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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 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 26, 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 a picnic with family and friends.

This year, five art & design students were inducted into Kappa Pi. To be eligible, candidates must maintain a high level of scholarship, meet the organization’s academic standards, and be involved in various extracurricular activities including those in the department of art & design.

Those students inducted were:
• Caitlyn E. Busch, advertising design major
• Carmen R. Cano, advertising design major
• Andrew A. Chemski, design minor
• Emily A. Kleine, advertising design major
• Hannah S. Moloney, graphic design major

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 13 A&D students received awards for overall academic achievement or outstanding performance within their major 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 William Mancuso, 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 awards during Honors Day:
• Brittany Lang, senior graphic design major, won an Excellence in the Visual Arts Award from the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio.

• Rebecca Krofcheck, senior studio arts/3D major, was nominated from ONU for an Excellence in the Visual Arts Award from the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio.

• Brittany Lang was the recipient of the Twice Ten Art Club Award.

• Emily Mueller, senior studio arts/2D major, was accepted to the Spring Juried Show at ArtSpace/Lima.

• Hannah Rodenhausen, senior art education major, Kelsey MacDonald, senior art education major, Rebecca Krofcheck, senior studio arts major, all had work accepted to the Findlay Art League juried show.

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

Art & Design Department Service Awards
• Lauren Hector, senior graphic design major, AIGA/ONU president
• Abigail Brown, junior advertising design major, Kappa Pi president
• Caitlyn Busch, sophomore advertising design major, gallery/special projects assistant
• Carmen Cano, junior advertising design major, Artists Against Hunger

Senior Department Honors
• Art Education: Hannah Rodenhausen
• Graphic Design: Kaitlin Bondra
• Studio Arts: Emily Mueller

University Class Honors (highest class GPA)
• Lauren Rose, freshman studio arts major
• Rebecca Carmen, freshman graphic design major
• Aya Hashiguchi, sophomore art education major

Shelly C. Petrillo Scholarship Awards
• Junior: Caitlyn Busch, advertising design major
• Senior: Lauren Hector, graphic design major

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.