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Serve Locally, Transform Regionally, Lead Globally

Epsilon Theta Chapter has been issued a call by the current STTI President to Serve Locally, Transform Regionally, and Lead Globally. As a chapter will a long history of serving 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.

Happy Birthday Dr. Billye Brown! 90 years looks good on you!

<b>Happy Birthday</b> Kellan!!!! | Official Website of Author SC StephensBillye Brown

What's New from STTI? 

Presidential Call to Action
Please follow this link to the webpage with a video of STTI President Hester Klopper's Call to Action presented at the 42nd Annual Biennial Convention in 2013.

Join the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA for the 43rd Biennial Convention, 7-11 November 2015!

Save the date for STTI’s largest event, featuring outstanding plenary speakers, networking opportunities, over 800 oral and poster presentations, and the opportunity to explore one of the most famous cities in the United States.

What's New on the Epsilon Theta Circle?


Our hard work paid off. The Epsilon Theta Chapter has been selected to receive a Chapter Key Award at the 2015 Biennium Convention. The Chapter Key Awards, established in 1991, honor STTI chapters that excel in chapter-related activities such as: membership recruitment and retention, publicity and programming, professional and leadership development, and local, national and international collaboration.

We are so excited to have been selected to receive this honor. We were recognized for our successful programs and our ongoing improvements/ enhancements to the chapter. The selection committee shared some of the following feedback with us:

Very nicely completed with good points for other chapters. In Leadership and Development the intern and extern programs were well described and can be used as a model.”


“Your chapter should be commended on the excellent focus on research and advancing nursing practice… Your presentations at professional conferences are outstanding!! Scholarship and research grants awarded are outstanding!!! You chapter demonstrates professionalism and scholarship along with compassion and leadership! What an amazing chapter!! Great scholarly work!! “


We Want to Hear From You:

We want to find out how we can maximize your Epsilon Theta membership experience. Please follow the link below and complete a brief (~10 minute) survey for a chance to win a chapter t-shirt!


​Share Your Volunteer Interests for the Chapter

Did you know that STTI has a system for sharing your volunteering interests at the local, regional, and international level? Go to and click on VIProfile to share your interests. 

Check out our Fall 2015 Newsletter!

Mark Your Calendars- Upcoming Chapter Events


Oct. 10- 90MinutesOfService.pdf: a Chapter Initiative. Austin Animal Center from 9am-12pm
Join us on October 10 from 9am-12pm for our 90 minutes of service. We will be helping with craft projects needed for the homeless dogs and cats of Austin (no-sew beds, stuffing treats, etc.). We will NOT be working directly with any of the animals, so feel free to join us even if you aren’t an animal lover. Please RSVP to Megan Pfitzinger at as we will need to provide a head count to AAC. Address: 7201 Levander Loop Bldg A, Austin, TX 78702

Now-Oct. 10 Libraries of Love Africa Book Donation (drop off hardback books for children, adults, and healthcare professionals at UTSoN 2.308 or bring to 90 minutes of service)

Oct. 30 Billye Brown’s Birthday Luncheon
The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing and Dean Alexa Stuifbergen invite you to Billye J. Brown’s 90th Birthday celebration.
October 30, 2015, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm, Onion Creek Club – Austin, Texas, 2510 Onion Creek Parkway
Presenting Sponsor:  Sigma Theta Tau International
Individual Tickets - $50 per person, Table Sponsorships are available
Please contact Andria Brannon at 512-471-5237 for further information or visit

Nov. 4 and 5 Popcorn Social in School of Nursing Lobby- 11:30am-1:00pm (Sponsored by Epsilon Theta and TCRSS at UTSoN)

Nov. 17 Research Dinner on changes to ANA Code of Ethics for Nurses

On November 17, Epsilon Theta will host a research dinner featuring guest Theresa Kyzar from Northwestern State University (Louisiana) and member of the Beta Chi Chapter of STTI.

Theresa has over 25 years in the healthcare industry. Prior to teaching at NSU, she served as VP of Operations and as a Corporate Compliance Officer for a major long term corporation and was a National Health Consultant and OSHA Investigative Specialist to the U.S. Department of Labor in Washington, D.C.

She will present on the topic of the American Nurses Association Code of Ethics, where she will focus on new changes to the doctrine. Please plan to attend. An invitation will be sent out later with all of the details.  

Click on the Quick Links on the right to find out more about us and see pictures from recent events!

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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