President's Welcome

The 2009 PIEA Education Conference, “Educating Educators and Students,” provides a range of speakers and topics to address issues concerning educators and their students. This year will include the first track of sessions specifically for students, but we remain dedicated to continuing our diverse programming for educators, too.

Beginning on Sunday, March 1, a full day of speakers and hands-on classes will be offered, including a two-hour workshop on Adobe® Lightroom® taught by one of the best educators out there – Julieanne Kost. Besides sessions, you’ll find a variety of other ways to renew your creative side: Join our annual Photo Safari to Zion National Park, Utah. Or choose to hear from our special Evening With an Artist – National Geographic photographer Jodi Cobb. The PMA trade show will be available, of course, so that you may see the latest cameras and technological advances. Visit the 2009 PIEA International Student-Teacher Photo Exhibition and Competition exhibit. Hopefully, you will see your own students’ work among the winners. As stimulating as those planned activities are, perhaps the most satisfying and lasting benefit of PIEA conferences is the opportunity to be with others who share our passion for photography and for the students we serve. I invite all of you to make plans now to attend PIEA 2009. You’ll be challenged and inspired, and, while you’re at it, you will also have fun!

If a letter to your administrators will help convince them to let you come, please contact PIEA Consultant Mark Murray at, and he’ll be glad to help.

Dan Overturf, Southern Illinois University
2008 PIEA President

Dan Overturf



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