Louella Banez

Armstrong Rad Sciences Student Chosen for National Program

(April 26, 2011) Louella Banez, a radiologic sciences student at Armstrong Atlantic State University, has been selected to participate in the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) 2011 Student Initiative Program.

“One of the major initiates of the ASRT in recent years has been to identify and cultivate emerging national leaders,” said Dr. Elwin Tilson, head of Armstrong's Department of Radiologic Sciences. “Ms. Banez has been identified as a potential leader for the future. The fact that the ASRT has well over 100,000 members and only chooses a few students nationwide for this program speaks highly to her potential.”

As a participant, Banez will receive an all expenses paid trip to the ASRT Educational Symposium and to the Annual Governance and House of Delegates meeting, which will take place June 16-19 in Albuquerque, N.M. She will attend a program at the symposium specifically designed for students and will be assigned a professional mentor during the House of Delegates meeting.

Students participating in the competition were required to write an essay. Topics included “Why I chose the radiologic science profession,” “What being a professional means to me,” and “What I hope to gain from attending the annual governance meeting.”

Banez's essay, “Welcome to Your Future,” was chosen by the ASRT out of 62 radiologic science students from around the country. The essays were evaluated on several factors, including the author's commitment to pursuing a career in radiologic sciences.

“The Student Initiative Program is a great way to get radiologic science students involved in the ASRT early in their careers,” ASRT President James Temmes said. “While in Albuquerque, students will have the opportunity to meet with veteran radiologic science professionals, participate in education activities, and get an in-depth look at how the governance process works for the world's largest radiologic science organization.”