Eighteen nursing undergraduate, graduate students and community nursing leaders were inducted into the Gamma Sigma Chapter at the Gamma Sigma Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International 26th Chapter Anniversary and Induction Ceremony Program held at the Tanoan Country Club, April 16.

Inductees included the following undergraduate students, Jacqueline Burkett, Mari Fraire, Melissa Gladden, Felicity Rensberger, and Candace Schmitz, the following graduate students, Ann-Margaret Asher, Barbara Bjeletich, Cheryl Duran, Edna Gutierrez, Mary Hawkins, Elizabeth Paterson, Tricia Romesberg, Stephanie Sanderson, Christa Schmitz, Christine Weinmeister, and Yeni Yim, and the following Community Nursing Leaders, Amanda Richard and Cynde Tagg.

Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award for Spring 2004 went to  Rachel Armenta, BSN and Outstanding Graduate Student Award Spring 2004 went to Tricia Romesberg, MSN.

Three awards were presented to Gamma Sigma Chapter members.  The Marion Fleck Mentor Award was presented to Sheena Ferguson, MSN, RN, CCRN by Dr. Estelle Rosenblum and Dr. Beth Tigges.  The Clinical Practice Award was presented to Linda Griego Martinez, MSN, RN, CNS, CCRN by Lorena Beeman and Dr. Beth Tigges.  The Research Award was presented to Leah Albers, DrPH, CNM, FAAN by Dr. Beth Tigges. 

Sigma Theta Tau works to foster, develop and connect nurse scholars and leaders worldwide to improve health care.  The society promotes nursing excellence through its initiatives in research, leadership, an electronic library, programming and publications and develops and distributes nursing knowledge for use in practice.  Gamma Sigma Chapter is associated with the University of New Mexico College of Nursing.  Membership is by invitation to baccalaureate and graduate nursing students who demonstrate excellence in scholarship and to nurse leaders who demonstrate exceptional achievement in nursing.

More than 300,000 nurse scholars have been inducted into Sigma Theta Tau with 115,000 active members.  It is the second-largest and one of the most prestigious nursing organizations in the world.  The society's members are active in more than 85 countries and territories, and the 423 chapter honor societies are located on more than 520 college and university campuses in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Hong Kong, the Netherlands, Pakistan, South Korea, Taiwan and the United States.


Contact: Angela Heisel, 272-3322