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    UPAA Blog 2021-22 #1- 9/9/21, (photo by Ken Bennett) Members of the UPAA Board, clockwise from lower left: Jeff Gage, Susan McSpadden, Amanda Pitts, Mark Carriveau, Nick Romanenko and Glenn Carpenter meet at Grand Valley State University in September 2018 to prepare for the 2019 Symposium. 

    Board Announcements: New members, changes to the MIC

    By Susan McSpadden, Johnson County Community College

    Summers are so often a time to take a break, travel and have some fun.

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    UPAA Blog 2020-21 #30- 6/30/21 (text by Megan Bean, photo above: Matt Stamey photographed his viewing --and coffee making--setup in his Stanta Fe College office)

    Megan Bean is Public Affairs photographer at Mississippi State University.

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    UPAA Blog 2020-21 #28- 6/10/21

    Above: The UPAA Board of Directors gather at one of the 2019 Symposium presentation sites during their midyear meeting, September 2018.

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    UPAA Blog 2020-21 #27 - 6/4/21 (photos and text by Jaren Wilkey) 

    Jaren Wilkey is director of BYU photo. His General Features and Illustrations category image "Trolling" was voted best in show in the May 2021 Monthly Image Competition.

    Tech stuff? What camera, lens, exposure, lighting, gadgets, gizmos, etc.?

    •Canon EOS R5

    •28-70mm f2 at 28mm

    •1/160 f2; ISO 400

    •2 Aputure MC LED lights

    How did you have an opportunity to make this photo? Planned? Self-Assigned? Something else?

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    UPAA Blog 2020-21 #26 - 5/30/21 (by Matt Cashore, UPAA Blog editor, above graph is Google Analytics of UPAA blog, 9/1/20-5/29/21) 

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    UPAA Blog 2020-21 #25 - 5/10/21 (Text and photos by Gabe Mayberry) 

    Gabe Mayberry is photography manager for University Marketing and Communications at Utah Valley University. His News and College Life category image "Light and Lassos" was voted best in show in the April 2021 Monthly Image Competition. The MIC Q&A is a monthly feature on the UPAA blog to learn more about the thought and craft behind UPAA's contest-winning images.

    Tech stuff? What camera, lens, exposure, lighting, gadgets, gizmos, etc.?

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    UPAA Blog 2020-21 #24 - 5/3/21 (by Amanda Pitts) 

    Amanda Pitts is Senior Photographer at Grand Valley State University, past Symposium host and a UPAA Board member.

    The COVID pandemic has, for many, temporarily paused in-person interactions including the UPAA Symposium. That inevitably means the networking and camaraderie of UPAA has to happen online. The UPAA Facebook group is the main forum for the group, but is it possible to enjoy the wit and wisdom of our professional peers without the general noise and negativity of social media? Yes! Read on:

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    UPAA blog 2020-21 #21 4/5/21 (photo by Sanjay Suchak, University of Virginia, April 13, 2020)

    What a year.

    A year that at times felt like a decade, and at times feels like it passed in a flash. A year of stress, loss, resilience and adaptation.