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Professor Marcy Nighswander and students of National Press Photographers Association bring home two awards to the School of Visual Communication

Professor Marcy Nighswander and students of National Press Photographers Association bring home two awards to the School of Visual Communication
Photojournalism students of the Ohio University chapter of the National Press Photographers Association celebrate their recognition as the NPPA Outstanding Student Chapter. Advisor Marcy Nighswander, center, also won the Robin F. Garland Educator Award.

Marcy Nighswander and the Ohio University chapter of the National Press Photographers Association received recognition for their dedication to photojournalism education with the Robin F. Garland Educator Award and the Outstanding Student Chapter Award.

“It is a great honor to be the recipient of NPPA’s Robert F. Garland Educator Award,” Nighswander, a professor in the School of Visual Communication, said. “I have been a member of the organization since I was a college student — I would not be receiving the award except for the support and success of the (Visual Communication) students and faculty.”

Nighswander has been teaching photojournalism as Ohio University since 1995. Prior to teaching at OHIO, she was a staff photographer at Associated Press in the Washington D.C. bureau.

She is also currently the faculty advisor for OHIO’s NPPA chapter, which was also named 2019’s outstanding student chapter for the fourth time.

Liz Moughon, president of OHIO’s NPPA, said Nighswander is very active with her chapter and is there for every step of the way.

“She really wants to be there for every part of it. So, she's not just the person who's saying, ‘You should join this club.’” Moughon, who is also a senior studying photojournalism said. “She’s always there to help.”

Nighswander said the most rewarding aspect of her job is to see former students grow as photographers and continue to be leaders in the photojournalism profession.

“Historically our students have been leaders in the profession, even as undergraduates,” Nighswander said. “I am always delighted to hear from professionals who tell me how talented and prepared our students are in every aspect of their jobs.”

Nighswander said that she has been a dedicated member of NPPA since she was a student at Bowling Green State University.

“It is a great honor to be the recipient of NPPA’s Robert F. Garland Educator Award,” Nighswander added. “I would not be receiving the award except for the support and success of the VisCom students and faculty.”