Faculty Staff & Opp. Grants

The Sheridan College Foundation awards Faculty Staff and Opportunity Grants to faculty or staff in the Sheridan College community in need of financial aid.  These grants are funded by generous donors to the Sheridan College Foundation.  There is a fall (Faculty Staff Grant) and a spring (Opportunity Grant) application process that must be completed in order to be considered for an award.

Faculty/Staff Grants Awarded in Fall 2016:

Tim Anderson, Welding Technology received funds to purchase a pneumatic press for use in AWS (American Welding Society) qualification testing.  This press allows tests to be administered in more than one method resulting in less time spent on specimen preparation, less overall material use, and more time for students to practice welding skills in their booth.  The press also enables bending of parts for the manufacturing class.

Dr. Chris Erickson, Music and Music Technology received funds for a workshop and performance by world-renowned tubist and composer Mike Forbes.  The workshop/masterclass was a great success, with 17 students from the college and local high schools working with Mr. Forbes. He ended up giving individual lessons to seven of our majors and two community members who participate in our wind ensemble. To conclude his time with us, he presented a recital on his instrument that highlighted the diversity of the tuba repertoire.

Heidi Balster, Director of Financial Aid received funds for a “Smart Start Salary Negotiation for Students” Workshop. The workshop participants actually benchmark their own salary and have the opportunity to practice their newly acquired skills, increasing the likelihood that they will be more effective during a real-life job opportunity.

Dr. Mark Elliot Bergman, Music, Director of Strings received funds to help pay for guest artists in our new Distance Learning Musical Masterclasses.  Sheridan College has a new Skype Studio that allows for group instruction with members of the New York Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic, St. Louis Symphony, and other ensembles, providing local musicians access to outstanding artists both nationally and internationally.

George Enterman II, Concert Hall Technical Director received funds for tools and equipment to help maintain the concert hall. These tools and equipment will be used by students employed by the WCA under the training and guidance of the technical director.

Josh Michelena, Construction Technology received funds to help build a complete construction technology fabrication lab. This grant was specifically for a Powermatic 3520B Wood Lathe. This wood lathe will be the eighth machine of many pieces of equipment to stock our lab on campus, allowing for opportunities for current SC students along with the possibly of adult education woodworking classes.



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