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Ridenour appointed to Sigma Board

GSON Trivia Night 3/18

Tau Iota Research Day 2018

Flier for Research Day 2018. Click to open and print.

121517 Induction

Dr. Kathleen Thimsen and Dr. Tamara Otey each accept donations of $500 to purchase reusable personal hygiene kits for young women, created by the non-profit Days for Girls
Dr. Otey is the co-founder of Growing Trees International Ministry which serves to provide access to healthcare for Nigerians. 
Dr. Thimsen is the U.S. Clinic Director of the non-profit Kindness in a Box which operates in Peru.

Sigma's Tau Iota members, Goldfarb School of Nursing Office of Nursing Research, and Kingdom House collaborated to provide 3,000 wrapped gifts for children of St. Louis! Sigma's Tau Iota chapter joined in by donating some gifts and using more than a 100 rolls of wrapping paper to wrap approximately 3,000 gifts in three days. Also during the Kingdom House Annual Christmas Event, 135 health surveys were obtained to help with the mission of the Office of Nursing Research "At Risk Population" research interest group.
Kingdom House Event Collage
Kingdom House Gifts

Happy Holidays to Kingdom House!

STTI Tau Iota and GSON Student Nurse Association hosted a toy and gift card drive to benefit Kingdom House's 325 families in need this Christmas. Tau Iota donated $500 in gift cards for a total of $770 in gift cards and a shopping cart full of toys, clothes and household items. 


Pictured left to right: Bianca Martin (Goldfarb student), Dan Richter (Dir. of Volunteer Engagement & Service Learning), Natalie Gemberling-Webb (Volunteer Engagement Associate), Barbara Whitaker MPH, BSN, RN (Tau Iota, Vice-President).

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Read the latest news from Region Five

Fall Business Meeting

Dr. Frain Research Grant Award


 New President Tau Iota 2017 

Research Day 2017 speakers

Dr. Hendricks-Ferguson Sparks Research Award Winner
Dr. Verna Hendricks-Ferguson obtained her BSN and MSN from SIU-E and a PhD in Nursing at Rush University.  She completed a 3-year T32 NIH funded post-doctoral fellowship at Indiana University.  She is recognized as an expert in pediatric palliative and end-of-life care (PC/EOL) and received certification as Hospice and Palliative Pediatric Nurse (CHPPN) from the Hospice and Palliative Care Nursing Association. Her program of research has focused on (a) parents’ preferences to receive PC/EOL information; (b) pediatric oncology provider’s HCPs delivery of prognostic and PC/EOL information to parents of children with cancer; (c) parental concerns about symptoms experienced by a child with cancer during hospice care; and (d) music and art interventions for children with cancer during palliative care. Her research has been funded by several organizations, including the (a) National Institute of Health, (b) Oncology Nurses Society, and (c) Alex Lemonade Foundation for Children with Cancer. Also, she has received numerous awards in Palliative Care Nursing.

Lunch N Learn for Goldfarb faculty

 Tau Iota "Good Eats" presentation



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to Samantha Stasiak And Emily Dean,
winners in the Tau Iota drawing for gift cards! purpleSwirl.jpg
Tau Iota would like to honor the following members who were the
winners of the 2017 Goldfarb School of Nursing awards:
Dean’s Award for Exceptional Service
Kathleen Thimsen, DNP, MSN, WOCN, FNS
Ruth G. Franc Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching
Sara Kimmel, MSN, RN
Cynthia Billman Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching
Brian Torres, MSN, CRNA
Save the Date - Sigma Research Day
March 29, 2018
purpleSwirl.jpgTau Iota Chapter Awards Opportunity
To support the mission and vision of Sigma Theta Tau International to advance the learning, knowledge, and professional development of nurses who strive to improve the health of the world’s people, the Tau Iota chapter is providing a
$1500 faculty research award
and a
$1000 scholarship for a graduate student
to a member who meets the eligibility criteria and embodies the values of the honor society. View the eligibility requirements and application process for the faculty and graduate student awards. Application deadline is March 1, 2018.


Sigma Leadership Conference,
September 17-18, 2018

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Updates from the 44th Annual Biennial Convention


Tau Iota Chapter received a Lifelong Learning Award from Sigma Theta Tau International for promoting the Presidential Call to Action.

Tau Iota Chapter- Lifelong Learning2017.pdf

Tau Iota Chapter received a Regional Excellence Award from Sigma Theta Tau International based on our work in promoting the mission of the Nursing Honor Society.

Tau Iota Chapter - Regional Excellence Award.pdf


Welcome our new Tau Iota Chapter Board of Directors. These new officers will begin their leadership positions with the Chapter on July 1, 2017. Thank you to all agreed to be on the ballot.

President - Pam Newland

President-Elect – Cathy Kush

Vice-President – Barb Whitaker

Secretary – Sara Kimmel

Treasurer – Janneke Zandberg

Leadership Succession Chair – Jim Harris

Delegates – Judy Frain and Debbie Birk

Faculty Counselor – Jaina Best

Membership Involvement – Nancy Van Aman

Goldfarb School of Nursing now offers a How to Join video and other information 

for students who wish to participate in the honor society. 

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