INA, Ill. – The city’s slogan “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas” will not be applying to Victoria Brown this summer. After winning one of 50 slots for a free trip to Sin City, the Rend Lake College sophomore hopes to share everything she learns.
Brown, 27, of Pinckneyville, has been selected as one of 50 students across the country to win an all-inclusive visit to the 2012 American Society of Radiologic Technologists ASRT Educational Symposium in June at Bally’s Las Vegas. The event is a part of the ASRT House of Delegates annual meeting. And while there will probably be shopping, sites and shows on Brown’s to-do list – the Eiffel Tower and Statue of Liberty in miniature, and the unique casino architecture are a few things she wants to see – her main mission is to develop career skills and share what she learns with her fellow students in the radiologic technology program at RLC.
In August, Brown submitted an essay for the student development competition to win the free trip. Her essay was about what she hopes to learn at the symposium, an event geared toward medical imaging and radiation therapy professionals that will feature presentations from leaders in radiologic technology and opportunities for networking with colleagues from around the country, according to the ASRT website.
“I hope to learn about the advancements being made in radiology,” Brown said. “I’m excited about sharing what I learn with other students. And I’m excited to meet my future co-workers and leaders.”
This will be Brown’s first visit to Las Vegas.
“I’ve heard so much about Las Vegas,” said Brown. “I’m so excited to see it.”
She is on track to graduate from RLC’s radiology program in May.
“I’ve loved everything about it,” she said of the program at RLC. “I’ve loved learning and meeting people. My instructors have been awesome and the different clinical sites have been wonderful.”
Another “awesome” instructor at RLC, English Associate Professor Joe Ervin, deserves Brown’s thanks for his guidance with her essay submission, she said.
Radiologic Technology Program Director Kim Robert said calling Brown “motivated” would be an understatement.
“She is an extremely driven, intelligent and successful student in our program,” said Robert. “That she took the initiative to enter this contest – let alone became a chosen finalist – is proof of her drive and I think an indication of how well she will do with the profession.”