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Radiologic Tech Student Wins National Essay Contest

April 09, 2012

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Radiologic Technology student Debbie Schmiemeier, third from right, was selected to
participate in the American Society of Radiologic Technologists Student Leadership
Development program. Also pictured with Schmiemeier, are, from left, faculty members Rebecca Northern, Jon Hartwin, Sally Polta and Dean Brake, and Vincent Featherson, acting dean of allied health and natural sciences.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Radiologic Technology student Debbie Schmiemeier considers Dec. 15, 2008, her "Rebirth Day." That marks her layoff at Anheuser-Busch InBev, and the day she enrolled at St. Louis Community College-Forest Park.

After working in marketing for 28 years, Schmiemeier switched career paths and is glad she did.

"I immediately registered for classes," she said. "I have so many more opportunities now. Coming here opened doors for me."

Schmiemeier has been selected in a national essay contest to participate in the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) 2012 Student Leadership Development program.

Sixty-one students will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the ASRT Educational Symposium and Annual Governance and House of Delegates Meeting June 28-July 1 in Las Vegas, Nev.

The program allows students to experience the governance functions of ASRT, attend educational courses and learn about leadership positions in the association.

This is the second straight year a Forest Park student has been selected. Last year, Ekaterina Leshkova was among the students chosen to attend.

Schmiemeier was among 171 essays submitted for the "Welcome to Your Future" contest, writing about why they chose the radiologic science profession and what they hope to gain from attending the annual governance meeting.

Schmiemeier called Cecelia Hyde of Admissions office "my guaridan angel -- she helped me so much."

She began classes in January 2009, and chose to enter radiologic science because her husband had been diagnosed with throat cancer in 2005, and an X-ray discovered it.

Today, her husband of 28 years is seven years cancer-free. They have two children: Heather, 24, and John, 19, and live in Fenton.

Currently, Schmiemeier is doing her clinicals at Missouri Baptist Hospital. She would like to be licensed to administer CT scans and MRIs.

Because she is an older, non-traditional student, Schmiemeier has become a role model for others. She is president of the student Radiologic Tech organization. She also serves as the student representative on the department's advisory committee.

"My class affectionately calls me Mom," she said. "I'm a happy-go-lucky person."

Schmiemeier credits the Forest Park faculty for her success.

"They are worth their weight in gold. I can't say enough about the faculty," she said. "They care for the students. They want the best for them. They want you to succeed," she said.

Rebecca Northern, radiologic technology instructor II, echoed fellow faculty members when she said they were not surprised Schmiemeier won.

"Students look to her as a leader," Northern said. 

The ASRT represents more than 144,000 members who perform medical imaging procedures or plan and deliver radiation therapy. The society is the largest radiologic science association in the world. Its mission is to advance the medical imaging and radiation therapy profession and to enhance the quality of patient care.