Honor Society, Tau Mu Chapter
The Carroll University Nursing Program had the honor of becoming a chartered chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), one of the largest and most prestigious nursing organizations in the world. Chapter chartering entails a rigorous approval process by STTI, including a comprehensive self-study report and site visit. The Tau Mu Chapter received its charter and members were inducted on March 3, 2006.
The establishment of an honor society was suggested by an NLN-AC visitor during a 1995 accreditation visit. The visitor complimented the faculty on the quality of students and suggested that an honor society, leading to chartering into STTI, would showcase the work of faculty and students. Dr. Diana Hankes, a former professor of nursing, proposed the idea of forming an honor society that would eventually be affiliated with STTI. The idea was introduced to junior level nursing students during a class in January 1997. The advantages and the hard work that such a plan would entail were explained and feedback was solicited. Students Kimberlyn Sussek and Staci Wetzel brainstormed with Dr. Hankes on ways to generate interest and enthusiasm among students and faculty. A core of dedicated and enthusiastic students and faculty created a steering committee and gained approval from college administrators. The steering committee organized and prioritized plans for getting the society off the ground and invited people to join.
The chapter was chartered by STTI in 2002. The chartering ceremony for Rho Sigma Chapter was conducted by Melanie Dreher, PhD, FAAN, University of Iowa, on May 11, 2002.
Between 2002 and 2005, Rho Sigma Chapter functioned as an active member of Sigma Theta Tau International. In November 2005, after two years of work with STTI, the international board of directors and the nursing program, Carroll Tau Mu, was approved for its own chapter.