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A&D Celebrates Scholarship and Achievement of Students and Faculty

Kappa Pi 2010Throughout its history, Ohio Northern University has fostered a tradition of involving undergraduate students in scholarship and research. Students from the department of art & design have presented their work from classes, independent studies and research projects in local and national venues.

On May 8, Honors Day recognizes outstanding students in high-level of scholarship, service and accomplishment to the University community. A highlight of the art & design program includes the Kappa Pi induction ceremony, awards presentation and a picnic with family and friends.

This year, nine freshmen art & design majors will be inducted into Kappa Pi. To be eligible, candidates must maintain a high level of scholarship, meet the organization’s academic standards, and be involved in various extracurricular activities including those in the department of art & design.

Kappa Pi, founded in 1911 at the University of Kentucky, is an international art honorary. Over 170 chapters have been installed in the United States and abroad. Its main purpose is to form bodies of students who will uphold the highest ideals of a liberal education; to raise the standards of productive artistic work among students; to furnish the highest reward for conscientious effort in furthering the best interest of art in the broadest sense of the term.

About nine A&D students will receive awards for overall academic achievement or outstanding performance within their major and academic work. Two of the awards are established by or in memory of an ONU student, Shelley Petrillo.

“It is important that we come together during this annual University tradition to celebrate student achievement,” said Brit Rowe, department of art & design chair. “It’s a time to celebrate faculty and students’ achievements and for the department to thank our student leaders. It also provides our students a moment to consider not just what they have achieved but what they want to become.”

Significant faculty achievements in the department of art & design included:
Melissa Eddings, associate professor in art & design
• curated the exhibit “Undercover: 6 Artists/24 Books” at ArtSpace/Lima
• work chosen for a group exhibit “In the Beginning: The Creative Process Revealed” at Bluffton University

Luke Sheets, assistant professor in art & design
• work accepted to the Majestic Galleries’ National Juried Competition
• work accepted to “Drink: Functional Forms for Every Libation” international exhibit
• work accepted to “Carbondale Clay National V,” a nationally juried exhibit
• work accepted to the 7th annual “It’s Only Clay National Juried Competition and Exhibition” in Minnesota.

Brit Rowe, associate professor in art & design
• accepted and spoke at the 4th International Conference on Design Principles and Practices” held in Chicago
• Design Advocacy and “Design: Think. Know. Do.” summer honors camp

Linda Lehman, visiting assistant to the director of the Center for Teacher Education
• work accepted to “Those Who Teach Can Likewise Do” regional exhibit
• work accepted to the Spring Juried Exhibit at ArtSpace/Lima.

The following A&D students earned scholarships and other recognition on Honors Day:

Student Scholarship Recognition
Fred Frances, junior art/studio arts major, Neil Meldahl Work Study Scholarship, Paper & Book Intensive 2010, University of Maine-Machias.
Jeff Gibbons, junior art/studio arts major, accepted to the Spring Juried Show at ArtSpace/Lima.
Tori Brake, junior art/graphic design major, accepted to and studied at the University of the Arts London.
Tiffany Seillier, junior art/graphic design major, accepted to and studied at the University of the Arts London.
Micaela Nauman, senior art/advertising design major, accepted as an intern at Chute Gerdeman retail design firm.
Katelyn Amedolara, junior art/studio arts/art education major, accepted to South Africa: Perspectives on Democracy

Art & Design Department Service Awards
Fred Frances, junior art/studio arts major
Matt Glove, junior art/graphic design major
Julie Brewer, senior art/studio arts/art education major

Kappa Pi Service Award
Catherine Merchak, junior art/graphic design major

AIGA Leadership Award
Micaela Nauman, senior art/advertising design major

Senior Department Honors
• Art Education: Julie Brewer
• Studio Arts: Emily Jay and Katrina MacNaughton
• Advertising Design: Micaela Nauman

University Class Honors (highest class GPA)
Bethany Schreck, junior class

Shelly C. Petrillo Scholarship Awards
• Junior: Rachel Pioch
• Senior: Fred Frances and Bethany Schreck

Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized as one of the best creative programs nationwide in the second edition of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers.” For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2009-10 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

image: Initiates and current members of Kappa Pi, the art honorary.