (989) 774-3191 or (989) 774-3216.
  • If using tabs please allow extra time for set up.
  • A copy of "Permission Granted" should always accompany copyrighted materials to be used in your course pack.  "Permission Granted" forms are available at Printing Services.
  • Use the following schedule to ensure that your
       course packs are available for students on time:
    • For August --- materials due the end of July
    • For January --- materials due the end of November

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