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The Beta Sigma Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau carries out the mission of Sigma Theta Tau International through the support of learning, knowledge and professional development of our members.  The chapter was chartered in August 1974 and continues our 40th Anniversary during 2014. 


Board Minutes

Beta Sigma Chapter of STTI
Board Meeting
Tuesday,   March 15, 2016
6:30 to 7:30 pm
Those in attendance Cathy Dillen, Brenda Holtzer, Marianne Adams, Gwen Holderman,
Call to Order Cathy Dillen Brenda moved Sharon seconded
Approval of Minutes: January Minutes-Peggy Shipley- No minutes
Treasurer’s Report: No Report:                            
Attachments:  October minutes
                         Board Contact List/2015-2016 meeting dates
Governance Committee – Policy Work Update- Report on progress
                                            Chair Marianne Adams
Policy Work Update- Is in process Kim Raines is working on process and time line for Beta
Cathy Dillen will work on organizational chart board confirmed that immediate past president
will hold the same position as vice president on organizational chart
Leadership Committee-Time line for call for nominations and ballot
Administrative Assistant -Budget – Revenue source and outlays
Sharon – Previous and newsletters- Old newsletters will be up on website by April meeting
Newletter for spring by 3/31/16
Gwen – Time line for research-Gwen will prepare a time line for development of research day
Treasurer – Time line for filing and other dates Cathy will work with Amy to develop time line for
Please submit by April meeting to Governance Chair-Marianne Adams asks for a paragraph of
information or highlight changes to document
Research Day- Date, Progress Gwen Holderman-6 presenters with 20 minutes a piece
Working with Tim Linden so all abstracts and posters will be on Angel for Beta Sigma Virtual
Research Day April 4-8, 2016 from 08:00am  to 4:00pm. Evaluations at the end of the
presentations. Will see if an evaluation form can be made available for Beta Sigma Members
Broadcast to all faculty-Question if they can make it an assignment for class and broadcast to
Leadership Succession Committee – Report from leadership succession committee
                                                              Slate of officers
                                                              Discuss method for ballot distribution   
                                                              Chair Kim Raines

Thank you to those that Donated to Beta Sigma!

  • Karen Morin

  •  Cathy Dillen
  •  Gene Mundie
  •  Sharon LaCue

The Beta Sigma Chapter News!

There’s a new place to kick back and enjoy nature on campus at Penn State Altoona, and while you’re there you may run in to some of the kids who had a hand in creating it.            

The sensory garden, located between the Hawthorn Building and the Eve Memorial Chapel, was constructed as a part of a Beta Sigma Nursing Honor Society service project under the direction of Cathy Dillen, instructor in nursing.  Dillen and second degree nursing students have worked with the Sense-ational Endeavors program from its inception in 2011, and the garden is an extension of that collaboration. The camp, part of the college’s summer Kids’ College, is a two-week sensory-based educational enhancement program tailored to the needs and interests of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

For full story of the sensory garden click on the link below :)


ALTOONA, Pa. — Penn State’s College of Nursing Honor Society, Beta Sigma, selected the Jared Box Project as its spring 2016 service project. The goal of the program is to lift the spirits of children in hospitals by giving them a small plastic storage box filled with games, toys and other activities.

The Jared Box Project was started in 2001 by children at Our Lady of Victory School in State College to honor Jared McMullin, who lost his battle with brain cancer at age 6.

For the full story click the link below :)

Jared Box story




Chapter News

  • Invinsulin Kids

    A group of newly inducted Beta Sigma students worked along with IST students and developed an app called Invinsulin Kids - winning first place in the Penn State University 2015 mHealth Challenge during Global Entrepreneurship Week at Penn State. "Invinsulin" is a portmanteau that combines the words "invincible and "insulin" to show that diabetic kids can conquer fear and frustration in learning how to manage their disease.

  • Jared Box Project

    Beta Sigma Spring 2016 Service Project: Jared Boxes

    Penn States College of Nursing Honor Society for Nursing, Beta Sigma, selected the Jared Box Project as their service project for spring 2016. The friends and family of Jared McMullin, a boy from State College who, at age six, lost his battle with brain cancer, started the Jared Box Project in State College. Jared Boxes are shoebox sized plastic containers full of toys, games and other items to help distract and entertain a child who is receiving treatment or medical care while in the hospital.

    Students at the Altoona and Schuylkill campuses of Penn State's College of Nursing built boxes that were then distributed to their local hospitals. The boxes symbolize the importance of play and were filled with well wishes, hope, and love. Students placed a special note inside each of their boxes to the child who will receive the box. The Jared Boxes will bring smiles and laughter and lift the spirits of chronically ill children.

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 2015 Beta Sigma Research Day


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