For the first time, the School of Nursing has selected two students as Hegyvary Citizens of the World Scholars. Graduate student Mary Chemlik and undergraduate Lizabeth Clabaugh were awarded this distinction for "especially meritorious" applications to become Citizens of the World Scholars. Chemlik will travel to Nicaragua this month to develop an educational program about asthma at an orphanage where every child suffers from this condition. Clabaugh will work with CARE/Ecuador and local Ecuadorians over the summer to develop an international public health program focusing on HIV/AIDS education and prevention.
The designation of Chemlik and Clabaugh as Hegyvary Scholars honors the founder of the Citizens of the World program, Dean Emeritus Sue T. Hegyvary. Hegyvary established the program in 1989 with gifts from alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends of the School to prepare students to practice nursing in the increasingly diverse world of the future. In the past 10 years, 101 students from the UW School of Nursing have participated in international programs on six continents, experiencing first-hand how health care is delivered in different cultures.
Indrani deSaram is coordinator of the Citizens of the World Program and the Hegyvary Citizens of the World Fund for the School. This past year she organized "brown-bag" lectures by Citizens of the World scholars describing their experiences abroad. One B.S.N. student, Hee Jung Kim, who traveled to a small village without running water or electricity in the rain forest of Ghana, West Africa, described her "defining moment" as when she began to see how much villagers were able to do for themselves rather than how many things they lacked.
In order to qualify for the program, students must research possible sites, find a local contact, and then submit an application outlining their plan of study and the ways the experience would contribute to their future goals.
CAPTION: Four Citizens of the World Scholars and Indrani deSaram are pictured in front of a chart prepared by Sheela Choppala about becoming a Citizen of the World Scholar. From left to right they are Caroline Raganit, who worked with disaster victims in the Philippines; Emily Rice, who worked in Burmese Karen refugee camps in Thailand; Indrani deSaram; Jenny Hsin-Chun Tsai, a doctoral exchange student at Chiang-Mai University in Thailand; and graduate student Glenda Newhall, who worked in a small community hospital in the Phillippines. Not pictured are 1998 Citizens of the World Scholars Naomi Artru, Sheela Choppala, Reggie Fernandez, Anna Gacek, Hee Jung Kim, Shinae Kim, Angela Macey, Julie Muzzarelli, Viva Tapper, Lauren Towne, Jezzamine Yee, and Joanne Bryant.