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Merced College Student of the Month

October 2005

Robert Schilling


Major:                           Radiography Program

Interests:                       hiking, time with family

Future Goals:                Transfer Loma Linda for Nuclear Medicine

Nominating Instructor:  Judy Rose, Allied Health




      Meet Robert Schilling, the Merced College Outstanding Student for October.  Robert says, “ training to become a Radiologic Technologist has proven to be both challenging and rewarding”.  He realized his career goals after working as a graphic design map maker for many years.  He is seeking a profession that will provide more personal contact and something more meaningful and fulfilling.  Robert possesses the skills needed for this profession since he communicates through visual means and conveys information for map making and radiologic imaging.

     Robert believes “the most important aspect of working in health care is the ability to show compassion and caring toward patients”. He is an understanding gentleman. He cares for his 16 year old and takes care of his elderly parents.  He attributes his career choice to also seeing first hand hospitals, doctor visits, pharmacies and realizing the importance of direct communication, respect and treatment to the individual.

     “Robert is dedicated to his studies and carries himself with a certain professionalism that greatly models what we as educators strive to instill in our students,” states K. Judy Rose, Allied Health Instructor who nominated Robert.  A recent radiographic pathology class project on “Blowout Fractures” was selected to be included in a continuing education seminar for area radiologic technologists.  Robert was nominated for the Radiologic Technology Educators of California (RTEC) ”Golden Apple Award” and is awaiting final selection. Rose states “the spirit of this award is to recognize that special student who exemplifies the ideals of the Radiologic Technology profession.  One who represents their peers, their program and their department with competency, dependability, integrity, loyalty and professionalism.”  His academic performance is superior with a 3.96 GPA.

     Tutoring and assisting his fellow students is what Robert does.  He is willing to help and is very understanding.  He has participated in an organization called Valley Vision, a non-profit group who is spreading awareness of the importance of preserving farmland in the Central Valley.  Robert completed a project by mapping the entire valley floor to show the relationship between current building developments and prime farmland consumed. He is also a member of Phi Theta Kappa, an international honor society.  Participation in health fairs and fundraising are also part of Robert’s activities. 

     Future plans include transferring to Loma Linda Satellite program in Fresno in Fall of 2006 to pursue Nuclear Medicine. Merced College has shown me “capabilities I did not realize I possessed and I have grown as a person. “ Robert will be recognized at an upcoming Board of Trustees meeting and will receive a check and special parking pass.


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Last updated on 10-06-05 by Michelle Pecchenino