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Jim Stroup receives 2012 President's Award for Excellence


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BLACKSBURG, Va., April 30, 2012 – Jim Stroup, senior photographer for University Relations at Virginia Tech, has received the university's 2012 President's Award for Excellence.

The President's Award for Excellence is presented annually to up to five Virginia Tech staff employees who have made extraordinary contributions by consistent excellence in the performance of their job or a single incident, contribution, or heroic act. Each recipient is awarded a $2,000 cash prize.

Stroup joined the Virginia Tech community in 2008. Since that time, he has repeatedly shown dedication to getting superb photographs for the university and its publications.

In Stroup’s nomination packet, Photography Manager Michael Kiernan stated "Jim's striking photographic images present Virginia Tech in the best possible light, and his creative concepts continually promote and support the university’s initiatives and excellence to a wide variety of audiences.  A distinction of Jim’s is his consistency in producing excellent photographs throughout the year and how often he will go the extra mile to get the best possible images.”

Kiernan said Stroup also continually volunteered for assignments and sought out challenging projects.

“He is always looking for better ways to do things, such as getting fireworks photos from a helicopter during a night football game at Lane Stadium,” Kiernan said. “It took a week of phone calls and paperwork to get such a shot done. Not many people are aware of the planning that is involved for many of our photographs.”

Larry Hincker, associate vice president for University Relations, endorsed Stroup’s nomination.

“As a former photographer myself, I have always been impressed by Jim’s ability not just to create beautiful imagery, but also to communicate a message … and to support or amplify the work in which the photo is used,” he said. “I am aware just how much effort he puts into each assignment and how often he goes beyond mere requirements.  His stunning photographs help the rest of us create great advertisements, websites, publications, news releases, and exhibits.”

Stroup took first place in the University Photographers Association of America (UPAA) monthly image competition, was runner-up for the UPPA Photographer of the Year, and received UPPA’s print publication competition “Best of Show” for his cover image on Virginia Tech Magazine’s “Savoring #1”  issue last year. He was also voted University Relations Communicator of the Year earlier this spring.

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech takes a hands-on, engaging approach to education, preparing scholars to be leaders in their fields and communities. As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers 240 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 31,000 students and manages a research portfolio of $513 million. The university fulfills its land-grant mission of transforming knowledge to practice through technological leadership and by fueling economic growth and job creation locally, regionally, and across Virginia.

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