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Artists Against Hunger presents check to Backpack Program

December—The holiday season is a time to give thanks for what we have, and to help those less fortunate than ourselves. Each year at Ohio Northern University, opportunities exist to do just that.

On November 19, the department of art & design hosted its second annual Artists Against Hunger luncheon in the Wilson Art Center. Over $2,000 was raised from this year’s fund-raiser.

The luncheon benefited the Hardin County Backpack Program, which provides elementary school students with backpacks filled with healthy foods over the weekend. The program aims to help the 15.8 percent of Hardin County’s population that lives below the poverty line. In Kenton City Schools alone, 51 percent of students receive free or reduced lunches.

Accepting the donation was Brenda Jennings, a nurse for the Kenton school district and the director of the Backpack Program. Making the presentation was Mayumi Kiefer (left), a studio arts student at Ohio Northern, who also founded the event last year in order to combine her two passions of helping others and creating art. Also present were Joseph Sasak, a public relations student; Prof. Brit Rowe, chair of the art & design department; Rachel Pioch, a graphic design student; and Prof. Luke Sheets, assistant professor in art & design.

The 2010–11 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.