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A&D Celebrates Scholarship and Achievement of Students and Faculty

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

On April 28, ONU’s Honors Day recognized outstanding students in high-level of scholarship, service and accomplishment to the University community. A highlight of the art & design program included the Kappa Pi art honorary’s induction ceremony, the department awards presentation and a picnic with family and friends.

This year, three art & design students were 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.”

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

• Mayumi Kiefer, senior studio arts/3D major, won the Excellence in the Visual Arts Award from the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio.

• Danielle Castelan, senior studio arts/2D major, accepted to the Spring Juried Show at ArtSpace/Lima.

Art & Design Department Service Awards
• Andrew Adams, senior graphic design major, AIGA/ONU president
• Rachel Pioch, senior graphic design major, Kappa Pi president
• Danielle Castelan, senior studio arts/2D major, gallery/special projects assistant
• Mayumi Kiefer, senior studio arts/3D major, Artists Against Hunger

Senior Department Honors
• Advertising Design: Vicki Mog
• Studio Arts: Mayumi Kiefer

University Class Honors (highest class GPA)
• Abigail Brown, freshman graphic design major
• Jordan Kimes, freshman graphic design major

Shelly C. Petrillo Scholarship Awards
• Junior: Rebecca Krofcheck, studio arts major
• Senior: Kevin Drain, graphic design major

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.