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M A G A Z I N E
ALUMNA MARISA HIKE LAUNCHES BOMBFEST INDOOR TRACK & FIELD NATIONAL CHAMPION SETH FARMER PRESIDENT JEFFREY BAUER A SHAWNEE STATE LEGACY
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SHAWNEE M A G A Z I N E OUR MISSION We prepare today’s students to succeed in tomorrow’s world.
OUR TEAM Dr. Jeffrey Bauer University President Eric Andrew Braun, J.D. Vice President for Advancement & Institutional Relations Chris Moore Director of Development Aimee Welch, ‘98 Director of Development Foundation MANAGING EDITOR Amber Montavon, ‘16 Assistant Director, Annual Giving & Advancement Communications ASSISTANT EDITOR Kara (Bobo) Stump, ‘08 Assistant Director, Alumni & Community Engagement
COPY EDITOR Elizabeth Blevins Executive Director of Marketing & Communications MAGAZINE DESIGNER Anna Trankina, ‘15, ‘16, ‘17, ‘18
MEET OUR DESIGNER
CONTRIBUTORS Ashton Lovely, ‘19 Trevor Simpson, ‘19 Hagen Schaefer, ‘21 Tyson Trinidad, ‘20 CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Jeremy Reed TJ Noel, ‘08 Astra Ng, ‘09 Mark Romessor Brianna Buccholz, ‘20
CORRESPONDENCE Alumni & Community Engagement Shawnee State University 940 Second Street Portsmouth, OH 45662 Phone: (740) 351-3284 Email: email@example.com Class Notes & Milestones: firstname.lastname@example.org Editor: email@example.com The Shawnee Magazine is printed by Progress Printing Plus, Lynchburg, VA. © 2019
A four-time graduate of Shawnee State, Anna Trankina had interests in both Biology and Graphic Design. Even though Biology holds a special place in her heart, Anna found that Graphic Design was the profession that she would become passionate about. “That’s the beauty of Shawnee State - it gave me the opportunity to explore the subjects that interested me, provided me with the experience of working in those fields as an intern or research student, and ultimately led me to a job that I absolutely love.” Anna has worked at Shawnee State as the Marketing Content Creator for two years now - first as a student intern before continuing after graduation. Anna’s completed degrees at SSU: Associate of Science in Natural Sciences (‘15) Associate of Art in Arts & Humanities (‘16) Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science (‘17) Bachelor of Fine Art in Graphic Design (‘18)
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44 Faculty Awards
2 Shawnee State at a Glance
46 Faculty & Administration Accomplishments
3 Letter from President Jeffrey Bauer
47 Employee Service Recognition
4 Homecoming, Alumni & Family Weekend
48 Alumni Spotlight: Drew Carter
6 Children’s Learning Center Celebrates 20 years
50 Meet our Board Members
8 A Shawnee State Legacy: President Jeffrey Bauer
52 Dr. Dave & Patsy Todt Loyalty Club
10 Shawnee Game Conference Recap
53 Annual Fund Listing
11 Alumni Spotlight: Marisa Hike
59 Alumni Updates
12 Center for International Programs & Study Abroad
62 Upcoming Events 2019-20
14 What the Bears Do!
15 Celebration of Scholarship Award Winners 16 Governor DeWine Visits Shawnee State 18 Commencement: Fall 2018 & Spring 2019 20 President’s Gala Raises $40,000 for SSUDF Grants Program 22 2019 Alumni Association Awards 24 SSU Development Foundation 2019 Grant Awards
28 Hall of Fame Celebrates 20 Years of the Past 30 Alumni Spotlight: Sarah Biehl 32 New Staff Updates 33 First-Ever National Champion: Seth Farmer 34 2018-19 Athlete Achievements 35 Bear Club Members
26 Veterans Recognition Day Ceremony Celebrates 25 Years 27 SSU Launches First Satellite Program 36 Kricker Innovation Hub Celebrates First Year 38 SSU’s New Online Campus 39 Upcoming Events with the Office of Admissions 40 Make Tomorrow’s Stars
ABOUT THE COVER The cover features Tim Kelsey, a 2019 graduate of the Musical Theatre program. Check out pages 40 & 41 to learn more about his time at SSU and the program’s ongoing Make Tomorrow’s Stars campaign.
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SHAWNEE STATE AT A GLANCE: QUICK FACTS
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Dear SSU Alumni & Friends, What a difference a year can make! Shawnee State has made an important pivot to the future through a series of initiatives and advancements. In the upcoming fall semester, the institution will welcome its largest freshman class in years. This class includes a growing number of international students representing nearly twenty countries. Our students will enjoy newly renovated, state-of-the-art facilities in gaming, plastics engineering, and health professions. In addition, they will have a modern recreation center available to meet their health and fitness needs. This fall will also be witness to our first satellite program when the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program is launched on the campus of Southern State Community College in Hillsboro, Ohio. Many of our new students will be joining us virtually through a set of online programs initiated in the spring. In the past year, Shawnee State made important strives to support entrepreneurship and economic development through the opening of the Kricker Innovation Hub. This facility serves as a bridge between the university and community and provides students and local entrepreneurs with resources and linkages so they can make their dreams come true. In athletics, Shawnee State celebrated its first individual National Championship, several conference championships, and numerous awards to both conference and NAIA scholar athletes. Athletic expansion continues with the addition of men’s and women’s swimming in 2020. In addition to our on-campus achievements, Shawnee State is honored to highlight the accomplishments of our alumni. This year, we salute a young video game designer publishing her first game, an alumna pursuing her dream at the Olympic level, and an alumnus improving his community. At the President’s Gala, we proudly recognized six individuals for their accomplishments with Alumni Association Awards and continue to expand opportunities for alumni involvement through programs like Alumni Ambassadors and I Am First Gen. Our donors and supporters are more involved than ever in ongoing campaigns and advancement initiatives – initiatives that would not be possible without their support. This year alone we’ve expanded the Bear Club, began a Musical Theatre fundraising initiative, hit our goals in three separate crowdfunding campaigns, and recognized more young alumni donors with the introduction of new giving societies. As you read through our annual Shawnee Magazine I hope you experience the same sense of pride and excitement that I feel. Our students, alumni, faculty, staff, and donors are changing lives on campus, in our community, and around the world. Thank you for being a part of our story and the Shawnee family.
Dr. Jeffrey A. Bauer
President, Shawnee State University
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JOIN US FOR THE ANNUAL HOMECOMING, ALUMNI & FAMILY WEEKEND CELEBRATIONS ON OCTOBER 11 & 12, 2019 THIS YEAR, COME BACK TO SHAWNEE STATE WHILE WE PARTY LIKE IT’S 1999! RECONNECT WITH YOUR PAST CLASSMATES AND FRIENDS WHILE RELIVING YOUR FAVORITE SSU TRADITIONS IN A WEEKEND FULL OF EVENTS FOR ALL AGES – FULL SCHEDULE AVAILABLE AT WWW.SSUHOMECOMING.COM. Stop by the annual Homecoming Parade, watch the Bears compete on the volleyball court and soccer field, visit the Manufacturing on the Go Truck to learn more about 3-D printing, and enjoy games and refreshments for everyone at the annual SSU Tailgate featuring local food vendors, facepainting, inflatables and the Alumni Spirit Shop. Fun for all ages, bring your families and enjoy campus during this year’s exciting Homecoming Weekend! This year, SSU will recognize two distinct alumni groups – the 1999 Women’s Basketball team and Greek Organizations - while the Dental Hygiene program will be hosting its annual Alumni Day for graduates to complete their continuing education hours. Special recognition will happen for each group throughout the weekend. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Women’s Basketball team clinching SSU’s first-ever team National Championship. Welcoming the team and coaches as the Grand Marshals for the parade, the team will be honored during the men’s soccer game and a reception following. The team made up of Erica (Hayes) Zinn, Brandi (Baker) Damron, Carrie (Brisker) Purcell, the late Mamie (Brisker) Ledbetter Pettit, Cheri Griffith, Becky (Holdren) Elkin, Brandy (Humphrey) Lightle, Susie Kline, Brandi Munn, Steffani Diesel-Slone, Kelli Smith, and Sarah Ward was inducted into the Shawnee State Hall of Fame in 2009, along with Head Coach Robin HagenSmith and Assistant Coaches Gregg Smith and Ed Colestock. All SSU Greek Organizations will be welcomed back to campus for a Greek Reunion, including a chartering recognition ceremony for the national organizations presently on campus. Members of Tau Kappa Epsilon, Theta Phi Alpha, Delta Phi Epsilon, and Phi Mu Delta will be honored, along
with the past local organizations of Delta Sigma Tau and Omega Pi Mu. Greek members are invited to join the parade prior to being honored during the women’s soccer game and the dedication of the national charters in the Morris University Center. The Dental Hygiene program will be hosting a continuing education day for all Dental Hygiene alumni. Presenting case studies for continuing education hours and more, the day will feature current SSU students presenting research related to the program as well as guest speakers. To register for Dental Hygiene Alumni Day visit ssuhomecoming.com/DHAlumniDay.
LEARN MORE AND REGISTER FOR HOMECOMING, ALUMNI & FAMILY WEEKEND BY VISITING WWW.SSUHOMECOMING.COM.
A LOOK BACK AT HOMECOMING 2018 Over 1,000 attended last year’s Homecoming to enjoy many events hosted throughout the weekend. Highlights included the Ribbon Cutting of the Kricker Innovation Hub, the opening of the newly renovated Engineering Technologies Department, the announcement of the 2019 Hall of Fame Class, and the crowning of Homecoming Royalty Marte Marshall and Josie Wolfe. During the weekend, SSU announced the awarding of a $2.78 million Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant to complete the renovation of the Kricker Innovation Hub.
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2019 SHAWNEE STATE HOMECOMING SCHEDULE More events to be added as the weekend gets closer, visit ssuhomecoming.com often for more updates!
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM Manufacturing & Technology Career Fair Morris University Center, Ballroom
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11 12:00 PM
Dr. Dave & Patsy Todt Legacy Luncheon Morris University Center, Ballroom
Shawnee State Cross Country Invitational Earl Thomas Conley Park
5:00 - 7:00 PM
CLC 20th Birthday Celebration Children’s Learning Center
Volleyball vs. Mt. Vernon Nazarene Waller Gymnasium
90’s Block Party SSU Campus
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12 8:00 AM–3:15 PM
Dental Hygiene Alumni Day Flohr Lecture Hall
Open House SSU Campus
11:00 AM–5:00 PM Tailgate + Carnival Shawnee Turf 12:00 PM
Homecoming Parade SSU Campus
Women’s Soccer vs. Cumberland Shawnee Turf
SSU Student Theatre: Little Shop of Horrors Kahl Studio Theater
Homecoming Coronation Shawnee Turf
Men’s Soccer vs. Cumberland University Shawnee Turf
Greek Chartering Ceremony Morris University Center
20th Anniversary of National Championship Team Reception Waller Gymnasium
Photo Credit: Brianna Buchholz, Class of 2020
Men’s Basketball Alumni Game Waller Gymnasium
Alumni Soccer Game Shawnee Turf
Alumni Social Port City Cafe & Pub 424 Chillicothe Street, Portsmouth OH
Highlights of Homecoming, Alumni & Family Weekend 2018.
CELEBRATE YOUR REUNION YEARS!
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CHILDREN’S LEARNING CENTER
CELEBRATES 20 YEARS T
he Children’s Learning Center is celebrating its 20th year on Shawnee State University’s campus. Serving infants to school-aged children, the Children’s Learning Center (CLC) provides an opportunity for students to learn through active play while exploring and interacting with their environments. The facility serves to engage students, families, and future professionals so that all children can develop their full potential. Amanda Hedrick, Director of the CLC, began working at the school only six months after it opened. Through almost two decades of work, she has created many relationships with families served. “Several students starting at SSU this fall began their education at the CLC in my classroom,” said Hedrick, who spotted many of her former students at orientation early this spring. “Many of them were surprised I remembered their names. But these are my kids, even if they are all grown up now.” The CLC serves over ninety children, providing opportunities not just for the families using the facility but also for SSU students. The SSU School of Education provides several students to serve as teaching assistants each year giving students the opportunity to learn how to work one-on-one with students within a classroom environment. Learn more about the CLC’s programs and initiatives by visiting ssuclc.com.
Project BEAR This fall, the CLC will be launching Project BEAR: Building Emerging & Achieving Readers. Created as a program to promote early literacy development for students in Scioto County, the project was founded on the belief that early literacy is a right for all. “Children without the necessary literacy skills start from behind and often never catch up,” said Hedrick. “Project BEAR can help bridge this gap and help students be on track for future success in their education.” The project recently received a $476,382 AmeriCorps Serve Grant allowing for the training of fourteen literacy coaches in the Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling (LETRS) program as well as sending those literacy coaches into schools within the county to work hands-on with teachers and students.
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Honoring the Toombs Earlier this year, the SSU Development Foundation and the CLC held a reception to honor and commemorate the past generosity of Dr. Miller and Genevieve Toombs. Having a significant impact on the CLC, the Toombs are committed to making a difference in the surrounding community and in the education of young children. During this yearâ€™s reception, the SSU Development Foundation unveiled a new building sign in recognition of their past commitment.
Camps at the CLC The CLC manages many of the summer camps held on SSUâ€™s campus each summer. In addition to the annual Cub Camp serving students PreK-6, the staff will introduce two new programs for teenagers next year. The Summer Honors Institute for grades 9-11 and the Junior Scholars for grades 6-8 will provide campus living experiences to students while giving them the opportunity to participate in pre-collegiate programs. Summer Honors Institute | Grades 9-11 | May 31-June 12 Junior Scholars | Grades 6-8 | June 14-18 Cub Camp | PreK-6 | June 22-25
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PRESIDENT JEFFREY BAUER A SHAWNEE STATE LEGACY From faculty member to Shawnee State’s seventh President – a look into Dr. Jeffrey Bauer’s service to SSU.
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year after Shawnee State opened its doors as a four-year institution, Dr. Jeffrey Bauer began teaching at the university. Hired during one of the university’s first main recruiting initiatives for doctorate-level professors, he became Shawnee’s first fulltime geology instructor. President Bauer served as a full-time faculty member at the university for twenty-six years, in addition to several part-time administrative roles. In 2013, he was named the Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences and in 2015 he became the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. With each of his different roles over the years, President Bauer remains dedicated to teaching and learning. “There’s something about being able to be with students and watch them learn something they never knew before,” he said. “Helping them reach their goals is the reason we are here.” After moving to Portsmouth in 1987 to teach at the university, President Bauer acknowledges the plan wasn’t to make a career at Shawnee State. Now thirty-two years later, it’s hard for him to imagine not being a part of this campus and the community.
Photo Credit: Jeremy Reed Photography
“There’s a great group of people here – a core that works hard and loves what they are doing,” said President Bauer. He and his wife Jeril have established themselves as part of the campus and surrounding community. Raising a family here, all three of their children – Jeanette, Robert, and Katherine – attended and graduated from Shawnee State University.
“At Shawnee State, you can change the world, and that is something that is very exciting to be a part of.” - President Bauer on why SSU holds such a unique position in higher education.
“My children grew up with the advantages of a small, safe, nurturing community,” said President Bauer, whose children all attended Clay Local Schools in the Portsmouth area. “They all chose to stay here, attend Shawnee State, and get a great education.” In 2018, Dr. Bauer was named the Interim President before being named President of Shawnee State University by the Board of Trustees in June of 2019. Among all the advancements on campus, President Bauer is reflective on how much the university has grown – but he also knows there is a lot more work to be done to continue its progress. “Shawnee State hasn’t finished growing yet,” he said. “In the past thirty years, we’ve been finding ourselves, finding our course, and establishing traditions. There’s still a lot for us to build and accomplish together.”
The Bauer family at the 2019 President’s Gala. Pictured from left to right: Nathan Allard (‘16), Katherine Bauer (‘15), Katie Bauer, Robert Bauer (‘11), Jeril Bauer, President Bauer, Jeanette (Bauer) Brammer (‘07), and Erik Brammer (‘07)
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Over 600 attend annual
Shawnee Game Conference The annual Shawnee Game Conference brought record numbers to its one-day interactive conference in 2018. Hosting over 600 industry professionals, alumni, undergraduate gamers, and interested high school students, the conference routinely showcases some of the best work of the gaming industry through hands-on sessions, displays, and tournament competition. The conference celebrates the growing gaming industry while providing a networking base for alumni and students alike. This year, Shawnee State is excited to announce the expansion of the Shawnee Game Conference into a two-day event, to be held on November 15-16, 2019 - adding more sessions, competition play, and game showcasing to the event. Learn more by visiting shawneegamecon.com.
SSU ranks Among Top 20 In the U.S. for Game Design
This year marks the ninth year in a row that Shawnee State University’s coordinated gaming programs ranked on the Princeton Review’s list of Top 50 Game Design Programs in the U.S. and Canada. In 2019 the university once again broke into the Top 20. The ranking comes on the heels of the Department of Engineering Technologies unveiling newly-renovated labs and classroom spaces for the gaming engineering technology program. In 2018, the Athletics Department added a highly-competitive Esports team to the list of SSU varsity programs. Learn more about SSU’s gaming programs by visiting gaming.shawnee.edu.
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SSU GRAD DEVELOPS
AWARD-WINNING GAME Marisa Hike
CLASS OF 2017 | HOMETOWN: GREENFIELD, OH
nly two years since earning her bachelor’s degree in Gaming & Simulation from Shawnee State University, Marisa Hike is working to promote her award-winning game Bombfest. A multi-player, physics-based video game, Bombfest launched in January 2019 and is already accruing multiple awards at gaming conferences across the United States. Working as the Art Director on the game, Hike met her current partner at Sudden Event Studios while she was a student at Shawnee State, working the university’s booth at the GDEX Conference in Columbus, Ohio. “My business partner Zac had this idea for a new game and had seen some of my artwork,” said Hike, who focused on the art side of Shawnee State’s two gaming programs. “I started freelancing with the project, and that transitioned into becoming a partner in the game.” Graduating with her degree in 2017, Hike began to devote all of her time to the game’s completion and launch. Attending various game conferences and presentations, their studio focused on reaching more audiences through a successful KickStarter campaign. Raising over $9,000 by 246 backers, the campaign was fully funded in only six days allowing the team to expand their outreach to more audiences. As the game continues to be discovered by all ages, Hike is excited to see the doors it is opening for different levels of gamers. “It is truly a game that can be enjoyed by everyone,” said Hike. “When we are demonstrating at conferences, the audience I love to interact with the most is the grandkids showing their grandparents how to play. It hardly takes any time before they are able to enjoy the game at the same level.”
and working in the Clark Memorial Library, she joined several clubs and reflects on how each of them gave her skills to succeed.
“Being involved in so many areas on a small campus allowed me to interact with many different groups,” she said. “It gave me confidence when meeting new people, and I use those skills a lot today when we are presenting at a conference we have never been to before.” Outside of Bombfest, Hike is beginning to expand into other industries working at MindForge, a Columbus startup creating interactive training games for construction workers using virtual reality. Hike is also striving to spend more time working with young gamers who hope to learn more about the industry. She plans to get involved with organizations who work to provide better access to technology for lower-income students. “Being able to attend Shawnee State gave me an opportunity to access technology and programs that are important to being able to succeed in this industry,” she said. “At every opportunity, I promote the university and what it teaches because it helps give students an experience they may not always have been able to access.” To learn more about Hike’s award-winning game Bombfest, visit the website at playbombfest.com.
At Shawnee State, Hike used her program’s resources to learn how to navigate skills inside and outside of the classroom. Involved as an Orientation Leader
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CENTER FOR INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS & STUDY ABROAD SSU welcomes largest cohort of international students in history The Center for International Programs & Study Abroad (CIPSA) is welcoming its largest cohort of international students this fall with thirty new students. Representing nineteen countries, SSU’s international student body has been growing steadily every year in response to ongoing academic and athletic initiatives within the university. CIPSA Director Ryan Warner has teamed up with SSU Athletics in an ongoing initiative to recruit more international student-athletes to compete for the Bears – most specifically for men’s and women’s soccer. To bolster a more competitive team against other nationally-ranked teams in the MidSouth Conference, SSU will welcome thirteen international student-athletes onto the soccer teams this year – eight joining the men’s team, while five will compete with the women’s team.
senior year and a one-year master’s program on SSU’s campus. Introduced in the fall of 2018, the program already serves three students from Guangdong with the expectation for growth in the coming years.
CIPSA TRAVELS TO CHINA
In addition to the push for collegiate competitive play, many international students have been drawn to Shawnee State for their nationally-ranked and uniquely offered academic programs. Ranking in the Top 20 on the Princeton Review, the game design programs have continually sparked interest for international students. In addition to this program, the university recently added a varsity Esports team that has been competitively ranked in its first year of competition play with many international students joining the team. A unique opportunity for international students includes the collaboration by CIPSA and SSU’s School of Education to establish a 3+1+1 program for students at the Guangdong University of Foreign Studies in Guangzhou, Guangdong, China. Students in the program complete their first three years of university education at their home institution before finishing both their
MEET RYAN WARNER
Director, Center for International Programs & Study Abroad Class of 2008 Originally from Wheelersburg, Ohio, Ryan Warner graduated from Shawnee State University in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in International Relations. While studying at SSU, Warner spent a semester studying abroad at SSU’s sister institution in Spain which increased his interest in appreciating other cultures and the immigration process for students. After finishing his master’s degree and teaching English in Spain for a year, Warner returned to SSU in the summer of 2015 to serve as the Director of the Center for International
This past year, CIPSA traveled to China to host its first-ever Alumni Dinner with past international students. CIPSA Director Ryan Warner met with 20 Shawnee State Alumni at the event, reconnecting with past students and learning of their achievements.
“Being raised in this area, it means a lot to me to be able to help bring diversity to the university and the surrounding community.” Programs & Study Abroad. In his role, he focuses on bringing a new sense of community to Shawnee State by working with the international students firsthand.
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SSU International Students Currently Represent 19 Countries: Scotland Netherlands England Germany France Spain
Saudi Arabia India
Honduras Malaysia Brazil
Papua New Guinea
PARTH NAIK Home Country: India Major: Fine Arts in Gaming & Simulation Class of 2022
Parth Naik came to the United States to pursue his dream of becoming a video game artist. Reviewing a list of top game design programs, “I love the idea Naik found Shawnee State of not only being ranked in the Top 20 by the able to create my Princeton Review. Pairing the high ranking with SSU’s two own world, but being able to share distinct tracks of the gaming program, he knew SSU was it with others.” the place for him. Through the program, he has been able to connect with various SSU alumni working within popular gaming studios in the U.S. FALL 2019 | 13
! ar ye st pa e th in ne do ve ha ts en ud st r ou gs Check out some of the fun thin
Students travel to complete field work in Costa Rica
Students in the Department of Natural Sciences took part in a field experience course, traveling to Costa Rica this summer with SSU Professor Dr. Sarah Minter.
Greek Life raises over $500 for American Red Cross
Fraternity & Sorority Life held a street collection for the American Red Cross as part of this yearâ€™s Greek Week activities. The four organizations raised $518.57 in just over two hours.
Photo by Erik Larson, Assistant Professor of Geology
Musical Theatre students take on New York City
Students enrolled in the Musical Theatre program traveled to New York City at the beginning of the summer to tour the city, visit theaters, and watch Broadway musicals and shows.
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SSU Geology students visit the Ozarks
Geology students visit Einstein Silver Mine in the Ozarks of Missouri as part of a class taking place over Spring Break this past semester. The geology program provides many opportunities for students to conduct hands-on field research.
CELEBRATION OF SCHOLARSHIP
RECOGNIZES 15 YEARS
Over 80 presentations were completed in this year’s undergraduate and graduate conference at Shawnee State University. Celebrating student success, the conference gives students the opportunity to present their research in an academic setting while building their professional skills. Congratulations to the following award winners at this year’s Celebration of Scholarship!
2019 AWARD WINNERS GARY GEMMER OUTSTANDING POSTER AWARD Jonathan Crews, Ashley Long, Amber Reno SSURA OUTSTANDING POSTER AWARD Abby Sabo, Mariah Lonneman, Amanda Rizzo, Rachel Alzvarez, Hailey Cline TRUSTEES’ AWARD Tashana Brown HUMANITIES AWARDS 1st Place: Dylan Haynes 2nd Place: Lisa Wiley LIBRARY AWARD Jordyne Mathews DEANS’ AWARD Graduate: Tashana Brown Undergraduate: Haley Bigham
HALEY BIGHAM Class of 2020 // Biology Deans’ Award Recipient
Preliminary Evaluations of Wild Strains & Standard Cultivars of Hops, Humulus Lupulus, in Southern Ohio This year’s Celebration of Scholarship was the first opportunity for Haley Bigham to present her own research in an academic conference setting. Bigham’s presentation focused on the research she has been completing in the campus greenhouse – an intensive look into the comparison of wild “Celebration of Scholarship gave me the and standard hops cultivation. opportunity to learn how to present my Working on this research since research in a professional format.” last fall, she completed her first oral presentation during this year’s conference, earning Deans’ Award recognition for her accompanying paper submission. Learn more about this past year’s Celebration of Scholarship conference by visiting SSU’s Digital Commons site - digitalcommons.shawnee.edu/cos/.
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GOVERNOR MIKE DEWINE VISITS SHAWNEE STATE O
nly a few weeks into his new term, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine visited Shawnee State University accompanied by Senior Vice Chancellor Mike Duffey, Senator Joe Uecker, Representative Brian Baldridge, and Regional Liaison to the Governor’s Office Bonnie Ward. During the visit the group discussed topics related to college preparedness, degree attainment, access to higher education, and career opportunities. Governor DeWine met with students in the advancing Early Childhood Education degree in SSU’s School of Education and Children’s Learning
Center, while also learning how the “I Am First-Gen” mentorship program is making a difference for first-generation students and faculty members. The visit finished with a tour and demonstration by current students in the newly renovated Department of Engineering Technologies labs, where students showcased the skills they are learning to succeed in some of Ohio’s most in-demand jobs.
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GIVE TO SSU
YOUR LEGACY – MAKING A PLANNED GIFT Shawnee State University students are future leaders. When you make a planned gift to the university, you make the future brighter for current and future students in our region. With your gift, you provide strategic support for Shawnee State that will endure, providing opportunities for future generations of students to come. WE WANT YOUR GIFT TO BENEFIT YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. • Arrange to make a gift that can cost you nothing during your lifetime. • Leave a legacy to Shawnee State while you preserve your estate for your heirs. • Give life insurance you no longer need or add the university as a beneficiary of your policy. • Donate appreciated stocks, bonds or mutual fund shares and you can realize larger tax savings than when you donate cash. • Make a gift that will pay you income for life. INTERESTED IN GIVING BACK? We can provide valuable information on any of the giving methods mentioned here. Give us a call at 740.351.3284 or visit givetossu.com/plannedgiving. FALL 2019 | 17
Fall 2018 & Spring 2019 Commencement
SHAWNEE STATE WELCOMES OVER 625 NEW ALUMNI
This year, new teachers, upcoming doctors, practicing nurses, creative artists, innovative designers, video game developers, and many others walked across the stage at the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts to receive their degrees from Shawnee State University. Celebrating two graduation classes, SSU graduated over 150 students in the Fall Class of 2018 and over 475 students in the Spring Class of 2019. Among those graduates 37 graduated with master’s degrees, 440 completed bachelor’s degrees, and 202 achieved associate degrees. Between the two classes, over 225 graduated with honors and were recognized for their academic achievements at SSU with symbolic honor cords.
Fall 2018 Commencement Speaker
Spring 2019 Commencement Speaker
A lifelong member of the community, Jay Hash (‘93) graduated from SSU with a bachelor’s degree in Social Science. During his time at the university, Hash joined the Ohio Center for Youth Development, kicking off a long and prolific career of helping others in need. Hash has over 21 years of experience in the mental health and addiction treatment profession. He entered private practice and created HopeSource in 2015 of which he serves as the CEO and lead counselor to its clients. He also serves on various local boards and organizations. Reflecting on his own journey through early adulthood to his life today, Hash credits the support of his SSU faculty who helped him realize his potential. In his closing remarks, Hash encouraged graduates during their next steps, “Always be yourself – it is genuine and humble to do so.”
A former member of Shawnee State University’s leadership team, John Carey has had a long career in Ohio politics serving in the Ohio House of Representatives and Ohio Senate. Carey also served as the Chancellor of the Ohio Department of Education before being appointed as the Director of the Governor’s Office of Appalachia by Ohio Governor Mike DeWine earlier this year. During his speech, Carey spoke to the hard work and dedication Shawnee State students commit to succeed. “Each of you graduating today has moved a mountain in your personal journey,” said Carey, highlighting the resilience and commitment of students in the Appalachian region. “Be proud of being a graduate of Shawnee State University.”
SENIOR NIGHT Celebrating their accomplishments, graduating seniors were invited to join the Alumni Association’s Senior Night at Port City Cafe & Pub in Portsmouth, Ohio. Graduates were welcome to mingle with other new alumni as well as university employees while enjoying refreshments. Senior Night is held every semester prior to graduation as a way for seniors to commemorate their last week of classes and be recognized for their achievements.
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ANNUAL PRESIDENT’S GALA RAISES $40,000 FOR GRANTS PROGRAM S
hawnee State’s President’s Gala brought together faculty, staff, partners, and friends of the university for an annual fundraiser hosted by the SSU Development Foundation. Held for over thirty years, the Gala provides an opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of the university, as well as to take a look toward upcoming projects, plans, and initiatives of the institution. This year marked the first President’s Gala hosted by President Dr. Jeffrey Bauer. During the event, President Bauer took time to acknowledge the commitment of the 240 guests gathered for their dedication to the students in our region and the college education provided at Shawnee State University. Celebrating the successes and acknowledging the hardships of higher education in today’s world, President Bauer discussed the steps Shawnee State University has taken over the past year to continue providing a leading educational institution to the region, pointing to the university’s progress in online schooling, efforts to provide greater support to first-
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generation students, focus on entrepreneurial planning, and the many renovation projects that have taken place across campus. The 2019 President’s Gala also celebrated the on-campus accomplishments of the SSUDF Grants Program – a program that awards bi-annual grants for academic departments, student life, and campus services. In the 2018-2019 academic year alone, the SSUDF Grants Program awarded over $25,000 in grants benefitting faculty, staff, and students in projects that impact recruitment, retention, green initiatives, campus safety, entrepreneurship, and more. In over twenty years, the program has assisted funding nearly 400 projects for the university. This year’s Gala raised over $40,000 in support of the program and its initiatives within the SSU Development Foundation. More information on the SSUDF Grants Program can be found at givetossu.com/grants. The 2020 President’s Gala will be held on April 25 on Shawnee State University’s campus. Learn more at givetossu.com/gala.
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Photo Credit: Jeremy Reed Photography
ANNOUNCING THE 2019
ALUMNI ASSOCIATION AWARDS The Shawnee State University Alumni Association recognizes six individuals for their achievements in their career fields and within their communities in the presentation of this year’s Alumni Association Awards.
Photo Credit: Jeremy Reed Photography
Distinguished Alumni Ambassador
Presented to an alumnus who has demonstrated distinguished professional achievement, personal qualities, and service to Shawnee State University.
Presented to an alumnus currently working at Shawnee State University who has demonstrated distinguished professional achievement, personal qualities, and service while working at their alma mater.
Eric D. Goodman | Class of 1995
Heather Cantrell | Class of 2003
A 1995 graduate of Shawnee State University, Eric D. Goodman is a published author, frequent guest on Baltimore’s National Public Radio, and an employee of the U.S. Social Security Administration for the last 26 years. An author of four books, Goodman’s upcoming novel Setting the Family Free is set to be released in October 2019 and features scenes of his alma mater’s campus.
A 2003 Social Sciences graduate, Heather Cantrell began working at Shawnee State University in 2006 as an Academic Coordinator for the federally-funded TRiO Center. Working in the center for almost a decade, Cantrell personally connected with hundreds of students to increase retention and graduation rates for those in the program. In 2015, Cantrell transitioned to the Student Success Center to work as a professional academic advisor for students in the College of Arts & Sciences, helping students and their families explore the various liberal arts majors in their college.
In his writings, Goodman features short stories about his frequent travels, which are published consistently in magazines, journals, and periodicals. He is the curator and co-founder of Baltimore’s longest-running literary salon – the Lit & Art Reading Series – and features many of his writings on Baltimore’s NPR station, at festivals, and during literary events. Goodman owns and operates a comedy club in Dayton, Ohio in addition to an inn in York, Pennsylvania. He currently resides in Baltimore, Maryland with his wife and two children. 22 | SHAWNEE MAGAZINE • ALUMNI ASSOCIATION AWARDS
Working at her alma mater for over thirteen years, Cantrell is known for her ability and willingness to go the extra mile for students at Shawnee State, establishing initiatives to assist students in their pursuit of success. Cantrell received a Master’s of Education in Counseling from Lindsey Wilson College. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her niece.
Alumni Community Service Presented to an alumnus in recognition for their outstanding volunteer service and contributions to the community.
Anna Purpero | Class of 2011
Megan VanBuskirk | Class of 2010
As high school English teachers, Anna Purpero and Megan VanBuskirk discovered a lack of support for many students in their classrooms. Recognizing the impact that could be made when students could partake in one-on-one mentoring relationships, the pair decided to change their career paths. In 2016, Purpero and VanBuskirk quit teaching to begin the Paper City Mentoring Project – a holistic mentoring program that trains and equips adult mentors in order to match with high school students needing support. In addition to the mentoring project, the pair opened Paper City Coffee, a social coffee shop in downtown Chillicothe serving to fund the mentoring project. The program currently serves thirty teens matched with mentors who meet weekly at Paper City Coffee. Since its opening, the coffee shop has donated over $40,000 to the non-profit mentoring program. Both Purpero and VanBuskirk are committed to providing Chillicothe, Ohio with a positive and accepting space while supporting teenagers in need. Purpero resides in Chillicothe with her husband Jordan, and is the Director of the Mentoring Project, in addition to sitting on the Board of Directors of the Ross County Coalition Against Domestic Violence. VanBuskirk also resides in Chillicothe with her husband Nate, together running the business operations of Paper City Coffee. She is a member of the Downtown Development Commission and the Vice President of the Board of The Child Protection Center of Ross County.
Medal of Merit
Outstanding Recent Graduate
Presented to an alumnus who has demonstrated career achievements and outstanding performance in their profession.
Presented to an alumnus with their first baccalaureate degree from Shawnee State University within the last five years, and who demonstrates the positive impact their university education has had on their profession and community.
Matthew Purcell | Class of 2000 A graduate in History from Shawnee State University in 2000, Matt Purcell currently serves as the Superintendent of the Scioto County Board of Developmental Disabilities. In his nineteenyear career with the board, Purcell has served in numerous ways including Service & Support Administrator and the Director of Finance & Human Resources before being named Superintendent in 2018. Supporting both individuals and staff within the county, Purcell has served on various boards locally and across the state. A former member of the Business Leadership Team of County Boards of Developmental Disabilities, the Portsmouth Chapter of the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks, and Notre Dame Schools, Purcell is now a member of The Family and Children First Council of Scioto County, The Scioto County Planning Committee, and The Tax Incentive Review Committee of Green Township. A former member of the SSU Basketball team, Purcell has utilized his talents and athletic skills coaching at the high school varsity level at several schools within Scioto County over the years, including Minford Local Schools, Valley Local Schools, and Bloom-Vernon Local Schools. He currently serves as a coach and team mentor for students at Notre Dame. Purcell resides in Minford with his wife, SSU alumna and Hall of Fame member, Carrie Brisker-Purcell and their two children, JJ and Ryan.
Anthony Cappel II | Class of 2015 A 2015 International Relations graduate of Shawnee State University, Anthony Cappel II currently holds a position in the National Park Service at Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park. As a student, Cappel was involved on campus – a member of the men’s soccer team, Vice President of the Student Government Association, and a member of the Honors program – where he received many opportunities to expand his experiences in International Relations. He was also awarded two fellowships by the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations to travel and conduct research in various countries. Cappel received a Master’s of Arts in International Development from Ohio University before continuing to American University where he received a fully-funded research position while receiving his Master’s of Arts in Comparative Politics. During his time at American University, Cappel began an internship with the National Park Service which led to his current role of Acting Supervisory Visitor Use Assistant within the organization. The Alumni Awards are presented yearly at the SSU President’s Gala. Nominations for the 2020 Alumni Association Awards are now open and will be accepted until December 31, 2019. For more information, visit shawneestatealumni.com. FALL 2019 | 23
SSU DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION
For over twenty years, the SSU Development Foundation has awarded on-campus grants to support academics, research innovations, and student life. Over 400 projects have been funded by the foundation. In 2019, the SSU Development Foundation Grants Program has funded 25 projects totaling over $28,000 in support. To learn more about the SSUDF Grants Program visit givetossu.com/grants.
SPRING 2019 GRANTS Allied Health Science Students Practicing Teamwork Today for Professional Practice Tomorrow: An Interprofessional Education Event The event provides an opportunity for all secondyear Allied Health Science students to receive hands-on professional experience through case studies, teamwork, and guest speakers.
Summer Coding Camp Providing an opportunity for middle school and high school students to learn the ins and outs of coding in an interactive and innovative environment, this grant provides an opportunity for more students to attend the summer camp and immerse themselves into the growing field of coding.
The Shawnee Experience This event serves as an introduction to SSU and our campus. Prospective students will get to stay on campus for a weekend, interact with current students, and learn more about life at SSU while also receiving admissions and financial aid guidance.
Earn Your CLawS in Clinical Laboratory Science at SSU Hosting local high school and career technical center students, this grant provides an opportunity for Medical Laboratory Students to engage and inform others about the work in their field of Clinical Laboratory Science.
SUMS Math Competition Hosting local high school and middle school students for a quiz bowl style math competition, this event provides an opportunity for an interactive and engaging introduction to SSU.
Build a 3D Printer Providing an opportunity for participants to discover a part of the world of engineering, the Kricker Innovation Hub will collaborate with COSI for an interactive experience building a 3D printer.
Public Safety Community Policing Activities Providing funding for additional safety equipment and support for the annual Campus Safety Week, this grant will aid in the Department of Public Safety’s mission to provide a secure and safe learning environment at the university.
The Natural Sciences & Mathematical Sciences in Local Schools This grant provides an opportunity for students and faculty in the Natural Sciences and Mathematical Sciences departments to interact with local schools, while providing an insight into SSU’s programs.
Celebrating Dual-Credit & CCP Students Providing a celebration for current Dual-Credit and College-Credit Plus students during the first day of the annual Celebration of Scholarship Conference, this event serves as an introduction to research and professional academic opportunities.
STEM Outreach: Manufacturing on the Move to Regional Schools & Events The Manufacturing on the Move trailer offers a range of STEM-related activities to the region. Providing more opportunities for outreach and events, this grant helps the Department of Engineering Technologies introduce STEM to more students.
Weekend of Welcome: Party at the Library The annual Weekend of Welcome celebration serves as an introduction to campus for new students at SSU. The Clark Memorial Library uses the weekend to introduce students to its services and staff in a relaxing environment.
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FALL 2019 GRANTS Campus Visit Busing Providing transportation for potential students in the Cincinnati, Columbus, Cleveland, and Dayton areas to visit campus and learn about SSU’s programs.
Encouraging Student Communities in the Department of Natural Sciences through Comradery & Research Providing opportunities for current SSU students in the Department of Natural Sciences to enhance student communities for research, academic support, and socializing of new and current students within the department.
Evening of the Arts & Sciences: Showcasing the Programs of the College of Arts & Sciences to Community for Outreach & Recruitment Supporting two evening events showcasing the programs within the College of Arts & Sciences to prospective students. Students will have the opportunity to meet with current SSU students, faculty members and SSU Admissions Associates.
Graduate Center Recruiting Initiative Assisting with increased access to informational materials and marketing at recruiting events for SSU’s graduate programs.
I Am First Gen Providing mentorship programming for firstgeneration college students and first-generation faculty and staff participants to assist with navigating the many fields in college education.
Shawnee Game Conference Providing support for the 17th annual Shawnee Game Conference held on campus, this grant will provide support for assisting with speakers for the interactive sessions throughout the event. The conference will be held on campus November 1516, 2019.
Identification, Development & Marketing of Local Hops Varieties to Enhance Economic Development & Community Partnerships Aiding the ongoing research project in the Department of Natural Sciences, this grant aims to increase the objectives of the hops project and provide the means to grow local partnerships while giving students access to a hands-on exploration project.
Public Safety Traffic Control Equipment
Student Extracurricular Scholarships The Kricker Innovation Hub hosts the local chapter of Toastermasters International in their facility each month. This grant will provide the means to offer memberships for a group of SSU students to improve public speaking skills in a non-academic setting.
Re-Covering Appalachia: Symposium on Appalachian Studies in the Digital Age
Allowing the Department of Public Safety to acquire updated equipment to use for traffic control, ensuring a higher level of safety and effectiveness for on campus and in the immediate area surrounding campus.
Supporting programming for the 2nd annual Appalachian symposium held on campus, this grant will sponsor a session on “Appalachian Myth-Busting” and secure a high-profile speaker for the session. The symposium will be held on campus October 31-November 2, 2019.
Satellite Construction & Testing
Student Game Lounge Facelift
In a joint effort between the physics and engineering programs, SSU students will be involved in the design and construction of a satellite to be launched by Interorbital Systems. The grant will provide means to purchase parts for the prototype satellite for testing as well as the radio communications gear for the ground station.
Veterans Recognition Week & 25th Annual Veterans Recognition Day Ceremony Providing support for the 3rd annual Veterans Recognition Week and SSU’s 25th Annual Veterans Recognition Day Ceremony. The grant will aid in SSU’s continuation of offering an increase in veterans services to the campus community, as well as the surrounding Portsmouth area.
Weekend of Welcome This year marks the 10th anniversary of the campus tradition of Weekend of Welcome for new students. This grant allows for all new commuting students to receive meals throughout the weekend, keeping students on campus for all the event activities.
To transform the existing SSU Game Lounge on campus to provide a more inviting and branded space for current students.
In the fall of 2017, Dean of Students Marcie Simms established the “I Am First Gen” mentorship program for first-generation college students needing guidance as they navigate through university life. Pairing those students with faculty “Being able to go to and staff mentors who also identify as first- someone who can relate to generation, the program me being a first-generation provides students with support, guidance, and a college student makes a specific mentor to go to difference in my education.” with questions.
Katlyn Edenfield Hillsboro, OH | Class of 2020 | K-12 Education – Intervention Specialist Katlyn Edenfield always knew she wanted to attend Shawnee State University. After completing her associate’s degree at a local community college, Edenfield transferred to Shawnee State to pursue a bachelor’s degree in K-12 Education, focusing on becoming an Intervention Specialist. As a first-generation college student, when she started at the university she found herself overcome by all she did not know. “While SSU is a small school, it was still a bigger environment than I was used to being in,” she said. “If you don’t know where to look for answers, it can be very overwhelming for a student like me who doesn’t have a parent or guardian who went to college.”
Edenfield joined the program in its first year and was matched with her mentor – Linda Hunt, GATE Chair, Associate Professor & Director, Developmental Math. “I love knowing I have someone who will help me stay on track and find the answers I am looking for,” she said. “Having a support system for first-generation students is so important.” For the past three years, the SSU Development Foundation’s Grants Program has awarded funding to the “I Am First Gen” program, to provide support for programming activities. As of 2019, over $5,000 has been awarded to this initiative by the SSUDF Grants Program. Learn more about the program by visiting givetossu.com/grants. “I Am First Gen”, in its third year, serves 70 current first-generation students. The SSU Alumni Association is looking for alumni interested in serving as mentors for the program. For more information, visit shawneestatealumni.com/becomeamentor.
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CELEBRATING THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY
OF SSU’S VETERANS RECOGNITION DAY CEREMONY SSU to host Lima Company Memorial T
his November, Shawnee State University will celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Veterans Recognition Day Ceremony. The ceremony, held as part of the Veterans Recognition Week activities on campus, will take place on Thursday, November 7 in the Morris University Center Ballroom. Commemorating the bravery and devotion of local troops and student veterans, the ceremony is open to all in the community. To celebrate the anniversary, Shawnee State’s Office of Military & Veterans Services will host The Eyes of Freedom: Lima Company Memorial on campus. Painted by acclaimed artist Anita Miller, the murals are a living tribute to remind viewers of the costs of freedom. The Lima Company, a Marine reserve unit, is one of the hardest hit units in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Unveiled at the Ohio Statehouse Rotunda in May 2008, the display travels all across America every year to tell the story of the 23-fallen soldiers of the Lima 3/25 who lost their lives in 2005. In addition to the paintings, a sculpture “Silent Battle” has been added to honor the struggles and losses from post-traumatic stress and veteran suicide. The mural will be open to the public on Shawnee State’s campus November 5-7. The recognition week will also host a number of events including Pets for Vets – a pet adoption drive – and a Chili Cook-Off in which student organizations can compete. The week will wrap up with the annual Veterans Recognition Day Ceremony on Thursday, November 7. To learn more about the upcoming Veterans Recognition Week visit shawnee.edu/veteranservices.
Photos provided by Lima Company Memorial
Student Veterans of America named Student Organization of the Year The Shawnee State University chapter of the Student Veterans of America organization received the 2018-19 Student Organization of the Year Award presented at this year’s Evening of Honors ceremony. Throughout the year, SVA was active on campus hosting a number of events and fundraisers including a Hurricane Florence Relief Drive, Soup & Substance: Soup with Troops, Homeless Veteran Awareness Week, and presenting at the annual Diversity & Leadership Symposium for the campus and surrounding community.
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| MASTER OF OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY | CLASS OF 2019
SSU Launches First Satellite Program Occupational Therapy Assistant program to begin being offered this fall at SSCC.
his fall, Shawnee State University will partner with Southern State Community College (SSCC) to launch its first dual-enrollment pathway for the Occupational Therapy Assistant program.
Currently one of the most in-demand programs offered at SSU, Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants enter a career field dedicated to helping others achieve the highest level of functionality in their daily lives. The addition of the dual-enrollment program at SSCC increases access to an affordable higher education degree for many students in the region.
The Occupational Therapy Assistant courses will be offered by SSU on SSCCâ€™s campus. Able to be completed in only two years, the 73-credit hour program allows students the opportunity to receive guidance from faculty members at both institutions. For more information on the new dual-enrollment Occupational Therapy Assistant program, visit shawnee.edu.
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SKETBALL | TRAVIS MERRY, CLASS OF 2001, MEN’S BASKETBALL | RANDALL PENNINGTON, CLASS OF 2001, MEN’S BASKETBALL | JENNI WESSEL, CLASS OF 2001, WOMEN’S BASKETBALL AARON UNCAN, CLASS OF 2002, BASEBALL | MOLLY LINVILLE-SHULTZ, CLASS OF 2002, WOMEN’S BASKETBALL | JEFF SUTER, CLASS OF 2002, MEN’S SOCCER TONY BROWN, CLASS OF 2003, GOLF | LEAH CKELL, CLASS OF 2003, SOFTBALL | KIM WHITE, CLASS OF 2003, SOFTBALL KARI KOEHN, CLASS OF 2004, SOFTBALL | ROGER MERB, CLASS OF 2004, GOLF COACH | LANNY RICE, CLASS OF 2004, OLF MATT ASHKETTLE, CLASS OF 2005, BASEBALL | RALPH COLE, CLASS OF 2005, SOFTBALL COACH| ERICA HAYES, CLASS OF 2005, WOMEN’S BASKETBALL BRANDI BAKER, CLASS OF 2006, WOMEN’S SKETBALL | CRYSTAL PICKELSIMER, CLASS OF 2006, SOFTBALL | BRANDON DOSS, CLASS OF 2006, BASEBALL CARRIE BRISKER-PURCELL, CLASS OF 2007, WOMEN’S BASKETBALL | JAYSON PRATT, ASS OF 2007, BASEBALL | KIRK RUGGLES, CLASS OF 2007, MEN’S BASKETBALL | GREGG SMITH, CLASS OF 2007, WOMEN’S BASKETBALL ASSISTANT COACH BRIAN HARRISON, CLASS OF 2008, SEBALL | BRYAN STURGELL, CLASS OF 2008, GOLF | RENEE WALLS-DAVIS, CLASS OF 2008, WOMEN’S BASKETBALL, SOFTBALL 1999 WOMEN’S BASKETBALL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM, CLASS 2009 TIFFANY CLAYTON, CLASS OF 2010, WOMEN’S BASKETBALL | JOHN WILLIAMS, CLASS OF 2010, MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY BRANDY ORSBORNE-FYFFE, CLASS OF 2011, SOFTBALL BRANDI MUNN, ASS OF 2012, WOMEN’S BASKETBALL ADAM DAVENPORT, CLASS OF 2013, MEN’S BASKETBALL | DAN GRUMMITT, CLASS OF 2013, BASEBALL | BECKY HOLDEN, CLASS OF 2013, WOMEN’S BASKETBALL, OFTBALL, TENNIS, CROSS COUNTRY, SOCCER | SARAH KOEHLER, CLASS OF 2013, WOMEN’S SOCCER REBECCA DAY, CLASS OF 2014, VOLLEYBALL | LISA DAVIES, CLASS OF 2014, WOMEN’S CROSS OUNTRY | STAR EMMERT, CLASS OF 2014, WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY GONZALO PEREZ-BECK, CLASS OF 2015, MEN’S SOCCER | HEATHER SCHILLING, CLASS OF 2015, WOMEN’S BASKETBALL BECKY BIONE, CLASS OF 2016, WOMEN’S BASKETBALL | TERRENCE DAVISON, CLASS OF 2016, MEN’S BASKETBALL |BRANDI ROSE, CLASS OF 2016, WOMEN’S BASKETBALL, SOFTBALL | JIM ARNZEN, CLASS 2016, ADMINISTRATOR, MEN’S BASKETBALL COACH MALLORY ALBERS, CLASS OF 2017, WOMEN’S BASKETBALL | PHILLIP BUTLER, CLASS OF 2017, BASEBALL | COREY CULBERTSON, CLASS OF 2017, EN’S CROSS COUNTRY ABBY BALLMAN, CLASS OF 2018, WOMEN’S BASKETBALL | HALEY HALCOMB-MERRITT, CLASS OF 2018, VOLLEYBALL | KEEGAN RATHKAMP, CLASS OF 2018, MEN’S CROSS OUNTRY | DELANO THOMAS, CLASS OF 2018, MEN’S BASKETBALL TIFFANY SHANKS-MOORE, CLASS OF 2019, SOFTBALL, SOCCER | HEATHER KOEHLER-DOWNING, CLASS OF 2019, VOLLEYBALL | TYLER ORGAN, CLASS OF 2019, MEN’S BASKETBALL RALPH KAVANAUGH, RALPH KAVANAUGH HOME TEAM AWARD, 2005 | WNXT: ROGER GRAY AND DALE HAMILTON, RALPH KAVANAUGH HOME TEAM AWARD, 08 | EUGENE COLLINS, RALPH KAVANAUGH HOME TEAM AWARD, 2010 | SKIP HICKMAN, RALPH KAVANAUGH HOME TEAM AWARD, 2012 | JOHN KOUSTOMER, RALPH KAVANAUGH HOME TEAM AWARD, 13 | BILL ROCKWELL, RALPH KAVANAUGH HOME TEAM AWARD, 2014 | RYAN BOGGS, RALPH KAVANAUGH HOME TEAM AWARD, 2015 | PHIL BLAU, RALPH KAVANAUGH HOME TEAM AWARD, 2017 | ONNE BOWMAN, RALPH KAVANAUGH HOME TEAM AWARD, 2019 AMY COLE-MCGUIRE, CLASS OF 2000, SOFTBALL | KIM DANNER, CLASS OF 2000, WOMEN’S BASKETBALL | ROBIN HAGEN-SMITH, ASS OF 2000, WOMEN’S BASKETBALL COACH | HARRY WEINBRECHT, CLASS OF 2000, ADMINISTRATOR | BRIAN WILLIAMS, CLASS OF 2000, MEN’S BASKETBALL | TRACY WILLIAMS-RIEHL, CLASS OF 00, WOMEN’S BASKETBALL BRYAN DYER, CLASS OF 2001, MEN’S BASKETBALL | TRAVIS MERRY, CLASS OF 2001, MEN’S BASKETBALL | RANDALL PENNINGTON, CLASS OF 2001, MEN’S BASKETBALL | NNI WESSEL, CLASS OF 2001, WOMEN’S BASKETBALL AARON DUNCAN, CLASS OF 2002, BASEBALL | MOLLY LINVILLE-SHULTZ, CLASS OF 2002, WOMEN’S BASKETBALL | JEFF SUTER, CLASS OF 2002, EN’S SOCCER TONY BROWN, CLASS OF 2003, GOLF | LEAH FICKELL, CLASS OF 2003, SOFTBALL | KIM WHITE, CLASS OF 2003, SOFTBALL KARI KOEHN, CLASS OF 2004, SOFTBALL | ROGER MERB, ASS OF 2004, GOLF COACH | LANNY RICE, CLASS OF 2004, GOLF MATT ASHKETTLE, CLASS OF 2005, BASEBALL | RALPH COLE, CLASS OF 2005, SOFTBALL COACH| ERICA HAYES, CLASS OF 2005, OMEN’S BASKETBALL BRANDI BAKER, CLASS OF 2006, WOMEN’S BASKETBALL | CRYSTAL PICKELSIMER, CLASS OF 2006, SOFTBALL | BRANDON DOSS, CLASS OF 2006, BASEBALL CARRIE BRISKERURCELL, CLASS OF 2007, WOMEN’S BASKETBALL | JAYSON PRATT, CLASS OF 2007, BASEBALL | KIRK RUGGLES, CLASS OF 2007, MEN’S BASKETBALL | GREGG SMITH, CLASS OF 2007, WOMEN’S SKETBALL ASSISTANT COACH BRIAN HARRISON, CLASS OF 2008, BASEBALL | BRYAN STURGELL, CLASS OF 2008, GOLF | RENEE WALLS-DAVIS, CLASS OF 2008, WOMEN’S BASKETBALL, SOFTBALL 99 WOMEN’S BASKETBALL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM, CLASS OF 2009 TIFFANY CLAYTON, CLASS OF 2010, WOMEN’S BASKETBALL | JOHN WILLIAMS, CLASS OF 2010, MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY RANDY ORSBORNE-FYFFE, CLASS OF 2011, SOFTBALL BRANDI MUNN, CLASS OF 2012, WOMEN’S BASKETBALL ADAM DAVENPORT, CLASS OF 2013, MEN’S BASKETBALL | DAN GRUMMITT, CLASS OF 13, BASEBALL | BECKY HOLDEN, CLASS OF 2013, WOMEN’S BASKETBALL, SOFTBALL, TENNIS, CROSS COUNTRY, SOCCER | SARAH KOEHLER, CLASS OF 2013, WOMEN’S SOCCER REBECCA DAY, CLASS 2014, VOLLEYBALL | LISA DAVIES, CLASS OF 2014, WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY | STAR EMMERT, CLASS OF 2014, WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY GONZALO PEREZ-BECK, CLASS OF 2015, MEN’S SOCCER HEATHER SCHILLING, CLASS OF 2015, WOMEN’S BASKETBALL BECKY BABIONE, CLASS OF 2016, WOMEN’S BASKETBALL | TERRENCE DAVISON, CLASS OF 2016, MEN’S BASKETBALL |BRANDI ROSE, ASS OF 2016, WOMEN’S BASKETBALL, SOFTBALL | JIM ARNZEN, CLASS OF 2016, ADMINISTRATOR, MEN’S BASKETBALL COACH MALLORY ALBERS, CLASS OF 2017, WOMEN’S BASKETBALL | PHILLIP UTLER, CLASS OF 2017, BASEBALL | COREY CULBERTSON, CLASS OF 2017, MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY ABBY BALLMAN, CLASS OF 2018, WOMEN’S BASKETBALL | HALEY HALCOMB-MERRITT, CLASS OF 18, VOLLEYBALL | KEEGAN RATHKAMP, CLASS OF 2018, MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY | DELANO THOMAS, CLASS OF 2018, MEN’S BASKETBALL TIFFANY SHANKS-MOORE, CLASS OF 2019, SOFTBALL, OCCER | HEATHER KOEHLER-DOWNING, CLASS OF 2019, VOLLEYBALL | TYLER MORGAN, CLASS OF 2019, MEN’S BASKETBALL RALPH KAVANAUGH, RALPH KAVANAUGH HOME TEAM AWARD, 2005 | NXT: ROGER GRAY AND DALE HAMILTON, RALPH KAVANAUGH HOME TEAM AWARD, 2008 | EUGENE COLLINS, RALPH KAVANAUGH HOME TEAM AWARD, 2010 | SKIP HICKMAN, RALPH KAVANAUGH HOME AM AWARD, 2012 | JOHN KOUSTOMER, RALPH KAVANAUGH HOME TEAM AWARD, 2013 | BILL ROCKWELL, RALPH KAVANAUGH HOME TEAM AWARD, 2014 | RYAN BOGGS, RALPH KAVANAUGH HOME AM AWARD, 2015 | PHIL BLAU, RALPH KAVANAUGH HOME TEAM AWARD, 2017 | YVONNE BOWMAN, RALPH KAVANAUGH HOME TEAM AWARD, 2019 AMY COLE-MCGUIRE, CLASS OF 2000, SOFTBALL | M DANNER, CLASS OF 2000, WOMEN’S BASKETBALL | ROBIN HAGEN-SMITH, CLASS OF 2000, WOMEN’S BASKETBALL COACH | HARRY WEINBRECHT, CLASS OF 2000, ADMINISTRATOR | BRIAN LLIAMS, CLASS OF 2000, MEN’S BASKETBALL | TRACY WILLIAMS-RIEHL, CLASS OF 2000, WOMEN’S BASKETBALL BRYAN DYER, CLASS OF 2001, MEN’S BASKETBALL | TRAVIS MERRY, CLASS OF 2001, EN’S BASKETBALL | RANDALL PENNINGTON, CLASS OF 2001, MEN’S BASKETBALL | JENNI WESSEL, CLASS OF 2001, WOMEN’S BASKETBALL AARON DUNCAN, CLASS OF 2002, BASEBALL | MOLLY NVILLE-SHULTZ, CLASS OF 2002, WOMEN’S BASKETBALL | JEFF SUTER, CLASS OF 2002, MEN’S SOCCER TONY BROWN, CLASS OF 2003, GOLF | LEAH FICKELL, CLASS OF 2003, SOFTBALL | KIM WHITE, ASS OF 2003, SOFTBALL KARI KOEHN, CLASS OF 2004, SOFTBALL | ROGER MERB, CLASS OF 2004, GOLF COACH | LANNY RICE, CLASS OF 2004, GOLF MATT ASHKETTLE, CLASS OF 2005, BASEBALL | LPH COLE, CLASS OF 2005, SOFTBALL COACH| ERICA HAYES, CLASS OF 2005, WOMEN’S BASKETBALL BRANDI BAKER, CLASS OF 2006, WOMEN’S BASKETBALL | CRYSTAL PICKELSIMER, CLASS OF 06, SOFTBALL | BRANDON DOSS, CLASS OF 2006, BASEBALL CARRIE BRISKER-PURCELL, CLASS OF 2007, WOMEN’S BASKETBALL | JAYSON PRATT, CLASS OF 2007, BASEBALL | KIRK RUGGLES, CLASS 2007, MEN’S BASKETBALL | GREGG SMITH, CLASS OF 2007, WOMEN’S BASKETBALL ASSISTANT COACH BRIAN HARRISON, CLASS OF 2008, BASEBALL | BRYAN STURGELL, CLASS OF 2008, GOLF | NEE WALLS-DAVIS, CLASS OF 2008, WOMEN’S BASKETBALL, SOFTBALL 1999 WOMEN’S BASKETBALL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM, CLASS OF 2009 TIFFANY CLAYTON, CLASS OF 2010, WOMEN’S SKETBALL | JOHN WILLIAMS, CLASS OF 2010, MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY BRANDY ORSBORNE-FYFFE, CLASS OF 2011, SOFTBALL BRANDI MUNN, CLASS OF 2012, WOMEN’S BASKETBALL ADAM VENPORT, CLASS OF 2013, MEN’S BASKETBALL | DAN GRUMMITT, CLASS OF 2013, BASEBALL | BECKY HOLDEN, CLASS OF 2013, WOMEN’S BASKETBALL, SOFTBALL, TENNIS, CROSS COUNTRY, SOCCER SARAH KOEHLER, CLASS OF 2013, WOMEN’S SOCCER REBECCA DAY, CLASS OF 2014, VOLLEYBALL | LISA DAVIES, CLASS OF 2014, WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY | STAR EMMERT, CLASS OF 2014, OMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY GONZALO PEREZ-BECK, CLASS OF 2015, MEN’S SOCCER | HEATHER SCHILLING, CLASS OF 2015, WOMEN’S BASKETBALL BECKY BABIONE, CLASS OF 2016, WOMEN’S SKETBALL | TERRENCE DAVISON, CLASS OF 2016, MEN’S BASKETBALL |BRANDI ROSE, CLASS OF 2016, WOMEN’S BASKETBALL, SOFTBALL | JIM ARNZEN, CLASS OF 2016, ADMINISTRATOR, MEN’S SKETBALL COACH MALLORY ALBERS, CLASS OF 2017, WOMEN’S BASKETBALL | PHILLIP BUTLER, CLASS OF 2017, BASEBALL | COREY CULBERTSON, CLASS OF 2017, MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY ABBY LLMAN, CLASS OF 2018, WOMEN’S BASKETBALL | HALEY HALCOMB-MERRITT, CLASS OF 2018, VOLLEYBALL | KEEGAN RATHKAMP, CLASS OF 2018, MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY | DELANO THOMAS, CLASS 2018, MEN’S BASKETBALL TIFFANY SHANKS-MOORE, CLASS OF 2019, SOFTBALL, SOCCER | HEATHER KOEHLER-DOWNING, CLASS OF 2019, VOLLEYBALL | TYLER MORGAN, CLASS OF 2019, MEN’S SKETBALL RALPH KAVANAUGH, RALPH KAVANAUGH HOME TEAM AWARD, 2005 | WNXT: ROGER GRAY AND DALE HAMILTON, RALPH KAVANAUGH HOME TEAM AWARD, 2008 | EUGENE COLLINS, RALPH VANAUGH HOME TEAM AWARD, 2010 | SKIP HICKMAN, RALPH KAVANAUGH HOME TEAM AWARD, 2012 | JOHN KOUSTOMER, RALPH KAVANAUGH HOME TEAM AWARD, 2013 | BILL ROCKWELL, RALPH VANAUGH HOME TEAM AWARD, 2014 | RYAN BOGGS, RALPH KAVANAUGH HOME TEAM AWARD, 2015 | PHIL BLAU, RALPH KAVANAUGH HOME TEAM AWARD, 2017 | YVONNE BOWMAN, RALPH VANAUGH HOME TEAM AWARD, 2019 | HARRY WEINBRECHT, CLASS OF 2000, ADMINISTRATOR | BRIAN WILLIAMS, CLASS OF 2000, MEN’S BASKETBALL | TRACY WILLIAMS-RIEHL, CLASS OF 2000, OMEN’S BASKETBALL BRYAN DYER, CLASS OF 2001, MEN’S BASKETBALL | TRAVIS MERRY, CLASS OF 2001, MEN’S BASKETBALL | RANDALL PENNINGTON, CLASS OF 2001, MEN’S BASKETBALL | JENNI ESSEL, CLASS OF 2001, WOMEN’S BASKETBALL AARON DUNCAN, CLASS OF 2002, BASEBALL | MOLLY LINVILLE-SHULTZ, CLASS OF 2002, WOMEN’S BASKETBALL | JEFF SUTER, CLASS OF 2002, MEN’S OCCER TONY BROWN, CLASS OF 2003, GOLF | LEAH FICKELL, CLASS OF 2003, SOFTBALL | KIM WHITE, CLASS OF 2003, SOFTBALL KARI KOEHN, CLASS OF 2004, SOFTBALL | ROGER MERB, CLASS OF 04, GOLF COACH | LANNY RICE, CLASS OF 2004, GOLF MATT ASHKETTLE, CLASS OF 2005, BASEBALL | RALPH COLE, CLASS OF 2005, SOFTBALL COACH| ERICA HAYES, CLASS OF 2005, WOMEN’S SKETBALL BRANDI BAKER, CLASS OF 2006, WOMEN’S BASKETBALL | CRYSTAL PICKELSIMER, CLASS OF 2006, SOFTBALL | BRANDON DOSS, CLASS OF 2006, BASEBALL CARRIE BRISKER-PURCELL, ASS OF 2007, WOMEN’S BASKETBALL | JAYSON PRATT, CLASS OF 2007, BASEBALL | KIRK RUGGLES, CLASS OF 2007, MEN’S BASKETBALL | GREGG SMITH, CLASS OF 2007, WOMEN’S BASKETBALL SISTANT COACH BRIAN HARRISON, CLASS OF 2008, BASEBALL | BRYAN STURGELL, CLASS OF 2008, GOLF | RENEE WALLS-DAVIS, CLASS OF 2008, WOMEN’S BASKETBALL, SOFTBALL 1999 WOMEN’S SKETBALL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM, CLASS OF 2009 TIFFANY CLAYTON, CLASS OF 2010, WOMEN’S BASKETBALL | JOHN WILLIAMS, CLASS OF 2010, MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY BRANDY ORSBORNEFFE, CLASS OF 2011, SOFTBALL BRANDI MUNN, CLASS OF 2012, WOMEN’S BASKETBALL ADAM DAVENPORT, CLASS OF 2013, MEN’S BASKETBALL | DAN GRUMMITT, CLASS OF 2013, BASEBALL | BECKY OLDEN, CLASS OF 2013, WOMEN’S BASKETBALL, SOFTBALL, TENNIS, CROSS COUNTRY, SOCCER | SARAH KOEHLER, CLASS OF 2013, WOMEN’S SOCCER REBECCA DAY, CLASS OF 2014, VOLLEYBALL | SA DAVIES, CLASS OF 2014, WOMEN’S CROSS AMY COLE-MCGUIRE, CLASS OF 2000, SOFTBALL | KIM DANNER, CLASS OF 2000, WOMEN’S BASKETBALL | ROBIN HAGEN-SMITH, CLASS OF 2000, OMEN’S BASKETBALL COACH | HARRY WEINBRECHT, CLASS OF 2000, ADMINISTRATOR | BRIAN WILLIAMS, CLASS OF 2000, MEN’S BASKETBALL | TRACY WILLIAMS-RIEHL, CLASS OF 2000, WOMEN’S SKETBALL BRYAN DYER, CLASS OF 2001, MEN’S BASKETBALL | TRAVIS MERRY, CLASS OF 2001, MEN’S BASKETBALL | RANDALL PENNINGTON, CLASS OF 2001, MEN’S BASKETBALL | JENNI WESSEL, ASS OF 2001, WOMEN’S BASKETBALL AARON DUNCAN, CLASS OF 2002, BASEBALL | MOLLY LINVILLE-SHULTZ, CLASS OF 2002, WOMEN’S BASKETBALL | JEFF SUTER, CLASS OF 2002, MEN’S SOCCER NY BROWN, CLASS OF 2003, GOLF | LEAH FICKELL, CLASS OF 2003, SOFTBALL | KIM WHITE, CLASS OF 2003, SOFTBALL KARI KOEHN, CLASS OF 2004, SOFTBALL | ROGER MERB, CLASS OF 2004, OLF COACH | LANNY RICE, CLASS OF 2004, GOLF MATT ASHKETTLE, CLASS OF 2005, BASEBALL | RALPH COLE, CLASS OF 2005, SOFTBALL COACH| ERICA HAYES, CLASS OF 2005, WOMEN’S SKETBALL BRANDI BAKER, CLASS OF 2006, WOMEN’S BASKETBALL | CRYSTAL PICKELSIMER, CLASS OF 2006, SOFTBALL | BRANDON DOSS, CLASS OF 2006, BASEBALL CARRIE BRISKER-PURCELL, ASS OF 2007, WOMEN’S BASKETBALL | JAYSON PRATT, CLASS OF 2007, BASEBALL | KIRK RUGGLES, CLASS OF 2007, MEN’S BASKETBALL | GREGG SMITH, CLASS OF 2007, WOMEN’S BASKETBALL SISTANT COACH BRIAN HARRISON, CLASS OF 2008, BASEBALL | BRYAN STURGELL, CLASS OF 2008, GOLF | RENEE WALLS-DAVIS, CLASS OF 2008, WOMEN’S BASKETBALL, SOFTBALL 1999 WOMEN’S SKETBALL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM, CLASS OF 2009 TIFFANY CLAYTON, CLASS OF 2010, WOMEN’S BASKETBALL | JOHN WILLIAMS, CLASS OF 2010, MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY BRANDY ORSBORNEFFE, CLASS OF 2011, SOFTBALL BRANDI MUNN, CLASS OF 2012, WOMEN’S BASKETBALL ADAM DAVENPORT, CLASS OF 2013, MEN’S BASKETBALL | DAN GRUMMITT, CLASS OF 2013, BASEBALL | BECKY OLDEN, CLASS OF 2013, WOMEN’S BASKETBALL, SOFTBALL, TENNIS, CROSS COUNTRY, SOCCER | SARAH KOEHLER, CLASS OF 2013, WOMEN’S SOCCER REBECCA DAY, CLASS OF 2014, VOLLEYBALL | SA DAVIES, CLASS OF 2014, WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY | STAR EMMERT, CLASS OF 2014, WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY GONZALO PEREZ-BECK, CLASS OF 2015, MEN’S SOCCER | HEATHER SCHILLING, ASS OF 2015, WOMEN’S BASKETBALL BECKY BABIONE, CLASS OF 2016, WOMEN’S BASKETBALL | TERRENCE DAVISON, CLASS OF 2016, MEN’S BASKETBALL |BRANDI ROSE, CLASS OF 2016, WOMEN’S | SHAWNEE MAGAZINE • ADMINISTRATOR, MEN’S BASKETBALL COACH MALLORY ALBERS, CLASS OF 2017, WOMEN’S BASKETBALL | PHILLIP BUTLER, CLASS OF 2017, SKETBALL, 28 SOFTBALL | JIM ARNZEN, CLASS OF 2016, SEBALL | COREY CULBERTSON, CLASS OF 2017, MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY ABBY BALLMAN, CLASS OF 2018, WOMEN’S BASKETBALL | HALEY HALCOMB-MERRITT, CLASS OF 2018, VOLLEYBALL | EGAN RATHKAMP, CLASS OF 2018, MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY | DELANO THOMAS, CLASS OF 2018, MEN’S BASKETBALL TIFFANY SHANKS-MOORE, CLASS OF 2019, SOFTBALL, SOCCER | HEATHER EHLER-DOWNING, CLASS OF 2019, VOLLEYBALL | TYLER MORGAN, CLASS OF 2019, MEN’S BASKETBALL | RALPH KAVANAUGH, RALPH KAVANAUGH HOME TEAM AWARD, 2005 | WNXT: ROGER GRAY
CELEBRATING 20 YEARS OF THE PAST
THIS PAST YEAR MARKED 20 YEARS OF RECOGNIZING EXCELLENCE IN THE SHAWNEE STATE HALL OF FAME. T
o celebrate, SSU Athletics and the SSU Alumni Association are recognizing the past two decades of standout athletes with special recognition during the Hall of Fame’s 21st Birthday on February 7, 2020. SSU Athletics will be taking a look at the past 20 years of who makes up the esteemed Shawnee State Hall of Fame. The inaugural class was made up of six inductees – including SSU’s first athletic director Harry Weinbrecht, then women’s basketball head coach Robin HagenSmith, and standout athletes Amy Cole-McGuire (Softball), Kim Danner (Women’s Basketball), Brian Williams (Men’s Basketball), and Tracy Williams Riehl (Women’s Basketball) – and was inducted in 2000. Since then, Shawnee State has inducted nearly seventy individuals into the Hall of Fame – the 1999 Women’s Basketball National Championship Team, two administrators, three coaches, athletes from eleven varsity sports, and three individuals who excelled as multi-sport athletes at Shawnee State. These athletes have shown distinction on the field, court, course, as well as in the classroom, and are among the greatest to ever play at SSU. In 2005, SSU introduced an additional award – the Ralph Kavanaugh Home Team Award. The award, which was created in honor of long-
time equipment manager Ralph Kavanaugh, has been awarded to ten individuals in recognition for the instrumental part they have had in SSU Athletics. To kick off the 20 Years of the Past celebration, SSU Athletics will feature each of the Hall of Fame members weekly beginning in September and leading up to the next induction banquet in February. Visit ssubears.com to see the Shawnee State Hall of Fame history brought back to life. Join SSU on February 7, 2020 for the Hall of Fame’s 21st Birthday and the 20 Years of the Past reunion celebration as we induct the newest members of the Hall of Fame and commemorate our past inductees. For more information, visit ssuhalloffame.com.
The Hall of Fame Class of 2020 will be announced during the Alumni Social as part of Homecoming, Alumni & Family Weekend. Join SSU Athletics on Saturday, October 12 at Port City Cafe & Pub (424 Chillicothe Street, Portsmouth, OH) starting at 7 p.m. for the announcement. FALL 2019 | 29
Sarah Biehl after her qualifying run at the 2018 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon.
SSU ALUMNA QUALIFIES FOR THE
USA OLYMPIC TRIALS
SARAH BIEHL (‘15, ‘18) finished her career at Shawnee State University as one of the most decorated athletes in school history – but her success hasn’t stopped there.
Committing to Shawnee State University was simple when Biehl saw the advantages of the personalized attention she would receive not only in the classroom, but also in her running career. A Lowell, Ohio native, Biehl met with Cross County and Track Coach Eric Putnam, who pushed her to succeed in her running career. Missing most of her first cross country season due to an injury, Biehl continued on to make up for the missed competitions by collecting multiple accolades in Cross Country and Track & Field.
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In her sophomore year she earned MSC Runner of the Year and First Team All-MSC honors in Cross Country while leading her team to their fourth-straight MSC Championships. In her junior year, she racked up All-American recognition in both sports, and went on in her final season for the Bears to win the MSC Cross Country Championship and become SSU’s first female runner to be named MSC Runner of the Year twice. In track that year, she earned All-American honors again, while finishing Runner-Up at the NAIA National Championship Meet in the 5,000 meter run with a finishing time of 17:31.36. Graduating in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science, Biehl returned to SSU to earn her Physical Therapy Assistant degree while also serving as an Assistant Coach for the SSU Track & Field
team. After completing her second degree in 2018, she was beginning to think about her next steps when Coach Putnam gave her an idea. “It was her first year out of college, and she got this idea into her head that she wanted to run ten miles in under an hour,” Coach Putnam recalled. “She completed it in only fifty-nine minutes – it was the most exceptional run I had ever seen someone from Shawnee State complete. That’s when I knew that she could do anything she put her mind to.” Biehl began training for the marathon, focusing on a new goal - qualifying for the USA Olympic Trials. With her coach’s support, her confidence grew.
“I set the goal to qualify, but during the race I wasn’t sure if I would actually do it,” said Biehl who placed 41st overall and won her women’s age division for 20-24-year olds. “Not until I saw the clock at the finish line, did it finally register that I was going to do it. I was shocked and excited – but I also felt relief because the marathon can be a challenge.”
“Not until I saw the clock at the finish line, did it finally register that I was going to do it. I was shocked and excited.”
Currently, Biehl is completing 10K and half marathon training with the Columbus Running Company, and will begin training for the full marathon closer to the trials in February.
“My goal for the trial is to run a personal record while I get to compete with the greatest marathoners in the country,” -Sarah Biehl on qualifying for USA Olympic Trials said Biehl, who thinks she will begin to get excited closer to the date. “I want to find a good pack, get the “Coach Putnam believed I could do it, told me how I’d have to train for experience, and of course, have fun!” it, and gave me the support I needed to try,” said Biehl. Biehl will get her chance to compete against some of the world’s Last October, Biehl competed in the 2018 Nationwide Children’s greatest runners on Saturday, February 29, 2020 at the USA Olympic Hospital Columbus Marathon. She completed the 26.2-mile race in Trials in Atlanta, Georgia. For more information about her upcoming 2:44:25 – thirty-five seconds under the qualifying time for the USA race, visit USA Track & Field’s webpage at www.usatf.org. Olympic Trials.
Sarah Biehl competing for Shawnee State’s Women’s Cross Country Team in 2015.
Photo Credit: Mark Romesser
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SSU WELCOMES NEW FACES TO THE SSU ATHLETICS STAFF
As the James A. Rhodes Athletic Center continues its renovation of the locker rooms, weight rooms, and athletic offices, SSU Athletics continues its expansion plans with the addition of swimming as a club sport for the coming year before beginning competition in the NAIA starting fall of 2020. New Swimming Head Coach Gerald Cadogan will join other new SSU Athletics coaches and staff this season.
Head Coach, Women’s Soccer
(‘15) Sports Information Director
Ademakinwa joined SSU Athletics in the 2018-19 season as the Women’s Soccer Head Coach. A native of London, England, Ademakinwa came to SSU from West Virginia University where she served as the head coach of the women’s club team. With coaching experience in managing multiple developmental and professional teams in her home country, she has a distinguished playing career – both collegiately in the United States and semi-professionally in England.
Colley returns to Shawnee State University this fall after working the past six years in communications covering high school sports and SSU for local and community newspapers. A 2015 Sports Studies graduate, Colley worked as a student assistant to the SID and play-by-play announcer for Shawnee SportsNet. After graduation he worked as Assistant SID until beginning his career in communications.
“This year, I’m excited to see what our team can accomplish and achieve with the new players coming in. My assistant coach Michaela Garner and student assistant Abdul Khalid both have superb soccer IQs and knowledge of the game. I’m thrilled to have them joining my coaching team.”
“I’m humbled and honored with the chance to join Shawnee State. Making the decision to receive a four-year education at SSU was one of the best decisions I have ever made in my life. I learned so much at SSU and to be given the chance to give back to the university that gave me so much - it’s more than words could ever describe. I’m blessed with the opportunity to share my sports knowledge and what I have learned in my six years of working experience in the field.”
John Williams, (‘05)
Head Coach, Women’s Cross Country and Track & Field Williams was instrumental in the growth of Shawnee State’s Cross Country program while competing as a student-athlete. A 2005 graduate of Shawnee State University, he was a two-time All-American Mideast Conference runner as well as a two-time NAIA Qualifier, holding the fastest time of any runner at SSU upon his graduation. He was the first SSU runner to be inducted into the university’s Hall of Fame as part of the 2010 induction class. Serving as an assistant coach for the Bears this past season, Williams takes over the helm of the Women’s Cross Country and Track programs beginning this fall. “The opportunity to come home and coach at Shawnee State and being given the chance to give back to the University which gave so much to me is such an honor, I am so thankful. I cannot wait to help the Cross Country and Track programs reach the next level.”
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Head Coach, Men’s & Women’s Swimming Cadogen has been hired as Shawnee State’s first men’s and women’s swimming coach. Looking forward to a season of recruiting before competitive play begins in the NAIA in 2020, Cadogan comes to Shawnee State as a previous head coach at the local Portsmouth City Schools. A Portsmouth native, Cadogen was instrumental in building the swimming and track programs at Portsmouth City Schools. “I’m excited for the opportunity to lead a great group of studentathletes to success, both in the classroom and in the field of competition! Let’s make a splash!”
SETH FARMER BECOMES SSU’S FIRST INDIVIDUAL NATIONAL CHAMPION
THE NATIONAL CHAMPION SHARES HIS THOUGHTS ON HIS TITLE, HIS TIME AT SHAWNEE STATE, AND WHAT’S NEXT FOR HIM. Seth Farmer ran into Shawnee State’s history book by becoming the Bears’ first-ever athlete to win an individual National Championship. The junior from Piketon, Ohio, won the 1-mile at the NAIA Indoor Track & Field Championship Meet this past winter. With a time of 4:11.79, Farmer competed as the only male runner to qualify from Shawnee State at the national meet. This past year, Farmer accumulated a list of impressive accomplishments competing in both Cross Country and Track & Field. Named the MSC Champion in the 1500-meter run, he was also a member of the winning 4x800 team during the outdoor track season. In Cross Country, he was named MSC Runner of the Week five times, as well as winning the MSC Meet and placing 13th overall at the NAIA National Cross Country Meet, earning All-American status.
What does it mean to you to win a National Championship? Winning a National Championship means so much to me, it’s truly a blessing. Beginning at Shawnee State, I didn’t think it could be possible, but with hard work, great coaches and teammates, it became a reality. With already so much accomplished, what are your goals for your senior year? My main goals are to finish strong and just have fun competing in the two sports that I enjoy. Coming from a small rural high school in Southern Ohio, what advice do you have for other runners? The advice I would give is to just have fun and work hard. Running isn’t rocket science – there is nothing special to it and anyone can do it if they want it bad enough. You just have to be dedicated to getting better every day. Tell us about your experience at Shawnee State. Shawnee State has been an awesome experience for me. It’s a small school that gives you a lot of the same things Division I schools are offering to their student-athletes. I’m very fortunate to get this experience here and to do it all at such a small cost. What has been your favorite memory at Shawnee State? My favorite memory so far has been competing at the 2017 Indoor Track & Field National Meet. I received my first All-American recognition with my teammate Brooke Smith. It was an amazing experience.
SETH FARMER // CLASS OF 2020 What advice do you have for high school students who are interested in NATIONAL CHAMPION attending Shawnee State and being a part of the running program? 1-MILE: 4:11.79 My advice for anyone interested in Shawnee State is that SSU can give you almost everything that any other school can give you for a fraction of the cost. It’s an easy decision when you find out how much your coaches and professors care about you and dedicate to your success.
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SHAWNEE STATE COMPILES AN
OUTSTANDING 2018-19 YEAR
SSU Athletics is coming off a successful year of competition. Women’s Cross Country captured their ninth straight Mid-South Conference Championship while the Men’s Cross Country team captured their eighth in nine years. The Women’s Basketball team took their ninth consecutive trip to the NAIA National Championship Tournament advancing to the Sweet 16. The Outdoor and Indoor Track & Field teams completed successful seasons, sending athletes to the NAIA National Championship Meets and capturing multiple NAIA All-American titles along with SSU’s first-ever individual National Championship.
BEARS TOP FINISHERS JESSICA COOK
MSC Freshman of the Year Women’s Outdoor Track & Field
Second Team NAIA All-American Women’s Basketball
MSC Freshman of the Year Men’s Soccer
MSC Runner of the Year, NAIA All-American Men’s Cross Country National Championship, NAIA All-American Men’s Indoor Track & Field
Third Team NAIA All-American Women’s Basketball
MSC Coach of the Year | Men’s Cross Country MSC Coach of the Year | Women’s Indoor Track & Field MSC Coach of the Year | Women’s Outdoor Track & Field
MSC Indoor Track & Field Athlete of the Year, NAIA All-American Women’s Indoor Track & Field MSC Outdoor Track & Field Athlete of the Year, NAIA All-American Women’s Outdoor Track & Field
MSC Runner of the Year Women’s Cross Country
SSU Athletics begins their 2019-20 season this August. For stories,schedules, and scores visit ssubears.com.
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Bear Club 2018-19 Members The Bear Club is the official Shawnee State University athletic booster program providing support for twenty-two varsity athletic programs and over 375 studentathletes. Memberships to the Bear Club are vital to the growth and success of SSU Athletics and the student-athletes in our region. LEARN MORE ABOUT THE BEAR CLUB BY VISITING GIVETOSSU.COM/BEAR-CLUB.
HALL OF FAME | $1000 Amy Cummins Kaye Wright Christopher Moore Dr. George & Sandy White
CHAMPION | $500 Dr. Jeffrey & Jeril Bauer Eric & Rebekah Braun Marc & Jennifer Cottle Jeffrey & Rhonda Hamilton* Robert Hamilton Drs. Steven Rader & Rhoni Maxwell-Rader Chris Shaffer
ALL-AMERICAN | $250 Accountants on the Go Janie Alvarez Rhonda Bentley* Charles Broughton Herschel Burke Sheri Clement Albert Cook Angie Crawford Ruth Crawfod Russell Cummins Laura Davis William Feuchter Amy Garner Joshua Hammonds* James D. Kricker Robert Long* Travis Lynn* Greg & Sharon Malone Michael & Teresa McPhillips
John Miller Nick Miller QNH Consulting Netherlands Dawn Ochman William Rathkamp* Bill & Beth Rockwell* Douglas Smith Julie Smith Janet Stewart Kara Stump* Dr. John & Linda Walker Aimee Welch* Amanda Zuchowski
VARSITY | $100 Kelly Adams Mary Adams Kara Arms* Atomic Credit Union Anthony Baker Greg Ballengee* Mike Barrell Brittany Bazler* Jerry Berry Larry Betz Philip Blau Carl Blaznik Cindy Bloomfield Yvonne Bowman Jack Boyd Brian Broughton Kimberly Broughton Anthony Brown* Mark Bryant* Darren Cheeseman Eugene Collins* Kelcie Cook* Heather Cooper Charles Copas* Alan Corbitt Shane Cox Stephanie Craft*
Adam Davenport* Brian Davis* Michael Davis Sherrill Day Marcel deLange Rick Deckard Eula Doering Bill Drake Kenneth Durham Susan Everetts Eileen Fox John Fox Jason Gammon Lisa Gammon Daniel Gash Andre Gault Elijah Gerlach* Dr. Frederick & Krista Gohmann Jackie Ha* Robin Hagen-Smith Terry Hammond Jennifer Hammonds Janet Hanshaw Loretta Harris Darin Hart Tiffany Hartman* Bryan Helton Michael Helton* Terry Helton Royce Hendler Matthew Hensley Jennifer Herendon Miets Jean Hoedemakers Leslie Holland Mark Holland Vicki Hoover* David Hopkins* Bob Hull John Hull Kerin Hunt Mark & Virgie Hunter Hunter Williams Insurance Sandra Jamison
Gerald Jenkins Linda Jones Rickie Kalb Aaron Kallner Kimberly Keplinger Loretta Keyser Shannon King Ronald Lambert Michael Landry Gary Lee David Lintz Lori Lowe Ronda Mabra Todd Mason Bobbi Massie* Mark Massie Michael Mazurkiewicz Lisa McGunagle Doris Meade Penny Merritt* Jay Meyers Luticia Minter Amber Montavon* Diane Montavon Kenny Morehouse Tyler Morgan* Robert Morton Nicole Neal* Woody Neel Astra Ng* Phil Nichols R.J. Niemer* Abigail Osborn Greg Otto Eva Payne Kevin Payne Tara Pendell* Conrad Pinto* Shayne Poe Scott Powers* Lori Pugh Charles Rawlins Gary Riley Greg Rose Dr. Robert Roach
Crystal Ruark Daniel Russell Willie Sanders Stephanie Schaefer* Bob Schulz Holly Scott Julie Sellers Richard Sharp Christina Shaulis Patricia Shoemaker Martin Smith Tammie Smith* Amy Snyder Rodney Spriggs Bryan Sturgell* Regina Taylor Nikki Thomas Dr. Dave & Patsy Todt Shirley Underwood Christopher Vanyo Maegan Vastine* Todd Vatter* Mima Vita Jason Wallace Frank Waller Janis Waller Sara Webb Sarah Webb* Thad Wells* Benoni Wingeier Jodi Wingeier Mason Wisner* Daniel Wisniewski David Wolfe
*denotes Shawnee State Alumni
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KRICKER INNOVATION HUB CELEBRATES FIRST YEAR
n the heels of the announcement of a $2.78 million investment into the facility, the Kricker Innovation Hub has been steadily making an impact on the entrepreneurial workplace in Portsmouth, Ohio and the surrounding area.
“This year, we focused on bringing a sense of recognition to entrepreneurs in the area and the things that are available to them,” said David Kilroy, Program Director of the Kricker Innovation Hub. “Within the next year, the community is going to see the Hub transform – including a community space and event space, a digital makerspace, and incubation offices for small business use.”
David Kilroy Program Director
The Hub has hosted continual workshops this year, providing resources to cultivate entrepreneurial skills. In addition to hands-on experience, the center has also provided an entrepreneurial speaker series to showcase local talent and business leaders to the university and surrounding community. Speakers
have included community leaders in higher education, insurance and real estate practice, graphic design and marketing, and veteran business owners. This year, the Hub is announcing a new partnership with Main Street Portsmouth and the Portsmouth Area Chamber of Commerce. As the facility continues to expand, Kilroy hopes this partnership will provide more resources for the creative process for entrepreneurs. “This partnership will provide a pipeline for brick and mortar businesses to streamline their business model into a centralized resource to directly work in the community,” said Kilroy. As the relationship grows, it will serve as a direct bridge between the university and the community, providing support for students interested in creating a business and area businesses wanting to promote themselves further. To learn more about the Kricker Innovation Hub and their upcoming events, visit ssuinnovation.com.
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KRICKER HUB HOSTS FIRST STARTUP WEEKEND PORTSMOUTH
ALUMNA NAMED AMERICORPS VISTA AT KRICKER INNOVATION HUB
This spring, the Kricker Innovation Hub held its first Startup Weekend Portsmouth as part of the world’s largest learning program for entrepreneurs. Over a three-day period, the event provides resources to inspiring entrepreneurs to learn how to create and execute a business plan. This year’s winning team, R3Spawn – made up of multiple SSU alumni and students – presented an idea for a video game lounge in Portsmouth.
Brittony Collier (‘19) recently began her term as the newest VISTA employee stationed in the Kricker Innovation Hub. A Natural Sciences graduate from Shawnee State University, Collier is excited about the opportunities working in the Hub will provide.
Participants in the first Startup Weekend Portsmouth worked in teams to build and present a business plan to area judges.
“I’ve always had an interest in entrepreneurship and seeing how it can help a community continue to grow,” she said. “I have the opportunity to learn more here and grow an entirely new set of skills that can, in turn, help Shawnee State and the area.” The AmeriCorps VISTA program is a national service program where members work alongside local organizations to elevate advancement within communities.
ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN GAMING NOVEMBER 14, 2019
Made possible by a grant from the Charles Koch Foundation, one of this fall’s Entrepreneurial Journey Speaker Series will feature Entrepreneurship in Gaming. Featuring a panel discussion that explores the current landscape of launching an indie game and the future of gaming, the event will explore the current gaming industry that is expected to become a $300 billion industry by 2025. The Kricker Innovation Hub will do its part to showcase opportunities for gaming innovation in our region by hosting several industry leaders during this event open to alumni, community members, and current SSU students. This event also leads up to the annual Shawnee Game Conference that showcases innovative student projects, industry experts, and the latest technology. This year’s conference will be held November 15-16. Visit shawneegamecon.com for more information.
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SHAWNEE STATE INTRODUCES ITS
ONLINE CAMPUS T
his year, Shawnee State University launched its Online Campus, offering completely online programs for undergraduate and graduate students. The focus of the Online Campus is to provide students the same quality SSU education as face-to-face classes, but with the ease of a flexible schedule an online program can provide.
While providing the convenience of online education, Shawnee State’s online students can enjoy the same benefits as residential students. With access to the Clark Memorial Library, Career Advisors in the Career Services office, and enrollment assistance in the Student Success Center, online students have access to the tools they need to succeed.
Currently the Online Campus provides four programs: Bachelor of Science in Health Science, RN to BSN, Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction, and Master of Science in Mathematics. Additional programs are planned to be rolled out in the coming year.
With six start dates throughout the year, SSU offers students the flexibility of beginning a program around a traditional schedule. Learn more about SSU’s Online Campus by visiting online.shawnee.edu or by calling 855.815.0323 to speak with an Admissions Associate.
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Office of Admissions
CHECK OUT SHAWNEE STATE! Saturday, September 7
Saturday Campus Visit
Friday, September 20
This past Valentine’s Day, the SSU Alumni Association asked alumni to share their SSU Love Story about meeting their sweetheart while on campus. Nearly forty of our alumni told their stories. This year’s Love Story Contest Winners are Ashley (Miller) (‘16) and Francis (‘16) Mensah.
Saturday, September 28
Shawnee Showcase Day
Here is their submitted love story:
Saturday, October 12
Wednesday, October 16
College of Arts & Sciences Discovery Night
Saturday, October 19
Saturday Campus Visit
Friday, November 1
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Saturday Campus Visit
Thursday, November 14
College of Arts & Sciences Discovery Night
Saturday, November 15-16
Shawnee Game Conference
Saturday, November 23
Shawnee Showcase Day
Friday, December 6
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Pre Med Day
SPRING 2020 Friday, January 24
Saturday, February 15
Saturday Campus Visit
Saturday, February 29
Shawnee Showcase Day
Saturday, March 14
Saturday Campus Visit
Friday, March 27
Saturday, April 4
Shawnee Showcase Day
Friday, May 8
This fairy tale begins as all modern day fairy tales do. Once upon a time, Francis and Ashley met in the kingdom of Shawnee State University. While they met in 2011 through their Greek organizations, it wasn’t until 2012 that their friendship started to blossom into something more. Francis knocked on Ashley’s door one evening and would not leave (Campus View Building 7)! Being the ever persistent knight that he was, Francis continued to seek courtship with the fair maiden. Finally, on May 9, 2012, the two began the relationship everyone had been impatiently waiting for. Over the course they celebrated milestones such as their monthly anniversaries and taking classes together. While there were many dragons to be slain over the years, the couple remained resilient. After years of courtship, the dear knight finally sought marriage from the young maiden. On the eve of Christmas in 2015, Francis proved his everlasting love and asked Ashley to marry him. The proposal was one that every girl dreams of - in the kingdom of Chicago, in front of many of its subjects, he got down on one knee and asked the maiden for her hand in marriage. Months later, the pair graduated and moved to Columbus. They wed in August 2017 in front of all of their family and friends (mostly from SSU). Ashley and Francis are still in the Kingdom of Columbus enjoying being husband and wife. They have a little fur baby prince named Bruno. While they both thank SSU for their careers, they more importantly thank it for all of the friendships they’ve encountered and, of course, their marriage! #happilyevermensah #SSULoveStory We loved hearing the stories of the many couples that met on campus. The Alumni Association will be asking again for alumni to submit their SSU Love Story this upcoming Valentine’s Day on social media.
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MAKE TOMORROW’S STARS Investing in the Musical Theatre BFA program at Shawnee State University
he Musical Theatre program at Shawnee State University gives students the means to succeed. Through music, dance, acting, and vocal skills, the program regularly prepares students for success in every form of performance in their career. As the program has continually grown in the past five years, the need for investing in the program’s expansion is needed in order to continue preparing students for success. Through a $175,000 fundraising initiative Make Tomorrow’s Stars - the SSU Development Foundation strives to assist the program in expanding its enrollment, enhancing its facilities, elevating its profile, and increasing experiential opportunities for students and alumni.
extraordinarily unique and special with the Musical Theatre program,” said John Huston, Associate Professor of Theatre and Coordinator of the program.
Make Tomorrow’s Stars focuses on three main areas for advancing the program’s profile.
As one of only five state institutions in Ohio that offers a BFA in Musical Theatre, students in the program can perform in up to four full-stage productions per year, having the opportunity to serve in different stage roles and experience new skill sets all four years of the major.
As the campaign continues throughout the year, see how you can impact the Make Tomorrow’s Stars initiative by visiting givetossu.com/ maketomorrowsstars.
“There are no limits to our creative vision, our drive, and our passion to create something
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Expanding access to a college education for new students enrolling in the Musical Theatre program.
KAHL STUDIO THEATER UPGRADES
Making possible electronic and equipment upgrades to the main student showcase space on campus allowing for more opportunities for rehearsals and productions.
Increasing experiential opportunities for students and alumni, as well as expanding engagement opportunities in SSU’s performing facilities.
Musical Theatre students performing a scene from the musical Company in Spring 2019.
Photo Credit: Lynnsey Williams, Class of 2019
ABOUT THE COVER
Marietta, OH | Musical Theatre | Class of 2019 Tim Kelsey (‘19) got the chance to chase his dreams at Shawnee State University. Enrolling in the BFA in Musical Theatre program, Kelsey took every opportunity in the program to create, perform, manage, and even direct a student production. “Students in the musical theatre program at Shawnee State have the chance to perform from the very beginning,” he said. “It gives an opportunity for them to develop their skills so much further than at other institutions.” Working now for Madcap Productions based in Cincinnati, OH, Kelsey is looking forward to a career working in children’s theater.
The Make Tomorrow’s Stars campaign committee. From left to right: Dr. Michael Barnhart (Professor of Music), Dr. Jeffrey Bauer (President), Dr. Wayne Wheeler (SSUDF Board Member), Mrs. Debra Esham (SSUDF Board Member), John Huston (Associate Professor of Theatre), Dr. Stanley Workman (Director of Vern Riffe Center for the Arts), Summer Logan (Adjunct Professor of Fine, Digital & Performing Arts), and Eric Andrew Braun, J.D. (Vice President of Advancement & Institutional Relations)
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The SSU Development Foundation’s mission is to raise funds and friends for Shawnee State University. Providing support to various programs, initiatives, and opportunities, our alumni, parents, students, and friends of the university are essential to the success of the education and opportunities in our region.
| Day of Giving 2018 Shawnee State University’s second annual Day of Giving in November 2018 set the bar even higher by raising $20,588 by 88 donors in only 24 hours – exceeding the $18,000 goal. Supporting Giving Tuesday (the national day of philanthropy celebrated across the world) this year’s campaign supported
The Shawnee Fund, providing student scholarships, grants, and academic enhancements all across campus. This year’s Day of Giving will take place on Tuesday, December 3, 2019. Save the date as SSU strives to reach our goal in only 24 hours!
Visit givetossu.com/dayofgiving for more information.
FACULTY & STAFF
AVERAGE GIFT AMOUNT
SAVE THE DATES:
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Bear Club Challenge
August 26 – September 6, 2019 ssubears.com/bearclubchallenge
Day of Giving 2019
December 3, 2019 givetossu.com/dayofgiving
| Bear Club Challenge 2018 The SSU Athletics 2018-19 season kicked-off with the Bear Club Challenge – a competition raising over $37,000 in support of SSU student-athletes. The Bear Club is the official booster club for SSU Athletics – raising supporters and funds that directly support student-athletes in our region. During the challenge, over 650 supporters pledged to SSU’s varsity teams to join the Bear Club. Supporting scholarships, team travel, and equipment, the campaign achieved 154% of the original campaign goal.
The two athletic teams with the most supporters received an additional $500 in support of their teams – this year’s winners were the Men’s Soccer and the Baseball teams, raising 203 donors and 115 donors respectively.
Learn more and join the Bear Club at givetossu.com/bear-club.
FACULTY & STAFF
98% FRIENDS 24%
Marking the 15th anniversary of the beginning of the Celebration of Scholarship Conference, Gary Gemmer the conference’s original founder pledged a $2,500 matching gift in support of the undergraduate and graduate conference. Raising a total of $5,050 by 34 supporters, the campaign supported giving opportunities to current students to learn to present, research, and compete in a professional setting.
SSUDF will launch the next COS Campaign two weeks prior to the start of next year’s event to continue its support of the conference – learn more at givetossu.com/cos.
Providing an opportunity for graduating seniors to leave behind a lasting legacy, the Senior Classes of Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 raised a combined total of $1,661 in the Senior Gift campaign. Over 80 seniors pledged their graduation year as a donation to DONATED The Shawnee Fund, receiving an honor cord to commemorate their first gift to the university.
The Fall Class of 2019 has a goal of raising $500 for The Shawnee Fund through their own Senior Gift campaign – more information can be found at givetossu.com/senior-gift.
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Dr. Kurt Shoemaker being presented the Distinguished Teaching Award at this year’s 2019 Spring Commencement.
HONORING OUR FACULTY DISTINGUISHED TEACHING AWARD
Dr. Kurt Shoemaker Professor of Geology
Presented during this year’s Spring Commencement Ceremony, the Distinguished Teaching Award recognizes an instructor who makes a significant impact on students - engaging with them in a meaningful way while providing excellent teachings and contributions to higher education. A Professor of Geology at SSU since 2005, Dr. Kurt Shoemaker is known for his hands-on teaching strategies and his ambition to give his students the best opportunities in their education.
is a consummate instructor, he is a teacher in the truest sense of the word,” said President Bauer.
When presenting the award during the Commencement Ceremony, President Dr. Jeffrey Bauer spoke of Dr. Shoemaker’s accomplishments and the impact he has had on his students for over a decade. “Dr. Shoemaker
“I’m proud of my students,” said Dr. Shoemaker reflecting on his time teaching at SSU. “They’re well-trained and competitive with graduates of any flagship geology program in the country.”
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In the nomination process many of Dr. Shoemaker’s colleagues and former students spoke highly of him in letters of recommendation to the selection committee, highlighting his hands-on teaching methods and the lengths he takes in order to prepare his students for success in their field.
FACULTY RESEARCH AWARD
Dr. Jinlu Li
Professor of Mathematical Sciences To recognize outstanding faculty research, the university has established an award to recognize full-time tenured eligible faculty members for their dedication to research promoting involvement with students, contribution to graduate and undergraduate research within the institution, community and profession, and support from colleagues, current students, and former students.
The Festival of Faculty Achievement has been held at Shawnee State University for over ten years. The conference, sponsored by the SSU Teaching & Learning Center, is used to showcase faculty research and ongoing projects. The yearly event serves as a platform for faculty to share interests with colleagues, students, and the public. To learn more about this past yearâ€™s presentations, please visit digitalcommons.shawnee.edu/ffa/.
Introducing the Digital Commons @ SSU
Suzanne Johnson-Varney, Technical Services & Collection Management Librarian
SHANNON LAWSON FACULTY SERVICE AWARD
How to Solve the Gettier Problem
Director of Occupational Therapy Program
Effects of Emotional Words on Image Repair: A Crisis Communication Response Analysis
Dr. Debra Scurlock
To memorialize the impact the late Dr. Shannon Lawson had at Shawnee State University, this award was created to honor the dedication of service in the form of committee work, leadership roles in department, college, or university projects or initiatives, leadership in service to students, and promoting activities focused on campus service, community service, and outreach programs.
James Pearce, Professor of English & Humanities
Dr. Jason Lovins, Professor of Marketing
Switch Accessbility: Creative Solutions for Exceptional Children Van Lemmon, Professor of Rehabilitation & Sport Professions
Using 3D Printed Models in the Science Classroom for Students with Visual Impairments Karen Koehler, Assistant Professor of Education and Program Director of the TVI Consortium
Integrating Yoga in the Classroom for Cognitive Stimulation for SelfRegulation and Attributional Retraining Dr. Kimberely Cassidy, Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education & Special Education and Program Coordinator of Early Childhood Education
Tomboy, Girl, Romeos: Transgender Representations in Contemporary European Queer Cinema
EARLY CAREER FACULTY TEACHING AWARD
Dr. Logan Minter Professor of Biology
Dr. Thomas Pointek, Associate Professor of English & Womenâ€™s Studies
How to Combine Content and Language Form Teaching in TESOL
Dr. Leila Lomashvilli, Associate Professor of English & Linguistics To acknowledge outstanding teaching of a new member of the faculty (1-3 years) the University Faculty Senate has established an annual award to recognize the excellence of faculty impact on and involvement with students, scholarly approach to teaching and learning, and contribution to undergraduate education in the institution.
Three Kinds of Competitive Excellence
Dr. Dan Johnson, Associate Professor of Philosophy
Scholarship of Practice: The Art of Merging Evidence with Doing Dr. Christine Raber, Professor of Master of Occupational Therapy
Allied Health Science Students Practicing Teamwork Today for Professional Practice Tomorrow: An Interprofessional Education Event
Jean McGlone, Assistant Professor and Program Director of Med Lab Technology
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FACULTY & ADMINISTRATION ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Highlighting the achievements and work of Shawnee State University faculty, staff, and administration members. Steve Boone, Men’s & Women’s Tennis Head Coach, became certified by the United States Tennis Association as a Chief Umpire and Chair Umpire.
Dr. Neil Carpathios,
Associate Professor of English & Creative Writing, has been working on two new poetry collections: The Door on Every Tear and Trapped Inside a Hallmark Card. Several of his individual poems have been featured in journals and magazines, including features in two new anthologies. In addition to his writings, he has been invited as a visiting poet at multiple universities and to judge in a national poetry competition
Dr. Andrew Feight,
Professor of American History, secured Shawnee State University for a third year as a host-site for the Ohio History Service Corps Program to support a Local History Member serving in the Shawnee State Digital History Lab. In addition, he has received $20,000 in grants and donations to support the Historic Portsmouth Newspaper Digitization Project to archive and inventory over 150 years of Portsmouth newspapers. He is serving as the Chair of the Program Committee for Recovering Appalachia: Symposium on Appalachian Studies in the Digital Age as well as working with the Clark Memorial Library to establish the institution’s online repository, Digital Commons.
Dr. Janet Feight,
Associate Professor of English & American Literature, published the article “The Poetics of African-American Un/Reality in Edward P. Jones’s The Known World” in The Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association. She also co-presented “‘Twenty Miles and One Hundred Years’: Illegalities in Appalachian as ‘Relic Culture’”, with Dr. Andrew Feight at the Appalachian Studies Association Conference in Asheville, North Carolina.
Dr. Tim Hamilton, Professor of Physics and Director
of the Clark Planetarium, published the research paper “The Host Galaxies of FeLoBAL Quasara at z~0.9 are Not Dominated by Recent Major Mergers” in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. He has programmed and built an Apollo space flight simulator to correctly simulate the physics of the space flight for an upcoming event at Greek Bank Radio Observatory. He has also spent time researching active galaxies for an upcoming published paper.
Dr. Dan Johnson, Associate Professor of Philosophy,
published the article “When Life Becomes a Game: A Moral Lessons from Søren Kierkegaard and Bernard Suits” in Sports, Ethics, and Philosophy. He was named the President of the Baptist Association of Philosophy Teachers and presented an essay at one of the organization’s conferences. He was also invited to speak at another university on his work on divine omnirationality.
also received the MSC’s Women’s Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field Coach of the Year Awards in 2019.
Dr. Steven Rader,
Program Director of Sports Studies, received the American Red Cross Marcia Sanderlin Hero Award, presented to exceptional volunteers and financial supporters.
Career Advisor, was awarded the University of Kentucky’s Outstanding Master of Social Work Award for his engagement, leadership, and overall academic performance while enrolled in the program.
THOMAS STEAD recognized as Professor Emeritus
Dr. Erik Larson,
Assistant Professor of Geology, published two peer-reviewed articles and presented seven abstracts at professional meetings over the past year. Traveling with students on several field trips and field research projects through the year, he and Dr. Kurt Shoemaker also accompanied current and former SSU Geology students to the 2018 Geological Society of America Meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Dr. Jinlu Li, Professor of Mathematical Sciences, has
published seven scholarly papers in the past year in journals such as Journal of Nonlinear Convex Analysis and Fixed Point Theory and Applications. He was invited to give presentations on the topic of his research on fixed point theorems in numerous locations, including Nigeria, Japan, Taiwan, Germany, China, and all across the U.S.
Dr. Roberta Milliken,
Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences and Professor of English & British Literature, edited the recently published book A Cultural History of Hair in the Middle Ages, published by Bloomsbury Academic.
Assistant Professor of Information Systems Management, serves as a member of the Audit Committee for Desco Federal Credit Union. He is attending the Association of Credit Union Internal Auditors 29th Annual Conference and the 2nd Annual Open Source Conference.
Dr. Lee Anne Pate, Director of Clinical Education
& Assistant Professor of Respiratory Therapy, served as an Assistant Editor with Health Educator Publications on the 7th edition of Oakes’ Neonatal/ Pediatric Respiratory Care published in 2018.
Eric Putnam, Senior Admissions Associate and Head
Coach Men’s Cross Country and Track & Field, was named the Mid-South Conference’s Men’s Cross Country Coach of the Year in 2018, and
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Earlier this year, Thomas Stead, Professor of Fine, Digital & Performing Arts, was conferred the title of Professor Emeritus by the SSU Board of Trustees. President Dr. Jeffrey Bauer presented the honor during a Board of Trustees meeting. Professor Stead has served over 30 years with the university including as a Professor and Chair of the Department of Fine, Digital & Performing Arts during which he was instrumental in designing what is now the nationally-ranked digital game design program. With this title, he is honored for his outstanding contributions, scholarship, and service missions to the university.
Military & Veteran Services Coordinator, received the SSU Bear Hug Award at the 2019 Evening of Honors. Presented to a faculty or staff member who displays devotion to the university, award winners are nominated by the current student body.
Dr. Glenna Heckler-Todt,
Director of Advising & Academic Resources, completed her doctorate in Developmental Education Administration from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas.
Dr. Lavanya Vemsani, Professor of History & Religious Studies, published the collection Modern Hinduism in Text & Context. She was named the President of the Ohio Academy of History, delivering a Presidential Lecture on the occasion, “Presentism in History Teaching”. She was also invited to be the distinguished speaker at multiple conferences across India. *All listings were submitted for publication.
30 YEARS Gregory Bond, Press Operator & Finisher, Printing Services Delmer Johnson, Mechanic, General Maintenance Dr. Jinlu Li, Professor, Mathematical Sciences Dr. James Miller, Associate Professor, Sociology
25 YEARS Kenneth Cornwell, Project Director, Grants Education Opportunity Center Steven Oâ€™Rourke, Technician, General Facilities Lori Perry, Academic Administrative Assistant, School of Education Dr. Tracie Shaw, Specialist, Controller-Bursar Daniel White, Manager of Network Applications, Computer Systems
20 YEARS Dr. Eugene Burns, Professor of Biology, Natural Sciences Jennifer Carver, Specialist, Accounting Dr. Leeann Denning, Administrative Chair, Nursing Charlotte Hardy, Assistant Director, Financial Aid Elizabeth Herpy, Associate, Student Business Center Robert Kline, Administrator, Computer Operations & Infrastructure Dr. Clifford Poirot, Professor of Economics, Social Sciences Beth Rockwell, Specialist of Facilities Projects, Planning Construction & Facilities
15 YEARS Jaqueline Allen, Specialist II, Clark Memorial Library Alizza Basham, Department Administrative Assistant, Planning, Construction & Facilities Dr. Jon Bedick, Professor of Biology, Natural Sciences Sarah Clausing, Assistant Professor of Management, Business Administration Dr. Andrew Feight, Professor of American History, Social Sciences Dr. Wendi Fleeman, Professor of Chemistry, Natural Sciences William Hawk, Associate Director of Applications Computing & Operations, Information Technology Services
Ann Linden, Associate Professor, English & Humanities Dr. Robert Mendris, Professor, Mathematical Sciences Keenan Perry, Associate Professor of Athletic Training, Rehabilitation & Sports Professions Dr. James Reneau, Associate Professor of Management Information Systems, Business Administration Christel Taylor, Specialist, Registrar Dr. Barbara Warnock, Associate Professor of Master of Occupational Therapy, Rehabilitation & Sports Professions
10 YEARS Dr. Amr Al-Azm, Professor of History, Social Sciences Eric Andrew Braun, J.D., Vice President of Advancement & Institutional Relations Heather Cantrell, Coordinator, Academic Advising & Student Support Bernard Cooper, Security, Department of Public Safety Ashley Hickman, Lab Coordinator of Physical Therapy Assistant Program, Rehabilitation & Sports Professions Suzanne Johnson-Varney, Technical Services & Collection Management Librarian, Clark Memorial Library Jean McGlone, Assistant Professor of Medical Laboratory Technology, Allied Health Sciences Eric Putnam, Senior Admissions Associate & Head Coach of Menâ€™s Cross Country and Track & Field Kara Stump, Assistant Director, Alumni & Community Engagement Marcia Tackett, Academic Administrative Assistant, Rehabilitation & Sports Professions Daniel Webster, Manager, Information Technology Services
5 YEARS John Austin, Custodian, General Facilities Corey Culbertson, Assistant Director, Financial Systems & Payroll Blaine Duduit, Sergeant, Department of Public Safety Dr. Amy Grau, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Social Sciences Dr. Pablo Salinas Martinez, Assistant Professor, English & Humanities Travis McKenzie, Mechanic, General Maintenance Justin McMillan, Senior Admissions Associate Terry Puckett, Utility Worker, General Maintenance Lacy Dean Wireman Jr., Specialist Financial Aid, Student Business Center
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WATCH ME GROW OHIO
A Community Partnership for Local Children DREW CARTER | CLASS OF 2007
Portsmouth native, Drew Carter chose Shawnee State to save his life. “Growing up, we didn’t have a whole lot,” said Carter. “I knew what it meant to be hungry, to live from paycheck to paycheck. So, when I graduated high school I knew I had three choices, to go to prison, go into the military, or go to college.” He chose to go to college and at Shawnee State University, Carter grew into himself. An International Relations major, Carter joined the Student Programming Board, Student Government Association, International Forum, and served as the President of AHANA. Before graduating in 2007, he joined in several alternative spring break trips traveling the country and completing service projects for different communities. Crediting his success at Shawnee State to the faculty and staff that gave him the attention he needed, Carter chose to pay it forward after graduation, creating several non-profit projects to benefit his hometown. One of his more recent projects is Watch Me Grow Ohio. Co-founded with two local women in Scioto County, the 12-week agricultural, art, and entrepreneurial program teaches children about soil, how to grow their own gardens, and how to can their own produce. At the end of the program, the participants get a chance to sell their produce at the local Farmer’s Market. Any money made from their sales are deposited into their own bank accounts at WesBanco Bank, Inc., who has teamed up with the program to teach children about financial management. Watch Me Grow Ohio has served over fifty children in the past two years and is readily expanding. Working with the City of Portsmouth and the Scioto County Commissioners, Carter and his team’s next step is to establish several community gardens throughout Portsmouth. “If we all work together, no one has
Photo Credit: Terry Noel, Class of 2008
to go hungry,” said Carter, who was inspired to start the garden to teach others how to care for themselves. In addition to the agricultural program, Carter also hosts the annual Portsmouth Block Party – offering a free summer event for families to attend. Throughout the event, children can enjoy a free meal, music, a petting zoo, face painting, and more. After planning the event on his own the first year, he has now teamed up with other local organizations to sponsor different activities and expand the community event. “I want to do as much as I can for my city, while I’m here,” said Carter, who serves on different local and national boards, as well as is a member of the Shawnee State University Alumni Council. He takes the opportunity to promote the university to all with whom he comes in contact. “It’s important to bring a positive energy to this area and that’s what Shawnee State can provide for so many around here.”
MARY ANN MALONE FUND Drew Carter credits much of his success at Shawnee State University and in his career to the way in which university faculty and staff inspired him. One particular influencer in his time at SSU was Mary Ann Malone, the Director of Student Services at the university. Mary Ann Malone was known for her dedication to students and their success, and her ability to go above and beyond to help them reach their goals. Serving hundreds of students in her twenty-five years at the institution, her legacy continues in the Mary Ann Malone Fund. The fund will be used for assistance with attendance costs and other student-related fees. To learn how you can impact the Mary Ann Malone Fund, visit givetossu.com/maryannmalone.
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SSU BOARD MEMBERS
Shawnee State University Boards and Advisory Boards are made up of volunteers who are committed to the university’s success. Alumni, industry leaders, friends, and entrepreneurs alike, we could not succeed without their support.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Creating, maintaining and promoting the successful and continuous operation of Shawnee State University, its programs, its student success, and the community’s involvement. Joseph Watson, Chair B. Eddie Edwards, J.D. Scott Evans, J.D. David Furbee Francesca Hartop
Sondra Hash Robert Howarth, J.D. Dr. George White Scott Williams
Leen Heresh, Student Trustee Audrey Stratton, Student Trustee Dr. Elinda Boyles, Treasurer Eric Andrew Braun, J.D., Secretary
SSU DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION
Dedicated to advancing education in our region, enhancing campus life for students at SSU and improving the quality of life for those who live and work within the university’s region. Dan Mooney, Chair Ken Applegate Dr. Jeff Bauer Chris Brown, ‘06 Tom Covert Ed Daniels, ‘82 Janice Darnell, ‘88
Debra Esham Francesca Hartop Lisa Johnson, ‘82 Lloyd Martin, ‘83 Frank Waller Dr. Wayne Wheeler Dr. John Whitaker
Dr. George White Matthew Wisecup, J.D. Donna Wrinkle, ‘88
Supporting the growth of Shawnee State University and expanding opportunities for students and graduates. Jill Arnzen, ‘11 Andrew Carter, ‘07 Jonathon Davis, ‘04 Scott Estep, ‘00 Tyler Ferguson, ‘00
Rachel Jordan, ‘12 Troy Gregory, ‘96 Amy Kinnamon, ‘97 Tony Moore, ‘94 Bill Neese, ‘02
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Philip Pollitt, ‘14 Dave Richey, ‘02 Brett Simpson, ‘02
COLLEGE OF PROFESSIONAL STUDIES ADVISORY BOARD
PLASTICS ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY ADVISORY BOARD
Laura Adams, ‘00 Dr. Jared Bentley, ‘06 Tammie Campton Alan Carroll, ‘08 Erica Classing, ‘03 Bruce Fawcett Dr. Amy Heim, ‘09 Jeremery Jett, ‘10 Steven Kevern, ‘09 Janice Kocheran Dr. Curt Laird, ‘97 Gwen Lanning, ‘90 Shane Lynch, ‘07 Brian Martin Craig Matthews Todd May, ‘18 Eric Meredith, ‘96 Sandy Mers Michael Purdy, ‘09 Dr. Ryan Sandlin, ‘06 Luke Snodgrass, ‘03 Dr. Aaron Sturgeon, ‘10 Sallie Traxler, ‘89 Ryan West, ‘02 Ryan Young, ‘05
Ian Bapst, ‘11 Jody Collier, ‘93 Sam Crabtree, ‘87 Bruce Fawcett Randy Hemmerle Tim McNamara, ‘00 Jason Osga Rick Pollard, ‘84 Eric Thompson, ‘06 Darin Wells, ‘94
EXERCISE SCIENCE ADVISORY BOARD Ray Bear, ‘98 Ashley Castle, PT, DPT Jim Kolar Megan (Mitchell) Herrmann, ‘09 Pat Rigsby, ‘95 Andrew Walters, ‘05 Brad Zieber, ‘05
COLLEGE OF ARTS & SCIENCES ADVISORY BOARD P.J. Crabtree, ‘02 Whitney Detillion, ‘07 Dr. Staci Hepler, ‘10 Dr. Jean Kerney Annette Jenkins, ‘00 Brad McNally, ‘08 Buddy Niece, ‘07 John Paul, ‘99 Dr. Richard Rooney Elizabeth Scott, ‘03
KRICKER INNOVATION HUB ADVISORY BOARD Eric Andrew Braun, J.D. Ed Daniels, ‘82 Nick Davis Andy Glockner Ryan Mapes Steve Moore, J.D., ‘92 Matthew Seifert, J.D. Jennifer Simon Ron Trainer, ‘92 Paul Yost, ‘92
ATHLETICS ADVISORY BOARD Ann Marie Allen, ‘06 Eugene Collins, ‘83 Kristi Coleman, ‘03 Ed Colestock Adam Davenport, ‘05 Tanner Hatcher Matt Jenkins, ‘02 Dr. Kelly Raies Pat Rigsby Norm Robinson, ‘94 Bill Rockwell Jared Shoemaker Brian Skiles, ‘99 Jon Venters, ‘08 Brad Washburn, ‘05
SPORT MANAGEMENT ADVISORY BOARD Chris Dunham ‘09 George W. Gamble II, RAA ‘08 Dr. Andrew Kreutzer Dr. Curt Laird ‘98 Frank Price ‘00 Michael Roelker ‘10 Kara (Bobo) Stump ‘08 Casey Todt ‘11 Ted Tom ‘04 Elizabeth (Quatman) Warnement, ‘03 Todd Vatter, ‘01 Bryan Wickline Casey Wooddell, ‘07
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SSU GIVING SOCIETIES
Introducing the Dr. Dave & Patsy Todt Loyalty Club
his year, the SSU Development Foundation established the Dr. Dave & Patsy Todt Loyalty Club to honor the giving commitment the Todts have had to Shawnee State University for twenty-four consecutive years.
“My family always instilled in me a set of values including service and giving,” said Dr. Todt. “Giving to Shawnee State is giving to students, to opportunities for them and for their faculty to continue learning in the best possible environments.”
The Todts legacy with Shawnee State University began when Dr. Todt started teaching at the university when the campus facilities were still used as a branch of Ohio University and then as Shawnee State Community College. In 1986, at the opening of Shawnee State University, Dr. Todt became the Chair of the Department of Math & Science which began a long career of serving in a number of leadership roles at the university, including Interim Dean of College of Arts & Sciences and Director of Teacher Education. In 2007, Dr. Todt was named the Provost at the university, serving in this role for seven years before taking a year sabbatical and then returning to teaching within the university again.
Earlier this year, Dr. Todt celebrated his final year teaching at the university in the Department of Natural Sciences. Upon his official retirement from the institution he has served for over forty years, Dr. Todt reflected on how much the university has developed from the one-building campus where he first started teaching.
Throughout his career serving the university and its students, Dr. Todt and his wife established a loyalty of giving back to the university, supporting various funds within the SSU Development Foundation.
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“It’s amazing to see Shawnee State’s growth from the time it opened to now,” he said. “It grew to include all of these beautiful facilities today, and it’s in part thanks to the many supporters the university has. There’s still a lot of growth happening on campus, and I believe the SSU Development Foundation is important as that growth continues.” The SSU Development Foundation recognizes several giving and loyalty societies each year. Learn more by visiting givetossu.com/givingsocieties.
DR. DAVE & PATSY TODT LOYALTY CLUB
Recognizing donors who continue to make gifts to Shawnee State University, at any level, consecutively for three or more years. Ken Applegate Jill Arnzen* Donald Ball Greg Ballengee* Barnes & Noble at SSU Dr. Jeffrey & Jeril Bauer Judith Bintz-Doll* Dr. Philip Blau Kevin & Elizabeth Blevins Karen Boggs Yvonne Bowman Dr. Elinda Boyles Earl & Betsy Ann Braun Eric & Rebekah Braun Christopher Brown* Mark Brown William & Barbara Burke Leah Campbell* Campus View Associates, LLC Cardinal Health Foundation Tom & Joanne Charles Eugene Collins* Kelcie Cook* Charles Copas* Alan Corbitt Shane Cox Lewis & Carol Crum Amy Cummins Russell Cummins Dr. William E. & Anita Daehler Ed Daniels* George L. & Nancy Davis Desco Federal Credit Union Angela Duduit Dr. Anthony Dzik Franklin Elliott Dr. George & Debra Esham Dr. William T. & Marika Esham Jared Fannin H. Roger Fulk* Amy Garner Elijah Gerlach* Janet Giles* Glockner Enterprises
Dr. Frederick & Krista Gohmann Troy Gregory* Gary & Marilyn Hairston* Jeffrey & Rhonda Hamilton* Robert Hamilton Jennifer Hammonds Russell Harcha Wesley & Tiffany Hartman* Francesca Hartop Neal & Vicky Hatcher Bryan Helton Teresa Hicks Cindy Hopkins Robert Howarth Dr. Linda Hunt Hunter Williams Insurance Gerald & Cynthia Jenkins Malonda Johnson Linda Jones Shannon King Lloyd Kotcamp Kroger James D. Kricker John G. & Thelma Oleta LeBrun Van Lemmon Kristin Liles Leila Lomashvili Bruce & Brenda MacDonald Dr. Paul & Jaime Madden Lloyd Martin* Justin McMillan Mercy Hospital Sch. Nursing Alumna The Mildred Warman Rader Foundation Adam Miller* Gail Miller* James Miller John Miller Mary Miller Millhuff - Stang, CPA, Inc. Lindsay Monihen Amber Montavon* Christopher Moore Betty Morgan Network for Good
Astra Ng* Dane Osborne Danny Park Eva Payne Albert & Una Petry Shayne Poe Port City Cafe & Pub, Inc. Aaron Prose* Nancy Prose* Betty Putnam Christine Raber Drs. Steven Rader & Rhoni Maxwell-Rader William Rathkamp* Charles Rawlins Thomas Reynolds Bill & Beth Rockwell* David Rodgers The Honorable Richard & Sallie Schisler Adam Schroeder* Scioto Foundation Chris Shaffer Marcie Simms Dr. Kathleen Simon Kelli Smith* Douglas Smith Southern Ohio Medical Center Janet Stewart Kara Stump* Delano Thomas* Dr. David & Patsy Todt Amanda Triplett US Bank Pamela Vassar* Mima Vita Tina Vulgamore* Frank Waller Janis Waller Randall Warman Chad & Aimee Welch* WesBanco Bank, Inc. Dr. Wayne & Saundra Wheeler Dr. George & Sandy White Dave Zender *denotes Shawnee State Alumni
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THE PRESIDENT’S CLUB MEMBERS Honoring those who support Shawnee State University with gifts of $5,000-$44,999 over no more than a five-year period. The President’s Club is a multi-year club, granting donors membership for a five-year term. Lifetime membership is granted to those donors who generously donate $50,000 in support of SSU.
PRESIDENT’S INNER CIRCLE $1,000,000+
PRESIDENT’S SOCIETY $100,000-$249,999
Anonymous Mrs. Clyde W. Clark Hatcher Real Estate, LLC James D. Kricker The Lute Family Eloise Covert Smith
Adams Community Church American Electric Power Foundation American Savings Bank Barbara & Joe Babcock James F. Blair William & Barbara Burke Drs. Frank Byrne & Julia Coll Campus View Associates, LLC Dr. Raymond Carson Marian Caskey Centrus Energy Corp. Dr. Richard Conard Neal & Vicky Hatcher Dr. Thomas L. & Cheryl Khoury Janet Kuhner John G. & Thelma Oleta LeBrun Ohio Children’s Foundation OSCO Industries, Inc. Albert & Una Petry Bob & Regina Smith Anne Strehle SunCoke Energy Trustees Portsmouth, LLC US Bank Dr. Wayne & Saundra Wheeler
PRESIDENT’S CABINET $500,000-$999,999 Dr. Donald & Ada Appleton Gerald & Cynthia Jenkins Patricia J. Richards Frank Waller Janis Waller PRESIDENT’S COUNCIL $250,000-$499,999 Barnes & Noble at SSU Charlotte & Fred Bennett George & Margaret Clayton Lewis & Carol Crum Dr. William E. & Anita Daehler The Glockner Family Foundation Francesca Hartop - Gracie Plum Investments Home for Aged Women Imogene Howland Alma Kahl Ron & Connie LeMaster Edward S. Levi Chris & Marilyn Lute J. William McKinley Gail Miller* The Brothers Sisters of the Late Whitney Dillon Miller; Ward M. Miller, Jr.; Henry J. Miller; Annis M. Reinhoester Rosamond French van Aggelen Jim & Dr. Rita Rice Morris Nationwide Insurance Foundation Kay Reynolds The Vern Riffe Family SBC/Ameritech Scioto Foundation: Edmund J. Kricker Fund and the Bess & Marie Pixley Fund D. Scott Schmidt Southern Ohio Medical Center Dr. Miller & Genevieve Toombs Verizon A. J. Warsaw Mickey & Suzi Warsaw
PRESIDENT’S CLUB LIFETIME MEMBERSHIP $50,000-$99,999 Sarah F. Anderson Fred Brisker Reece Brown* James Butt II Stephen Butt Charter One Bank DESCO Federal Credit Union Robert E. & Helen Dever Dr. William T. & Marika Esham Jody Gault Allen & Rita Hanson Don & Sue Harris Jim & Elaine Jividen John L. Kelley Ed & Ruth Kirkendall Columbus Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure Marathon Oil Company Foundation Rebecca Milnes Betty L. Morgan Mary Nell Padron Burton & Leona Payne PNC Bank John & Mirka Ray Dr. Richard & Carol Rooney
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Rotary Club of Portsmouth Dr. Yong D. & Lucia Song Dick & Sally Spencer The Spriggs Family Foundation, Inc. Tanner, Stone, Holsinger, Donges & Company Courtney Todt Lung Transplant Fund Dr. John & Linda Walker The Mildred Warman Rader Foundation Randy Warman Dr. George & Sandy White PRESIDENT’S CLUB $5000+ Anonymous AT&T, Inc. Dr. Jeffrey & Jeril Bauer Gene Bennett Cheryl & Dan Berndt Big Sandy Superstores Earl & Betsy Ann Braun Eric & Rebekah Braun William & Kathy Mulvaney Buente Martha A. Burton Jim Butz, SPGB Architects, LLC Opal Carrington Drs. James & Ann Chapman Charles Koch Foundation Clyde & Maycel Clark Foundation Dorothea Coburn Joyce Coleman Jim & Geneene Collins Robert W. & Martha Cook Carl & Lynne Daehler Janice & Dale Darnell* Linda Donaldson Jim & Terri Laxton Donnally Dr. George & Debra Esham Lee O. Fitch Libby Fitch Steve & Sue Fitzer Fluor - B & W Portsmouth, LLC Fourth Street Performance Partners Gary Gemmer & Dr. Kathleen Simon Glockner Enterprises Tim & Monica Glockner Guy Brown Express Dr. Brenda & Merlin Haas Gary & Marilyn Hairston* Howard H. Harcha, Jr. Mark A. Harner Insurance Agency Francesca Hartop Ron Hoag Anne Carson Hossman Richard & Joyce Howard Mark & Virgie Hunter Helen Hyland
JAGS, Inc., dba Wendy’s Restaurants Dr. Jim & Barbara Kadel Derek Kesig* The King-Warren Trust King’s Daughters Medical Center Robert & Jean Kramer Dr. Rick & Blythe Kurtz Lawrence County Educational Service Center L. W. Associates, Inc. Ron LeMaster Insurance, Inc. Bernard & Doris Levi Lute Supply Donald & Mariah Madden Mary Ann Malone Manning & Napier Advisors, Inc. Judge John & Beverly Marshall Dr. Daniel A. & Nellie Martelino Jack & Sis McCoy McNational, Inc. Mechanical Construction Co. Mary Miller Mark & Debra Morgan Gary Newberry Brian & Jamie Noble Hagop S. Pambookian, Ph.D. PepsiCo Foundation Dr. George & Carolyn Pettit Sherri Powell* Tim Prater, Prater Engineering Associates, Inc. Martha & David Rader Drs. Michael & Kelly Raies Barry & Melissa Rodbell The Honorable Richard & Sallie Schisler Southern Ohio Regional Pathology, Inc. Dr. Vincent & Julia Randaisi Betty L. Sparks Jim & Sally Staker Anna M. Daehler Stillwell Tri-State Building & Construction Trades Council Clive & Jean Veri Dr. Robert L. Wilson Ralph & Julia Wisniewski
*denotes Shawnee State Alumni
Shawnee State University relies on the generous contributions of our alumni and community members to enhance the education we provide. Annual donors are vital to the success of our institution and of our students in their future careers. We thank the following individuals for their commitment to education in our region during the 2019 fiscal year.
SSU TRUSTEES CLUB
SSU DEANS CLUB
SSU FOUNDERS CLUB
Honoring those who support Shawnee State University with annual gifts of $2,500+
Honoring those who support Shawnee State University with annual gifts of $1,000 to $2,499.
Honoring those who support Shawnee State University with annual gifts of $100 to $999.
Dr. Jeffrey & Jeril Bauer Earl & Betsy Ann Braun Eric & Rebekah Braun Campus View Associates, LLC Charles Koch Foundation Dorothea Coburn Marc & Jennifer Cottle Dr. William E. & Anita Daehler Linda Donaldson Francesca Hartop Gary Gemmer Derek Kesig* The King-Warren Trust King’s Daughters Medical Center James D. Kricker Edward S. Levi PepsiCo Foundation The Mildred Warman Rader Foundation Mary Miller Nationwide Insurance Foundation Neal & Vicky Hatcher Dr. Miller & Genevieve Toombs WesBanco Bank, Inc. Dr. Wayne & Saundra Wheeler
Keith & Patty Adams William & Barbara Burke Andrew Carter* Drs. James & Ann Chapman Samuel Crabtree* George L. & Nancy Davis Michael Donovan Dow Chemical Company Foundation Dina Fraulini Friends of Portsmouth Troy Gregory* Gary & Marilyn Hairston* Dr. Linda Hunt Jet’s Gourmet Popcorn Lloyd Martin* Brent McGinnis* Christopher Moore Mark & Debbie Morgan National Cooperative Bank Patties & Pints, LLC Peoples Bank Petland Bill & Beth Rockwell* Barry & Melissa Rodbell Rotary Club of Portsmouth Mark Schriml Christine Sikora* Dr. Kathleen Simon Southern Ohio Medical Center Dr. Charles & Lani Wong US Bank Zebu Compliance Solutions
Dr. Aaron & Kathy Adams Mary Adams Gary & Marilyn Albrecht Ann Marie Allen* Alpha Organics, Inc. AmazonSmile Foundation America’s Auto Auction St. Louis, Inc. Timothy Angel Anonymous Ken Applegate Jim Arnzen Asa Jewett Avondale Development Corporation Greg Ballengee* Roger Bauer Brittany Bazler* Judith Bintz-Doll* Kevin & Elizabeth Blevins Ernest Bouyack Dr. Elinda Boyles Dr. Garrett & Barbara Bressler George Callard Leah Campbell Heather Cantrell* Cardinal Health Foundation Jean Carlson Cynthia Carter Tom & Joanne Charles Candi Cook Kelcie Cook* Charles Copas* Alan Corbitt Carolyn Crabtree* Angie Crawford
Creek Run, LLC Environmental Engineering Lewis & Carol Crum Corey Culbertson* Jasmine Currie* Ed Daniels* Douglas Darbro Carl Darling Donald Davis Desco Federal Credit Union LaDonna Doll Angela Duduit Sandra Duduit* B. Eddie Edwards Edwards Moving & Rigging, Inc. Franklin Elliott Dr. William T. & Marika Esham Esponsor Now, Inc. Rebecca Evans* James Farmer* William Feuchter Daniel Finnen Kyle Fox* H. Roger Fulk* Dwayne Gannon* Geneva Hadjiyannis* Nick Hadsell* Mr. & Mrs. Ronald Hadsell Cynthia Hamm* Jennifer Hammonds Allen & Rita Hanson Jennifer Hanson* Howard H. Harcha, Jr. Russell & Dorothy Harcha Wesley Hartman* Richard Hawk Julia Hawkins Dr. Thomas & Vicki Heiskell Julia Hessler Lucas Hileman* Nancy Hobstetter Robert & Barbara Howarth Dr. Xiaodan Huang Jerry Hull Michael Hunter Dr. Kimberly Inman Gerald Jenkins Jenny Johnson Malonda Johnson Christina Jones* Dorothy Justus Georgeann Kamer*
*denotes Shawnee State Alumni
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Thomas Reynolds & Kathy Kemper Kern Food Distributing, Inc. David Kilroy Margaret Koegle Karelyn Koehn* Lloyd Kotcamp Kroger Van Lemmon Kristin Lemon* Vicki Lewis Randy Lewis Leila Lomashvili Dr. John Lorentz Jason & Rebecca Lovins Travis Lynn* Bruce & Brenda MacDonald Dr. Paul & Jaime Madden Bobbi Massie Harold & Connie Massie Mollie McCurdy Justin McMillan Doris Meade Amanda Means Mercy Hospital Sch. Nursing Alumna Jay Meyers Michael & Teresa McPhillips Teresa Midkiff Pamela Milam* Adam Miller* Gail Miller* Millhuff - Stang, CPA, Inc. Dr. Roberta Milliken Logan Minter* Lindsay Monihen Amber Montavon* Cindy Montavon Michele Moohr Betty Morgan Robert Morton Dr. Andrew Napper Nicole Neal* Network for Good Astra Ng* Marina Oâ€™Connor Dane Osborne Toye Parks John Paul* Tena Pierce* Charles Potts Aaron Prose* Cheryl McKinley Prostler Patricia Purcell R.F. Chapman Co. Christine Raber Drs. Steven Rader & Rhoni Maxwell-Rader Drs. Michael & Kelly Raies William Rathkamp* Lisa Reynolds David Richey* Mr. Richard & Dr. Catherine Roberts David Rodgers Arlen Rud Dr. Elie Saab Megan Saab
Jennifer Schackart The Honorable Richard & Sallie Schisler Scioto Foundation - George H & Helen Selby Fund Holly Scott Dr. Marc Scott Chris & Amy Shaffer Marcie Simms Jeff Smith Kelli Smith* Dr. Yong D. & Lucia Song Wilma Spradlin State Teachers Retirement System of Ohio Janet Stewart Kara Stump* Sarah Sunday Bradley Teeters* Dr. Becky Thiel Delano Thomas* Dr. David & Patsy Todt Anna Trankina* Mima Vita Frank Waller Janis Waller Joseph Watson Chad & Aimee Welch* West End Real Estate Company, LLC Fredericia Willis Matthew Wisecup Ralph & Julia Wisniewski Matt Wright Donna Wrinkle* Dave Zender
THE HONOR ROLL Honoring those who support Shawnee State University with annual gifts of up to $100.
Theodore Adams Antonia Andrews* Brian & Virginia Ankrum Eric Arca* Mark Arca* Jill Arnzen* Nicholas Ball* Chris Barrale Bob Beatty Jeremy Bennington* Meggan Blair* Jeffrey Blevings Karen Boggs Jessica Boldman* Meghan Boltz* Heather Book Larry Boren Elayna Born* Stephanie Born* Yvonne Bowman Rebecca Boyd* Kaleb Breech* Christiene Broens Charles Brogdon Christopher Brown* Makenzie Bruce* BSI Engineering, Inc. Anthony Bush* Madison Campbell* Devon Carter* Megan Castle* Fredrick & Elizabeth Chrisman Rebecca Cinfio* Shaye Coburn* Janice Cochran Bryce Colegrove* Rosemary Stanley Colegrove* Aaron Cook Robert W. & Martha Cook Kimberly Cox* Jeff Cutlip Tiffany Dailey* Sherrill Day Kendra Dalton* Deborah Davis* Abbey Dillow* Patrick Donini Christian Doyle* Shane Duffey Jessica Dunn* Dr. Anthony Dzik Andrea Edwards*
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Ashley Ellifritt* Mattie Elliott Constance Enlow Madison Epperly* Family Child Care & Development Center, LLC Kaitlyn Fannin* Helix Faust* Victoria Felts Dr. Stephen & Sue Fitzer Christiana Ford* Amber French* Paul Gemmer* Andrea Gibson* Janet Giles* Maisy Glockner Maria Gorham* Nicholas Gouch* Richard Grimm Rhiannon Grover* Kelsey Guiler* Kara Harris* Tiffany Hartman* Rebecca Hayden* Teresa Hicks Alisha Holbrook* Cindy Hopkins Cora Hopkins* Chelsea Howard* Haley Howard Stephen Howard* Ambria Johnson* Suzanne Johnson-Varney Gabrielle Jones* Laura Kegley* Morgan Klinger* Debra Knutson Michael Lawson* Amanda Leitenberger* Kristin Liles Allexis Lilly* Cassie Link Kayla Linville* Jenna Liston* Ashton Lovely* Penny Marshall Hannah Mathews Chason Mault* Sierra May* Todd May J.B. & Julie Marshall Cathleen Mayes Kali Mayo* Jessica McCleese* Kimberly McCleese* Susan McFarland Mary McKenzie Gretchen McKinney Peggy McKinney Rebecca McKissick* Cheyanne Mendes* Pam Merchant Dr. Larry & Kay Meredith James Miller Creed Milstead Ethan Moffatt* Alek Morgan* Paul Morgan
Steven Morgan Amanda Muhlenkamp* William Murphy* Megan Musick* Monica Orlando Pamela Otworth* Jill Parriman* Shawn Payne Cindy Pennington Philip Pollitt* Kelsey Pothast* Gregory Potts Ben Rappold* Cody Rawlins* Mary Redoutey Kayla Reed Aziah Richardson* Eileen Rice Ruth Risner* Daijyion Robinson Brittany Rodriguez* Dr. J.R. Roush Aaron Scarberry* Jennifer Scott Joan Scott* Katherine Sebring* Shawnee Nature Club Lauren Shoemaker Abby Shupert* PJ Simon Trevor Simpson* Smith Drug Company, Inc. Patricia Spradlin David Spriggs* Sharon Stambaugh Alice Stephens* Brittany Stephens* Tyler Stidham* Bryan Sturgell* Adrian Sullivan* Tyra Tate* Stephen Tennant* Heather Thacker* Madison Thomas* Maria Thurston* Earl & Patricia Todt Jami Turrill* Natasha Walls* Haley Wheeler* Ashton Wilbur* Madison Wilburn* Trent Williams* Whitney Williams* Sherman Willis Emily Wilson* Michael Winningham Ellen Wittekind Janell Vanarthos Pamela Vassar* Samantha Young* Martin Zemlock* Daniel Zieverink Linda Zoretic
*denotes Shawnee State Alumni
LOYALTY SOCIETIES The SSU Development Foundationâ€™s additional loyalty societies recognize specific giving groups for their commitment to the university. Learn more by visiting givetossu.com/givingsocieties.
YOUNG ALUMNI Recognizing alumni donors under 30 years of age at any giving level.
1986 HERITAGE SOCIETY Honoring individuals who have made a commitment to support Shawnee State University through a future gift. Membership is open to individuals who provide some form of documentation of their intent.
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Dear SSU Alumni, As we begin another academic year, we can remember back to a time when we first began at Shawnee State University. Feeling excited, happy, anxious, and many other emotions at the same time, we learned inside and outside of the classroom while receiving our diplomas and then moving on to the next stage of our lives. For many of us, Shawnee State holds a special place in our hearts. It’s where we found ourselves, found our loved ones, met our best friends, realized our dreams, and started our careers. The Shawnee State Alumni Association has welcomed 647 new graduates as alumni this past academic year. The association represents more than 16,000 individuals – doctors, dreamers, engineers, teachers, entrepreneurs, writers, scientists, and more. To those who call Shawnee State their alma mater, you hold a special place of importance to us. You represent the university in each of your everyday lives as you are instrumental in making Shawnee State what it is today. It is our mission in the Office of Alumni & Community Engagement to support the growth of Shawnee State by engaging our alumni and the local community into fostering relationships and strategic partnerships. While connecting, informing, and involving the university’s alumni, friends, neighbors, and supporters, it is our goal to connect these groups to Shawnee State in a meaningful way. We hope in the upcoming year we see you at one of our events, we hear from you about your accomplishments, and we learn how Shawnee State impacts your life. Your involvement impacts the lives of current students too. As always, we are proud of you for your accomplishments as a Shawnee State graduate and look forward to seeing you again soon. Go Bears!
Kara (Bobo) Stump Class of 2008 Assistant Director, Alumni & Community Engagement SSU Alumni Association
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ALUMNI UPDATES: Kevin Davis | ‘93, is a Superintendent of the Athens
County Board of DD and earned the Red Cross Hometown Heroes’ Workplace Hero Award in September 2018.
Scott Powell, Ph.D. | ‘03 is a Professor of Sociology
is a Lead Plastics Process Engineer at iMFLUX, Inc. in Hamilton, Ohio.
at Ivy Tech Community College, an Online Instructor with Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College and a Lecturer at Indiana State University. Dr. Powell won Ivy Tech’s President’s Award for Excellence in Instruction along with the NISOD Excellence Award in 2017, and the Carroll Shaver Student Advocacy Award in 2019. He received a faculty development grant to teach and develop a study abroad program, taking students to England in 2018 and Costa Rica in 2019. In 2018, he coauthored a Sociology textbook. In Fall of 2019, Powell will have achieved Full Professor status at Ivy Tech Community College in Terre Haute, Indiana.
Matt Conn | ‘99 was recently promoted to Executive
Erica Classing | ‘03 was promoted to Director of
Robert Skaggs | ‘94 is an Associate Professor for
the Department of Engineering Technologies at Shawnee State University.
Alice Stephens | ‘96 is an Assistant Professor for the Department of Allied Health Sciences at Shawnee State University.
Randy Hughes | ‘98
Director of Operations at PATH Integrated Healthcare and recently finished his 17th season as an Assistant Varsity Baseball Coach at Wheelersburg High School. He has also coached travel and local youth sports for the past decade, including coaching his children’s teams.
Ruby Gray | ‘99
is an Assistant Professor for the Department of Nursing at Shawnee State University.
Jeremy King | ‘99 is a Facilities and Maintenance
Manager at Stirling Ultracord, Division of Global Cooling, Inc. in Athens, Ohio.
Bryan Sturgell | ‘00 was named the Head Coach
of Men’s & Women’s Bowling at Shawnee State University in Fall of 2017. He was also promoted to Territory Manager for Habegger Corporation in June 2018. In 2010, he developed the Carl Montavon Memorial Scholarship fund to help local student-athletes, and as of June of 2019 he has presented eighteen scholarships to local area students in memory of his grandfather.
Jason Kester | ‘01
is a Regional Development Director at Agracel, Inc. as well as Deputy Chief Military Justice for the Ohio National Guard and Managing Director for J.H. Kester Company in Columbus, Ohio. He will also be speaking at a number of economic development conferences this fall.
Todd Vatter | ‘01 is the Communications Coordinator
of Administration & Finance at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Florida.
Regina Tipton, MS | ‘02 is a Content Analyst for
Zebu Compliance Solutions in Portsmouth, Ohio and a Certified Professional Coder - Apprentice.
WHAT ARE OUR ALUMNI UP TO? Hoai Tran | ‘07
began working at Ohio State University – Newark Campus in Fall 2018 as a Lecturer in Mathematics.
John Ross Campbell | ‘08 is the Assistant Director
for Residence Life at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts as well as a Consultant and Life Coach.
Joseph Moss | ‘08 works as a Software Developer for Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth, LLC in Piketon, Ohio.
Chris Dunham Jr. | ‘09 is the Director of Digital
Marathon Petroleum Company in Findlay, Ohio.
Media and Communications for the Lehigh Valley IronPigs professional baseball team, Triple-A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies, in Allentown, Pennsylvania. In 2018, the IronPigs won two Golden Bobblehead awards from Minor League Baseball for having the best digital promotion and top overall promotion among the more than 250 MiLB teams.
Nancy Prose | ‘03
Zach Holbert, CPA | ‘09 is a Consulting Manager at
Program Finance at Battelle in Columbus, Ohio.
Tony Moore | ‘03 works in Talent Acquisition for works at Zebu Compliance Solutions as the Business Operations Director and is co-owner of Port City Cafe & Pub in Portsmouth, Ohio. She obtained the CMA certification in 2016 and traveled to San Diego to complete CPE for her continuing education.
BHM CPA Group, Inc. in Piketon, Ohio.
Michael Roelker | ‘09 was promoted to Regional
Jeremy Wells | ‘03 is a Staff Writer at Grayson
Journal-Enquirer and Olive Hill Times in Grayson, Kentucky.
Sales Manager at Oracle in Austin, Texas after leading the Austin x86 team in revenue for the 2018 fiscal year with over $1 million in sales. Since his promotion in September 2018, he has helped lead his team to close over $1.2 million in revenue and achieve 121% percent quota attainment.
Susanna Kidder | ‘04
works as a Paralegal with Cetrulo, Mowery & Hicks, P.S.C. in Edgewood, Kentucky, specializing in Civil-MVA accidents.
Chris Roush, CPA | ‘09 is
Lora Gampp, MHA | ‘04 is a Fiscal Officer at the
Acynda Spriggs | ‘09
Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.
Aimee Miller | ‘04 works as a Content Coordinator
for Zebu Compliance Solutions and Medical Staff Auditor at Southern Ohio Medical Center in Portsmouth, Ohio. She is AAPC certified as a Professional Coder and Biller.
Ted Tom | ‘04 is an Assistant Baseball Coach at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida.
Suellen Doughman | ‘05 is a Pharmaceutical Sales
Representative at Boehringer Ingelheim in Chillicothe, Ohio.
Heather Johnson | ‘06
is an Assistant Professor for the Department of Nursing at Shawnee State University.
a Principal Financial Analyst at American Electric Power in Columbus, Ohio. is a Human Resource Coordinator with the Portsmouth Public Library in Portsmouth, Ohio. She earned a Master of Science in Human Resource Management from Marshall University in 2012 and is currently working towards an MBA.
Jessica (Braniff) Blanton | ‘10 took the position of Account Clerk II in the Development Foundation at Shawnee State University.
Jessica Carrington | ‘10 is an Assistant Professor
for the Department of Nursing at Shawnee State University.
Kevin Valerius | ‘10 is a Conversion Manager at BB&T Arena in Highland Heights, Kentucky.
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Christopher McCleese | ‘10
is an NRC Research Associate at the Air Force Research Laboratory in Dayton, Ohio. Chris is currently working on his postdoctoral fellowship from Case Western Reserve University. While earning his Ph.D., Chris worked on ultra-fast laser spectroscopy and semiconductor materials research, culminating in twenty-one publications.
Rebecca Childers | ‘11 took the position of Academic
Advisor & Testing Coordinator in the Student Success Center at Shawnee State University.
Lindsey (Mooney) Redoutey | ‘11 took the position
of Career Advisor in the Office of Career Services at Shawnee State University.
Lenier Crawford | ‘12 is the Parks and Recreation Manager for the city of Pataskala, Ohio.
Eric Kimsey | ‘12 took a position at GE Aviation where he will be working on military aviation projects. He is married to 2013 alumna Hannah Kimsey and the couple welcomed their first child in 2018.
Jonathan Phillips | ‘12
was promoted to Communications and E-Commerce Manager at Goodwill Industries of Southern Ohio, Inc. in Portsmouth, Ohio in June 2018. His primary duty is to communicate Goodwill’s mission and the workforce development services they provide in the community, in addition to heading fundraising and developing business partnerships. He is also a graduate of Leadership Portsmouth, a member of the Kiwanis Club of Portsmouth, and was elected to the Board of Directors of the Portsmouth Wind Symphony.
Nick Ball | ‘13
took a position at Sixth City Marketing in Cleveland, Ohio.
Kristy Cartee | ‘13
took a Customer Service Representative position with the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation.
Jacob Dorow | ‘13
was promoted to Social Media Manager at the Impact Partnership in Kennesaw, Georgia.
WHAT ARE OUR ALUMNI UP TO?
Austin Dunfee | ‘13
took the position of Head Coach for the Southern Ohio Copperheads in Athens, Ohio.
fellow alumna Katy Mathuews (‘02) entitled “Collaborative Library Outreach: A Key Retention Strategy at Open Access Institutions”.
Janine Grey | ‘13
Janell Pisegna | ‘14
is a Social Purpose Public Relations Account Executive for Fortune 100 clients at Golin in San Francisco, California and a Head Youth Volleyball Coach for ages 12U and 14U with the Phoenix Rising Volleyball Club in San Mateo, California. She graduated with an M.A. from the University of Southern California last year where she published a video thesis on Corporate Social Responsibility and was awarded the USC Annenberg Outstanding Service Award.
Stephen M. Howard, M.A. | ‘13 is the Coordinator of
is a practicing occupational therapist in addition to pursuing a Ph.D. in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at the Ohio State University. Her research is presented at the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer and the International Society of Geriatric Oncology as well as Ohio State’s College of Medicine Research Trainee Day. She has also had a publication in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy regarding non-invasive brain stimulation in stroke survivors.
Student Involvement & Engagement and Deputy Title IX Investigator at Berea College in Berea, Kentucky. He is currently writing his dissertation for an EdD in Higher Education Leadership, expecting to complete in June 2020.
Hannah Kimsey | ‘13 completed a bachelor’s degree in
Science for Respiratory Therapy at the University of Cincinnati in 2018 and accepted a position as an Adjunct Clinical Instructor for the University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati State Technical College. She is married to 2012 alumnus Eric Kimsey and the couple welcomed their first child in 2018.
Mandie Maxwell | ‘13 is an Assistant Director for Choose Ohio First with the Ohio Department of Education in Columbus, Ohio.
Victoria Predmore | ‘13 works as Director of Content
for Zebu Compliance Solutions in Portsmouth, Ohio and is President of the local AAPC chapter.
Codee Arthur | ‘14 is a Sports Director at YMCA of
Greater Dayton in Fairborn, Ohio. With a goal to change the way we develop youth through sports, he has created a program called “How the Game is Played”.
Nikki Hartley | ‘14 is working as a Healthy Living
Director at the YMCA of Central Kentucky in Lexington.
Haley Hemming | ‘14 began working as an Internal
Tanya Salyers’ | ‘14
passion has always led her career path. Diving back into the nonprofit sector as the Marketing & Communications Manager of The Women’s Fund of Central Ohio, she is responsible for executing the organization’s strategic communications plan ultimately driving external awareness through digital marketing, social media, and events. She creates experiences for people to feel included and want to engage more. She is a former member of the Associate Board of the American Red Cross of Central Ohio, which is their Young Professionals board. She’s also a 2016 graduate of the Leadership for Social Change (first cohort) with the YWCA of Central Ohio.
Kyle Webb | ‘14 is a Senior Solutions Architect at Seitz Solutions, LLC in Mansfield, Ohio.
Dane Boggs | ‘15
works as an Advertising Sales Director at Corporate Sports & Entertainment in Tampa, Florida.
Sales Representative for Nationwide Financial in Columbus, Ohio.
Chase Holbrook | ‘15 is a Project Controls Specialist II
Zachary Lewis | ‘14
Luke Lilly | ‘15
joined the University of Dayton in 2018 as Student Success Librarian & Assistant Professor. He also published a chapter in the Journal of Collaborative Librarianship with
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at Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth, LLC in Piketon, Ohio. began working as Advisor of Accounting with Cardinal Health in Dublin, Ohio in May of 2019.
Alex Murphy | ‘15 completed his Master’s in Social
Work at the University of Cincinnati in 2019 and is currently employed at Lighthouse Youth Services as a case manager in Chillicothe, Ohio and has a history of working as a mental health therapist. He married 2017 & 2018 alumna Kelsie Peters in August 2019.
Sarah Penix | ‘15 was promoted to Administrative Coordinator at Zebu Compliance Solutions in Portsmouth, Ohio.
Reese Bentley | ‘16 is a District Executive for the
Boy Scouts of America in Portsmouth, Ohio, and has been highlighted in the Portsmouth Daily Times as a Top 20 Under 40.
Lyna Kelley | ‘16
works as KCM Events & Communications Coordinator at Northern Kentucky University and is finishing her Master’s in Communication.
Marlee Martin | ‘16 is a Pickaway County Fellow and Executive Director of the Pickaway County Chamber of Commerce. She also received her Master’s of Public Administration from Ohio University in 2019.
Josh O’Connor | ‘16
is a Software Engineer Team Lead at Zebu Compliance Solutions in Portsmouth, Ohio.
Elizabeth Prayner, MHA, LNHA | ‘16
works as a Nursing Home Administrator at Cypress Skilled Nursing in Atlanta, Georgia. She also serves on the board of the Healthcare Coalition for Region C, which covers all of West Georgia.
Mykalley (Detty) Carter | ‘18 accepted a position at
Cherry Hill Elementary, part of Washington Court House City Schools, as a 1st Grade Teacher. She is married to 2017 alumnus Nathan Carter.
Kyle Fox | ‘18 was recently promoted to Director
of Undergraduate Engagement for the Phi Mu Delta Fraternity National Office after beginning his work there as Coordinator of Undergraduate Engagement in June 2018. He also lead-facilitated Phi Mu Delta’s biennial Sapphire Leadership Institute, directing a nine-person facilitation team, providing leadership and personal soft skills development for 60 undergraduate members.
Shawn Behmer | ‘19 took the position as Marketing Specialist at Burnside Law and Rutman Burnside Realty Group, LLC in Portsmouth, Ohio.
Morgan Bundy | ‘19
was recently promoted to Operations Supervisor at UPS.
Tyler Evans | ‘19
began working at Radiance Technologies as a Software Developer after graduating magna cum laude in 2019.
Conner Flynn | ‘19 began working as an Assistant Cross
Country and Track & Field Coach at Kentucky Christian University in Grayson, Kentucky.
began working as a Software Engineer at JPMorgan Chase & Company in Columbus, Ohio.
Dalton Fox | ‘19 accepted a position as Real-Time
Frederick Moore | ‘18 signed to play professional basketball with the Sport Clube Beira-Mar of Portuguese ProLiga in 2018-19.
Support Specialist at The Counseling Center, Inc. in Portsmouth, Ohio and has earned his Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant certification.
Bradley Skufca | ‘18
Keith Webb | ‘19 took a position with Bird Rides,
Nick Gerard | ‘18
works as a Consultant at Acumen Solutions in Cleveland, Ohio.
Trenton Stenger | ‘18 is
a Credentialing Services Specialist at Zebu Compliance Solutions in Portsmouth, Ohio.
Sean Stewart | ‘18
is the Graphic Design Coordinator at the international company Randy’s in Toledo, Ohio.
Software Engineer for Boeing in St. Louis, Missouri.
Deaten Mason | ‘19 began working as a Recovery
Inc. in Los Angeles, California.
SUBMIT NEWS ABOUT YOUR CAREER AND LIFE MILESTONES, WITH A HIGH-RESOLUTION PHOTO TO THE OFFICE OF ALUMNI & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AT ALUMNI@SHAWNEE.EDU OR CALL (740) 351-3081.
Dylan Stevens | ‘16
was promoted to Program Consultant II at Pontoon Solutions in Toledo, Ohio.
Grace E. Horacek | ‘17
works as an Intervention Specialist through PSI Solutions and Assistant Auxiliary Coordinator at Lake Catholic High School, her alma mater, in Mentor, Ohio. She recently got engaged to 2017 alumnus Joseph Ellis this past January on the Portsmouth Floodwall.
Kelsie Peters | ‘17 & ‘18 is a Certified Occupational
Therapy Assistant for the Pickaway County ESC and also works for multiple skilled nursing facilities. She married 2015 alumnus Alex Murphy in August 2019.
Alexander Russell | ‘17
was promoted to Senior Software Developer at Kenworth Truck Company in Chillicothe, Ohio.
Alyssa Williams | ‘17 took an Intervention Specialist position through the Scioto County ESC to teach in the Wheelersburg School District.
Alumnus of Tomorrow awarded to new graduates At this year’s Evening of Honors ceremony, the SSU Alumni Association presented two Alumnus of Tomorrow awards to Class of 2019 seniors Aaron Mazurkiewicz (left) and Marte Marshall (right). The Alumnus of Tomorrow Award commemorates the impact a student had on Shawnee State during their time on campus and the impact they will make in their careers going forward.
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MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
Check Out Upcoming Shawnee State Alumni & Friends Events FALLFEST 2019: MARLON WAYANS Thursday, September 5, 2019 6:30 p.m. // Pre-Party: Craft Beer Tasting at Portsmouth Brewing Company 8:00 p.m. // Show Begins Join us for Fall Fest 2019 featuring Marlon Wayans as seen on White Chicks, Scary Movie Series, A Haunted House Series & Netflix Film, Naked. Alumni & Friends are invited to our Pre-Party at Portsmouth Brewing Company for a Craft Beer Tasting. For ticket information, visit shawneestatealumni.com.
FALL BEAR RUN Wednesday, September 25, 2019 6:00 p.m. // Race 7:30 p.m. // Post-Party at Port City Pub Join us for the Fall Bear Run, a bi-annual event that began in 1995. For more information and to register, visit shawnee.edu/bear-run.
HOMECOMING, ALUMNI & FAMILY WEEKEND Friday & Saturday, October 11 & 12, 2019 This signature weekend is open to all alumni and friends with events for the whole family. For a complete schedule, visit ssuhomecoming.com.
SHAWNEE GAME CONFERENCE Friday & Saturday, November 15 & 16, 2019 Friday, 7:00 p.m. // Alumni Social at Port City Cafe & Pub This year’s Shawnee Game Conference (SGC) will be the 17th annual gaming conference to be held on the campus of Shawnee State University. SGC showcases the best work of students, alumni, and industry professionals through interactive sessions, displays, and tournament competitions. Join the Alumni Association on Friday evening for an Alumni Social at Port City Cafe & Pub. For more information, visit shawneegamecon.com.
SENIOR NIGHT Thursday, December 12, 2019 7:00 p.m. // Port City Cafe & Pub Join the newest members of the Alumni Association and help them celebrate their upcoming graduation ceremony. For more information, visit shawneestatealumni.com.
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HALL OF FAME WEEKEND Friday & Saturday, February 7 & 8, 2020 Friday, 5:30 p.m. // Hall of Fame Banquet Saturday, 2:00 p.m. & 4:00 p.m. // SSU vs.Lindsey Wilson College This signature weekend is open to all alumni and friends. Join us on Friday evening for a Hall of Fame Reunion of the past 20 years of Hall of Fame members while welcoming the 21st Class into the Hall of Fame. On Saturday, join us for a Mid-South Conference match-up of the Bears vs. Lindsey Wilson College. For more information about tickets to the Hall of Fame Banquet or Hall of Fame Weekend, visit ssuhalloffame.com.
SPRING BEAR RUN Saturday, April 4, 2020 10:00 a.m. // 3rd Street, Campus Join us for the Spring Bear Run, a bi-annual event that began in 1995. For more information and to register, visit shawnee.edu/bear-run.
PRESIDENTâ€™S GALA Saturday, April 25, 2020 This signature event is the main fundraising event for the Shawnee State University Development Foundation. The annual Presidentâ€™s Gala held in the spring, raises funds to benefit the SSUDF Grants Program. For more information or for tickets, visit givetossu.com/gala.
SENIOR NIGHT Thursday, April 30, 2020 7:00 p.m. // Port City Cafe & Pub Join the newest members of the Alumni Association and help them celebrate their upcoming graduation ceremony. For more information, visit shawneestatealumni.com. For more upcoming Shawnee State Alumni & Friends events, visit shawneestatealumni.com/events.
Recent Shawnee State Alumni & Friends Events: Columbus Blue Jackets, ECGC, & Chillicothe Paints
THE SHAWNEE STATE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION IS COMING TO YOU! Join us this upcoming academic year for events including Shawnee State Nights at the Columbus Blue Jackets, Chillicothe Paints, and Cincinnati Reds. The SSU Alumni Association will be adding events yearround in locations near you! Check out events at shawneestatealumni.com/events.
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BECOME A GOLDEN BEAR The Golden Bears program, sponsored by Shawnee State University, was established in 1985. The program provides on-campus health and wellness, performing arts, and social opportunities for Scioto County residents over the age of 60.
GOLDEN BEAR LOUNGE
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 7:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS: • Social Engagement & Events • Wellness & Activity Classes • Access to Exercise Facilities & Natatorium • Free Admission to Athletic Games • Participation Opportunities at Campus Events • Volunteer Opportunities
For more information about the Golden Bears program, contact the Office of Alumni & Community 64 | SHAWNEE MAGAZINE • Engagement at (740) 351.3081 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit shawnee.edu/goldenbears.
At Shawnee State University, we believe every student with a vision, a plan, and the right opportunities can do big things. We’ll help you push the boundaries so you’re ready for tomorrow’s world. EXPLORE YOUR FUTURE WITH OUR NEW INTERACTIVE VIEWBOOK. viewbook.shawnee.edu DYLAN HAYNES CLASS OF 2019
SOME HIGHLIGHTS OF WHAT YOU’LL FIND Nationally-ranked programs in game design and development. The only four-year plastics engineering technology program in Ohio. Regionally recognized programs that lead to specialized careers in health, education, arts and sciences. Personal attention matched by a commitment to academic excellence.
Join the Shawn E. Bear Kids Club! Free to all kids 13 and under WHAT KIDS CLUB MEMBERS RECEIVE: • Free Kids’s Club T-Shirt • Free admission for you and one adult to all Shawnee State University home games • Invitations to special events on campus • Birthday Card from Shawn E. Bear • Monthly news from Shawn E. Bear Sign up at shawnee.edu/kidsclub
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Photo Credit: Astra Ng, Class of 2009
The annual magazine publication by Shawnee State University provides campus updates, leading university stories, alumni spotlights, faculty...
Published on Oct 9, 2019
The annual magazine publication by Shawnee State University provides campus updates, leading university stories, alumni spotlights, faculty...