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Theta Tau delegates attend 43rd STTI Congress to represent UMB


President Diane Gillis and President-elect Kathy Lehmann represented Chapter 191 of UMB at the 2013-15 Biennial Conference held in Las Vegas in November 2015. They attended many classes on academic and clinical issues as well as many specific to chapter business. They were pleased to be able to confirm the good health of our chapter and returned with many tips and ideas to move our chapter forward into the 2015-17 biennium. Theta Alpha was awarded it’s first Chapter Key and Award of Excellence under Diane’s expert leadership. We are now challenged to shift our focus to STTI’s President Cathy Catrambone’s Call to Action. Our focus for 2015-17 is to be on INFLUENCE – through Advocacy, Policy, Philanthropy, and Lifelong Learning. While our work supports a number of these initiatives, we are developing activities to address each of them. This is especially important as we plan to apply for our 2nd Chapter Key and Award for Excellence in the coming fall semester. A primary goal is to increase overall membership and more fully incorporate student participation within the executive board. This recruitment activity will necessitate development of our image and mission through refining our image, strengthening our home page, and expanding into social media.

Please explore their Power Point report to the Theta Alpha Executive Board, posted on slide share through this link. Check out your STTI chapter at UMB. We hope that you will join us in our work to support and develop a powerful Cadre of excellence in the nurses at UMASS BOSTON!

 

 

It’s Coming – Induction 2016!

Nominate Your Colleagues for a Chapter Award Today!

Our annual induction ceremony is fast approaching. Every year, Theta Alpha recognizes outstanding members and non-members alike with awards for outstanding academics, leadership, clinical practice, and citizenship. If you would like to nominate a peer or colleague, please fill out the 2016 Award and Scholarship Nomination Form no later than April 20, 2016. Forms may be submitted by email to Diane Gillis, Chapter President (dmtgillis@comcast.net).

Awards will be presented at induction on April 20, 2016 - We hope to see you there!

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Chapter News

  • Theta Tau receives Showcase of Excellence Award

    Under the leadership of President Diane Gillis and faculty counselor Dr. Jenny Hackel, chapter 191 of UMB received it's first Showcase of Excellence Award for implementation of the APRN Forum, addressing one of Dr, Klopper's 'Calls to Action'

  • Save the Date 2016 Chapter meeting schedule

    March 9 APRN Forum and Annual Business Meeting
    April 20 Induction Ceremony for new members and granting of awards and scholarships
    May 19 Research Day and awarding of research grants

  • Call for Research Proposals!

    The Theta Alpha Chapter Executive Board and the Members of the Theta Alpha Research Committee are pleased to announce the annual call for research proposals. Those submitting proposals must be current members of Theta Alpha Chapter.

    The three awards for the 2015-2016 academic year are:

    * The Sylvia Gendrop Research Award: $ 1,500.00
    * The Brenda S. Cherry Award for a Doctoral Student: $ 2,000.00
    * The Global Nursing Research/Practice Award: $2,000.00

    Research awards will be announced at the UMB College of Nursing and Health Sciences/Theta Alpha Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau Annual Research Day, on May 12, 2016.

    Due date: All proposals are to be submitted by Friday, March 25, 2016, at 5 p.m.

    For further information, please email Dr. Emily Jones at emily.jones@umb.edu

  • Pictures from Induction Ceremony

    On April 17th, 2013, the Theta Alpha chapter celebrated our 29th Anniversary and welcomed our new Inductees. Congratulations to all the new Theta Alpha Inductees and Award Recipients!! Here is the link to see photos of our 2013 Induction Ceremony.

President's Corner

A column by Diane Gillis

Using Facebook - Part VI

Building a presence for your organization on Facebook is a great way to engage your younger members and potential members "where they live".  See five previous installments of Trend Spotting for many advantages and recommendations for how to go about that.

This week, we focus on "friending" your members. Should your staff engage in this?  The obvious answer might be "Of course!  We want them to be able to reach us this way."  But there may be reasons why this is not such a good idea.  Let me start with a story.

A few months ago our AMS vendor held their annual user meeting and training conference.  This is such an incredibly valuable source for training and tips on how to take advantage of the incredible breadth and depth of functionality in their system that it more than pays for the trip in productivity gains every single year.  This year, the conference was to be help in Cancun at the Ritz Charlton.  And best of all, they had negotiated a killer rate: $189 a night!  At the Ritz Charlton!  That is what we call a slam dunk.  We sent 5 staff - the same number we send every year.

Well, you know that little "What's on your mind" control they have, where people tell you what they are thinking or what they are doing at the moment? ...

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Did You Know ?

  • Theta Tau receives Showcase of Excellence Award

    Under the leadership of President Diane Gillis and faculty counselor Dr. Jenny Hackel, chapter 191 of UMB received it's first Showcase of Excellence Award for implementation of the APRN Forum, addressing one of Dr, Klopper's 'Calls to Action'

  • Save the Date 2016 Chapter meeting schedule

    March 9 APRN Forum and Annual Business Meeting
    April 20 Induction Ceremony for new members and granting of awards and scholarships
    May 19 Research Day and awarding of research grants