School News

February 28, 2014

Local Students Make the Dean’s List at Miami University

OXFORD — Miami University students who ranked in the top 20 percent of undergraduate students within each division for first semester 2013-2014 have been named to the dean’s list recognizing academic performance.

Brittany Utz of Galion (44833)

Ethan Keller of Galion (44833)

Miami University Awards Degree to Ethan Keller

OXFORD—Ethan William Keller, of Galion, Crawford County, OH was among 856 students from Miami University who received degrees during fall commencement exercises Friday, Dec. 13, 2013, in Millett Hall. Keller received a B.A. in Architecture degree.

Miami University is a public university located in southwestern Ohio offering 120 degree programs in humanities, science, engineering, business, education and fine arts. Students with more than one listing have earned additional degrees or honors.

Next Generation Films educating next generation of employees

MANSFIELD—Next Generation Films has partnered with The Ohio State University at Mansfield to expand STEM education in Richland County, in large part by employing a new professor of practice for the OSU Fundamentals of Engineering curriculum. This new faculty position will enhance economic and workforce development efforts in the county by assisting with improvements to expand this local engineering program into a second year of course offerings and beyond.

Ohio State Mansfield launched their first-year engineering program in 2010 through the vision of local civil engineer Richard R. Stander and with support by Kokosing Construction Company. Their generosity lead to the construction of a new state-of-the-art classroom on the Mansfield campus that provided students with a hands-on learning laboratory equipped with high-tech computers loaded with the latest engineering design software. In collaboration with the College of Engineering on the Columbus campus of Ohio State, an engineering lecturer was also hired to instruct all first-year engineering courses, advise students outside the classroom, and create programs to educate Mansfield campus students about course scheduling and other opportunities in their engineering careers.

Next Generation support will now allow Ohio State to provide the second-year of engineering curriculum on the Mansfield campus beginning in the 2014-2015 academic year. In addition to providing additional laboratory equipment and other teaching aids, Next Gen will work closely with Ohio State to hire a new Professor of Practice with industry experience. While this faculty member will not have the traditional research responsibilities, he or she will teach up to six STEM classes each year while engaging with local industry contacts to further develop academic and internship opportunities.

Students qualify for Dean’s List at The University of Akron

AKRON—Nearly 8,000 students made The University of Akron’s Dean’s List for fall 2013.

Taylor Graham of Bucyrus, OH 44820

Michael Metcalf of Bucyrus, OH 44820

David Lamp of Crestline, OH 44827

Leianna Massie of Crestline, OH 44827

Clinton Metzger of Crestline, OH 44827

Anna Salvati of Crestline, OH 44827

Michael Spade of Crestline, OH 44827

Eleanor Frye of Galion, OH 44833

Michael Striker of Galion, OH 44833

December Winbigler of Galion, OH 44833

The University of Akron offers more than 300 associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate and law degree programs - with accreditations by 35 professional agencies. With nearly 30,000 students and more than $65 million in research expenditures, UA is among the nation’s strongest public universities focused on innovation, entrepreneurship, and investment in community and economic growth. Programs are targeted to diverse groups of learners, including full-time, part-time and online students, veterans, and adults returning to the classroom. The distinctive Akron Experience enhances postgraduate success through internships and co-ops, academic research (both undergraduate and graduate), study abroad, on-campus student employment, and service projects. For more information visit

Kent State Fall 2013 Commencement Lists Now Available

KENT – Kent State University recently conferred degrees to Fall graduates during commencement exercises December 14, in the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center on the Kent Campus. The university awarded 334 associate degrees, 1395 bachelor’s degrees and 378 graduate degrees to students.

Of the 561 bachelor’s degree students graduating with academic honors, 89 earned summa cum laude distinction with a 3.8 to 4.0 grade point average, while 122 were magna cum laude (3.60 to 3.79) and 271 were cum laude (3.3 to 3.59).

A total of 79 associate degree students graduated with distinction. The “with Distinction” honor is awarded when associate degree students achieve a GPA of 3.5 or better for all undergraduate coursework and have completed a minimum of 32 credit hours at Kent State University.

For more information regarding commencement, please contact Emily Vincent at University Communications and Marketing at 330-672-8595 or

Academic Challenge events planned at Mid-Ohio ESC

Academic Challenge tournaments will be held at Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center in early March. The public is welcome to attend all these events held at 890 West Fourth Street in Mansfield.

The high school Academic Challenge tournament will be held on Saturday, March 1, at 9 a.m. Participating schools include Ashland, Galion, Lexington, Madison, Mansfield Christian, Ontario, Shelby, St. Peter’s and Wooster.

Elementary school students in grades 4 to 6 will compete on Saturday, March 8, at 9 a.m. Middle school students are scheduled for the same day at 1:30 p.m.

Participating elementary schools include Buckeye Central, Colonel Crawford, Crestview, Discovery, Lexington, Mansfield, Mt. Gilead, Northwestern, Plymouth-Shiloh, St. Peter’s, Shelby and Wooster.

Middle school participants include Ashland, Buckeye Central, Colonel Crawford, Crestview, Discovery, Madison, Mansfield, Mt. Gilead, Northwestern, Plymouth-Shiloh, St. Peter’s, Shelby and Wooster.

Any school interested in participating in the final Academic Challenge in May should contact Leanna Giesige, Gifted Program Coordinator at Mid-Ohio ESC at 419-774-5520 ext. 248.

Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center provides high quality, cost-effective, specialized academic/ therapy support services and professional development for school districts in the Central Ohio Region. These include offering alternative educational options, preschool education and printing services, as well as conference center facilities.