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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.

The Lambda 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 graduate students.

For information on the Lambda Eta chapter, meetings, membership, or the transfer of membership from another chapter, contact the chapter President, Dr. Jeffrey Willey @

For information on Sigma Theta Tau International click here.

Fall 2015 Upcoming Events 

Substance Abuse Conference - November 4, 2015 at 5:00 pm at Salisbury University, Guerrieri University Center, Wicomico Room.

Conference brochure and registration form

Spring 2015 Upcoming Events

Next Board Meeting - April 29, 2015 at 4:00 pm in Devilbiss Hall 2nd floor

Annual Spring EBP Conference - March 25, 2015 at 5:30 p.m. at PRMC. Brochure and registration form are below. Deadline for registration is 3/18/15. Handouts for the speaker's presentations may be found below.

EBP Conference Brochure and Registration Form

Handouts for the Spring 2015 Conference:

Carpenter - An Evidence Based Approach to Improve Access to Palliative Care

Chiramel - Chewing Sugar-free Gums Reduces/Prevents Post-op Ileus

Bayles - Implementation of Readiness to Change & Self-Efficacy: Impact on a Weight Loss Program

Fall2014 Events & News

Fall 2014 Newsletter

Annual Fall Leadership Dinner & Program - November 5, 2014 - Substance Abuse - 5-9 pm. Three speakers discussed issues of substance abuse facing nurses today. Lambda Eta, SU Nursing, and PRMC co-sponsored 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 renewal. The event sold out with over 120 attendees. Lambda Eta hopes to offer this event again next year or biennially.

Annual Induction Ceremony of new members & community leaders was held on November 2, 2014 at 2:00pm at SU in Perdue Hall. Thirty-three new members were inducted including one community leader and our first SU doctoral student.

Photo of 2014 Induction Group

Photo of 1st SU Doctoral Student Signing the Membership Book

2014 Lambda Eta Induction Participants

President Willey with Induction Speaker Dr. Janice Agazio

Spring 2014 Events & News

Spring 2014 Newsletter

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.

Fall2013 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 Thompson.

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 Conklin.

The 2013 inductees are shown below:

Jeff with Delegate Adelaide (Addie) Eckardt, 2013 Induction speaker (below).

The Board members that helped with the event:

Spring 2013 Events & News

Spring 2013 Newsletter

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 scholarships.

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 collection forms.

Fall2012 Events & News

Fall Newsletter

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

Spring 2012 Newsletter

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 posters.

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.

Fall2011 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 planery session.

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 addresses.

Spring/Summer 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. 


Fall2010 News

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 2010 News

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 all. 

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.

Fall2009 News

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 Hospital.

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.

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