Welcome to the Alpha Gamma Chapter!


We are so lucky to have our first Chapter President, Fay Bower, RN, DNSc shared her story about Alpha Gamma’s Charter into Sigma Theta Tau International.  Fay Bower recalled, 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!



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.



Did you know... 

MaryLou DeNatle, EdD, RN, CNL is a manuscript reviewer for Nursing Outlook and the American Public Health Association in 2014 and 2015.

Katherine Ricossa, MS, RN reviews abstracts for the International Society of Human Simulation for their annual Convention since 2009.


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 Rauch, Deb Gayelle, Kathy Ricossa, Mary Lou DeNatale, Daryl Canham, Myra Sternlieb, Tammi Messner-Reeves, Teri Lind, and Sue Malloy.



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. 



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