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UIS professor emerita honored for volunteer work overseas

October 18, 2006

SPRINGFIELD – Mattilou Catchpole, professor emerita of Women's Studies at the University of Illinois at Springfield, is one of 18 recipients of the President's Call to Service Award presented by Health Volunteers Overseas. This national award recognizes individuals who have contributed at least 4,000 hours of volunteer service – the equivalent of two years' full-time service – in developing countries that are in need of vital health care training and educational support services.

"Each volunteer hour contributed makes a difference in improving the quality of life for others," said Dr. David Frost, chairman of the organization's board of directors. "These recipients are role models for all Americans."

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Catchpole, originally trained as a nurse anesthetist, has made 21 trips to 17 developing countries since 1990. She explained, "After my first trip to volunteer in Haiti, to help a fellow nurse anesthetist whose husband was having open heart surgery, I discovered that what I wanted to do was to teach anesthesia to nurses there – wherever 'there' was – instead of just administer it."

She looked around for a volunteer group that taught, and discovered Health Volunteers Overseas, a group whose purpose was to teach and then leave once those they taught were able teach others on their own. She has been volunteering one month every summer ever since.

During this time she has served in Uganda as co-director of a nurse anesthesia program, along with a physician anesthesiologist, and was sole director of another nurse anesthesia program in Guyana. It was for the latter service that she was specifically honored by HVO.

HVO is a private, nonprofit organization that works to improve global health through education. HVO trains, mentors, and provides professional support to health care providers in more than 25 resource-poor countries.

For more information, contact Catchpole at 206-7425 or go to www.hvousa.org.

    The University of Illinois at Springfield, one of three U of I campuses, is a small, public liberal arts university that offers 42 degree programs – 21 bachelor’s, 20 master’s, and the Doctorate of Public Administration. UIS has a special mission in public affairs and service and is known for extraordinary internships, a wireless campus, extensive online offerings, and a commitment to teaching.
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