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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 is participating in an internship this summer in Columbus at a design firm. “Professionally, I want to secure a job that allows me to make a difference in the community,” explains Lauren. “The idea of ‘Design for Good’ is a very popular movement happening in our generation right now. It is the practice of creating design that ignites a change in the world for the better. As a graphic design student, this is something I want to do. I want to be able to use my creative abilities to help others... An internship can give me the skill set needed for future job opportunities.”

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. Last summer, Lauren earned the Weir scholarship to assist her complete an internship for the Bluffton News. Her responsibilities included working on various activity magazines for children, including Fun for Kidz.

“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.”

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.

Founded in 1871, Ohio Northern University is a competitive, comprehensive university affiliated with the United Methodist church. ONU is one of the few private universities to offer a distinctive blend of nationally ranked liberal arts and professional programs in its five colleges.

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.