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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 and faculty 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 27, 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 picnic with family and friends.

This year, seven art & design students were inducted into Kappa Pi. To be eligible, candidates must have maintained a high level of scholarship, met the organization’s academic standards, and have been 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 eleven A&D students receive awards for overall academic achievement or outstanding performance within their course of study 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:
• Kevin Drain, senior graphic design major, and Kelsey Klein, senior studio arts/2D major, were nominated for the Excellence in the Visual Arts Award from the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio.

• Lauren Hector, sophomore graphic design major, won the Weir Scholarship for Internships.

• Kaitlin Bondra, junior graphic design major, and Andrew Crozier, senior graphic design major, presented research at ONU’s Student Research Colloquium.

• Josie Dunham, senior studio arts/3D major, won a sculpture award at the Spring Juried Show at ArtSpace/Lima. Other students and faculty accepted into the show were Prof. Luke Sheets (ceramics), Prof. Linda Lehman (art education), Nicole Leirer and Matt Madsen.

Art & Design Department Service Awards
• Vicki Moga, senior advertising design major, AIGA/ONU president
• Kevin Drain, senior graphic design major, Kappa Pi president
• Josie Dunham, senior studio arts/3D major, Kevin Drain, senior graphic design major, and Carmen Calo, sophomore graphic design major, Artists Against Hunger
• Hannah Rodenhasen, junior art education major, Ada Friends Ceramic Workshop

Senior Department Honors
• Advertising Design: Vicki Moga
• Graphic Design: Kevin Drain
• Studio Arts: Josie Dunham
• Art Education: Kelsey Johnson

Shelly C. Petrillo Scholarship Awards
• Junior: Lauren Hector, graphic design major
• Senior: Britanny Lang, graphic design major

A&D Faculty Recognition
• Prof. Brit Rowe had work selected for publication in a Denver travel guide and was chosen to present at the Hawaii International Conference on the Arts and Humanities.

• Prof. Melissa Eddings was selected as a juror for the Ohio Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition and had work chosen for the Book + Art: The Reading Room exhibit.

• Profs. William Mancuso and Melissa Eddings designed and painting murals for the Ada Public Library.

• Prof. Luke Sheets was selected to exhibit work at Flashpoint: An International Wood Fire Exhibition.

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.