Re: It is with great regret…

I am crying, too, Herb.

And I take the liberty to post this page proof from VCQ 21.1 when I edited VCQ so you can see Larry Mullen’s article about how Bob and Herb created a place that nurtured so many of us and continues to do that for so many others.


Berkley Hudson, Ph.D.
Trouble & Resilience in the American South
TIME Essay on Race
Kemper Teaching Fellow (2015)
UM System President’s Award (2017)
Associate Professor, Emeritus, Magazine & Journalism Studies
Missouri School of Journalism
321B Lee Hills, Columbia, MO 65211 O: 573.882.4201 C: 573.356.9271 read more

Re: It is with great regret…

Bob T was one of my professors at the University of Utah where I completed my PhD. The first time I met him he was the professor who gave “the talk,” about the rigor of the PhD program—he even did the look to your left, look to your right speech to see who may or may not graduate. His class was my very first PhD course and he was one of the first professors at the U who saw my potential. Through his teaching and guidance he helped advance my writing and critical thinking. He retired to the same city where I grew up, so I remember how great it was to introduce him to my parents. He was a big influence in my life and welcomed me into the fold at VisCom, but most of all he was extremely kind and an excellent mentor. I will miss him dearly. read more

Re: It is with great regret…

He was the heart of Viscom for me, even after he stopped coming. I last saw him at Taos. The news makes the day so dim. Thirty years of memories meeting each year and sharing ideas. So much sadness now. Ginny

Virginia V. Kidd, Ph.D.

Re: It is with great regret…

Hi Ron Osgood, Roxanne, and other VisComm folks on this list,

I second Ron’s tribute to Bob T. He and Herb Z. recruited me for the very first VC summer conference when I happened to talk to them at a Western States conference a very long time ago. I am hugely grateful for Bob and Herb for getting me to join the VC family. Tiemens had a wonderful legacy with Vis Com and he treated everyone who participated with warmth and genuine interest. Former students of Bob and his scholarly collaborators who engaged with Vis Com continue his uniquely humanistic influence on the group. read more

Re: It is with great regret…

Such a sad loss. Bob was a wonderful person. I so enjoyed watching the great friendship he and Herb had at those earlier Viscomm meetings and having the opportunity to hear his wisdom individually or as group.

Stay safe everyone,

Ron Osgood

It is with great regret…

Craig Denton asked me to distribute this to the VisComm list…

It is with great sadness that we report the death of Bob Tiemens on March 29 in Colorado Springs from the coronavirus. Bob was one of the co-founders of the Visual Communication Conference with Herb Zettl. A pioneer in the area of visual communication, Bob’s quick mind, dry wit and easy smile will be sorely missed. Should you wish to toast Bob’s memory, remember that a Manhattan was his cocktail of choice. read more

VisCom 34 Details

JUNE 17-21 2020

We return next June to our 2015 venue at Tolovana Inn immediately adjacent to the most scenic beach I have seen and a favorite venue among those who attended VisCom 29 at Tolovana Inn..

Accommodation Cost

Tolovana Inn is pleased to offer the guest room types at the discounted group rates shown below. read more

Final Program

2019-06-19 • Wednesday

07:00 – 09:00 PM • Welcome Reception

  • Welcome by Kim Komenich site planner, Trischa Goodnow program planner
  • Introductions

2019-06-20 • Thursday

07:30 – 9:00 AM • Breakfast

09:00 – 10:30 AM • The Past and Future of Viscom

Round Table

Virginia Kidd, Conrad Smith, Scott Campbell, Erin Cook (chair)

10:30 – 10:45 AM • Break

10:45 – 11:45 AM • Connecting through the Visual read more

Very Tentative 2019 Program

Hi All,

Below provides a temporary program for this year’s conference. A couple of notes:

Still confirming times for meals, first panel participants, and session chairs. If you’d like to volunteer for either of the panel slots let me know.

Also, we had a little bit of time, and we’ve talked about in the past doing a round table on teaching tips/projects, etc. So, if you’ve got a cool assignment you’d like to share, let me know and I’ll put you down. Time to talk will be determined by the number of people who would like to share. read more