Newsletter, Spring, 2016

Iota Nu Chapter at Large

Newsletter, Spring, 2016


    Region 6 Research Conference, April 15, 2016   

April 15, 2016 is the date for the STTI Region 6 Research Conference in Shreveport.  

Register online BEFORE April 14 at:

Please make your plans to attend now.

Purchase your tickets here!


Iota Nu Chapter at Large Chartering & Induction Ceremony!

 Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society Iota Nu Chapter at Large Chartering and Induction Ceremony to be held at The Cascades on April 21, 2016 @ 6:00 in the evening.  This is an historic event that you will not want to miss!!  The cut-off for early registration ticket price discount for the dinner is April 6.
Here is the EventBrite link to purchase tickets:  

Thanks and I hope to see you all there!!
Carol Rizer


News from The Region!

26th International Nursing Research Congress
Carol, thank you for serving as a chapter leader for the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI). ReadLeader Lines each month to find information specific to your role(s).
To ensure that your chapter's leaders receive their issue, please update leaders and terms in the Officer and Committee Chair Report in the Management System.

President-Elect’s News

Download the Chapter Annual Report questions. 
The questions in the 2015-2016 Chapter Annual Report are available for download . Start now to gather your responses. The submission form will open in May, and you can copy and paste your responses to ensure you complete your submission by the 3 August deadline.

Understanding and adopting the 2015-2017 chapter bylaws 
Watch a recorded webcast to learn how to download the template, add any necessary changes for the membership to vote on, and upload your bylaws to STTI.

Call for Abstracts: Leadership Connection 
Make plans to attend this professional event, geared toward chapter leaders (17-18 September) and nursing leaders (19-20 September) with a focus on influencing change through leadership. Abstracts will be accepted until 6 April.

Two webcasts in April 
Register for April’s webcasts, which will focus on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and how your chapter can help to achieve them , and how to create connections in The Circle .

How will you celebrate Nurses Week? 
Nurses Week, 6-12 May 2016, and International Nurses Day, 12 May 2016, provide the perfect opportunity to gather members to celebrate your professional accomplishments. Share your plans in the All Chapter Officers workgroup , and direct members to the Nurses Week webpage to see STTI’s discounts and initiatives.

SOAR to Success 
Attend this virtual session to see how your chapter’s strengths, opportunities, aspirations, and results (SOAR) can help create an easy, but valuable, strategic plan.

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    Induction Season

    As we approach Induction time and school is in full swing this Spring, I thought I might spend some time discussing how to engage our students and new inductees in STTI early on. We often hear new members say they have heard very little about STTI until Induction time is near. I can attest that most chapters do try to engage students and nurse leaders early on and do spend time discussing the role of STTI in a nursing career. Over the past few months, I have heard chapter leaders and other members talk about how to retain members especially the new inductees, so I thought we might begin by discussing some strategies for early engagement.

    Several chapters in Region 6 often hold an Induction Luncheon or Tea a few weeks prior to the official Induction Ceremony. There the chapter leaders often show a power point presentation and also a view of the STTI website during the luncheon. The STTI website is explained and explored with the new inductees including the Virginia Henderson e-repository. Some chapter leaders state that it is important to encourage the new inductees to sign up to participate in various chapter committees prior to leaving the luncheon. Others also put together a goody bag with information about upcoming chapter, regional and national STTI events and a list of chapter contacts.

    If your University has a Student Nurses Association then even more opportunities arise. You could coordinate service activities and/or sponsor one of their meetings and share with them all that is there for them on the Website without even being a member. Ask the SNA to add a monthly Chapter update to each of their agendas.

    Again if you have further thoughts or ideas please do not hesitate to contact me Even better, you can begin a discussion on the Region 6 Officer Connect to share ideas that have been successful with your chapter. Let's work together to increase chapter member involvement. Thanks for all that you do!!

    Theresa Kyzar, STTI North America Region 6 Coordinator


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    Fall 2012 Iota Nu Newsletter

    Fall is almost in the air and I want to share some of the great things going on with our Iota Nu Chapter!

    You may ask, “What has Iota Nu done for you?”

    Well, several things!


    1. We now have a chapter website!

    If you’re like me, you “google” a lot! So just google “Sigma theta tau iota nu website” and it will get you there too!  And we have photos of our chapter at the Alzheimer’s Walk September 2012 under “Events” Stay tuned for more photos in that area!


    You’ll see our immediate past president, Karen Koerber-Timmons, accepting our key chapter award at the Biennium November 2011, Chapter news to the right has the current events posted. There is an easy “Renew today” button too.

    1. Iota Nu Research Grants

    Iota Nu Chapter is offering its members 2 research awards at $500 each semester (total of $2000). This is an increase from past years!

    Follow this link (go to the Awards menu on the website)

    for the following documents 1) the purpose and guidelines and 2) the application and agreement.  Contact the chair of the Research Committee, Dr. Gloria Duke for any questions at


    1. Our annual Fall dinner meeting is October 23rd,, 7 pm at Napoli’s Italian Restaurant in Kilgore, you can pay at the event and use the link to RSVP


    1. Our chapter’s 25th anniversary celebration will be April 19, 2013, and we need volunteers to serve on a task force!  We will have a meeting this fall and begin to plan this event honoring our history. Don’t miss it!


    1. Our Fall induction will be November 15 in the Graduate Nursing Building. Updates for times will be posted on Chapter News on the website.


    1. Exciting projects in the planning stages: A) Poster competition online with a cash prize including research and practice topics.  Stay tuned for guidelines! B) Mentor program: committee members Vicki Jowell and Christine Gipson C) Working on establishing a Facebook page.


    1. Lastly, I and two board members ( Katheryn Courville, and Connie Wyszynski) were able to attend the Leadership Forum in Indianapolis in September. See below picture our group and new friends at lunch. Several take away points: STTI is unique; we are blended between being an honor society and a professional organization.  It is an honor and a responsibility to be a part of the organization. And it is an honor to be your president,

     Belinda Deal, RN, Phd, CEN