SHERIDAN – Sheridan College will recognize its 2021 Achievement Award recipients. Each year, five individuals who have made exemplary efforts in support of the college’s goals and overall mission are recognized as recipients. Individuals are selected on the basis of nominations by their peers.

Criminal Justice faculty member Jonni Joyce is the 2021 faculty of the year. Student Maddie Kukes describes her as a passionate and dedicated instructor who goes out of her way to support students.

“Jonni is open-minded, inclusive and respectful to all. She challenges and helps students do their best,” Kukes said. “When she teaches, Jonni’s passion for criminal justice shines.”

Administrative Staff of the Year was awarded to Registrar Christina Rigdon.

“Christina works diligently to ensure our district remains compliant on many levels. She also works on several statewide projects and is considered a leader among her peers,” said the vice president of the Student Affairs, Jen Crouse “She always has a positive attitude and is an incredible problem solver.”

This year’s Classified Personnel of the Year is Dennis Wood, Facilities Specialist and Team Leader. Wood has been recognized for taking pride in his work and his positive interactions with students.

“The Whitney Building looks great thanks to Dennis’ dedication to his work. Students and colleagues look forward to seeing his smiling face every day,” Crouse said. “Dennis is always willing to help when asked and speaks to students with kindness and respect.”

Amber Townsend, a longtime assistant instructor who teaches American Sign Language at Sheridan College, was honored as Assistant of the Year. Townsend has been recognized for bringing her joy of teaching into the classroom every day and for creating a great learning environment for her students.

“Amber has the ability to put students at ease and at ease. She always shares stories of her experiences in the field to help students learn,” said Audrey Steinhorst, Human Resources Generalist. helps others understand the deaf community while teaching American Sign Language to students of all levels and ages.”

The 2021 Student of the Year is Eric Trueblood, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and U.S. Army veteran from Sheridan. He is continuing his nursing education after earning an Associate of Science degree in Exercise Science with High Honors and a Certificate of Completion in Personal Trainer Education with High Honors in 2021.

“Eric’s academic performance; his reputation for courage and integrity; his contributions to the veteran community on campus; its reputation among staff, faculty and students; and his inclusive, helpful and positive attitude make him more than worthy of the student of the year award,” said Samuel Draznin, veterans advisor.

All of the 2021 Achievement Award winners were honored at an awards ceremony at Sheridan College in January.