Dakin to be honored by Kent State UniversityNEW PHILADELPHIA -- Shawn A. Dakin of the Newcomerstown area was chosen as an honoree by the Kent State School of Technology. Kent State School of Technology alumni, faculty, students and friends will celebrated the 13th annual Vision 21 Awards Banquet, Saturday, May 1 at the Kent Student Center main campus. Dakin was previously nominated in 2006 for the same award but was not among the final 21 chosen that year. This annual event is held to bestow recognition upon Kent State University graduates who have achieved outstanding accomplishments in their fields. The recipients are selected by a committee of current and former independent School of Technology faculty and administrators, as well as past recipients. The banquet will honor 21 Kent State University School of Technology alumni who have achieved outstanding accomplishments in their professional lives and careers. Those distinguished honorees span the history of the school from its inception as an industrial arts/industrial education department to its present position as an independent academic unit providing high-quality technology-based education and training throughout Kent State's eight-campus network. Dakin is employed as Assistant Technology coordinator with Newcomerstown Exempted School District in Tuscarawas County. He has extensive experience with technology in the public education arena and managed design and implementations of network technology for Newcomerstown schools, Ohio Schools Facility Commission Project. He is the director of Station Operation for WNHS-LP 105.7 radio and WNHS - TV Channel 21, where he manages curriculum development for the students and trains faculty in technical aspects of broadcasting. Both stations broadcast from the School facilities in Newcomerstown as a public service to the community and educational resources for the students. Dakin designed many interfaces and converters including hardware and software to streamline the broadcasting facilities in the school.Dakin's resume includes 11 years experience as the assistant director of Technology at Newcomerstown Schools, one year as Computer technician with Indian Valley Local Schools, three years with a local Internet Service Provider and computer service company as technician and Chief Computer technician. In addition to his 15 years of work experience, he brings an impressive academic record to his profession. He received two certifications from Novell as a Certified Novell Engineer and a Novell Network Administrator while attending Akron University, Orville campus. He is a graduate of Kent State University with an associate of Applied Science, Electrical/Electronic Engineering Technology degree and a bachelor of Science degree in Technology. He was an active member in the Student Chapter of the Industrial Electrical Electronic Association at Kent State New Philadelphia. In 2005, Dakin was published and recognized for software problem resolutions efforts with Novell Corporation. His efforts in adapting video hardware and software for small school security was recognized and published in two trade magazines, "Security Director News" in February 2007, and "Security Magazine" in February 2007 issues. In 1995, he received the Bausch and Lomb Honorary High School Science Award. Dakin is a 1995 graduate of Newcomerstown High School and lives in Newcomerstown with his wife, Jamie Rose Dakin, and children, William, Alexis and Hayden. Future endeavors for Dakin include working with his associates at NHS on installation and operation of wind-generated and solar energy at the school.