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Sigma Theta Tau International

Scholars Night

March 16, 2016
5:30 p.m.

Sponsored by:
Sigma Theta Tau Eta Chapter (University of Pittsburgh)
Epsilon Phi Chapter (Duquesne University)
Upsilon Phi Chapter (Robert Morris University)

Lobby, Victoria Building
University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing
3500 Victoria Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15261

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The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International is dedicated to promoting excellence in nursing education, practice and research.

Organization History

  • Founded in 1922
  • Over 400,000 members in more than 90 countries
  • Members include practicing nurses, instructors, researchers, policymakers, entrepreneurs and others.
  • 446 chapters located at 543 institutions of higher education throughout Australia, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Ghana, Hong Kong, Japan, Kenya, Malawi, Mexico, the Netherlands, Pakistan, South Africa, South Korea, Swaziland, Sweden, Taiwan, Tanzania, and the United States.
  • Visit the Sigma Theta Tau International web site for more information

Epsilon Phi Chapter

Chapter Mission

The stated purpose of the Duquesne Chapter is to recognize superior achievement in nursing and to develop qualities of leadership among nursing professionals and students, to foster high professional standards of nursing practice, and to strengthen commitment to the ideals and purposes of professional nursing.

Chapter History

  • Inducted into the honor society in March of 1982
  • Chapter has inducted 1,036 members and currently has 313 active members.
  • Epsilon Phi is a chapter that values research and best practice. Each March, a $2,000 research scholarship for members of Epsilon Phi is awarded.
  • Two annual educational meetings, one in October and one in March
  • The Sigma Induction ceremony in the spring inducts eligible undergraduate, second degree students, MSN, PhD and DNP students.
  • Free Continuing Educational Units, which are needed to maintain an RN licensure in Pennsylvania and many other states.

    Current Board





    Karen Jakub


    Vice President

    Melanie Turk turkm@duq.edu


    Linda Koharchik



    Gina Plocki



    Gregory Bruno


    Past Presidents

    Yvonne Weideman - 2014-2015
    Alicia Culleiton - 2011-2013
    Alison Colbert - 2009-2011
    Gretchen Schumacher - 2007-2009
    Lynn Simko - 2005-2007
    Carl Ross - 2003-2005
    Tamara Wardell - 2001-2003
    Carl Ross - 1999-2001
    Maureen Leonardo - 1997-1999
    Joan Lockhart - 1995-1997
    Patrica Mihalcin - 1993-1995
    Joanne White - 1991-1993
    Evelyn Wilczynski - 1989-1991
    Eileen Dittemore - 1987-1989
    Kathleen Winter - 1984-1987
    Barbara Martuscelli - 1981-1984
    Patricia Lech - 1979-1981


    International Awards

    Epsilon Phi Chapter Research Award

    2011 - Lenore Resick, Mona Counts and Joyce Knestrick: The Meaning of Health among Mid-Appalachian women within the Context of the Environment

    2010 - Khlood Salman and Lenore Resick: The Meaning of Health Among Iraqi Refugee Women

    2009 - Valerie Hascup: Understanding the Cultural Expressions, Meanings, Beliefs, Practices and Experiences of Mexican American Women During the Postpartum Period: An Ethnonursing Study Conceptualized Within Leininger's Culture Care Theory

    2008 - Carrie Nickerson: A Comparison of Role Perceptions of Nursing Students in Two Different Curricula

    2007 - Gretchen Schumacher: The Effect of Structured Group Reminiscence Photo Therapy on Depression in Rural Elderly Long Term Care Residents: A Pilot Study

    2006 - Melanie Shuster: Reliability of Urinary Bladder Pressure Measurement in Critical Care

    Epsilon Phi Chapter Award

    2011 - Amy Wodzinski
    2010 - Jessi Eno and Amber Lutterman
    2009 - Samantha Scheer

    2010 - Lydia Wade Baird
    2009 - Stephanie Seelnacht
    2008 - Regis Wintermantel
    2005 - Erin Stants-Painter
    2004 - Donna Falcone

    Shirley P. Smith Epsilon Phi Scholarship Award

    2009 - Kerri Peschock

    Epsilon Phi Chapter Junior Nurse Leader

    The Junior Nurse Leader position provides an opportunity for a senior nursing student to develop leadership skills through mentorship and experience in the Epsilon Phi Chapter of STTI.  Leadership activities include: being a STTI representative in the School of Nursing, assisting with Chapter administrative activities, and participating in local, regional, and national STTI events.

    2010-2011 - Amy Wodzinski
    2009-2010 - Jessi Eno and Amber Lutterman