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American Sentinel University Nurses Honored at Charter Chapter Honor Society of Nursing Induction Ceremony

AURORA, Colo. (PRWEB) July 26, 2013

American Sentinel University’s charter Chi Alpha Chapter of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) recently approved and chartered as an official STTI chapter, held its first STTI honor society induction ceremony at the DoubleTree Hilton Hotel in Aurora, Colo. on July 24.

American Sentinel University is honored to join the many schools that have established Sigma Theta Tau International chapters. Our faculty, administration, alumni and students are committed to fulfilling the mission of Sigma Theta Tau International and make a difference in health care worldwide,” says Judy Burckhardt, Ph.D., MAEd, MSN, RN, dean, nursing programs at American Sentinel University. “Becoming a chapter in this prestigious organization is a positive way for our nursing programs to recognize our students’ achievements and identify future nursing leaders who will have a strong presence in the health care arena. They will play an instrumental role in the change of delivery of health care and the promotion of health worldwide.”

Dr. Sandra Wise, Chi Alpha Chapter President, organized the chartering ceremony where 235 charter members were inducted, which included nursing students, alumni, faculty, administration and nurse leaders from American Sentinel's nursing program, into STTI, the Honor Society of Nursing.

The Chi Alpha, Nursing Honor Society of American Sentinel University officers for 2013-14 include:

Sandra Wise - President
Melissa Penner - Counselor
Kristin Schmidt - Leadership Succession
Terri Bunch - Leadership Succession
Alice Masciarelli - President-Elect
Christopher Kowal - Treasurer
Kathy Koester - Secretary
Sheri Byrnes - Vice President
Aleta Campbell - Leadership Succession
Deb Good Zeiner - Governance

An archived webcast of the ceremony for family and friends who were unable to attend in person is available at

STTI membership is by invitation and extended to undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty and nurse leaders who have demonstrated superior scholastic, leadership and nursing achievements.

Following the chartering ceremony, a reception was held and nursing dignitary and STTI director Dr. Robin Toms took part in the event.

“We are thrilled to welcome the 235 new members of American Sentinel University’s Chi Alpha Chapter to the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International and I extend my personal congratulations to these outstanding professionals,” says Suzanne Prevost, Ph.D., RN, COI, president at STTI. “Membership in an STTI chapter is a tangible way to recognize professional excellence and personal commitment to the nursing profession.”

STTI is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to improve the health of people worldwide through leadership and scholarship in practice, education and research. Founded in 1922, members include practicing nurses, instructors, researchers, policymakers, entrepreneurs and others.

The honor society’s more than 480 chapters are located at institutions of higher education throughout the United States, as well as in Australia, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Ghana, Hong Kong, Japan, Kenya, Malawi, Mexico, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Swaziland, Sweden, Taiwan, Tanzania and Wales.

About Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI)
The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to support the learning, knowledge and professional development of nurses committed to making a difference in health worldwide. Founded in 1922, STTI has more than 125,000 members in 90 countries. Members include practicing nurses, instructors, researchers, policymakers, entrepreneurs and others. STTI’s 480 chapters are located at institutions of higher education throughout Australia, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Ghana, Hong Kong, Japan, Kenya, Malawi, Mexico, The Netherlands, Pakistan, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Swaziland, Sweden, Taiwan, Tanzania, the United States and Wales. More information about STTI can be found online at

About American Sentinel University
American Sentinel University delivers the competitive advantages of accredited online nursing degree programs in nursing, informatics, MBA Health Care, DNP Executive Leadership and DNP Educational Leadership. Its affordable, flexible bachelor’s and master’s nursing degree programs are accredited by the Commission for the Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The university is accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC). The Accrediting Commission of DETC is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency and is a recognized member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

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