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ACM Employees Saluted for Innovation

February 24th, 2020 by WCBC Radio

Allegany College of Maryland President Dr. Cynthia Bambara is pleased to announce that Jaime Striplin, Rebecca “Becky” Ruppert and Lynn Grimm will receive John E. and Suanne D. Roueche Excellence Awards.

Striplin, an Associate Professor of Nursing, joined ACM in 1998. In addition to her teaching duties, Striplin serves on the Student Services Appeals Committee, Nursing Petition Committee, Institutional Assessment Committee, Student Emergency Support Committee and the Nurse Managed Wellness Clinic Inter-professional Health and Wellness Committee. She is a faculty advisor to the Student Nurses Association at ACM, and was recently elected President of the Maryland Nurses Association- District 1. Her nomination included a student quote: “She is amazing and treats her students with respect and provides great feedback and encourages learning. Jaime is a wonderful instructor, she is always there if I need her and is always looking out for me to succeed.”

Ruppert, who began her career with ACM in 2003, is the Continuing Education Director of Career & Employer Services. She oversees the college’s Professional Development, Advanced Manufacturing, Industrial Maintenance, Work Experience (WEX) and Community Education programs. In addition to supervising and mentoring staff and instructors, Ruppert has served on a variety of college committees, and was the former chair of the Professional/Administrative Support Staff Association. Within the community, she serves on the Maryland Chamber of Commerce’s Education Committee, is vice chair of the Allegany County Chamber of Commerce’s Economic Development Committee and is a board member for ACT First Federal Credit Union and Canal Place Preservation and Development Authority. Her nominator noted that, “Becky’s work can be felt in our community. Her tireless commitment to workforce education, providing pathways to careers while growing enrollment at ACM is unmatched. She’s a devoted colleague, supervisor, and friend to so many.”

Lynn Grimm, Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Career Education, joined ACM in 1995. She is an expert on federal Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act funding. Grimm also works closely with the Maryland State Department of Education and the Maryland Higher Education Commission, serving on the college’s Curriculum Committee and helping to plan Allegany County’s Local Advisory Council through the Maryland Workforce Development System. She supports the college’s student-led Peace Studies Club and civic engagement projects. “Lynn is often the first point of contact for ALL of the career programs,” explained her nominator. “As this first contact, she is always helpful whether that is to the faculty and program directors of a program, community members of the program advisory committee, or to the Dean of Career Services. She is the epitome of a team player.”

The League for Innovation in the Community College (League) established the John & Suanne Roueche Excellence Awards in 2012 to recognize outstanding faculty, staff, and leaders in the community college field who have made a significant difference in the lives of students and in the communities their colleges serve.

Striplin, Ruppert, and Grimm are invited to attend the League for Innovation in the Community College’s 2021 Innovations Annual Conference. Both Striplin and Grimm are ACM alumnae.

The League is an international nonprofit organization with a mission to cultivate innovation in the community college environment. Founded in 1968 by B. Lamar Johnson and a dozen U.S. community and technical college presidents, the League has proudly served community college institutions for almost five decades. 

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