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Home : Foundation : Newsletters : HeritageSocietyNewsletterApril2013

April 2013

Foundation News

Read about the gift Nu Xi-at-Large Chapter has pledged to the
Sigma Theta Tau International Foundation for Nursing, how Delta Theta Chapter Giving Circle is supporting an attendee at congress, and other Foundation prog​ress to​wards Research, Leadership, and Future funds.


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New Heritage Society Donors

We are pleased to introduce the newest Virginia Henderson Fellows.

Cathy Catrambone, PhD, RN, FAAN
Associate Professor
Rush University, College of Nursing
Gamma Phi Chapter
Vice President 2011-2013, Honor Society of Nursing, STTI Board of Directors
Chicago, Ill., USA

Inge B. Corless, PhD, RN, FAAN
Professor, School of Nursing MGH Institute of Health Professionals
Upsilon Lambda Chapter
Boston, Mass., USA
Connie Curran, EdD, MSN, RN, FAAN CEO Best on Board
Zeta Sigma Chapter
Chicago, Ill., USA


1 May

Accepting proposals for new US $12,000 Global Nursing Research Grant

1 July

Honorary Membership applications

STTI Events
24th International Nursing Research Congress, 22-26 July 2013, Prague, Czech Republic.

42nd Biennial Convention,
16-20 November 2013, Indianapolis, Ind., USA.

Abby Hitchcock Heydman, PhD, RN
Professor and Associate Vice President
Emeritus Samuel Merritt University
Alpha Eta Chapter, Nu Xi-at-Large Chapter, and Psi-at-Large Chapter
Palm Desert, Calif., USA​
William L. Holzemer, PhD, RN, FAAN
Dean and Professor
Rutgers University
Alpha Eta Chapter (University of California, San Francisco) and Alpha Tau Chapter (Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey)
Newark, N.J., USA
Denise G. Link, PhD, NP, CNE, FAAN
Clinical Associate Professor
Arizona State University
Beta Upsilon Chapter
Phoenix, Ariz., USA

Gladys Mouro, RN, MSN, PhD(H)
Middle East Nursing Consultant
Xi Chapter
2011-2013, Honor Society of Nursing, STTI Board of Directors
Beirut, Lebanon

Kathy Rose, MSN, RN
MSN Staff Development Nurse Educator
Delta Omega Chapter
Canton, Ohio, USA
Dorette “Dee” Sugg Welk, PhD, RN
Faculty Emeritus
Bloomsburg University
Theta Zeta Chapter
Regional Chapters Coordinating Committee Chair 2011- 2013, STTI Board of Directors
Pittsburgh, Pa., USA


Pegge L. Bell was appointed to the George M. and Boyce W. Billingsley Endowed Chair in Nursing at the Eleanor Mann School of Nursing, University of Arkansas.

Billye Brown spoke to the Doctorate of Nursing Practice students at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center about leadership on 7 March 2013. She provided insights into remaining optimistic and gave some specific strategies to provide positive self-feedback.

Elizabeth Carlson has been appointed Acting Chairperson of the Department of Adult Health and Gerontological Nursing at Rush University, College of Nursing, in addition to her role as Specialty Coordinator for the Doctorate of Nursing Practice program in Systems Leadership and Director of Faculty Practice Research and Outcomes. She also serves as the Chair, STTI Task Force on Globalization, 2011-2013.

Rose Constantino is the lead author of Forensic Nursing: Evidence-Based Principles and Practice, which was published in 2012.

Norma Cuellar has been invited to serve on the newly constituted Diversity and Inclusivity Committee of the American Academy of Nursing.

Sister Rosemary Donley was elected to the CGFNS Board of Trustees at the end of 2012. She also received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Seton Hall University on 2 December 2012.

Paula Ellis graduated from the University of Kansas, School of Nursing Doctor of Nursing Practice program on 31 December 2012.

Geralyn Frandsen co-authored the textbook Abrams’ Clinical Drug Therapy 10th edition.

Betsy Frank spent one month at Suan Sunandha Rajabhat University in Thailand on a faculty exchange. She taught professional issues to second- and third-year nursing students and conducted faculty development workshops.

Joyce Griffin-Sobel was named Dean of the College of Nursing at Upstate Medical University beginning 1 April 2013.

Abby Heydman received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 20th Anniversary Celebration and Hall of Fame Event for Nu Xi-at-Large Chapter on 12 January 2013. She was re-elected as President of the Board of Directors of the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in September 2012.

Pamela Jeffries was named President-Elect of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare effective 1 January 2013.

Carole Kenner’s co-authored book Learning IOM: Implication of the Institute of Medicine Reports for Nursing Education received third place in the American Journal of Nursing 2012 Book of the Year Award for Nursing Education. She was also inducted into the National Academies of Practice on 6 April 2013.

Jane Kirschling began her new role as Dean and Professor at the University of Maryland, School of Nursing, and Director of Interprofessional Education at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, on 3 January 2013.

Dawn Kozlowski accepted the position of Associate Dean at the Bergen Community College Department of Nursing effective 18 March 2013.

Juli Maxworthy received the Nursing Leadership Award at the 20th Anniversary Celebration Hall of Fame Event for Nu Xi-at-Large Chapter on 12 January 2013.

Mary Molle is now a Public Health Nursing Consultant and Professor Emeritus, promoting the health of individuals and communities.

Anna Mullins received the Nursing Philanthropy Award at the 20th Anniversary Celebration Hall of Fame Event for Nu Xi-at-Large Chapter on 12 January 2013.

Leslie H. Nicoll co-authored Kindle Paperwhite for Dummies, published in January 2013.

Julie Novak was recently named as a member of the Leadership San Antonio Class 38 by The San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and The Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce.

Linda O’Dell attended a meeting at Hong Kong Polytechnic University in February 2013 that discussed cross-cultural exchanges in nursing from American, Hong Kong, and mainland China perspectives.

Susan R. Opas was recognized on 23 January 2013 by Kaiser Permanente for her international health care service through Project HOPE in Sumatra, Indonesia, in 2011; and in Sabu, Philippines, in 2012; and through her upcoming trip to Marshall Islands in 2013, along with her charitable fundraising during a nationwide stair climb and her service as Nurse Practitioner of the Year in 2012 at Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills Medical Center.

Dorothy Otto was recognized during the 40th anniversary of the University of Texas Health Science Center-Houston and the School of Nursing as a charter faculty member. She was recognized on 21 March by the Texas Medical Center Women’s History Project as one of five women who have made contributions to the development of the Texas Medical Center.

Victoria L. Rich has been selected as the recipient of the 2013 AONE Prism Diversity Award.

Nancy Ridenour presented the closing keynote address, “Transforming Health Care: Nurses Engaged in Policy,” at the 39th Annual American Academy of Nursing Conference on 13 October 2012 in Washington D.C. She was appointed to the University of New Mexico Foundation Board of Trustees in November 2012.

Eleanor Sullivan will be releasing a new book, Graven Images, A Singular Village Mystery, in September 2013.

Kathleen Taylor is part of the Orange County Women’s Health Project, Breast and Cervical Cancer Prevention and Early Detection Task Force.

Theresa M. Valiga has recently published the fourth edition of her co-authored book on leadership, The New Leadership Challenge: Creating a Preferred Future of Nursing.

Dee Welk was named by the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association to the Southwest Pennsylvania Regional Action Coalition, which holds town meetings for all local nurses to create strategic plans related to the IOM: Advancing the Future of Nursing.

Heritage Society News

2013 Heritage Society Dinner

The Heritage Society Dinner will take place on Sunday, 17 November 2013 during the biennial convention in Indianapolis, Ind., USA. The dinner, along with a silent auction, will be held at the Indiana Historical Society. There will be a shuttle bus service to and from the dinner. Look for more details as the date approaches.


Celebrate Nurses Week by honoring a special nurse

Is there someone who supported you in your nursing career? Celebrate 90 years of nursing and Nurses Week by making a gift in honor of someone special. Your help is needed to fund research and leadership education grants, membership subsidies, and emerging initiatives like the Maternal-Child Health Nurse Leadership Academy Pilot in South Africa.

The Foundation has set a goal to increase grants by 100 percent by 2020. So celebrate someone special, honor 90 years of nursing, and help meet the needs of nurses today and tomorrow with your donation to the Foundation. Make a donation of US $90 or more, and your name will be added to the 90th Anniversary Tribute Wall.



Thank you for carrying the STTI credit card that supports nursing research! STTI CC.jpg

Support from Bank of America for the Sigma Theta Tau International Foundation for Nursings Research Permanent Fund has surpassed US $900,000. "I want to thank all members who, since it was first introduced in 2001, signed on to carry the card to help us award more research grants to deserving nurses," said STTI President Suzanne Prevost.

"Please continue to use your STTI credit card to make your purchases as one way to give back to nursing." For information about rates, fees, other costs and benefits, and to apply for the card, visit or call Bank of America toll free at 1.800.WEB.APPLY. Be sure to mention priority code VABNRT.

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