“I came up with the idea because my classmates and I are required to provide some type of community service. Most chose to either help at a nursing home or some type of baby sitting service, but I really enjoy drawing and thought that it would be fun if I could put together a little coloring book,” Lane said. “My classmates Laken Baggs, Leanna Borton and Jennifer Wells and I have taken it to a couple of schools, read to the kids and colored with them. The children’s feedback was so awesome. They were really excited and very curious about the book, which made me feel really good, just to know that all the work I put into it was really appreciated by the kids.”
“Community service is an important and required part of who we are as a program and a profession,” said Kendal DeLacerda, assistant professor of radiologic sciences at NSU’s Cenla Campus where Lane attends classes. “Starting as a mandatory requirement, the program hopes students will carry this instilled feeling of community involvement forward and beyond the program.
After becoming a licensed radiologic technologist, Lane hopes to specialize in other areas of medical imaging such as MRI and CT modalities. Her artistic ability has helpful in the classroom, DeLacerda said.
“Anytime a drawing was necessary for physics and positioning classes, she would already be at the dry erase board ready to draw. I was completed intrigued by this raw talent and great imagination,” he said.
Judy Rachal, director of University Printing, and her staff printed the book at Northwestern State’s Print Shop. After the success of the “Coloring with Kids” program, DeLacerda said several area hospitals are considering using the book as a surprise for children who visit their facilities for imaging.
Delacerda presented a copy to NSU President Randall J. Webb, who was delighted with the book.
“This delightful coloring book is such a cute concoction and can be used to prepare children for a visit to an imaging lab,” Webb said. “I applaud students engaging in such activities, which contribute to the overall welfare of those using imaging services, especially young children. Business, industry and higher education stress the importance of STEM in schools and colleges these days. At Northwestern, we take it a steam further by emphasizing STEAM – science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. This project fits nicely with our overall concept.”
“We are so proud of our artist and her accomplishments in designing this book. We are hopeful this little book gain recognition both for its value as a tool for future pediatric imaging patients and as a teaching tool for our future imaging professionals,” DeLacerda said.