Dr. Heather Gable receives Allegany College of Maryland Distinguished Alumni Award.
CUMBERLAND, Md. (July 30, 2019) –Allegany College of Maryland and the ACM Alumni Association have announced that Dr. Heather Gable is the inaugural recipient of the ACM Distinguished Alumni Award.
The ACM Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes Allegany Community College/Allegany College of Maryland graduates who exhibit excellence in their career, dedication to their communities and support of the college.
Gable, chair of Frostburg State University’s Department of Nursing, received her associate of science in nursing in 1997 and associate of science in general studies in 1999 from ACM. She later earned a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in nursing and a Doctor of Nursing Practice from University of Maryland’s School of Nursing in Baltimore.
Gable was encouraged by ACM’s nursing faculty to pursue her graduate education. “Their passion for the nursing profession and teaching are what made me consider teaching a worthwhile career path. It may have taken me a bit longer to get there, but that encouragement and passion led me to where I am today.”
Roxanne Weighley, an FSU colleague, described Gable in her nomination as the “epitome of someone devoted to higher education, leadership and community service.”
In addition to her service on numerous councils and committees, Gable is a Maryland Nurses Association District #1 board member, a Horizon Goodwill Industries expert advisory board member and a WMHS volunteer basic life support instructor. She is lifetime member of Phi Kappa Phi, and a member of the American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordination, American Nurses Association, Maryland Nursing Association and Phi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau.
Gable, a resident of Cumberland, helped to develop a four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing program in partnership with ACM. After gaining acceptance to ACM, students take clinical nursing courses through ACM’s registered nurse program and online courses through FSU to graduate with both an associate degree and bachelor’s degree in nursing. “When nurses advance their knowledge, they facilitate the health of their community,” explained Gable.
“Our award selection committee was overwhelmed by Heather’s achievements and her dedication to furthering the education of so many in our regional healthcare community,” said David Jones, Vice-President of Advancement and Community Relations for ACM.