Fiscal Years 1982/1983 - 1989/1990
  • The Great Textbook Rip-Off . . . Fact or Fiction video was produced and debuted at the NACS Annual Meeting in San Jose.
  • CSREF held its third Board of Directors Forum in St. Louis on November 28, 1989, focusing on Trends and Issues In the College Store Industry.
  • The American Medical Publishers Association (AMPA) established a $150,000 endowment fund enabling CSREF to provide health science scholarships.
  • CSREF sponsored the NACS Faculty Training Workshop through a $10,000 grant from McGraw-Hill Publishing Company providing training for 20 NACS facilitators.
  • Professional Development Grants totaling $41,450 were awarded to 89 people.
  • Annual Meeting/CAMEX Educational Assistance Grants totaling $18,795 were awarded to 63 buyers to assist them in attending the NACS Annual Meeting/CAMEX in San Jose.
  • The 1st Annual CSREF Silent Auction was conducted at the NACS Annual Meeting in San Jose.
  • The 3rd Annual CSREF Golf Invitational was held at Santa Teresa Golf Club in conjunction with the NACS Annual Meeting/CAMEX in San Jose.
  • Membership in the Million Dollar Club totaled 170.
  • Epic Trust pledges were made by the Kentucky Association of College Stores ($1,000), the Michigan Association of College Stores ($5,000), and the Tennessee Association of College Stores ($1,000).
  • The 1988/89 College Store Salary & Benefits Survey was completed.
  • The first Annual Meeting/CAMEX Educational Assistance Grants were established through funds raised by CSREF special events; grants totaling $11,100 were awarded to 37 buyers to assist them in attending the NACS Annual Meeting/CAMEX in Baltimore.
  • CSREF held its second Board of Directors Forum in Boston on November 29, 1988, focusing on Trends and Issues In the College Store Industry, particularly collegiate licensing and buying groups.
  • CSREF sponsored the NACS Faculty Training Workshop through a $15,000 grant from the Douglas Stewart Company providing training for 24 NACS facilitators.
  • Professional Development Grants totaling $39,026 were awarded to 90 people.
  • The 2nd Annual CSREF Golf Invitational was held at Turf Valley Country Club in conjunction with the NACS Annual Meeting/CAMEX in Baltimore.
  • Million Dollar Club membership totaled 86.
  • Epic Trust pledges were made by the College Stores Association of New York State ($5,000), the College Stores Association of North Carolina ($2,500), the Florida Association of College Stores ($2,500), the Illinois Association of College Stores ($2,500), the Western Canadian College Stores Association ($2,500), and the West Virginia Association of College Stores, Inc. ($500).
  • The 1987/88 College Store Product Survey was conducted.
  • CSREF sponsored the NACS Faculty Training Workshop through a $15,000 grant from the Douglas Stewart Company providing training for 22 NACS facilitators.
  • Professional Development Grants totaling $35,503 were awarded to 87 people.
  • The CSREF Board approved hiring the first full-time staff member working exclusively for the Foundation.
  • The 1st Annual CSREF Golf Invitational was held at the Jack Nicklaus Sports Center in conjunction with the NACS Annual Meeting/CAMEX in Cincinnati.
  • The Million Dollar Club was established with 29 members making personal pledges of $500 or more.
  • The Middle Atlantic College Stores Incorporated began making annual donations of $2,000 to the Epic Trust that totaled $8,000 by 1991.
  • Epic Trust pledges were made by the California Association of College Stores ($10,000), the College Stores of New England ($1,000), and the Southwest College Bookstore Association ($10,000).
  • The CSREF Board of Directors was established as a separate Board and new by-laws were written.
  • Forging a New Alliance, the first CSREF forum, was held in New York for booksellers and textbook publishers on December 8, 1986.
  • CSREF was one of many sponsors of the landmark Corporate Structural Alternatives in Higher Education study conducted by Coopers and Lybrand.
  • Professional Development Grants totaling $24,069 were awarded to 62 people.
  • The Epic Trust Endowment Fund was established and presented to the membership during the NACS Annual Meeting/CAMEX in Orlando, Florida. At the conclusion of the meeting, $1 million had been committed to the Epic Trust.
  • The Tri-State Bookstore Association pledged $2,000 to the Epic Trust, becoming the first regional association to make a pledge to the Epic Trust on behalf of its members.
  • The Mid-States Association of College Stores pledged $10,000 to the Epic Trust.
  • 1985/86 College Store Salary & Benefits Survey was conducted.
  • Student Watch '86: A College Consumer Study was conducted establishing CSREF as a source of information about the college store industry to international media.
  • Professional Development Grants totaling $17,517 were awarded to 45 people.
  • CSREF sponsored the Class Ring Profitability Study through grants from ArtCarved Class Rings, Herff Jones and Jostens.
  • The 1984/85 College Store Product Survey was conducted.
  • Why I Like Working in a College Store, an essay contest for student and career college store employees, was sponsored by Macmillan Publishing Company with $15,500 in scholarships being awarded to winning essayists.
  • Professional Development Grants totaling $15,280 were awarded to 34 people.
  • A Foundation Steering Committee of NACS' past-presidents Robert Bell, John Marcus, CSP, Gerald Matthews, CSP, Wade Meadows, CSP and Eldon Speed was formed to guide the work of CSREF.
  • The Executive Development Program was developed in conjunction with the Indiana University Graduate School and the College Store Management Workshop was created by noted management consultant Des Nolan.
  • Professional Development Grants totaling $15,183 were awarded to 40 people.
  • The National Association of College Stores (NACS) Board of Trustees founded and incorporated the College Stores Research and Educational Foundation (CSREF) as a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation serving the college store industry.
  • NACS' first long-range strategy outlined a plan whereby NACSCORP would donate its subscription income to CSREF to support industry education and research.