MARCH 2018

President’s Message

 Greetings to all Lambda Theta Chapter members, with a special welcome to our newly inducted 2017 members. This past year has been a busy one. In the fall, Dr. Kim Keser and I attended the SIGMA conference in Indianapolis, Indiana. What a wonderful experience it was. The 2017 convention theme was: Influence Through Action: Advancing Global Health, Nursing and Midwifery. The conference was attended by over 3000 SIGMA members in which there were over 1000 oral, symposia, and poster presentations detailing the latest clinical innovations, critical research projects and important leadership initiatives.  An exciting event was the Society awarding our chapter a Showcase of Regional Excellence award for our project “Backpacks for Haiti Nursing Students” community service initiative. The two awards will recognize Lambda Theta in the themes of advocacy and philanthropy.


There have been various chapter events and celebrations over the years with many chapter members participating in research and other scholarly events. Lambda Theta Chapter wants to hear from the members. Let us know what scholarly and leadership endeavors you have participated in over the years.


As spring brings renewed beginnings, the chapter leaders are working to enhance chapter activities. We need members to engage with us to continue our heritage of Chapter activities. We need your ideas and creativity to help this chapter thrive.   There is a lot to do and accomplish. Please let me know if you are interested in serving as an officer or on another planning group. Stay tuned for more opportunities to become involved.


Today, Lambda Theta Chapter continues to support Sigma Theta Tau’s vision to create a global community of nurses who lead in using knowledge, scholarship, service and learning to improve the health of the world’s people.

Desma R. Reno, President
Lambda Theta Chapter



 Spring 2018 Chapter Meeting and Annual Induction Ceremony

May 3, 2018
Southeast Missouri State University
University Center-Program Lounge
6:30 P.M.
New Member Induction is currently in process. STTI membership is by invitation to baccalaureate and graduate nursing students who demonstrate excellence in scholarship and to nurse leaders exhibiting exceptional achievements in nursing. This induction ceremony will be in conjunction with the Spring meeting. A special speaker will be Dr. Michele Tanz who is professor at Southeast Missouri State University who will do presentation on some scholarly work she has been engaged with recently.

 In addition, we will induct new chapter members. All Lambda Theta Chapter members are encouraged to attend. Chapter members who are attending please RSVP to dreno@semo.edu.


There are three classifications of Membership. The classifications are:

  • Undergraduate Student - Junior or senior students enrolled in baccalaureate programs at accredited institutions of higher education who have completed at least 1/2 of the nursing curriculum, rank in the upper 35 percent of their graduating class and have achieved academic excellence (at schools where a 4.0 grade point average system is used, this equates to at least a 3.0)
  • Graduate Student - Master's and Doctoral students enrolled in graduate programs at accredited institutions of higher education who have completed at least 1/4 of the nursing curriculum, have achieved academic excellence (at schools where a 4.0 grade point average system is used, this equates to at least a 3.5)
  • Nurse Leader - Registered Nurses, legally recognized to practice in their countries, who hold at least a baccalaureate degree in nursing or other field and have demonstrated achievement in nursing.


We are soliciting names of Nurses to induct into Lambda Theta Chapter who meet the following criteria:

  • Be legally recognized to practice nursing in their country.
  • Have a minimum of a baccalaureate degree or the equivalent in any field.
  • Demonstrate achievement in nursing in one of these categories:
    • Administration
    • Education
    • Global Health
    • Practice
    • Publication
    • Research
    • Other

If you know of nurses who would be potential candidates for induction, submit the nominees name and contact information to:

Vera Campbell-Jones

The deadline for submission is March 19, 2018.


 We are requesting nominations for the following upcoming offices. The election will take place electronically in June 2018. New officers will begin duties in July 1, 2018 and serve until July 1, 2020. Please consider engaging in your chapter and getting involved to make a difference for nursing. Deadline to submit nomination is Friday, May 19, 2018. Nomination form is attached. Return nomination form to Desma Reno dreno@semo.edu . The positions that are open are:

 President- Serve July 2018-July 2020
The president shall be the executive officer and shall administer all business of the Society as provided for by the bylaws. The president serves as chief representative of the chapter in inter-chapter activities and shall be an ex-officio member of all committees except Leadership Succession Committee.

Treasurer- Serve July 2018-July 2020
The treasurer shall be the custodian of the funds of this chapter and may be bonded in an amount equal to three-fourths of the worth of the chapter. The treasurer shall propose a budget to the board.

 Members, Update your Contact Information

Lambda Theta Chapter encourages you to keep us updated about your contact information. We want to be able notify you about upcoming and past chapter activities. Send current contact information to the chapter secretary Moretta Burk at mburk@semo.edu.

Already a Member?

Make sure you you have paid your dues and that your current information is up-to-date in the system by contacting STTI headquarters (hit the "Renew today" button at http://www.nursingsociety.org or call 888.634.7575


Got News?

We want to hear about it. Scholarly, community service activities, awards, special recognitions, promotions, or just something you want to share. Send news to Chapter Secretary, Moretta Burk at mburk@semo.edu

CHAPTER OFFICERS for 2017-2018

Desma Reno

Vice President

Betty Brooks


Moretta Burk


Dr. Kimberly Keser    

Faculty Counselors

Dr. Michele Tanz
Vera Campbell-Jones






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    Congratulations to the Lambda Theta Chapter on receiving recognition through the Showcase of Regional Excellence for our chapter's s efforts to fulfill the presidential call to action -- Advocacy and Philanthropy!​

    Showcase of Regional Excellence award was for our project “Backpacks for Haiti Nursing Students” community service initiative. Lambda Theta Chapter members were able to provide 100 backpacks and a monetary donation to the nursing students in Haiti.

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