Vision 21 Awards Banquet Honors School of Technology Alumni
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
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