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A&D Celebrates Scholarship and Achievement of Students and Faculty on Honors Day April

April—Throughout its history, Ohio Northern University has fostered a tradition of involving undergraduate students in scholarship, research, and projects. Even 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 25, 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, 13 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 into Kappa Pi were Rebecca Carman, Leah Casey, Kaylah Duling, Kelly A. Holtgrefe, Tyler Jensen, Alexandra L. Johnson, Kacey Kauffman, Cheyenne C. Patterson, Alyssa J. Perkins, Lauren Rose, Stephanie Sanicky, Corrie Smith, and Elizabeth Tremains.

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:
• Lauren Hector, senior graphic design major, won an Excellence in the Visual Arts Award from the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio.

• Abby Brown, senior advertising design major, was nominated from ONU for an Excellence in the Visual Arts Award from the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio.

• Lauren Rose, sophomore studio arts major, had an illustration, “#RealPrincess: Lady Murasaki Shikibu,” featured on in an article called, “Young Girls Everywhere Are Showing Disney What a Princess Really Looks Like.”

• Nicole Bregar, senior graphic design major, had work accepted to The Heart & Hands 2015: 5th National Juried Book Art Exhibition for Students to be held at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

• Rebecca Carman, sophomore graphic design major, won the 1st Place John Flagg Caitlin Pence Award for an untitled photograph and a 2nd Place John Flagg award for “Determination,” both in the youth category, at the 37th Annual Photography Exhibit held at the Wassenburg Art Center.

• Lauren Hector, senior graphic design major, and Elizabeth Tremains, sophomore graphic design major, had work accepted to the 37th Annual Photography Exhibit held at Wassenburg.

Art & Design Department Service Awards
• Lauren Hector, senior graphic design major, AIGA/ONU president
• Abigail Brown, senior advertising design major, Kappa Pi president
• Carmen Cano, senior advertising design major, Artists Against Hunger coordinator

Senior Department Honors
• Advertising Design: Abby Brown
• Graphic Design: Lauren Hector
• Studio Arts: Jordan Kimes

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

Shelly C. Petrillo Scholarship Awards
• Junior: Elizabeth Tremains, graphic design major
• Senior: Emily Kleine, advertising 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 “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 2014–15 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.