Vision 21 Awards Banquet Honors School of Technology Alumni


The School of Technology Vision 21 class of 2006 poses on the steps of the Kent Student Center. Photo by Jeff Glidden
The School of Technology Vision 21 class of 2006 poses on the steps of the Kent Student Center. Photo by Jeff Glidden

Kent State School of Technology alumni, faculty, students and friends celebrated the ninth annual Vision 21 Awards Banquet Saturday, April 29, at the Kent Student Center.

The banquet honored 21 Kent State University School of Technology alumni who have achieved outstanding accomplishments in their professional lives and careers. Those distinguished honorees span the history of the school from its inception as an industrial arts/industrial education department to its present position as an independent academic unit providing high-quality technology-based education and training throughout Kent State’s eight-campus network.

The recipients were selected by a committee of current and former school faculty and administrators, as well as several past recipients. The number of honorees, 21, emphasizes the importance of technology in the 21st century.

The following received The Distinguished School of Technology Alumni award:

M. William Bates, ’61, M.A., Vocational and Technical Education Trainer, the United Nations (Retired)

Rifka L. Claypool, ’98, B.S., Engineer, Jacobs Sverdrup, Advanced Systems Group

Christopher D. Cogan, ’00, B.S., Manufacturing General Supervisor, General Motors Powertrain

Michael Czayka, ’02, M.T., Assistant Professor, Research Engineer, Kent State Ashtabula Campus

Vincent DiMascio, ’02, B.S., Manager of Legal Systems, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Michael Dragomier, ’94, M.A., Assistant Professor, Kent State School of Technology

Kevin Fetsko, ’97, B.S., Assistant Chief Pilot, Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company

Provost Paul L. Gaston (left) and Dean Raj Chowdhury present Dr. Shirley J. Barton with the Clinton Van Deusen Award at the Vision 21 School of Technology Dinner and Awards Ceremony. Photo by Jeff Glidden
Provost Paul L. Gaston (left) and Dean Raj Chowdhury present Dr. Shirley J. Barton with the Clinton Van Deusen Award at the Vision 21 School of Technology Dinner and Awards Ceremony. Photo by Jeff Glidden
Jay Katz, ’93, B.A.,
Pilot, Continental Airlines

Timothy Keblesh, ’04, B.S., Co-Director of the U.A.W./Daimler Chrysler Local Training Center

Scott Koeppl, ’89, B.S., Chief Pilot, Mesaba Airlines

Matthew Kupetz, ’94, B.S., Airline Captain, ExpressJet Airline dba Continental Express Airlines, Aeronautics Instructor, Kent State University, School of Technology

K. Scott Kutz, ’81, B.S., Technology Education Teacher - Westlake City Schools

Allen Maurer, ’73, B.S., Director of Flight Operations, Parker Hannifin Corporation

Vas Patibandla, ’04, M.T., Assistant Professor, Kent State Tuscarawas Campus

Anthony Roncone, ’62, B.S., Industrial Arts Teacher, Cardinal Mooney High School (Retired)

BethAnne Shaup, ’01, B.S., U.S. Corporate Quality Engineer, Pyrotek Inc.

Douglas A. Shoup, ’98, Senior Technical Writer and Illustrator, JLG Industries Inc.

Michael D. Sperko, ’85, Institution Data and Information Director, Kent State University, Research, Planning and Institutional Effectiveness

Brooks Weingart, ’84, B.S., President, N.C. Consulting Inc.

Michael Zeno, ’98, B.S., Product Specialist, Foseco Metallurgical Inc.

Mark Zuranski, ’91, B.S., Assistant Chief Pilot, Eaton Corporation

In addition, Vision 21 presented the prestigious Clinton Van Deusen Award to Dr. Shirley J. Barton, executive dean, Regional Campuses and the School of Technology. This award is given to individuals who have significantly contributed to the success of the School of Technology.

By Robert Jewell


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