SIGMA THETA TAU INTERNATIONAL BETA SIGMA CHAPTER NEWSLETTER FALL 2016FALL 2016
Beta Sigma Chapter Newsletter
CONGRATULATIONS 2016 INDUCTEES!
Keynote Speaker - Dee Welk, PhD, MSN, RN
2015-2017 STTI North America Region 11 Coordinator Consultant for Scholarship and Education
The Pennsylvania State University College of Nursing
Dr. Welk is an educator, a researcher, and an active member of Sigma Theta Tau International. Dee was a member of the STTI Board of Directors in 2011-2013 and has served in chapter, regional, and international offices throughout her career.
She served as Chair of the Regional Chapters Coordinating Committee Currently and she is currently the Region 11 Coordinator (2015-2017) with responsibility for
support of thirty-three chapters in the western halves of Pennsylvania and New York. Dee also serves at the international level on the Regional Chapters Coordinating Committee, Chapter Charter Review Committee, as a Career Advisor and as a Mentor in the Global Leadership Mentoring Community.
Students and Community Leaders traveled from across the Commonwealth to participate in the November Induction Ceremony.
Inductees Pictured: Julianna
Ashwood, Hannah Erwin, Sara
Hann, Gina Harrison, April Holtry,
Christine Kapterian, Jennifer
Knezovich, Charlotte Laplante,
Eric Link, Chelsea Midtvedt,
Colleen Miller, Mary Lou O’Neill,
Allison Roman, Olivia Runk,
Wendy Savercool, Alexandria
Shaffer, Jenae Stunkard, Christina Trugilo, Lauren White, and
Save the DATE:
The Beta Sigma Virtual Research Day is scheduled for March 31-April 17, 2017. A call for interested presenters will be sent out early in the New Year.
Beta Sigma Gives Back to Veterans
Beta Sigma recently completed a Community Outreach
Project focused on Veterans. Beta Sigma members at four Penn State Campuses across the Commonwealth colleceted items, filled bags, and made deliveries to Veterans homes and
VA Hospitals in their area. Nursing students at these campuses were able to help with this project and to understand the value of giving back to those who have served
our country. Special thanks to Cathleen Dillen and Sharon Lacue at the Altoona campus; Marianne Adam at the Schuylkill campus, Kimberly Streiff at the Behrend campus; and Pam Lawson and Gwen Holderman at the University Park campus for spearheading this venture.
Penn State Nurse at the Helm of Sigma Theta Tau International Beth Baldwin Tigges, PhD, RN, PNP, BC
Dr. Beth Baldwin Tigges is President-Elect of Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) (2015-2017). Since her induction into the Beta Sigma Chapter at Penn State in 1979, she has served as a chapter President, Vice-President, Counselor; and has held multiple international leadership positions in STTI for over 20 years including Regional
Coordinator, Chair of the Governance Committee, Director on the Board of Directors, and Vice-President. Dr. Tigges is an Associate Professor and Regents’ Professor at the
University of New Mexico College of Nursing where she teaches quantitative research
methods in the PhD program.
She has been funded as a PI or Co-I on multiple NIH initiatives including the US National Children’s Study and
Director of Evaluation and member of the Executive Leadership Group for the University of New Mexico Clinical and Translational Science Center. She is Co-Chair of the Developing Measures of Collaboration
Workgroup for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical and Translational Science Awards Consortium. Dr. Tigges earned her BS in Nursing from Penn State University, her MSN as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner from Yale University, and a PhD in Public Health and Social Psychology from Columbia University. Dr. Tigges fondly recalls her Penn State experience: “Penn State and the Beta Sigma Chapter are near and dear to me! I credit much of my professional success with the foundation that I got in my BSN program at Penn State
– it was such a strong experience.”
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