Shawnee State University receives generous donation from Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital

Bellefonte Donation

Shawnee State University received a generous donation of an AMX GE Portable X-ray machine from Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital for SSU's Radiologic Technology program.

"It is our pleasure to donate the portable x-ray machine to our friends at Shawnee State. We've always been delighted with our affiliation and consider the university our partner in preparing students to become quality driven technologists," said Terri Hannon, Director of Radiology Services, Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital. "Many of our technologists are graduates from Shawnee State's program, and some have become leaders as well. We look forward to continuing our relationship with SSU for many years to come."

The machine will be used in classrooms to teach hands-on techniques and skills to current students.

"Students in our program will benefit greatly from having a portable, energized x-ray unit to enhance their critical thinking and problem solving skills for the clinical experience," said Sheena Shifko, program director of Radiologic Technology at SSU.

Shawnee State University's Plastics Engineering program receives donation from Krauss-Maffei Corporation

Shawnee State University has received a generous donation for the SSU Plastics Engineering Technology program of an LRX-S Robot and a KM 80/750 CX Injection Molding Machine from Krauss-Maffei Corporation.

Krauss-Maffei Corporation is the U.S. headquarters of The KraussMaffei Group, one of the world’s leading suppliers of machinery and systems for producing and processing plastics and rubber. Its products and services cover the whole spectrum of injection and reaction molding and extrusion technology.

The linear robot in the LRX-S series covers a clamping force range of 350 kN to 50,000 kN and can be used universally for all types of injection molding machines with an online programming wizard, called WizardX, used in conjunction with the MC6 control unit to make programming the linear robot easy and simple. The CX Series injection molding machines are available in small and medium clamping forces and feature a two-platen technology that produces an extremely compact machine with very good all-around access thanks to its 150 basic variants and over 500 selectable options.

“We look forward to a long term relationship with Shawnee State and the donation of this equipment is just the beginning. Our goal is to help educate SSU students on the most advanced technology in the plastics industry,” said Paul Caprio, President and CEO of Krauss-Maffei Corporation.

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Plastics is currently the third largest manufacturing industry in the U.S., and SSU’s Plastics Engineering Technology graduates are in high demand throughout Ohio and the world. In the bachelor’s degree program, students are prepared to work in all aspects of the plastics industry, including designing products to researching materials to manufacturing and quality assurance. SSU students gain hands-on experience using the same technology found in leading industry such as 3D printing, injection molding and extrusion equipment.

“The donation from Krauss-Maffei is a very generous donation. The injection molding machine and linear robot will help better prepare our students for the real world. It is the participation in student education of companies like Krauss-Maffei that makes our plastics program effective,” said Skip Miller, SSU Professor of Plastics Engineering Technology.

To learn more about the SSU Plastics Engineering Technology program, please contact Cindy Hopkins, Academic Administrative Assistant of the Engineering Technology Department, at or at (740) 351-3224.

To learn how to make your own gift in support of SSU, please contact SSUDF at (740) 351-3284 or go online to

Shawnee State University welcomes author Mindy McGinnis for special lecture

Shawnee State University is pleased to welcome author Mindy McGinnis to campus for a special lecture as part of Books Build Bridges at 9 a.m. on April 26 in the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts.

McGinnis wrote “Not a Drop to Drink,” a story about a young woman defending her pond in a world where water has become a scarcity. It was published in 2013 by HarperCollins and was a 2015 feature title in the State Library of Ohio’s Choose to Read Ohio program.

McGinnis is a young adult librarian from Cadington, Ohio. She graduated from Otterbein University magna cum laude with a B.A. in English Literature and Religion.

“Not a Drop to Drink” was distributed to every eighth-grade student at Bloom-Vernon, Green, Minford, Northwest, Notre Dame, Portsmouth, Portsmouth West, Sciotoville and Valley school districts as part of a community read project. The program is a collaborative effort involving the Portsmouth Rotary, The Scioto Foundation, Portsmouth Public Library, Shawnee State University, South Central Ohio ESC (SCOESC), Portsmouth Area Ladies (PALS) and the Southern Ohio Medical Center (SOMC).

Previously, the Portsmouth Rotary donated dictionaries every year to local schools as part of its literacy program, but as technology changes, fewer physical dictionaries were being used in classrooms. Instead of donating dictionaries this year, Rotarian Jay Willis arranged for McGinnis to come speak in the Portsmouth Area and The Scioto Foundation provided a grant of $1,700 to the Portsmouth Public Library to obtain the rest of the books.

In preparation for McGinnis’s visit, the Portsmouth Public Library’s Young Adult Department will host a series of public events at its Portsmouth branch location. For a listing of events, please go online to Portsmouth Public Library’s website.

During her visit, McGinnis will speak to students in public relations and young adult literature classrooms at SSU.

“I am excited about the opportunity to participate in this literacy project,” said Janet Stewart, Dean of Library Services at the Clark Memorial Library. “In such a short time, this project came together with many supportive and enthusiastic partners. This is an excellent opportunity for Shawnee State’s library to partner with members of the community in a meaningful way.”

For more information about McGinnis, please visit her website at

Shawnee State University nationally ranked on 2018 Princeton Review of Top 50 undergraduate schools to study Game Design

Shawnee State University is nationally ranked on The Princeton Review Top 50 undergraduate schools to study Game Design for the eighth year in a row.

The Princeton Review has reported game design program rankings annually since 2010 and schools are chosen based on its survey of 150 institutions in the U.S., Canada and abroad that offer game design degree programs and courses. The 40-question survey collected data from the schools’ game design academic offerings and lab facilities to their graduates’ starting salaries and career achievements.

Nationally ranked Game Design program 8 straight years

“The fact that SSU has appeared in the rankings for the eighth year in a row is validation that our students are learning the right materials and are able to compete with students from all over the nation,” said Jason Witherell, Associate Professor of Gaming and Engineering Technology. “The education they receive at SSU provides them with the skills they will need to succeed in this highly competitive industry.”

According to The Princeton Review 2017 survey, 88% of undergrad and/or graduate game design students that graduated from the schools on the list developed actionable plans to launch games while in college. Moreover, 52% of undergraduate students at these school programs worked on games that were shipped before they graduated.

“Being recognized for one’s hard work is always a great pleasure, but this recognition is a recognition of the work and efforts of the students and how much they put into their studies,” said Greg Lyons, Professor of Fine, Digital & Performing Arts at SSU. “No matter the ranking, we are always looking to improve and develop programs that will challenge and meet the needs of the students as they pursue a career in this continually growing and dynamic industry.”

Full listing of The Princeton Review is available online. The PC Gamer’s May issue will feature the ranking lists that details the schools’ unique programs, prominent professors and alumni, and will land in subscriber mailboxes this week and newsstands March 27.

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Shawnee State University and Guangdong University of Foreign Studies agree to a 3+1+1 program in teaching preparation

Shawnee State University and Guangdong University of Foreign Studies (GDUFS) are pleased to announce the partnership of a 3+1+1 program in Teacher Education.

The 3+1+1 program is designed as a joint program of bachelor and master’s coursework in teacher education. GDUFS students interested in the program will need to have completed three years at GDUFS, maintain a GPA of 2.75, a TOEFL score of 70 or better, and interviews and official recommendations by the School of English and Education (SEE) of GDUFS.

During the first year at SSU, GDUFS students will be permitted to begin the Master of Education (M.Ed.) course work on the Conditional Admission status, and the students who have successfully completed the first year at SSU and awarded a bachelor’s degree by GDUFS will be fully accepted into the M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction (C&I) program. GDUFS students will then continue the M.Ed. C&I program and receive their master’s degree from SSU upon successfully meeting all the required program requirements.

The 3+1+1 program is set to begin Fall Semester 2018.

“This is an innovative program that will allow participating students to earn degrees in an accelerated model,” Dr. Jeff Bauer, SSU Provost, said. “We’re excited to work with our partners in China and our Chinese students this fall.”

For more information about SSU’s Teacher Education program, please contact SSU’s School of Education (SEO) at (740) 351-3451 or e-mail Kassy Bryant, Administrative Assistant II of Department of Teacher Education, at

Shawnee State University held annual Dental Hygiene Alumni Continuing Education Day

The Dental Hygiene program at Shawnee State University held its annual Alumni Continuing Education Day this past October where SSU Dental Hygiene alumnus, Theresa Johnson, presented “The Benefits of an Anesthetic Portfolio: Risk Assessments to Results” and “Current Infection Prevention Protocols and Recommendations: Are You in Compliance?”

Johnson’s experience in the dental industry includes clinical practice, education and dental office practice management. With her experience, Johnson has helped develop orientation and mentoring programs for new students. Her lectures provide dental professionals with current scientific research and information to assist them in implementing effective and efficient evidence-based treatment protocols in their clinical practice.

Johnson received her dental hygiene degree from SSU, a Bachelor of Technical Applied Science from Ohio University, and her MBA from Mount Vernon University. She is currently the Clinical Educator for Dentsply Sirona Preventive, serving the southwest United States. Johnson also serves as a delegate to the Texas Dental Hygienists Association and is actively involved in her component.

112 dental hygienists attended this year’s Alumni Continuing Education Day.

For more information about the event or the 2018 event, please contact Mariah Woodward, Assistant Professor of Dental Hygiene at SSU, at or at 740-351-3387.

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