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Welcome to the Nursing Honor Society
Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) is the only international nursing honor society worldwide and is a global community of nurse leaders with members belonging to 500 chapters who live in 90 countries. Through this network, members lead in using knowledge, scholarship, services and learning to improve the health of the world’s people.
Regis College and Emmanuel College work together in forming STTI Chapter 387 Pi Epsilon-at-Large.
STTI Organizational Mission
The mission of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International is to support the learning, knowledge and professional development of nurses committed to making a difference in health worldwide.
The vision of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International is to create a global community of nurses who lead in using knowledge, scholarship, service and learning to improve the health of the world’s people.
History of Pi Epsilon-at-Large Chapter 387
Regis College and Emmanuel College
The Regis College Nursing Honor Society was initiated by Dr. Amy Anderson and began with informal discussions among the nursing faculty led by Dr. Antoinette M. Hays, PhD, RN. An official committee meeting was held in Alumnae Hall in November of 1989. A motion was made to establish a local honor society, which would encourage nursing scholarship, leadership and research. Faculty, students and alumni was well as Community Nurses would be invited to participate. Subsequent meetings in 1990 addressed the issues of membership applications and finances.
Records indicate that these concerns were all addressed at the Annual Business Meeting. By this time, the Society had elected officers and five (5) functioning committees. Membership fees of twenty-five dollars ($25.00) were collected and used to sponsor activities such as the Distinguished Speaker Lectures.
The academic year, 1988, was a significant one in the annals of the Emmanuel College Department of Nursing. After faculty discussions on the feasibility of establishing a Nursing Honor Society Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, an informational session for students and alumni was held on December 6, 1988 in the Administration Meeting Room. Approximately twenty (20) students and alumni attended this first session. Alumni and students showed interest and enthusiasm at this initial information session. The general consensus at this time was that Emmanuel College should perhaps address becoming a part of an At-Large Honor Society with another School of Nursing.
On November 16, 1991, the Regis College and Emmanuel College Nursing Faculty, members of the Regis College Nursing Honor Society and representative from the Emmanuel College alumni met to discuss feasibility of the At-Large Nursing Honor Society. Subsequently, an At-Large Nursing Honor Society Joint Steering Committee was established. The Steering Committee was led by Dr. Antoinette Hays, President and Billie Swisher, President-Elect of the Regis Honor Society and Jane Kelly and Ann Zaia representing Emmanuel College.
On February 2, 1993, representatives from both Regis College and Emmanuel College agreed upon the mutual benefits of an At-Large Honor Society. This was announced in a letter sent to the alumnae of both Colleges. The requirements for membership included a Grade Point Average of 3.0 and inclusion in the upper 35% of class ranking. During this year, meetings were alternately held at both Colleges.
In preparation for development of the At-Large Honor Society, Dr. Antoinette Hays, Dr. Amy Anderson and representatives from Emmanuel College, made plans to meet with Carla Davis, a representative from Sigma Theta Tau, who is an expert in At-Large Honor Societies.
In the Fall of 1994, Billie Swisher became the new president and thus the motivating force behind the efforts to attain Chapterhood.
Pi Epsilon-at-Large was officially charted on May 27, 1998.
Pi Epsilon-at-Large Chapter
Sigma Theta Tau International
Nursing Honor Society
Deborah Henderson, Vice President
Patricia Ciarleglio, Secretary