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Welcome to the Alpha Gamma Chapter!

REMEMBERING ALPHA GAMMA’S HUMBLE BEGINNINGS

We are so lucky to have our first Chapter President, Fay Bower, RN, DNSc share her story about Alpha Gamma’s Charter into Sigma Theta Tau International.  Fay Bower recalls, a faculty member who was a STTI member and wanted a chapter at San Jose State University. She asked me to work with her to meet the requirements and asked me to be the first president. Unfortunately the person was a victim as a violent crime and was not able to see her dream fulfilled. Alpha Gamma was inducted as the first chapter of Sigma Theta Tau in Northern California in 1963.

Dr Bower keeps giving back to the organization by holding numerous positions  locally, regionally and internationally. She served as STTI International President from 1993-1995. In 2014, our induction featured Dr Fay Bower as our keynote presenter. Her keynote address was on Nursing Leadership and Professional Practice recognizing the importance of belonging to the honor society of nursing. Her address was compelling and invigorating. Fay’s dedication and contribution to the honor society of nursing continues to astound all with her contributions to the nursing profession. Maya Angelou said it best, “As a nurse, we have the opportunity to heal the heart, mind, soul and body of our patients, their families and ourselves. They may forget your name, but they will never forget how you made them feel.”  Thank you Dr Bower for touching our hearts!

2015 INDUCTION AND SPRING PROGRAM

 

We commemorated our 52nd anniversary with Sigma Theta Tau International by having our induction at Mariani’s Inn and Restaurant.  Our Induction welcomed 70 undergrads, 2 graduate students and 2 community members.We welcome our newest members to the Alpha Gamma Chapter family of Sigma Theta Tau International. 

 

Our keynote address featured a panel presentation moderated by Myra Sternlieb, Past President (2010-2012). Myra featured a panel of our Student Interns whom shared their own experiences as a student nurse. Our interns who presented were: Danielle Bohnhoff, Jessica, Han, and Michelle Nguyen. These interns presented nursing practice through the eyes of an apprentice and reminded us about the essence of nursing.

 Florence Nightingale quoted, “So never lose an opportunity of urging a practical beginning, however small, for it is wonderful how often in such matters the mustard-seed germinates and roots itself.” Our student interns reflect the influence of the Alpha Gamma Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International by being mentored to grow and develop into a professional nurse as evidenced by the care and dignity they provide for our patients and families. It is with great appreciation to Myra, Danielle, Jessica, and Han for sharing their practice with us. Thank you for a wonderful keynote address.

 

STTI PHILANTROPIC SUPPORTERS

We thank our chapter members for their commitment and dedication to the organization to promote nursing scholarship. If you would like to contribute to the Alpha Gamma Chapter or STTI Foundation, please visit us at STTI Foundation

Foundation Donors:

  • Fay Bower
  • Mary Lou De Natale
  • Katherine Ricossa

2015 Alpha Gamma Chapter Donors:

  • Nancy Almerico
  • Daryl Canham
  • Phyllis Connolly
  • Mary Dunlap
  • Catherine Anne Henderson
  • Joanne McKinney
  • Barbara Rieder
  • Marilyn Rodgers
  • John Simmons
  • Diane St Denis

PRESIDENTIAL AWARD BESTOWED TO THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS AT THE TRANSITION MEETING

Annual we transition our Board of Directors end of Spring. On June 17, 2015, we held a meeting to celebrate our retiring Board Members and onboard our new members. Dr Canham had provided information about job roles and responsibilities for our new Board. The President Award was bestowed upon the 2013-2015 Board of Directors for Outstanding Contribution to the Chapter by Kathy Ricossa, Chapter President. Pictured Board Members (left to right): Lisa Rausch, Deb Gayelle, Kathy Ricossa, Mary Lou DeNatale, Daryl Canham, Myra Sternlieb, Tammi Messner-Reeves, Teri Lind, and Sue Malloy.

 

INTERESTED IN MEMBERSHIP? 

After graduating from a school of nursing, nurses are eligible for membership in STTI under the category of Community Nurse Leader.  Please go to the http://www.nursingsociety.org website for more information or call Membership Services 1.317.634.FREE (8171) for referral to a local chapter.  Chapters are regularly seeking recruits for membership among working nurses who are interested in the aims and ideals of STTI, which include support for scholarship, leadership, and service. 

 


IS YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION UP TO DATE WITH STTI? 

Please remember to call Membership Services 1-888-634-7575 to update your email address and current contact information if this has recently changed so that you will continue to get newsletters, program information, and renewal notices. 

 Also, do you want to serve on an STTI International Committee? Don’t forget to submit a VIProfile on the STTI website at www.nursingsociety.org. This tool is used to select members for committees, for review of research grant applications, and to review for chapter awards. 


 

 

ALPHA GAMMA CHAPTER CALENDAR OF EVENTS 2015-2016

Event

Date

Location

Transition Board Meeting

June 17, 2015

Hosted by Dr. Mary Lou DeNatale

Invitation will be sent

26th STTI International

Nursing Research Congress

July 23-27, 2015

San Juan, Puerto Rico

For more info

www.nursingsociety.org

Meet & Greet Membership

August 21, 2015

6:00 PM

San Jose State University

Location: TBA

Fall Program: Advanced Degrees & Certification

September 25, 2015

4:00-6:00 PM

Location: TBA

Fall Collaborative Program sponsored with Beta Gamma: Caregiver Conference

October 24, 2015

8:00-12:00

University of San Francisco

Location: TBA

New Member Applications due

October 30, 2015

 

Pre Conference with Region 1 Collaboration

STTI 43rd Biennial Convention

 

November 6, 2015

8:00-12:00

Aria Hotel & Casino

Las Vegas, Nevada

Room TBA

STTI 43rd Biennial Convention

November 7 to 11, 2015

Aria Hotel & Casino

Las Vegas, Nevada

For more information:

convention.nursingsociety.org

Annual Meeting

December

Date TBBA

TBA

Business &Spring Membership Meeting

March 5, 2016

TBA

Induction 2014

April 2016

Date to be confirmed

 

 

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