Outstanding Service Award

Scott Walstrom

Senior photographer, Media Services

Scott WalstromMillions of people see what Scott Walstrom sees through his camera lens.

Walstrom regularly contributes photos to NIU’s social media presence, creating more than 2.5 million impressions among prospective students, parents, alumni and fans in the “Tag Yourself, Tag Your Friends” Facebook campaign.

He won awards for his cover shot on the Fall 2011 issue of the Northern Now alumni magazine. His photos are featured on interstate billboards, promotional booklets and recruitment postcards.

But it’s his work documenting the feats of Huskie athletes that has left the greatest footprint.

He routinely travels with the football team for away games, including postseason bowls, and
is a sidelines fixture at home contests for other sports. His images grace myriad publications, from local newspapers to Time, USA Today and Sporting News.

“Much of that travel takes place on weekends and holidays,” says former Athletics Director Jeff Compher. “It is a very difficult thing to be away from your family so much, but Scott never complains, because he understands how important it is to capture these special moments for NIU and our student-athletes.”

A mentor to colleagues, he continues to perfect his craft: “Scott was instrumental in the development of a procedure to process digital images on the road and transmit them digitally via cell phone to the various local and regional newspapers so they can use the images in the earliest editions possible,” says Jay Orbik, director of Media Services.

Walstrom is an active churchgoer who has led a group for couples with elementary school children.