Art and Digital Media

Graphic Design Professor
School of Arts & Sciences
Art and Digital Media
M.F.A, 2012, Governor's State University
B.F.A, 2008, Columbia College Chicago

Professor Planera is a graphic design professor in the Art & Digital Media Department. As a faculty member she specializes in advertising, animation, graphic design, package design, photography, typography and web design.

She is responsible for recruiting students and managing the graphic design team, Inspired Strategies Agency, a student-run, strategic communication firm. She is also responsible for managing a graphic design agency at: Studio 160, which is associated with American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) in Chicago. 

In 2005, she received her Associates Degree in Applied Science: Graphic Communications and became certified in Digital Design, both at Prairie State College. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree: Graphic Design, in 2008, from Columbia College of Chicago. In 2012, she graduated from Governor's State University with a Master of Fine Arts degree: Independent Film & Digital Imaging. 

In 2007, she started her own design and photography firm: Farfalla Designs + Photo, which is now called Farfalla. The team has grown and been working together for almost ten years and specializes in graphic design, photography and web design. Her professional website is: www/ and her Instagram is: farfalladesignsphoto.

From 2010 to 2019, she served as a professor for the graphic communications department and for the visual communications and multimedia arts department in photography of Prairie State College. During that time, she was the only graphic communications tutor, internship specialist and juror for the Photography of the Year Award.

Her hobbies and outside interests tend to revolve around her firm, designing, photographing weddings and traveling. She also designs play billboards in Chicago, Indiana and Las Vegas.

"I am very passionate about the fields I teach and I share every ounce of my enthusiasm with my students in the classroom. I love mentoring and preparing students for the outside world! My goal is to leave the community a better place than it was when we arrived. "


Associate Professor
College of Arts and Sciences
Art and Digital Media
M.A.R., 2015, Yale Divinity School and Yale Institute of Sacred Music
M.F.A. (Painting), 2012, Savannah College of Art & Design
B.S. (Art), 2003, Olivet Nazarene University

Professor Seals joined Olivet’s full-time faculty in 2018, teaching courses in drawing, design, figure studies, color theory, and art history. He is also the gallery director of Olivet’s Victorian House Gallery as well as other exhibition places on campus.

A conceptual artist, teacher and curator, he has exhibited his artwork in solo and group exhibitions at galleries and universities through the U.S. He curates an annual art exhibition at Yale University’s Institute of Sacred Music. His essays, review and works of art have appeared in ArtPulse Magazine, Letters Literary Art Journal, Palimpsest Magazine and Reflections Magazine.

Discover more about him and his work at

He and his wife, Kristin, married in 2007. They are the proud parents of Leo and Tali.

College of Arts and Sciences
Art and Digital Media
M.S., 2017, Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis
B.A., 2015, Olivet Nazarene University

Mike is an Olivet alumnus (’15), Professor for the Department of Art and Digital Media, specializing in the Media Arts concentration, Director of Esports for Recreation Services, and System Administrator/Analyst for the IT Department. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in music from Olivet, and a Master of Science degree in music technology from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). He is also an Apple Teacher with Swift Playgrounds Recognition and an AVID-certified Pro Tools User. He is currently pursuing additional graduate work in game development, media design, and computer science.
He strives to make innovations in how artists and musicians use technology in their practices, performances, and recordings, as well as to combine traditional and non-traditional methods to teach courses in game development, animation, video design, STEM/STEAM programming for artists, digital graphics, drone piloting/filming, music technology, and more. Mike researches emerging ways to bridge the gap between traditional/analog art with non-traditional/digital media methods, such as scanning in hand-painted art to be used in video games and animations.
Mike creates syllabi using video game development software, writes multi-touch electronic textbooks, as well as feature books for the renewal of Olivet's Apple Distinguished School program. He offers iLearn@Lunch sessions where users can come and share their digital device experiences and get inspired with new ways of utilizing their devices at work, in the studio, on stage, at home, and with each other. 
Aside from doing research, development, and training, Mike enjoys tabletop and video games, developing new emerging media projects and video games, and organizing/participating in community and charity events.

Assistant Professor
College of Arts and Sciences
Art and Digital Media
M.F.A. (Painting), 2011, Bradley University
B.F.A. (Art Education), 2005, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
B.A. (Studio Art/Anthropology), 2002, University of Denver

Mary Beth Koszut joined the Olivet faculty in 2012 to teach courses for the Art and Education Departments. Formerly a K-12 art teacher, she now heads up the art education program and teaches a variety of studio arts courses. Having received her MFA in painting from Bradley University in 2011, Professor Koszut continues to make and exhibit work on a local and national level. Her metaphorical images combine representational and abstract elements depicting the struggle to balance everyday life. 

Learn more about her work and career at

To inspire her creative self, Professor Koszut enjoys wheel throwing yoga, & hiking in the woods. She and her husband, Jeff Tongren, married in 2016, are now raising their 3 children: Evette, Charlie, & Anna Grace Tongren.

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