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Site is being updated – thanks for your patience!

Things will be moving around on this site as I get my head around WordPress’s CMS templates. The home page is also going to reformat for new applicants instead of a blog of news updates that is overwhelming to strangers. BUT all of the “news” is still available under Conversations in the sidebar. This might take a while as I attempt to not accidentally erase anything while still making it new and shiny.  p.s. Also, this is Nikki Arnell, not Prof. Rumpf.  🙂 read more


Viscom 35…an old school plan

Hello all Viscom Campers,

We propose VisCom 2021 at Cannon Beach, Oregon, June 16-20 as a gathering of visual scholars to discuss issues and research in visual communication and to plan the future of the annual visual communication conference started by Bob Tiemens and Herb Zettl. Given the financial and other restrictions imposed because of COVID, we propose a return to Viscom’s roots, with little formal programming, just a bunch of like-minded people getting together to discuss our common interests. If there are six people, cool.  If there’s more, also cool. We can think of VisCom 35 as an unofficial, official conference. A line on the vita without the stress – for everyone! read more


From the Albuquerque Journal

Bob Tiemens (Courtesy of Robin Tiemens)

Former UNM administrator succumbs to COVID-19
By Matthew Reisen / Journal Staff Writer
Published: Thursday, April 2nd, 2020 at 6:04pm
Updated: Thursday, April 2nd, 2020 at 10:29pm

One of the “brightest stars” in the world of academic journalism has gone out.

Bob Tiemens, a pioneer of visual journalism and former chairman at the University of New Mexico, died from complications of COVID-19 on Monday in a Colorado Springs Hospital. read more


CampVisCom — It is with great regret…

Hi All,

My first Viscom was also the infamous #3 – Park City. Bob had me help with an experiment about persistence of vision, whether colors mixed, when they changed. . . It was my first year and I wasn’t totally sure what we were doing, so Bob had me deliver the findings. It went great, I met people I still consider friends and it serves as an example of a true community of scholars. As Ken said, true community rather than simply a gaggle of academics. read more


CampVisCom — It is with great regret…

Hi everyone,

I thought for years that what Bob and Herb had created was a community of scholars. As I read your condolences, I realize that they had really created a community of friends despite any separation created by time, distance and life changes. I believe Bob would be pleased with a legacy of bringing so many of us together and of knowing how much we miss not just him, but each other. I always thought that he was the greatest class act I had ever met. read more