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A&D student named Weir Scholarship recipient

April—An Art & Design student from Ohio Northern University, Lauren Hector, has been awarded the Ruth E. Weir Memorial Scholarship for Internships.

Thanks to the generosity of ONU benefactor Ruth E. Weir, the scholarship assists qualified Arts and Sciences College students in paying for expenses associated with summer internships.

Ruth, a 1936 graduate of Ada High School, was an active member of Phi Chi sorority (now Delta Zeta) while at Ohio Northern. In 2004, she was honored by Beta Sigma Phi sorority for 65 years of service. She retired from Marathon in 1983 and was a member of the Philanthropic Educations Organization Sisterhood, Chapter DN, and the First Presbyterian Church in Findlay, Ohio.

Lauren Hector, a sophomore graphic design major from Mount Cory, will be interning for the Bluffton News. Her responsibilities will be working on various activity magazines for children, including Fun for Kidz.

Hopscotchis an entertaining and educational magazine for elementary and middle school aged girls. Each issue includes award winning stories, arts and crafts, science and math, cooking, drawing lessons, poetry and more.

Boys’ Questis an adventure and educational magazine for boys six to 14 years of age. Filled with articles to enlighten and inspire, readers enjoy the investigative and exploratory activities. Librarians and teachers use Boys’ Questto help develop reading comprehension while science and math projects are fun and exciting. Also included in each issue are computer games to teach beginning programming, cartoons and puzzles to entertain and educate in a fun-filled fashion. Artists are encouraged with various drawing lessons.

Fun for Kidz,first published in 2002, is designed for both boys and girls and offers creative activities to building projects. Boys Scouts and Girl Scouts make use of the arts and crafts, cooking, and other projects, while librarians find many different articles and projects within the scope of a different theme with each issue.

Hopscotch for Girls, Boys’ Quest,and Fun for Kidzare prepared, printed, and mailed from Bluffton, Ohio by the Bluffton News Publishing and Printing Company, a small family owned business in northwest Ohio.

As a student, Lauren has been named to the Dean’s List and has been active in various activities including AIGA|The Professional Association for Design, Kappa Pi art honorary, Phi Eta Sigma honorary, Alpha Lambda Delta honorary, Leader’s Counsel and the ONU Women’s Club Volleyball.

“I am honored to receive the Weir Scholarship,” said Lauren. “Being awarded with this further inspires me to pursue a successful and beneficial design career.”

Originally designated as the School of Fine Arts and later the College of Fine Arts, the art & design program was first established as an independent academic unit at Ohio Northern in 1878, largely as an outgrowth of course work in engineering and architectural drawing. Today, 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 with concentrations in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and pre-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, AIGA: The Professional Association for Design, and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is 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 2012–13 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.