SIU Med School Publishes 21th Annual SCOPE Magazine


April 28, 2014

SIU Med School Publishes 21th Annual SCOPE Magazine

The 21st annual edition of SCOPE literary magazine has been published by Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.

Produced each year by SIU medical students, this edition of SCOPE contains 36 short stories, poems and artwork submitted by students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the School. First published in 1994, SCOPE exemplifies the artistic and creative energy of the SIU School of Medicine community. The 2014 issue was introduced at a recent reception at the School.

Prizes were awarded to the top three entries in the categories of poetry, prose and visual art. The winners, selected by the editorial staff, received small monetary awards.

First-place poetry winner was Amanda Ross, first-year plastic surgery resident from Springfield, for “The Ferrymen.” Second-place winner was Barbara Nowack, grant writer at Simmons Cancer Institute at SIU from Ashland, for “Small Town Dying.” Third-place winner was Dr. Michael Pranzatelli, from Springfield, for “A Good Bed.”

The first-place prose winner was Dale Jensen of Springfield for “Havens.” Second-place winner was Dr. Wesley Robinson-McNeese, assistant dean for minority affairs from Springfield, for “A Homeroom Note.” Third-place winner was Dr. Juliet Bradley, a family physician at Cook County Hospital in Chicago and alumnus from the Class of 1997, for “Going Blind.”

The first-place visual art award was presented to Abi Razo, clinical case manager at Pavilion Foundation Hospital in Champaign, for her series of intaglio prints with watercolor, “Bone Study,” which was featured on the cover of this year’s edition of SCOPE. Second-place winner was Dr. Michael Pranzatelli for his acrylic painting, “It Once Was Home.” Third-place winner was Lizz (Robertson) Klaras, freelance artist from Petersburg, for her charcoal pastel, “Butterfly Sky.”

The People’s Choice Award and Dean’s Choice Award from an exhibit of SCOPE visual art at the School were awarded to Carolyn Barrett from Jacksonville for her painting “Hawg Farm.” The Dean’s Choice Award is a new award this year.

Isaac Tan, second-year medical student from Mt. Zion, served as editor-in-chief of SCOPE. Art editor was Lacey Wood, second-year medical student from Chatham. Review editor was Maggie Rallo, a second-year medical student from Edwardsville. Publicity and special event coordinator was Carolyn Roloff, fourth-year medical student from Urbana. Review staff were Nick Petre, first-year medical student from Moline; Sara Ros, fourth-year medical student from Wilmette; Breck Jones, third-year medical student from Equality; Drew Schmucker, fourth-year medical student from Olney; Chris Betzle, fourth-year medical student from Moline; and Julianne Al-Khenaizi, second-year medical student from Chillicothe.

Staff advisors for SCOPE are Karen Carlson, director of public affairs; Rebecca Budde, publications editor; Steve Sandstrom, communications coordinator; and Jason Johnson, photographer. Faculty advisors are Kelly Armstrong, Ph.D., assistant professor and Phillip Davis, Ph.D., associate professor, both in the Department of Medical Humanities in Springfield, and Kathleen Jones, instructor of biology for medical education preparatory in Carbondale.

All SCOPE editions, including the new edition, are posted online at The current issue can be viewed in pdf and electronic book formats. Copies are available by contacting Rebecca Budde at SIU Public Affairs, 217-545-2151 weekdays or Submissions for the 2015 edition of SCOPE will be accepted October - December 2014.

Media Contacts

Karen Carlson,
SIU, 217-545-3854


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