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Art & Design Celebrates Scholarship and Achievement of Students and Faculty

ImageMay—Throughout 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 7, 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, 10 art & design majors or minors were inducted into Kappa Pi. To be eligible, candidates must have maintained a high level of scholarship, met 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 received awards for overall academic achievement or outstanding performance within their major and academic work. Two of the awards were established by or in memory of an ONU student, Shelley Petrillo.

“It was 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.”

Art & Design Department Service Awards
Fred Frances, senior art/studio arts major, Student Art League
Bethany Schreck, senior art/advertising design major, AIGA
Katie Merchak, senior art/graphic design major, Kappa Pi
Katelyn Amendolara, senior art/art education major, ONU Arts Education/Outreach
Mayumi Kiefer, junior studio arts major, Artists Against Hunger

Senior Department Honors
• Art Education: Katelyn Amendolara
• Studio Arts: Tanjina Schahadat
• Advertising Design: Bethany Schreck
• Graphic Design: Matthew Glove

University Class Honors (highest class GPA)
Mayumi Makino Kiefer,  junior class
Bethany Schreck, senior class

Shelly C. Petrillo Scholarship Awards
• Junior: Kelsey Klein
• Senior: Danielle Castelan

The 2010–11 academic year marks the 50th anniversary of the Bachelor of Arts degree in art at Ohio Northern University. Growing from a single-discipline school, the department offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensions, three-dimensions and art therapy. 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 also recognized in the second and third editions of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2010-11 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

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