Carolyn Roloff: resident artist
“It’s important for people to pursue their artistic passions outside of their everyday work,” Carolyn Roloff says. A fourth-year medical student from Urbana, Roloff takes her own advice to heart. “I got involved in SCOPE my first year of medical school as an outlet from studying,” she says. “I’ve always been interested in the arts, and SCOPE was the perfect venue.”
For four years, she has been a component of the success of the School’s annual literary magazine. She’s been an entrant, a reviewer, publicity coordinator and special event planner. This year, Roloff was the main publicity and event planner, reminding the community to submit their work and attend the spring SCOPE receptions.
“It’s a unique experience to attend a medical school that values the humanities as much as SIU, and the humanities are a very necessary part of empathetic medical practice,” Roloff says. “Without the humanities, it can be very hard to process all of the experiences you have in the medical field.”
In addition to SCOPE and studying, Roloff spends her time dancing with a community group and playing the violin. Music has always been an integral part of her life. “I never thought, ‘Will I play an instrument?’ It was more, ‘Which one will I play?’” Roloff says.
Next year, she will begin her residency training in pediatrics at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. She’s already “scoped out” the local swing dancing opportunities and is looking forward to an active life in the community.
The most recent edition of SCOPE was unveiled at a reading and reception at the School on April 23. In addition, a special reception was held at the Vachel Lindsay Home as a part of their “Artist in Residence” series. Look for more details in the next aspects.
Support the arts in medicine
Funding for SCOPE is generously provided through the SIU Foundation. Consider a gift to the Dean’s Excellence Fund to help us continue the tradition of SCOPE.
Gifts may be given online at siumed.edu/foundation/GIVING.asp. Indicate SCOPE under additional/other designations
Or indicate SCOPE on the enclosed envelope and mail to SIU Foundation P.O. Box 19666 Springfield, IL 62794-9666 10240401001 G 34950
To view all editions of SCOPE, visit
Students thankful for alumni scholarships
This year, nine medical students have received Alumni Scholarship awards. The awards are given annually to third- or fourth-year medical students. All of this year’s recipients are fourth-year students.
The Alumni Scholarship was established by the charter Class of 1976 as a gift in honor of its 25th reunion. The Class of 1977 followed the lead of the previous class in supporting the fund with reunion gifts. Alumni from all classes contribute to the scholarship annually, increasing the availability of funds.