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.

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. http://www.nursingsociety.org/aboutus/board/Pages/bio_klopper.aspx

Join the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA for the 43rd Biennial Convention, 7-11 November 2015! Accepting abstracts until January 28, 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.

Registration information will be available soon.



What's New on the Epsilon Theta Circle?

Chapter Key Award Committee Survey
Currently, your officers are working on applying for the Chapter Key Award, a prestigious Sigma Theta Tau honor. To have the best chance of winning the award, we need your help! We ask that you would consider spending a few minutes filling out this short survey:
Epsilon Theta has some of the best members in all of STTI and we would like that to be known, so please take a few minutes and complete the survey. Your support is overwhelmingly appreciated and we wish you all a very happy holiday season this year!

​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 http://membership.nursingsociety.org and click on VIProfile to share your interests. 

Check out our FALL 2014 Chapter Newsletter! 

Mark Your Calendars- Upcoming Chapter Events

February 13, 2015- Joint Research Meeting with Central Texas Chapter of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses.
Come hear Dr. Cherie Simpson share the current state of the science in caregiver of dementia patient research and the EBP programs that are available. More information coming soon!

March 7, 2015- Explore UT, 11-4 UT Austin
Mark your calendar for March 7, 2015 from 11 am to 4 pm. The Epsilon Theta chapter will be partnering with the UT College of Pharmacy for Explore UT. Our members will be providing health screenings and education for Austin community members at the event. We need members to volunteer for all or part of the event. Bring your family to the event as well to check out the offerings from schools across campus. More information will be available in February.


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


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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