Nursing Honor Society Inducts 31 New Members

Thirty-one new members were inducted into the local chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing Sunday, March 28, 2004 in ceremonies held at Bethel College, Mishawaka, Indiana.  The Nu Omicron-At-Large Chapter is sponsored by the baccalaureate nursing schools of Bethel College, Mishawaka; Goshen College, Goshen; and St. Mary's College, Notre Dame.

Sigma Theta Tau International is an organization of nurse leaders, scholars, and researchers with offices in the Virginia Henderson International Nursing Library located in Indianapolis, Indiana.  The honor society, founded at Indiana University in 1922, has over 356 chapters at more than 400 colleges and universities in the United States of America, Canada, Taiwan, South Korea, and Australia.  Worldwide membership is more than 220,000.

Membership in the society is awarded to bachelor's, master's, and doctoral nursing candidates who demonstrate high scholastic achievement and to graduates of nursing programs who have made outstanding contributions to nursing.  Sigma Theta Tau encourages and actively supports further professional development and promotes nursing scholarship, leadership, creativity, and commitment to nursing among its members.

New members in the Nu Omicron-At-Large Chapter include:

Bethel College students: Catherine Campbell, Sarah Cramer, Rose Gesaman, Peggy Grcich, Linda Holcomb, Faith Horton, Susan King, Jennifer Layman-Young, Lindsey Nelson, Sarah Tyson.

Goshen College students:  Melissa Birkey, Jared Beasley, Julie Geiser, Dorothy Muiruri, Deborah Eriksen, Scott Erikson

St. Mary's College: Emily Agness, Barbara Allen, Leah Baxter, Jennifer Bachtel, Holly Bergman, Julie Torma, Andrea Zandstra.

Community Leaders:  Terry Brilliandt, Paula Calhoun, Lisa Gay, Rebecca Honzik, Rebecca Vargyas-Jellison, JoLynn Reimer, Michele Seese, Tara Stokes.

The Nu Omicron-At-Large Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau schedules three events each year: a fall research presentation to educate and enlighten local nurses, a spring Research Symposium for nursing students to present and share their research proposals and findings, and the annual induction ceremony.

In addition, the local chapter presents monetary grants for members to pursue research projects which further nursing knowledge.

For more information about Sigma Theta Tau or the Nu Omicron-At-Large Chapter, contact the nursing department at any of the three schools: Bethel (574) 257-3369; Goshen (574) 535-7370, St. Mary's (574) 284-4680.