Outstanding Service Award

George Tarbay

George Tarbay

For 30 years, George Tarbay has enjoyed the camera eye’s view of NIU.

The Media Services photographer is a staple at events, shooting images that will appear in print in university publications, department brochures and local newspapers and in frames throughout campus hallways and offices.

His work has won more than 30 awards, and he recently was the featured photographer in the University Photographers Association of America’s publication, “Contact Sheet.”

“George’s even temperament and cool composure under extremely tight deadlines and in difficult and stressful situations are one of the keys to his high degree of success over his long career,” said Jay Orbik, director of Media Services. “Professors, chairs, deans and presidents have sought out George’s expertise because they know that George Tarbay always produces outstanding results.”

Abigail Dean, assistant director of donor relations for the NIU Foundation, said Tarbay “leaves no detail unfinished.”

“George is very cordial and welcoming to our guests,” Dean said. “He knows that as one who wanders the crowd asking for photographs of guests, he is very much a public face of the university.”

Tarbay teaches T’ai Chi through Kishwaukee College, has served on the DeKalb Cornfest Race committee for 21 years and is a sought-after judge for local photo competitions. He also donates framed photographs for auction on behalf of the DeKalb Family Service Agency.