INA – The American Society of Radiologic Technologists has selected Rend Lake College Radiologic Technology Director Kim Robert to receive the 2008 Award for Outstanding Grass-roots Advocacy.
Each year, the ASRT honors one individual across the country who shows exemplary work in grass-roots advocacy. Robert will be presented the national award during the ASRT’s Annual Governance and House of Delegates meeting, June 15, in Albuquerque, N.M.
ASRT’s Grass-roots Network is made up of volunteers willing to write, phone, fax, e-mail and meet with their legislators. ASRT calls on Network volunteers when prompt action is required.
Over the years, Robert has been a loud voice for legislation effecting the field of radiologic technology. She has attended several meetings with U.S. Senator for Illinois-turned Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama, as well as with U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-Illinois). Robert has also met with the offices of every Illinois congressman over the last four years.
Robert and RLC Rad Tech Clinical Coordinator Joan Laughhunn have been instrumental in getting the program up on its feet and running. They started one year ago at the college and since have built the program into a wonderful regional training tool for future workers of the area’s health care industry.
A resident of Carlyle, Robert holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Webster University (St. Louis) and is a 1995 graduate of Kaskaskia College’s radiology program. Her training includes previous work with grant writing and the Academic Quality Improvement Program, or AQIP, which allows an already-accredited institution like RLC to maintain its accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission. Robert is also trained in the practices of JRCERT – the Joint Review Committee on the Education of Radiologic Technologists.