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Westfield State University Joins Sigma Theta Tau International Honors Society of Nursing

Charter Ceremony

WESTFIELD— Westfield State University’s Department of Nursing formally joined the Sigma Theta Tau International honor society this spring.

In the spring, Westfield State held a charter ceremony to officially join STTI and become a member of the chapter Beta-Zeta-at-Large, a local chapter comprised of the nursing programs at American International College, Elms College, and UMass Amherst. In total, there are 601 members in the local chapter.

Founded in 1922, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) strives to advance world health and celebrate nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service. Since its inception, the society has grown to more than 135,000 members and more than 500 chapters nationwide. Dr. Marcia Scanlon, chair of the Department of Nursing, serves as the Westfield State Beta-Zeta-at-large chapter officer.

“Westfield State is pleased to welcome its students into an internationally recognized network of nurses,” said Scanlon. "As STTI members, our students will be able to leverage their honor society affiliation to keep their field knowledge fresh, their professional network strong, and their competitive edge solid throughout their careers.”

The spring charter ceremony served as Westfield State’s first on-campus induction ceremony. The university inducted 11 undergraduate students: Christina Carbone of Westfield, Tara Budrewicz of Southampton, Marissa Deady of Chicopee, Paige Circosta of Feeding Hills, Courtney Greene of Easthampton, Katherine Skordinski of Hanover, Elizabeth Labrie of Southampton, Raeanne Mercier of Westfield, Mackenzie Corrigan of Centerville, Andrew Morin of Clinton, and Julia Sullivan of West Barnstable. There were also five RN-to-BSN completion program students inducted: Sherri Fitzgerald of Westfield, Shane Fontaine of Springfield, Ashley LeBlanc of Holyoke, Mildred Nakitare of Indian Orchard, and Rebecca Slamin of Sandwich.

Requirements for Sigma Theta Tau are stringent. Students must have completed at least half of their nursing curriculum, attain a GPA of 3.0 or higher, rank in the upper 35 percentile of their class, and meet the expectation of academic integrity.

Once inducted in STTI, nurses remain members for life. STTI offers its members career assistance, continuing nursing education credit opportunities, and member publications to inform its members of the latest research and trends. The honor society also offers research grant opportunities and allows members to honor fellow nurses and mentors through award nominations.

Westfield State’s traditional, four-year nursing program was created in 2010. The program averages 150 majors each academic year.