Influence to Advance Global Health & Nursing

Epsilon Theta Chapter has been issued a call by the current STTI President, Dr. Cathy Catrambone, to Influence to Advance Global Health and Nursing. As a chapter with a long history of influencing the University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing and the surrounding community. Our vision is to continue to work with our members and our community  uphold the honor society's mission of advancing world health and celebrating nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service.

Chapter President, Amelia Manning, wishes to extend you a warm welcome to the Epsilon Theta Chapter. We look forward to seeing you at many upcoming events. Please like us on Facebook- Sigma Theta Tau-Epsilon Theta Chapter- to keep up date on events. We also regularly update this website to keep you informed. Make sure your email address is current so you can also receive our quarterly emails! 

What's New from STTI? 

Welcome New Officers! We look forward to working with you this biennium!

Newly Elected Officers

President: Amelia Manning PhD(c) MSN RN

Secretary: Amy Berkley MSN RN

Directors: Lisa Bouillon, BSN RN, Kate Galloway BSN RN

Counselors: Chris Abbyad PhD RN WHNP, Marta Anderson MSN RN

Leadership Succession Committee: Liana Lo Chau BSN RN, Davika Reid BSN RN

Governance Committee: Trent Crum MSN RN, Tina Mendiola MBA BSN RN

Chapter Key: Nelda Garcia BSN RN

Continuing Officers

Vice President: LaTashia Kiel MSN RN

Treasurer: Marian Morris MPH RN

Leadership Succession Committee: Emily Cheek MSN RN, Raquel Reynolds PhD MSN RN

Governance Committee: Andrew Peters MSN RN, Marlene Tovar PhD(c) MA RN

Research, Scholarships, Awards Committee: Pat Carter PhD RN CNS

Publicity Committee, E Delegate: Brennan Parmelee MSN RN CNE

What's New on the Epsilon Theta Circle?

Spring 2016 Induction Ceremony

Congratulations to our new members! Our induction ceremony was held on Friday April, 8th, at the UT School of Nursing. We were fortunate to induct a total of 63 new members from Fall 2015 and Spring 2016. A big thank you to Kenneth W. Dion, PhD RN MSN MBA, treasurer of STTI and member of Epsilon Theta for delivering a noteworthy message to our inductees.

 Awards were presented as follows:

- Scholarship Awards: Dayna Gettel BSN RN (Master’s student), Marlene Tovar MA RN (Doctoral student), Ya-Ching Huang MSN RN (Doctoral Student)

- Research Grant Awards: Eduardo Chavez MSN RN (Doctoral student), Jung-Min Park MSN RN (Doctoral student)

- Dolores Sands Award for Excellence in Nursing Research: Linda Yoder PhD MBA RN AOCN

FAAN (Associate Professor of Clinical Nursing)

- Billye J. Brown Award for Excellence in Leadership: Terry Jones PhD RN (Assistant Professor of Clinical Nursing)

- Janis Carelock Award for Excellence in Teaching: Leigh Goldstein PhD RN ANP-BC (Assistant Professor of Clinical Nursing).


STTl Research Conference: Annual Research & Evidence-Based Practice Conference

The purpose of this conference was to encourage community and nursing service through the exchange of nursing knowledge and research discoveries. Goals included (1) exploring the impact of current and future trends on nursing’s potential to affect community service from the local to global levels (2) applying innovative nursing research outcomes (3) recognizing the importance of nursing research discoveries in influencing practice, education, research, and health care policy. Plenary addresses were given on ‘Nursing’s Global Influence – A CDC Nurse’s Perspective’ by Jim Schwendinger, MSN MSPH DNP NP and also ‘Nursing: Answering The Call To Influence Health Disparities’ by Sonja Fuqua, PhD, RN. Dr. Megan Pfitzinger Lippe presented her poster on ‘Evaluating Baccalaureate Curriculum End-Of-Life Content Based Upon End-Of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) Guidelines. 

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Thank you to our chapter donors!


Alexandra Anthony, Laura Benton, Leslie Davis, Mitzi Dreher, Glenda Joiner-Rogers, Caroline Murphy, Andrew Peters, Megan Pfitzinger, Bobbie Sterling, Billye Brown, Mitzi Dreher, Ferne Kyba, Sandra Oliver, Barbara Rossmann, Rita Spinn, Linda Yoder

We are so grateful for your support of STTI and our Chapter!

Janis Carelock Excellence in Teaching Award and Scholarship

Donors: Wayne Carelock, Paul and Shearon Horton, Merrick and Katherine Meese, Amy Holland, Kenneth and Gloria Wagner, Harold and Anna Hans, Martha Meraviglia

In August 2013, the University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing lost a premiere educator, Janis Carelock, after a courageous five year battle with cancer. During her tenure at The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing, Janis conveyed a passion for nursing and a determination to mold her students to be the best nurse possible. She was incredibly dedicated to her students and motivated them to achieve a level of nursing expertise that they themselves never thought possible.

Students often said that Janis was warm and caring, while also a little bit intimidating due to her intellect, incredible knowledge, and wealth of nursing experience. Even during her fight with cancer, Janis remained a dedicated educator, recording podcasts of her lectures from her hospital bed so that students would not fall behind on their learning. Any of Janis’ students will say that she was incredibly influential in helping them to become the nurse they are today. Her death marked a sad time for untold numbers of UT Nursing students, alumni, and faculty.

The Epsilon Theta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nursing wanted to honor the significant contribution Janis made to the nursing education by creating an Excellence in Teaching Award and a scholarship named in Janis’ honor.

The Excellence in Teaching Award will be presented to a faculty member at The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing who, by student nomination, has proven themselves to be a dedicated and exemplary educator. Similarly, in order to acknowledge Janis’ unfailing commitment to her students, a scholarship fund has been created that will be awarded annually to a student member of STTI who demonstrates strong academic merit and a commitment to pursuing a career in nursing education.

In order to maximize the benefit of the Janis Carelock Scholarship, the Board of Directors of the Epsilon Theta Chapter is asking for donations that will be added to the scholarship fund. Our intention is that the scholarship will be a permanent award granted to one outstanding student annually.

If you or someone you know was strongly impacted by Janis, either as a student or professional, we ask that you please consider giving to this fund. We also ask that you widely distribute information about this call for contributions.

Please submit your donations in check form, made out to Epsilon Theta. Checks can be delivered to the front desk at the School of Nursing or sent via mail to: Linda Yoder, Treasurer, Epsilon Theta Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nursing, 1710 Red River, Austin, TX 78701

Thank you for helping us to memorialize Janis and to continue influencing the lives of students and recognizing dedicated educators in her honor.



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