Sigma Theta Tau International
, Honor Society of Nursing
Lambda Eta Chapter
The Lambda Eta Chapter, offers an opportunity for recognition to nursing
majors who demonstrate superior achievement, leadership qualities, and creative
work. The Society fosters high professional standards and endeavors to
strengthen commitment to the ideals and purposes of the profession. Students
will be invited for membership after completion of at least one-half of the
required curriculum and encouraged to maintain membership for
the duration of their nursing careers.
Eta Chapter usually has two educational dinner meetings
per year, a general business meeting, the induction
ceremony with a speaker, and participates in a local
community service event. The chapter also sends a
delegation to the Biennial International Convention
every other year. For the past four conventions speakers
have been selected from Lambda Eta to present their
academic work at the international convention. Two
scholarships are awarded yearly to SU undergraduate and
information on the Lambda Eta chapter, meetings,
membership, or the transfer of membership from another
chapter, contact the chapter President, Dr. Jeffrey
For information on
Sigma Theta Tau
International click here.
2014 Upcoming Events
Next Board Meeting - September 29,
2014 at 4:00 pm in Devilbiss Hall 2nd floor
Annual Fall Leadership Dinner -
November 5, 2014 - Substance Abuse - 5-9 pm. Three
speakers will discuss issues of substance abuse facing
nurses today. This evening event will award 3 contact
hours. Lambda Eta, SU Nursing, and PRMC are
co-sponsoring this educational event to help Delaware
LPNs/RNs earn the 3 contact hours that they will be
required to have beginning 2015 for their license
Event is SOLD OUT - NO SEATS
Annual Induction Ceremony of new
members & community leaders - to be held on November 2, 2014 at 2:00pm at
SU, Perdue Hall.
Annual Spring EBP
Conference - March 25, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. at PRMC. Stay
tuned for more information.
Spring 2014 Events & News
Annual Evidence Based Practice
Conference was held at PRMC on May 2nd. Thanks to all
the speakers and poster presenters for a great event.
Annual Fundraiser - Lambda Eta sold
Fisher's Popcorn again this semester as our fundraiser.
Thanks to everyone who participated by buying or
selling. The fundraiser was a success again.
2013 Events & News
Chapter Key Award - We did it
again. Win #2! - Lambda Eta submitted their CKA
Application this past summer. Thanks to the team of
Lisa, Edie, Bill, and Jeff. We earned this award for the
first time the last biennium '09-'11. President Willey
accepted the award in Indianapolis at the International
Biennial Convention in November.
See Jeff below with the
award in his hand and President Provost and CEO
Jeff and Bill in the House of
Delegates representing Lambda Eta (below).
Jeff with the new International
President Hester Klopper (below).
Tri-State Regional Consortium - a
morning conference and brunch - Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013 in
Philadelphia, PA was attended by 6 members of Lambda
Eta. It was a great networking event.
The fall leadership education event
was held Wednesday Oct. 30 at SU. The speaker was Dr.
George Taler who spoke on Health Care Reform. The event
was co-sponsored by Lambda Eta, SU Dept. of Nursing, and
Johns Hopkins and was attended by over 200 people.
The 2013 Induction was held Sunday
Nov. 10, 2013 at 2pm at SU's Perdue Hall. Thirty-three
students and 4 community leaders were inducted into the
Lambda Eta chapter of the Honor Society. The first
Lambda Eta Life Time Award was presented to Denise
The 2013 inductees are shown below:
Jeff with Delegate Adelaide (Addie)
Eckardt, 2013 Induction speaker (below).
The Board members that helped with
Spring 2013 Events & News
Thank you for your participation in
selling and/or buying Fisher's popcorn fresh from the
Ocean City Boardwalk. Your financial support helps us
meet our charter requirements and to award two student
Our Third Annual Evidence Based
Practice Conference was held at PRMC on Tuesday April
30, 2013. The response was great. Thanks to all the oral
and poster presenters.
Lambda Eta's Chapter Key Award
presentation to Dr. William Campbell at the 41st
Biennial Convention was featured on page 3 of the STTI
Chapter Leader Emphasis publication for March 2013, Vol.
20, Issue 1. Go Lambda Eta - what a way to make
international news. Lambda Eta has submitted their
Chapter Key Award application for 2013. Thanks to Lisa
Seldomridge, Jeff Willey, Bill Campbell, and Edie Hooke
for hours of work compiling all the information. And
thanks to the members who submitted their data
2012 Events & News
Fall Educational Event - was held October 24th. Our
speaker was Mr. Phillip Bovender, RN, the Maryland State
Liaison for the American Red Cross. He discussed
opportunities for nurses to become involved with the
American Red Cross. It was very timely considering the
events of this fall.
Induction Ceremony - Our 2012
Induction was held November 4, 2012. Thirty two students
and community leaders were inducted into membership. The
speaker for the event was Senator Richard Colburn.
New Inductees for 2012.
Lambda Eta Board members
participating in the 2012 Induction.
President Jeff Willey and guest
speaker Senator Richard Colburn.
New President Jeff Willey thanks
Immediate Past President William Campbell.
Spring 2012 Events & News
Educational Dinner Event - 2nd Annual
Evidence Based Practice (EBP) Conference was held on
April 26, 2012 at PRMC. Co-hosted by PRMC and AGH with
Lambda Eta. There were over 120 attendees who listened
to 3 excellent podium presentations and viewed over 20
Community Service for this spring -
the Kidney Walk (National Kidney Foundation of Maryland)
The first walk was held on April 15 at Cape Henlopen
State Park in Lewes, DE and the second walk was held on
May 6 at Winterplace in Salisbury, MD. Lambda Eta
through the generous donations of the chapter, its
members, SU faculty, friends, and students was able to
raise over $500.
2011 Events & News
GOOD NEWS!! - Lambda Eta was awarded
the Chapter Key Award at the 41st Biennial Sigma Theta
Tau International Convention in Grapevine Texas. Lambda
Eta was a first time recipient for this award. The CKA
is the highest award given to a local chapter for their
membership involvement and chapter/individual
accomplishments. The award was made by Dr. Karen Morin,
President of STTI, and Dr. Pat Thompson, CEO of STTI.
Lambda Eta's work with the Girl Scout Nursing
Exploration Fair was highlighted at both the chapter
awards presentation and also by Dr. Morin in her opening
Induction for new members was held
Nov. 13th in Perdue Hall. Our speaker was Cynthia
Diefenbeck, PsyD, APRN, BC. Cynthia is the Chair of the
STT International Governance Committee and has served in
many other international, regional, and local
positions. Forty three new members were inducted.
Lambda Eta Leadership Dinner &
Educational Event was held Thursday Nov. 17th at 5:30 in
the Worcester Rm of the Commons at SU. A panel
discussion with a group of 4 nurses speaking on their
recent transition of roles within nursing was our topic
for the evening. Nurses, faculty, and students joined
Lambda Eta members for the informative panel discussion.
Spring 2011 News
Watch your email and/or mailbox for
the Spring/Summer Newsletter, or you may view it at the
below link. Read about all the great things Lambda Eta
is doing. If you didn't recieve this newsletter
electronically and you are a active member then check
your STTI profile and be sure your current correct email
address is on file. All newsletters, brochures,
registration forms, and other chapter news is
electronically mailed to all active members with email
Lambda Eta Newsletter
April 4, 2011 - the Lambda Eta
Chapter's Spring Dinner Meeting for our annual
Leadership initiative was held. This year's title was
"Leadership in Nursing: Innovations in Legislation -
Making Friends and Influencing People." The speaker was
Susan Delean Botkin, CRNP, MSN. Twenty members and
guests attended to hear about successful nursing
leadership in the Maryland legislative process.
April 26, 2011 - the Lambda Eta
Chapter co-sponsored an Ethics Conference entitled
"Letting Go in the 21st Century: The Ethics of Heroic
Care." Over 140 people attended.
Lambda Eta Chapter and its members
supported the St. Patty's Day Walk and the Kidney Walk.
Oct. 13, 2010 - Lambda Eta held their
annual New Member Orientation meeting. Members of the
Board shared info about STTI and Lambda Eta and what
they mean to them.
Oct. 17, 2010 - Tri~State Consortium
Brunch in Philadelphia. Keynote speaker was Karen Morin,
President Sigma Theta Tau International, speaking on
leadership. The event included a display of Dr.
Campbell's Civil War Medicine & Nursing artifacts and
documents. Below is Dr. Morin with Dr. Campbell.
Oct. 30, 2010 - Girl Scout Nursing
Exploration Fair cancelled due to low registration.
Nov 14, 2010 - Lambda Eta held its
Induction Ceremony for new members. Thirty four new
members were inducted. Our speaker was Anne Muller,
Region 12 Coordinator, who spoke about the benefits of
membership in Sigma Theta Tau International.
2010 Lambda Eta Inductees (above).
Lambda Eta Board members involved with the Induction
Ceremony (below) gathered with Anne Muller, Region 12
Coordinator (at extreme right).
Nov. 16, 2010 - Fall Dinner Meeting
with MNA and PRMC was at the Hollowell Center at PRMC.
Dr. Rita Nutt gave an overview of Evidence Based
Practice and three clinical speakers shared their
current research projects. See
Brochure and Registration Form for presenters
and topics. The meeting was attended by 90 attendees.
Due to the success of this year and the feedback from
the attendees the conference will be continued in the
future as an annual event. Look for this event again in
the spring of 2012.
Spring & Summer
On February 15th Dr. Thea McDowell
and Prof. Katie Hinderer presented "Health Care in
China: East Meets West." They shared the journey they
made to China with a group of students last June,
discussed traditional Chinese medicine and health care
including acupuncture & moxibustion, and told about
cultural differences impacting health care. The program
was a dinner meeting with an Oriental menu enjoyed by
On May 2, 2010 Lambda Eta
participated in the Salisbury Kidney Walk as our Spring
Community Service Project. Our team walked and raised
money for the Kidney Association.
During the summer Lambda Eta worked
at the Shorebirds Concession Stand for five games this
season. We raised money for scholarships, dinner
speakers, convention, and community service events.
Thanks to all members who helped us with this goal.
Lambda Eta Fall 09 Dinner Meeting
Lambda Eta's educational offering this fall was in
association with the Delmarva Chapter of American
Association of Critical Care Nurses. On Friday Sept. 18,
2009 Carla Jackson, MSW, LCSW-C, spoke on "How Can I
Help?" Bringing Comfort and Compassion to the Dying
Patient and Their Family. Ms Jackson came to us from
the Palliative Medicine Dept of Greater Baltimore
Medical Center and the University of Maryland.
40th Biennial Convention of Sigma
Theta Tau International Dr.
William Campbell, President, and Carlene Campbell
represented Lambda Eta as 1st and 2nd Delegates in the
House of Delegates held at the Biennial in Indianapolis
from October 30 - November 4, 2009.
While attending the convention Dr.
Campbell also presented a poster (see photo below) on
the Girl Scout Nursing Exploration Fair that he
co-chairs and that Lambda Eta collaborates on.
Bill and Carlene pose with the
President-Elect Suzanne Prevost (left) and incoming
President (2009 - 2011) Karen Morin (center between
Carlene and Bill) following the announcement of election
results on the last day of the Biennial.
Bill and Carlene also spent time with
Anne Muller, the Region 12 Coordinator (below, center).
Anne is employed at the University of Pennsylvania
Girl Scout Nursing Exploration
Fair Lambda Eta once again
assisted with the Girl Scout Nursing Exploration Fair on
November 14, 2009 in Devilbiss Hall. Eighty-six
Girl Scouts visited SU to learn about nursing, potential
nursing careers, and health education on this day.
Denise Conklin and Jaimi Hall presented the Opening
Session for the girls with Carlene Campbell in the role
of Florence Nightingale stopping by for a visit. Bill
and Stacy Cottingham, Lambda Eta Vice President, are
Co-Chairs for the event now in its third year. (Below:
Denise, Jaimi, Bill, Carlene)
Lambda Eta 2009 Induction
The Induction Ceremony for new members to Lambda Eta
was held on November 15, 2009. Twenty-eight traditional
first degree, second degree, and graduate students (see
photo below) were inducted to the Lambda Eta chapter of
Sigma Theta Tau International. The speaker for Induction
was Mr. Steven Rose, RN, President and CEO of Nanticoke
Health Services in Seaford, DE. He spoke about his role
as a nurse, a military officer, and later a hospital
administrator and the importance of leadership
throughout his career.