As Sauk Valley Community College students received their degrees Friday night, they also saw the opportunities that await as the 2011 Outstanding Alumnus Award was presented to Jon Mandrell.
Mandrell, a 2000 graduate of SVCC, finds Sauk to be a second home. After earning his bachelor’s and master’s degree in criminal justice from Western Illinois University, Mandrell returned to Sauk to live his dream of teaching others the needed skills and knowledge to excel in criminal justice. He sets an example to students on what it means to be involved on campus as he advises the criminal justice club as well as co-advises Phi Theta Kappa, the International Honor Society. He also assists in the planning of the Criminal Justice Career Fair held at the College.
Outside of his career, Mandrell is involved in his community as a board member of the Oregon Area Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Ogle County Juvenile Justice Council and a member of the Sauk Valley Faculty Association. Mandrell resides in Polo with his wife, Kelly, and their two daughters.
The Outstanding Alumnus Award recognizes those who have gone on to make a positive and lasting impact on their community or career field. Nominees must have completed a minimum of 24 credit hours or completed a certificate or degree at Sauk to be eligible. For more information about the SVCC Foundation or Alumnus Award, contact Amy Viering at 815-835-6329, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.