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First place visual art award - Kelsey Thorton
Second place visual art award - Tyler Fitch
Third place visual art award - Tom Ala, M.D.
People's Choice Award - Richard French

May 22, 2009

SIU Med School Publishes 16th Edition of SCOPE Magazine

The sixteenth 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 24 short stories, poems, paintings and photographs submitted by students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the School.  The issue was introduced during a reading of the best works last month at the medical school in Springfield.

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

First-place poetry winner was Dr. Michael R. Pranzatelli, professor of neurology, for “Sonata No. 8 in C Minor.”  Second-place winner was Dr. Wesley Robinson-McNeese, associate professor of internal medicine and executive assistant to the dean for diversity, multicultural and minority affairs, for “Face to Face.”  Third-place winner was Dr. Blaine Eubanks, internal medicine/pediatrics resident at the University of Illinois College of Medicine and St. Francis Hospital in Peoria and Class of 2008, for “Rolling Up the Rug.”

The first-place prose winner was Jacob Broderick, first-year medical student from Chatham, for “A Hard Day for Me.”  Second-place winner was Elizabeth D. Tate, certified nurse practitioner in neurology, for “Mortal Pain.” Third-place winner was Sandra L. Shea, Ph.D., associate professor of family and community medicine in Carbondale, for “Promises Made, Promises Kept.”

The first-place visual art award was presented to Kelsey Thornton, daughter of Carol Gordon, Medical Library, for her painting “Navy Pier,” which was featured on the cover of this year’s edition of SCOPE.  Second-place winner was Tyler Fitch, first-year student from Peoria, for his photograph, “Looking Above the Hustle and Bustle.”  Third-place winner was Dr. Tom Ala, associate professor of neurology and interim director for the Center for Alzheimer Disease and Related Disorders, for his photo “Cypress Knees on Lake Springfield.”

The People’s Choice Award from an exhibit at the medical school of SCOPE visual art submissions went to Richard French, director of information technology, for his photo “Chinese Lights.”

Kate Richards, second-year medical student from Wood River, and Rachel Ade, third-year medical student from Moline, served as editors-in-chief of SCOPE.  The editorial team included associate editors – Amber May, first-year medical student from Lindenhurst, and Tyler Vaughn, first-year medical student from Ottawa; layout editors – Lacey Ufkes, fourth-year medical student from Quincy, Omoni Ekhoma, fourth-year medical student from Chicago, and Adam Andruska, second-year medical student from Marine.

Other staff include review editors – Natasha Kyte, second-year medical student from Walnut, Calif., Nadia Ali, second-year medical student from Carbondale, Gina Dawe, first-year medical student from Granville, Safiya McNeese, first-year medical student from Kankakee, and Kaylee Rosenbaum, first-year medical student from Chillicothe; publicity editors – Mary Sterrett, second-year medical student from New Baden, Rosenbaum and Vaugh; and poetry/prose editors – Gina Paulaskis, third-year medical student from Glen Carbon, and Ali; art editors – Carrie Reschke, fourth-year medical student from Lake Mary, Fla., Rubab Hasnie, first-year medical student from Chicago, Brandon Hamm, first year-medical student from Bradley and Andruska; and reading/reception coordinator – Jennifer Rose, third-year medical student from Springfield.

Staff editors for SCOPE are Karen Carlson, publications coordinator, and Jim Hawker, photographer, both in external and health affairs.  Faculty advisors are Phillip Davis, Ph.D., associate professor of medical humanities in Springfield, and Jacqueline Scolari, Ph.D., director of the medical resource center in Carbondale.

Previous SCOPE editions are posted online and the new edition will be added to
the site at SCOPE.  Copies are available by contacting Carlson at SIU External Affairs, 217-545-0870 weekdays or  Submissions for the 2010 edition of SCOPE will be accepted October - December 2009.


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