The prestigious Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society
of Nursing has inducted Stritch’s Ruth S. Coleman College of Nursing as an at-large chapter.
The format induction ceremony took place April 12 at
the Italian Community Center in downtown Milwaukee.
Tau is the
only nursing honor society. It was founded in 1922 by six nursing students at
Indiana University, with one chapter and six members. During the past 90 years,
it has evolved to 469 chapters across the globe, with more than 400,000
inducted members who are active in more than 90 countries and territories.
Founded to advance the knowledge, learning and service of nurses, the
honor society focuses on scholarship and leadership in its social and ethical
commitment to excellence.
The chartering of a chapter and
induction of members serves as recognition of nursing excellence in the College
of Nursing and a commitment to these values.
Baccalaureate, graduate and doctoral
students in nursing are invited to become members based on progress in their
respective nursing program, GPA and class standing. Nurse leaders are invited who
hold a minimum of a bachelor’s degree and based on their contributions to the
profession of nursing.
Kelly Dries, dean of the Ruth S. Coleman
College of Nursing, and two faculty members, Amy Olsen and Eileen Piering, were
inducted along with one Master of Science in Nursing alumnae, one bachelor’s
degree student and seven MSN students.
“Joining STTI is a tremendous opportunity that will
allow our students to be part of the honor society and its international
connections,” said Dries. “Faculty and students will have access to some
important STTI resources that will help them grow personally and
Dries accepted an amended copy of the
chapter charter and a plaque inscribed with the school and chapter names symbolizing the College of Nursing’s commitment to nursing excellence and