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Art & Design’s Young Alumni Lecture Series engages students with professionals

ImageMarch—This year’s Young Alumni Lecture Series, sponsored by the department of art & design and the AIGA/ONU student chapter, will be held Sunday, March 16 at
3 p.m. on the campus of Ohio Northern University.

The lecture, presentation and portfolio review engages students with Ohio Northern design alumni. Based on recommendations from the faculty, the lecture series brings to campus two or three alumni each year to share personal career challenges and successes since graduation with current students.

For current students, knowing how to navigate the job market can be a little confusing and hugely daunting. Thankfully, various design program alumni have dedicated their time this spring to give students a little peace of mind by participating in the Young Alumni Lecture Series.

Andrew Adams, AJ Jimenez and Vicky Moga will venture back to Ohio Northern to discuss their career paths, challenges, and secrets to success with current students. These lectures will allow current students to see how others have gone from student to professional and to connect with young alumni.

• Andrew Adams, BFA/graphic design ’12, works as a graphic designer for Orange Barrel Media in Columbus, Ohio. Previously, he was a designer for Winking Fish, an identity and branding firm located in Washington, D.C. As a student at ONU, Andrew was involved with the AIGA/ONU student chapter and served as president, Kappa Pi national art honorary, Phi Mu Alpha national music fraternity, Phi Eta Sigma national honor society, jazz band, and rugby. He also was accepted to the Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars and interned for Winking Fish.

• Arnaldo (AJ) Jimenez (BFA/graphic design ’09) is a senior designer for Recess Creative in Cleveland, Ohio, where he and his firm recently won ADDY awards. AJ also is involved with the local AIGA professional chapter in Cleveland. Prior to Recess, AJ worked as a graphic designer for Insivia in Cleveland and as a free-lance designer. He also completed an internship at The Detroit Studio, also located in Cleveland. While on campus, AJ served as co-president of the AIGA/ONU student chapter and attended several national design conferences, including Gain in New York City. He also served as vice president of the Latino Student Union and was involved with Finding U @ ONU and Vision Builders. For several years he served as a peer assistant for the Arts & Science First Year Experience program. He had work accepted to a number of student juried exhibits, had work accepted to the AIGA Cleveland design competition in 2009, and was inducted to Kappa Pi national art honorary.

• Vicki Moga, BSBA/marketing and advertising design ’13, is a marketing manager for Agano Solutions in Columbus, Ohio. Previously, she was a marketing manager for Auditgraph, a technology company focused on delivering solutions to the life sciences industry. She also served as an account management intern for Engauge and as a free-lance designers for Agano, both located in Columbus. As a student at Ohio Northern, Vicki was involved with the AIGA/ONU student chapter and served as president, the American Marketing Association (AMA) student chapter and served as president, and participated on the varsity indoor and outdoor track teams. She also was inducted into Alpha Mu Alpha national marketing honorary, Kappa Pi national art honorary, and Beta Gamma Sigma national business honorary. During her senior year, she interned as a marketing and communications professional for SummaCare in Akron, Ohio.

The Young Alumni Lecture Series will be held at the Wilson Art Center. The panel of alumni will discuss what it was like to work in a professional setting, send résumés and cover letters to employers or/and graduate schools, to have a portfolio reviewed in hopes of getting a job, and a personal perspective of the current job market.

Prof. Brit Rowe, associate professor in graphic design at Ohio Northern, acknowledged, “Students will be able to engage in an open dialogue with our alumni about the importance of specific classes, skills and how the students might best position themselves for employment or graduate school. This also will be a great opportunity for alumni to contribute to the educational process at Ohio Northern. We can’t thank them enough.”

The goal of the AIGA/ONU student chapter is to get students involved in the local design community, create a community of their own and help them build leadership skills that will be valuable as they move into the professional world.

The mission of the Ohio Northern graphic design program is to prepare undergraduate students to become socially and environmentally aware leaders in the field of visual communication. Focusing on development and mastery of conceptual and technical skills in graphic design, illustration, and advertising as well as studio electives, cross disciplinary courses and collaborative experiences prepare students for the convergence of the design fields and for positions as creative directors across a broad spectrum of increasingly media-based careers. Graduates from the program have gone on to work at companies such as Wunderman Design, Foothold Design, Smithsonian Institution, Milan Historical Museum, NiSource, Bubbles Academy, and Recess Creative.

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 2013–14 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.