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.

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: 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.

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

Submit a Nomination for International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame

The International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame is one of STTI's International Awards for Nursing Excellence. Since 2010, STTI has been inducting nurse researchers who have achieved significant and sustained broad national and/or international recognition for their work; and whose research has impacted the profession and the people it serves.  

All active STTI members are eligible. STTI Board of Directors, STTI staff, STTI consultants and contracted staff, and members of the judging committee are not eligible and cannot support nominations. To find out more, visit the link:


What's New on the Epsilon Theta Circle?

UTSoN Organization Mixer- September 24 12-1:30

Welcome Back to school to all of our student members! We hope you had a restful summer and are getting back into groove of a new semester. To kick-off the school year, we are hosting a mixer with the other student organizations in the school of nursing. So far ANGS and UTNSA will be present, but we are hopeful more organizations will join us. If you are free on Wednesday, September 24 from 12-1:30, stop by and see us in the third floor student lounges (we will have Tiff's Treats...yum!). This event is a great opportunity to meet the current officers and fellow chapter members, discuss upcoming events, and find out more ways to get involved with the chapter. We also hope you will visit with the other organizations to see how you can maximize your student experience while you are at UT. For our members who are not on campus at this time, including nurses in the community, we haven't forgotten about you. Be on the lookout for upcoming messages about exciting events and opportunities for next few months. Our current officers are working hard to plan exciting service and research events that we hope cater to everyone's interests.

Check out the Updated Bulletin Board on the First Floor of the UTSoN


SAVE THE DATE- Founder's Day Tea, October 9 3:30-5pm (Clinical Education Center at Brackenridge)
Mark your calendars our annual Founder's Day Tea to celebrate the founding of the honor society. Due to construction on campus, we will be having the event and Brackenridge. We hope you are able to come. If you would like, please feel free to bring your own teacup and saucer (some will be provided) to show off your fancy china.

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


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Epsilon Theta's Website has had a Facelift!

Our circle website has been recently updated. Explore the quick links above and new documents posted under the resources tab to see what all we have been up to. Come back and check out the website frequently for news and upcoming events!

Upcoming Events

  1. UTSoN Organization Mixer

    Sep 24, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (CT)
    Austin, TX, United States
  2. October Officer Meeting

    Oct 14, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM (CT)
    United States
  3. November Officer Meeting

    Nov 11, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM (CT)


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