Veneman Named Educator of the Year

Jim Veneman, assistant professor of communication arts and director of visual communications at Union University, has received the Robin F. Garland Educator Award from the National Press Photographers Association.

According to NPPA, the award is given for outstanding service as a photojournalism educator. Garland was a picture editor and war correspondent for the Saturday Evening Post until he joined Graflex Inc. as a press technical representative after World War II. He later became a press photography products specialist for Eastman Kodak Co.

NPPA has given the award annually since 1974.

“This award speaks to the incredible influence Mr. Veneman has on Union students each and every day on our campus,” Union President David S. Dockery said. “The award represents the marvelous team spirit he has with and among his colleagues, and it signifies the far-reaching impact of his work beyond the Union campus, touching lives and shaping the work of others in numerous other contexts.”

Veneman came to Union in 1999 after serving as photo editor at LifeWay Christian Resources. His photography has been featured in two books, “The Inklings of Oxford: C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, and Their Friend,” written by Harry L. Poe, and “A Greater Freedom: Stories of Faith from Operation Iraqi Freedom,” written by Sara Horn.