Spring 2008 • Volume 14, Issue 2
When Tina Nelson Petrillo ’91 was notified twice by e-mail that she was the grand prize winner in the National Geographic “Where’s Your Nature Valley?” photo contest, she initially thought it was a scam. Although she had entered several photography contests over the years, she was skeptical. She called the contest sponsor directly to hear firsthand that she had actually won an all-expenses-paid trip for two to the Grand Canyon.
“It’s been an exciting, unbelievable experience,” says Petrillo.
“I took the photo in 2006 with a simple digital camera, not my professional camera. A family member told me about the competition, so I downloaded the photo to the National Geographic Web site, and three months later, I placed first. I plan to take the eight-day, seven-night trip with my husband Paul this summer.”
National Geographic photographers and photo editors judged thousands of entries based on simplicity, uncluttered imagery, and the depiction of people experiencing the beauty of nature. In its second year, the contest was co-sponsored by Nature Valley.
“My photo captures the silhouettes of kids running near Yellowstone Lake in Yellowstone National Park,” says Petrillo. “Although I have three children who are highly photographed, the children in the photo are not mine!”
Petrillo credits former professor of communication Howard Goldbaum with inspiring her when she majored in photography at Bradley. She currently is a freelance photographer in the Chicago area.
Visit nationalgeographic.com/grandcanyon to view the winning photos. Go >
Professor discusses Peoria economy in national media
Correspondent Martha Teichner of CBS News Sunday Morning, left, interviewed Dr. Bernard Goitein, professor of business management and administration, on February 6, about business and economic conditions in the Peoria area for a segment on the show’s annual report on money matters. Goitein directs quarterly studies of Peoria area business and economic conditions and surveys consumer confidence in the economy as director of the Center for Business and Economic Research of the Foster College of Business Administration. In the interview, he also discussed how the global economy has had an impact on the curriculum for business majors. The show aired on February 17. Goitein also was interviewed for a story on economic conditions in the Peoria area that appeared in the January 31 issue of U.S. News & World Report. To read that article in a new window, visit here.
National Geographic photo award; Professor in national media; Campus construction | Math professors | Artist Bill Hardin | Cooking up laughs; December grads; BU placement statistics | ILR Pacific Northwest trip; Fulbright experience
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