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Home : About STTI : Board of Directors : September 2012 Board Matters

September 2012 — Archived issue of Board Matters


Dear STTI Members,

The international board of directors met on 18-19 September 2012 for a face-to-face conference at STTI headquarters in Indianapolis, Ind., USA, to conduct the business of STTI.
The following reflects the decisions made, direction setting undertaken, and the information that was shared. 

The board approved the minutes of the 21 August 2012 board of directors video conference as submitted and reviewed and approved the revisions to minutes for the 31 May 2012 and 1 June 2012 face-to-face board meeting in Indianapolis, Ind.

Based on the recommendation of the governance committee, the board approved the following honor societies’ applications for chapter charters: American Sentinel University, Aurora, Colo., USA; Endicott College, Beverly, Mass., USA; Farmingdale State University, Farmingdale, N.Y., USA; Thailand Nursing Honor Society-at-Large, Thailand; and West Coast University, Irvine, Calif., USA. The board approved chapter charter amendments for Delta Lambda Chapter and Tau Sigma Chapter. The board approved the addition of Colorado Christian University, Northglenn, Colo., USA, to the Alpha Kappa-at-Large Chapter. The board provided feedback and recommended a future reapplication from three honor societies that were not approved at this time.

The board approved the non-traditional concept of the 14 universities in the New Zealand Honor Society: Nurse Education in the Tertiary Sector (NETS) to form an at-Large Honor Society. The governance committee and STTI staff will offer guidance as they follow the established application process for a chapter charter.

The board voted to amend the dues policy to state that when a change in World Bank classification results in a country moving to a higher income level, the increase in their international member dues will take effect over a two-year period.

The staff presented a cost analysis for live video streaming of key presentations at major STTI conferences. After careful consideration, the board decided that live video streaming will not be implemented at this time due to the expense and logistics. The board asked the staff to investigate other options such as online posting of these presentations in digital files that could be accessed soon after they are presented, rather than in live format. Continuing education credit could also be offered for these presentations. Staff will investigate these options and report back to the board.


The following board committees and task forces gave reports: 

  • Corporate Audit and Accountability Committee
  • Resolutions Committee  
  • Delegate Voting Task Force  
  • INDEN Task Force (International Network for Doctoral Education in Nursing)
  • South Africa Pilot Task Force
  • Strategic Partnership Task Force
  • Reports from committees, advisory councils, and task forces were presented by board liaisons.
  • Governance Committee — Recommendation for change in the terms of officers from two years to four years was endorsed by the board. The committee will consider bylaws implications and provide recommendations for next steps.
  • Leadership Succession Committee
  • Regional Chapters Coordinating Committee
  • International Academic Nursing Alliance Task Force
  • Research & Scholarship Advisory Council
  • United Nations and Global Health Advisory Council
  • Clinical Partnership Task Force
  • Globalization Task Force
  • International Service Task Force
  • Legacy Building Task Force
  • Rising Star Advisory Panel
  • Technology & Innovation Task Force
  • International Nursing Research Congress Planning Task Force
  • Education Workgroup
The board discussed candidates and nominations for the Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award, given to someone who is not a nurse, and presented names for consideration.
The Board Oversight Plan was reviewed by the president. The board discussed strategic planning for future conferences, including STTI’s biennial convention and annual International Nursing Research Congress.


Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) status was granted to STTI in August 2012, which allows a higher level of participation at the United Nations (U.N.). Dr. Holly Shaw was elected to the U.N. Department of Public Information/Nongovernmental Organization (DPI/NGO) Executive Committee, representing STTI at the United Nations. Dr. Mary Norton, who represents Felician College at the U.N. and is a member of STTI, was elected first vice president of the DPI/NGO Executive Committee. 

Abstracts are currently being accepted for the Creating Healthy Work Environments conference, 12-14 April 2013, Indianapolis, Ind., USA; the 24th International Nursing Research Congress, 22-26 July 2013, Prague, Czech Republic; and the 42nd Biennial Convention, 16-20 November 2013, Indianapolis, Ind., USA.

The United Nations Millennium Development Goals photo exhibition at the biennial convention will be combined with the theme of the 90th anniversary of STTI. 

The staff reported on membership and chapter statistics and member demographics, citing an increased renewal rate related to a successful phone campaign undertaken by staff and chapter leaders.

The CEO discussed STTI’s process for organizational affiliations and presented highlights from the Organizational Operational Performance Report.

Status reports were provided covering recent activities of the STTI subsidiaries: STTI Foundation for Nursing, STTI Building Corporation, and Nursing Knowledge International. Staff also reported on the 90th anniversary celebration and honor societies developing outside North America.

Treasurer Nancy Sharts-Hopko provided a financial report for FY 2012 for STTI, the Nursing Foundation, Building Corporation, and Nursing Knowledge International. Results of the final audit for FY 2012 will be provided to the board in October.

Terrance Barkan, of GLOBALSTRAT, provided expertise on global growth strategies for international organizations. He will continue to work with the board and staff to facilitate future planning. 

The president facilitated a discussion with the board in response to the presentation by Terrance Barkan, exploring the new knowledge, strategies and ideas that were generated from the session. 


Suzanne Prevost signature

Suzanne S. Prevost ​Connie Sobon-Sensor
​President, Honor Society of Nursing, ​Secretary, Honor Society of Nursing,
​Sigma Theta Tau International ​Sigma Theta Tau International


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