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.


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The Beta Sigma Chapter News!

Beta Sigma Chapter presented veterans across our Penn State Campus area with veterans bags with personal care items, puzzle books, pens, and snacks for Christmas. In all 98 bags were distributed. Thank you to Marianne Adams, Kim Streiff, Gwen Holderman, Pam Lawson, Sharon LaCue and Cathy Dillen for working with our Penn State students to pack the veteran backpacks provided by Beta Sigma.



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

  • Beta Sigma Spring 2016 News Letter


    Beta Sigma Chapter Newsletter

    INDUCTION 2016
    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.

    Induction Ceremony

    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

    Catherine Wolfe.

    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.”


    Beta Sigma has a website located on the Circle! The Circle is STTI's professional networking site, developed to connect members with each other, their chapters, regions and headquarters. The site also connects members with the benefits and services of membership.

    Since The Circle is a benefit exclusive to active STTI members and authenticated users participating in an STTI community or leadership capacity, access is granted by signing in:

    Visit:  http://thecircle.sigmanursing.org

    Click on the “Sign In” button in the upper right corner of the screen and enter:

    •      E-mail address

    •      Password: 7-digit member identification number

    The Circle includes member profiles which you can personalize according to your preferences. Once logged in, members will determine what information they would like to share and who they would like to share it with. You can add other members as your "contacts" by finding them via the member directory and keep active with your chapter through new chapter websites.

    During your next visit to our site make sure to update your profile – it is simple to do!
  • 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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