June 30, 2005

Contact: Angela Heisel, 272-3651

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Virginia Crenshaw, EDD, RN former dean of the University of New Mexico College of Nursing, presented the Sigma Theta Tau UNM chapter president her original historic Sigma Theta Tau pins.

While Crenshaw was president of the Sigma Theta Tau chapter at Vanderbilt in the 1960s, Sigma Theta Tau changed the design to the current one.

The original pin was presented to current UNM chapter president, Lorena Beeman, RN, MSN at the April 19 Gamma Sigma Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau induction and awards ceremony.

"It is a great honor to the chapter and the society that Dr. Crenshaw is still contributing," Beeman said. "Her historic gift is tremendous and we are overwhelmed with joy that she is doing this for the UNM chapter."

This year the College of Nursing admitted the largest number of students ever into the society which recognizes students' excellence in scholarship and nurse leaders who demonstrate exceptional achievement in nursing.

More than 300,000 nurse scholars have been inducted into Sigma Theta Tau International, which has115,000 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 .