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Art & Design Students to present research

April— On April 26, Ohio Northern University will hold its annual Student Research Colloquium. From 9:45 a.m. to 2 p.m., students from across ONU’s academic disciplines will be presenting poster and podium sessions on research they have conducted.

This year two art & design students were selected to present their research papers or posters at this annual event to be held in McIntosh Center.

Kaitlin Bondra (BFA/graphic design ’14), a junior from Mentor, Ohio, will present a paper on “The Legibility and Readability of Serif vs. Sans Serif Typefaces.”

Andrew Crozier (BFA/graphic design and history ’13), a senior from Ada, Ohio, will present a paper on “Alexandria: Establishment and Destruction of an Architectural Pearl” and a poster on “Downtown Columbus Streetscape.”

“All of the presenting students have worked hard on their poster and podium session materials,” said Mary Drzycimski-Finn, assistant to the dean for student success.

The ONU Student Research Colloquium is a conference-like setting for undergraduate students to present and discuss research with their peers and faculty. Students utilize the colloquium to receive critical feedback on their own research, educate themselves about unfamiliar fields, help classmates improve their work and develop new research ideas and methodological skills.

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.