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Ohio Northern Alumni and Retired Art Faculty Included in “The Best in Local and Regional Art” Exhibition
May
—Ohio Northern University alumni Ed Corle (BFA ’78) and Laura Barnhardt Corle (BFA ’77) along with retired ONU art professors Bruce Chesser (ceramics) and Judith Greavu (sculpture) are included in a group exhibition at the American Gallery in Sylvania, Ohio.

“The Best in Local and Regional Art” is a unique two-month exhibit that presents the work of 38 northwest Ohio artists along with photographs of their studios. The show debuts on May 21 and closes on July 21.

An opening reception for the artists will be held Saturday, May 21, 4-7p.m. Many of the artists will be in attendance to share their creative process.

During the two-month exhibit, many of the artists’ studios will be open to the public. Open hours, maps and directions to the studios will be available at the gallery. Bruce and Judy’s tour dates will be held at their studio located at 8586 St. Rt. 701, Dola, Ohio:
• June 18 and 19, 10a.m.–4p.m.
• June 25 and 26, 10a.m.–4p.m.

Professor Bruce Chesser, professor emeritus in art, specializes in contemporary interpretations of traditional functional ceramics. He is a retired professor of art at Ohio Northern University where he taught ceramics for over 30 years. He also served as chair of the department of art & design for 12 years. Previously, he taught at Ohio University, Athens. He holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in fine arts from OU and has participated in more than 100 juried, invitational and one-person art shows. Prof. Chesser also conducts numerous workshops and lectures on salt-glazing and raku pottery.

Professor Judith Greavu, retired associate professor in art, received her BS in art education from Ball State University in 1963, and her MFA in painting from Bowling Green State University in 1967. She has traveled the world and has given workshops and lectures all over the United States. Her exhibition record includes numerous solo shows, group exhibitions, and juried shows.

Laura is currently an adjunct instructor in art at Ohio Northern where she teaches art appreciation. She has been with ONU since 2006. She earned her BFA degree in art from ONU in 1977, is a free-lance artist in the Findlay area, and teaches eight-week watercolor classes in her studio. Laura exhibits locally, regionally and nationally. Her work has been accepted in countless art shows. She also has participated in many art fairs and festivals such as the Ann Arbor Art Fair and the Black Swamp Arts Festival. She is a member of the Findlay Art League and has a studio in the Jones Building in Findlay.

Ed Corle is an associate professor of art at The University of Findlay where he teaches ceramics, sculpture and three-dimensional design. He has been with the University of Findlay since 1986. Ed attended Ohio Northern University and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1978. He also attended Rochester Institute of Technology School for the American Craftsmen and earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in 1982. He has participated in many art shows including the Toledo Art Museum's area artist exhibition. In addition, he participates in area art fairs and festivals such as the Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair and The Black Swamp Arts Festival.  He is a member of the Findlay Art League, The Michigan Guild and Ohio Designer Craftsmen.

The American Gallery represents many local and regional artists from Ohio, Indiana and Michigan. Owned and operated by Toni Andrews, the American Gallery hosts special monthly exhibits by regional and national artists.

The 2010–11 academic year marks the 50th anniversary of the Bachelor of Arts degree in art at Ohio Northern University. Growing from a single-discipline school, the department 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-dimensions, three-dimensions and 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 and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is also 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 2010-11 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

 

 

Art & Design Celebrates Scholarship and Achievement of Students and Faculty
May—Throughout its history, Ohio Northern University has fostered a tradition of involving undergraduate students in scholarship and research. Students from the department of art & design have presented their work from classes, independent studies and research projects in local and national venues.

On May 7, Honors Day recognizes outstanding students in high-level of scholarship, service and accomplishment to the University community. A highlight of the art & design program includes the Kappa Pi induction ceremony, awards presentation and a picnic with family and friends.

This year, 10 art & design majors or minors were inducted into Kappa Pi. To be eligible, candidates must have maintained a high level of scholarship, met the organization’s academic standards, and be 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 nine A&D students received awards for overall academic achievement or outstanding performance within their major and academic work. Two of the awards were established by or in memory of an ONU student, Shelley Petrillo.

“It was 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.”

Art & Design Department Service Awards
Fred Frances, senior art/studio arts major, Student Art League
Bethany Schreck, senior art/advertising design major, AIGA
Katie Merchak, senior art/graphic design major, Kappa Pi
Katelyn Amendolara, senior art/art education major, ONU Arts Education/Outreach
Mayumi Kiefer, junior studio arts major, Artists Against Hunger

Senior Department Honors
• Art Education: Katelyn Amendolara
• Studio Arts: Tanjina Schahadat
• Advertising Design: Bethany Schreck
• Graphic Design: Matthew Glove

University Class Honors (highest class GPA)
Mayumi Makino Kiefer,  junior class
Bethany Schreck, senior class

Shelly C. Petrillo Scholarship Awards
• Junior: Kelsey Klein
• Senior: Danielle Castelan

The 2010–11 academic year marks the 50th anniversary of the Bachelor of Arts degree in art at Ohio Northern University. Growing from a single-discipline school, the department 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-dimensions, three-dimensions and 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 and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is also 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 2010-11 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

image: Initiates and current members of Kappa Pi, the art honorary.

 

 

Ohio Northern Department of Art & Design To Host “Berlin to Prague” Tour
May
—History, fine art and cultural exploration will combine during a 10-day tour to Germ any and the Czech Republic, hosted by Ohio Northern University's department of art and design and scheduled for May 16, 2012.

Organized through EF Educational Tours by Brit Rowe, chair and associate professor of art and design, the tour is open to ONU students, alumni and the community. “This is an exciting adventure,” Rowe said. “It is a chance to see the sites and experience the culture and history first-hand.

“We will visit the Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie Museum, the Allied Museum and then travel to Wittenberg, Weimar, Dresden and Prague,” Rowe said. “While in Prague, we will also visit St. Vitus Cathedral, attend a lecture on the Velvet Revolution and visit the Mucha Museum.”

According to Rowe, travelers may choose guided tours, optional excursions or spend their time as they please. “There is free-time built into the schedule. Travelers may choose time on their own or schedule tours with a guide,” he said.

The cost of the tour is about $2,800 per person, which includes round-trip airfare, hotel, all breakfasts and two dinners, museum passes, transportation and transfers, and trip insurance. Optional excursions are extra. Students can receive course credit, but it is not a requirement to travel. Eligible students may receive financial aid to help with these costs.

For details and a complete itinerary, contact the ONU department of art & design at (419) 772-2160 or search for tour number 1094432 at the EF Educational College Tours Web site.

 

Itinerary: Berlin to Prague

Day 1: Fly overnight to Germany

Day 2: Berlin
Arrive in Berlin
Take a walking tour of Berlin
Possible visit to the Bauhaus Museum

Day 3: Berlin
Take a guided tour of Berlin:
• Brandenburg Gate
• Kurfürstendam
• Remains of the Berlin Wall
Visit to the Checkpoint Charlie Museum
Visit the Jewish Museum

Day 4: Berlin
Visit the Allied Museum
Take a guided tour of the former Stasi headquarters
Participate in a panel discussion about life on both sides of the Iron Curtain

Day 5: Wittenberg • Weimar
Travel to Wittenberg
Visit the Schlosskirche
Continue to Weimar

Day 6: Weimar
Take a walking tour of Weimar
Visit the Schillerhaus
Visit the Goethe Museum

Day 7: Dresden • Prague
Take a tour of Dresden
Free time in Dresden
Continue to Prague

Day 8: Prague
Take a guided tour of Prague
Visit St. Vitus Cathedral
Visit the Golden Lane
Attend a lecture on the Velvet Revolution

Day 9: Prague
Visit the Mucha Museum
Optional: Jazz on the river cruise

Day 10: Depart for home

The 2010–11 academic year marks the 50th anniversary of the Bachelor of Arts degree in art at Ohio Northern University. Growing from a single-discipline school, the department 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-dimensions, three-dimensions and 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 and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is also 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 2010-11 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

 

Ohio Northern Senior BA/BFA Candidates Exhibit Capstone Projects
April
—It’s spring at Ohio Northern University, a demanding time for many seniors on campus. For the art and design students, this is an intense but rewarding rite of passage that few undergraduates outside of art and design programs ever experience.

This April, 13 bachelor of arts and fine arts candidates in graphic design, studio arts, art education and advertising design have devoted a full year to producing a thematically focused body of work as part of the required senior capstone experience. “During the students’ senior year,” explains Brit Rowe, chair of the department of art & design, “they begin to transform their attitudes from one of an art or design student working on assigned projects to one of an artist or designer engaged in a life-long process of development and learning.”

“This experience serves as the crowning point of the students’ education,” describes Rowe. “Students know how to build a body of work. They know how to think about its connection to the broader world. They know how to integrate principles, theories and methods learned in courses in an applied context.”

One aspect of the capstone experience is the research project. The capstone project is designed to encourage students to define the complex intersection between personal voice, conceptual understanding, the ability to conduct and use research, and to effectively use their liberal arts education in a process of creating a compelling, professional presentation.

“This part of the process is largely self-directed,” describes Rowe. “The process presents to students an extraordinary opportunity to identify an area of interest, investigate it, and use art and design as the vehicle to present their findings.”

In addition to the thesis experience, students also design and install an exhibition of their work and give a presentation to the department faculty. “The gallery presentation is essentially the students’ portfolios,” says Rowe. “The body of work must demonstrate what they students have learned and must go beyond classroom exercises and assignments to incorporate complex problems, ideas and solutions.”

The BA/BFA candidates featured in the exhibition are:
Katelyn Amendolara, art/studio arts/art education, Canfield, Ohio
Victoria Brake, graphic design, Forest, Ohio
Janelle Cain, art/studio arts/art education, Perry, Ohio
Zachry Clum, art/studio arts, Ada, Ohio
Fred Frances, art/studio arts, Moon Township, PA
Matt Garringer, graphic design, Jamestown, Ohio
Jeffrey Gibbons, studio arts, Toledo, Ohio
Matthew Glove, graphic design, Canfield, Ohio
Michael Madsen, graphic design, Coshocton, Ohio
Catherine Merchak, graphic design, Loveland, Ohio
Bethany Schreck, advertising design, Bethel Park, PA
Tanjina Schahadat, art/studio arts, Chittagong, Bangladesh
Jessica Whitley, graphic design, Dublin, Ohio

The students’ portfolios will be on display during the closing reception of the Senior BA/BFA Exhibition, Saturday, May 7, 1–3p.m. in the Elzay Gallery Lobby. The exhibition is on view Tuesday, April 26 through Saturday, May 7.

Admission to the Elzay Gallery of Art and the Stambaugh Studio Theatre Gallery is free and open to the public, daily from noon–5p.m. The Stambaugh Gallery also is open prior to Freed Center events. For additional information, to schedule a tour or to be placed on the arts exhibition mailing list, please contact the department of art & design (419) 772-2160 or art@onu.edu.

The 2010–11 academic year marks the 50th anniversary of the Bachelor of Arts degree in art at Ohio Northern University. Growing from a single-discipline school, the department 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-dimensions, three-dimensions and 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 and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is also 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 2010-11 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

image: The Senior BA/BFA exhibit on display in the Elzay Gallery of Art.

 

 

Ohio Northern Student and Alumni Accepted into Juried Exhibit at ArtSpace/Lima
April
—Ohio Northern University student Janelle Cain (BFA ’11) and two ONU alumni were recently selected for the Juried Spring Show at ArtSpace/Lima in Ohio.

The call-for-entries was open to any artist living within 100 miles of Lima working within one or more of the disciplines of painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, ceramics, sculpture, textiles, digital art, or mixed media.

The jurors for this year’s exhibit were Ed Valentine and Brad Olson, both professors at The Ohio State University at Lima.

According to Olson, “The response to the call was equally diverse, visually and thematically. There were an almost equal number of representational, abstract and non-representational artworks, which spoke of a broad understanding of numerous traditions associated with making art.”

Both jurors approached the evaluation process on the criteria of technical proficiency and aesthetic sensibility.

 “It is never easy selecting which work to include,” stated Valentine. “When I jury a show, my selections are based on a comparative high level of skill, craft and an understanding of the medium. In addition, one must take into consideration the conceptual elements, the idea behind the piece, the uniqueness of the idea and how that subject matter is approached and dealt with.”

Represented in this year’s show included:

• Alumnus Jaye Bumbaugh won the first place award for an acrylic painting called “Beetle Collection.” Jaye is a retired professor in art and chair of the school’s art department. He received his bachelor’s degree (BSEd) from Ohio Northern University in 1959 and a master of fine arts degree in sculpture from Bowling Green State University. His work has been accepted into many state and local juried art exhibitions where he won numerous awards.

• Alumnus Harry Melroy (BA ’71) had a painting accepted into the exhibit. He currently teaches art at Mohawk junior high school in Sycamore, Ohio. He also taught art at both the University of Findlay and Tiffin University. Harry has won numerous awards for his work and has recently exhibited at the Sculpture Center in Cleveland, the Toledo Museum of Art’s Toledo Area Artists Exhibition, the University of Minnesota/Morris and the Projects Gallery in Philadelphia, Pa.

• Janelle Cain, a senior art education major from Perry, Ohio, had a ceramic work accepted into the show. Recently, Janelle has attended the Creative Capital and Northcoast Hues education conferences and is currently completing her student teaching. On campus, she is active in Kappa Pi art honorary and earned All-Ohio Athletic Conference honors as part of the ONU swim team.

The Juried Spring Show at ArtSpace/Lima is on view from April 15–May 28. Admission to the Ellen Nelson Gallery is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10a.m.–5p.m., Saturday, 10a.m.–2p.m. and closed Sunday and Monday. Please contact ArtSpace for additional information (419.222.1721).

ArtSpace/Lima is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing visual arts to the West Central Ohio region including. Its organization occupies a turn-of-the-century three-story brick building in the North West quadrant of Town Square in Downtown Lima, Ohio.

The 2010–11 academic year marks the 50th anniversary of the Bachelor of Arts degree in art at Ohio Northern University. Growing from a single-discipline school, the department 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-dimensions, three-dimensions and 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 and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is also 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 2010-11 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

 

Ohio Northern Ceramic Students Attend National Workshops and Conference
April
—Each spring, the Wayne Center for the Arts hosts the Functional Ceramics Workshop and Exhibition attended by potters from all around the country. This year, five Ohio Northern ceramic students and faculty also have a chance to mingle with some of the country’s best ceramic artists.

The three-day regional conference comprised an invitational exhibition, demonstrations, slideshows and over 200 ceramic enthusiasts. The exhibition was on display at the Center from March 23–April 16 with a reception on April 13 at 7:30p.m. The workshops were held throughout the day on April 14–16.

This year, the presenters included Charity Davis-Woodward, Jan McKeachie Johnston and Marty Fielding.

Marty Fielding, a visiting professor in ceramics at Ohio Northern through the mid-2000s, became captivated by clay as an anthropology major at University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He continued his study of ceramics, both as a student and teaching assistant, at Penland School of Crafts. His current studio, located in Middlebury, Vermont was established in 1999. His work can be seen in several publications and is represented nationally in craft galleries and exhibitions.

“After moving away from Columbus nearly six years ago, I surprisingly haven’t managed to get back to Ohio for a visit,” said Marty. “I’m excited and honored to be a part of the workshop and thrilled to get back to see some good friends.”

Marty demonstrated his use of terra sigillata, underglazes and inlaid ceramic stains on earthenware. He also lectured on his “cow powered” electric kiln and thoughts on clean energy in a ceramics studio. In 2005, Marty also has exhibited at the annual workshop.

Jan McKeachie Johnston studied at the University of Minnesota, Southern Illinois University and the University of Wisconsin-River Falls before establishing her Wisconsin studio in 1972. She has been featured in Clay Times and Ceramics Monthly, along with her works in many public and private collections.

Jan showed making pottery within traditional concepts using both the wheel and constructed handbuilt forms, as well as using various tools and found objects to impress the surface of the clay, create line, volume and scale. Jan’s views about making pots in relation to function challenged participants to explore these ideas in their own work.

Charity Davis-Woodard has been a full time studio potter in Edwardsville, Illinois since 1999. She fires her limited-production and one-of-a-kind porcelain in a Bourry-box wood fired kiln. In addition to participating in numerous national and regional retail events, she’s a frequent workshop presenter and her work is widely exhibited, winning awards in exhibitions such as the NCECA Clay National, Clayfest 2003, and the Utilitarian Ceramics National.

Charity demonstrated her wheel thrown and altering techniques in porcelain. Of special interest was her method of decorating her work using a variety of mark-making techniques and layering of slips and glazes using various resist techniques.

Wayne Center for the Arts has been offering culturally stimulating arts experiences for over 31 years. The center, formerly known as the Wooster Arts Center, was founded in 1973 on the campus of The College of Wooster. In 1984, through a gift from the Rubbermaid Foundation and with the support of the community, the Arts Center was able to move into the newly renovated Walnut Street School at 237 South Walnut Street, Wooster.

Since its beginning in 1973, the center has continued to grow offering numerous activities throughout the year including classes, special events, performances and exhibits. In June of 1999, The Rubbermaid Foundation donated the Walnut Street building to Wayne Center for the Arts assuring the community that a cultural arts center would continue to thrive in the downtown Wooster area.

The 2010–11 academic year marks the 50th anniversary of the Bachelor of Arts degree in art at Ohio Northern University. Growing from a single-discipline school, the department 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-dimensions, three-dimensions and 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 and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is also 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 2010-11 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

image: Marty Fielding, a visiting professor at Ohio Northern during the mid-2000s, presented during this year’s ceramic workshop. He also had numerous pieces selected for the annual exhibition.

 

 

Turning Scholarship into Service: Design Students Create Advocacy Posters for Local Public Library
April
—A graphic design course at the Wilson Art Center may seem an unlikely place for students to learn about advocacy and community outreach. But, that’s where a number of Ohio Northern University’s graphic design students learned to integrate community service with an academic subject.

Students in the narrative design course, offered through the department of art & design, studied the subject of adult illiteracy and developed a poster campaign for the local public library.

“We found that very few adults in the United States are truly illiterate,” explained Vicki Moga, a sophomore advertising design major from Stow, Ohio. “But, there are too many adults with low literacy skills who lack the foundation they need to find and keep decent jobs, support their children’s education and participate actively in civic life.”

Through the project, the students partnered with the library to design a message that was intended for the local village community. Students researched, discussed, brainstormed and proposed ideas before, during and after the project. The students’ solutions, that addressed a pertinent social issue, raised a general awareness about the importance of literacy and required them to reflect on core values and ethical responsibility as a graphic designer.

“The Literacy Volunteers of America provided a lot of information about adult illiteracy in the United States,” stated Kevin Drain, a sophomore graphic design major from Urbana, Ohio. “We were presented with an opportunity similar to that of the professional world. The skills we learned were really practical.”

The Literacy Volunteers of America defined adult literacy as “as the ability to read, write and speak English proficiently, to compute and solve problems, and to use technology in order to become a lifelong learner and to be effective in the family, in the workplace and in the community.” But, according to the instructor, Associate Professor Brit Rowe, it was much more important for the students to learn about the design process, not just definitions and adult literacy initiatives in this country.

“Students needed to understand what literacy programs were available and what strategies they offered,” said Rowe. “Eventually, students learned the power that media can play to encourage people to seek help and thereby improve the quality of lives.”

Translating what students learn in the classroom to real world design solutions has been a key success to the graphic design program at Ohio Northern. “It was important to provide students with the opportunity to work with real clients,” said Rowe.

“The assignment gave the students a chance to collaborate with local community leaders and professionals. And because of these experiences, students have developed relevant workplace skills. It was exciting to watch the students begin from ground zero, present their final solutions and grow as designers.”

The 2010–11 academic year marks the 50th anniversary of the Bachelor of Arts degree in art at Ohio Northern University. Growing from a single-discipline school, the department 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-dimensions, three-dimensions and 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 and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is also 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 2010-11 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

image: Fight illiteracy poster designed by Kavan Reames, sophomore advertising design major from Zanesville, Ohio.

 

 

A&D’s Young Alumni Lecture Series Engages Students with ONU Professionals
March
—This year’s Young Alumni Lecture Series sponsored by the department of art & design was recently held on the campus of Ohio Northern University. Organized by the ONU student chapter of AIGA|The Professional Association for Design, the lecture and portfolio review engaged students with Ohio Northern design alumni. Based on recommendations from the faculty, the lecture series brought to campus two alumni to share personal career challenges and successes since graduation with current students.

• Arnaldo Jimenze (AJ), BFA ’09, currently is a designer for Insivia. Located in Cleveland, Insivia provides marketing solutions that get results for a wide variety of organizations.

• Kent Oliver, BFA ’89, previous owner of OC Communications in Columbus, is now the development director for The Entrepreneurship Institute. Founded in 1976, TEI’s primary mission is to provide unlimited opportunities for business owners to acquire knowledge, experience and resources needed to grow their firms and create new jobs in their communities.

The Young Alumni Lecture Series was held Saturday, March 26, 3p.m. at the McIntosh Center Faculty Lounge. The panel of alumni discussed what it was like to work in a professional setting, send résumés and cover letters to employers 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, department chair and associate professor in design, acknowledged, “Students were able to engage in an open dialogue with the speakers about the importance of specific classes, skills and how the students might best position themselves for employment or graduate school. This also was 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 the 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 2010–11 academic year marks the 50th anniversary of the Bachelor of Arts degree in art at Ohio Northern University. Growing from a single-discipline school, the department 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-dimensions, three-dimensions and art therapy. The departme