At the end of the academic year, the ACCEL program asks faculty and adjunct instructors to nominate a student whom they feel has made contributions to the University and/or community; successfully balanced work, family and school; and has overcome some difficult circumstances in pursuit of their education.
This year's recipient for the Outstanding Adult Student Award was RN-BSN student, Heather Himes.
Heather began her educational journey in 2000 at Scott Community College where she completed an associate's degree in nursing in 2003. Her personal goal has been to complete a bachelor's degree in nursing, and she will proudly fulfill that goal on May 12.
While attending classes to earn her BSN degree and working full time at Genesis in the orthopedic unit, Heather has also been a clinical instructor for Associate's Degree nursing students at Scott. Under ordinary circumstances, being a student, a part-time instructor and full-time nurse would be exhausting to anyone; but in addition to all of this, Heather took on the role of caregiver to her father who was diagnosed with cancer and passed away last fall. She found strength and encouragement from her family and friends, the memories of her father, and from her faith.
Heather's faith and focus have helped her overcome many obstacles in her life, and it is with great pleasure that we recognize her as this year's recipient of the 2012 Outstanding Adult Student Award.
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