Student Organizations

Alpha Psi Nu is the Troy University ASN Program’s Honor Society. Students tapped for induction into Alpha Psi Nu must have a 3.2 GPA and have completed all of Semester III courses in the Associate of Science in Nursing Program.

One of the requirements for members of Alpha Psi Nu is to engage in community service projects, and each semester, the members of Alpha Psi Nu choose a new worthwhile project. For example, the main project for Spring Semester 2012 involved raising and presenting funds to a non-profit organization of Easter Seals, and a project for Fall Semester 2013 involved a monetary contribution to an organization that assists the homeless.

The honor society is guided by Associate Degree Program faculty members. All graduating Honor Society members are recognized each semester at the ASN Program’s Pinning Ceremony.

Iota Theta Chapter, Troy University

Sigma Theta Tau Logo

The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International provides leadership and scholarship in practice, education and research to enhance the health of all people. We support the learning and professional development of our members who strive to improve nursing care worldwide.

Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing is an organization which provides opportunities and responsibilities to make definite contributions to schools of nursing, to the profession and to the health of the public worldwide.

Its purposes are to:

  • recognize superior achievement
  • recognize the development of leadership qualities
  • foster high professional standards
  • encourage creative work
  • strengthen commitment to the ideals and purposes of the profession


Sigma Theta Tau International was founded in 1922 by six nursing students at the Indiana University Training School for Nurses. For more information about the history of the organization, please visit Sigma Theta Tau International.

History of Iota Theta Chapter

As early as 1973 former Dean Betty Thomas contacted Sigma Theta Tau for information concerning the formation of a chapter at Troy State University School of Nursing. Since the nursing program was not accredited, the idea of forming a chapter was not pursued. During the spring of 1979, several junior nursing students petitioned the faculty to organize an honor society. Karen Allred, a student, contacted Headquarters for information about an honor society. In the fall, Jill Mayo and Janice Nelson, two faculty members that were Sigma Theta Tau members assisted the students with the development of an honor society.

In January 1980, the students organized the honor society, and the organization grew, until the time in late 1985 the group petitioned Sigma Theta Tau International for a charter. With the 1985 induction ceremony, there were 138 new members inducted, along with the installation of new officers, and the transfer of membership by many members to the new chapter.

The chapter marked the 10-year anniversary of the chapter in May 1996 with an impressive ceremony.


President Dr. Shellye Vardaman
President-elect Dr. Kerri Outlaw
Vice-President Dr. Judy Bazzell
Secretary Dr. Wade Forehand
Treasurer Dr. Kelly Johnson
Counselor Ms. Nikki Hilburn (Undergraduate)
Counselor Dr. Patsy Riley (Graduate)

Officers are elected in the Fall semester of each year, and terms of office are staggered. The President-elect, Secretary, and Counselor are elected in the odd years. The Vice-president, Treasurer, and Counselor are elected in the even years.

Qualifications for Membership

  1. Candidates for all categories of membership shall be considered without regard to race, age, gender, creed, color, national origin, disability or other legally protected categories dependent upon jurisdiction.
  2. Regular Member


  1. Students in Basic Program

    Basic program is defined as a baccalaureate or higher degree program which leads to the first professional nursing degree. Students shall have a grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or its equivalent, i.e. “B” or the second highest grade of the institution as indicated by the official record of grades and shall have completed at least one-half of the required nursing component of the baccalaureate curriculum. Basic students who are elected shall rank not lower than the highest 35 percent of their class in scholarship. Exceptions may be made at the discretion of the chapter’s eligibility committee when a student has a qualifying grade point average in the nursing major, has demonstrated consistent progress in academic achievement, and meets, to a high level, the other qualifications for membership. When grade averages are not available, the use of a reliable and valid measure, such as a rating tool, shall be used to determine scholastic achievement.

  2. Students in Graduate Programs

    Candidates shall be elected from students enrolled in accredited programs of graduate study in nursing including master, post-master, doctoral, and post-doctoral. Students in graduate programs shall be eligible for membership if they have achieved a grade point average of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale, or its equivalent, and have completed a minimum of one-quarter of the required graduate curriculum. Candidates shall have demonstrated superior academic achievement, academic integrity, and professional leadership potential

  3. Nurse Leader

    A nurse leader, who is a registered nurse, legally recognized to practice in his/her country with a minimum of a baccalaureate degree or the equivalent in any field, and who has demonstrated achievement in nursing, shall be eligible for membership.

Charter Members

Charter Members — May 18, 1986

The Dean — Amanda Baker – transfer
President — Debra Davis – transfer
President-elect — Marcelle Praetorious – new
Vice-President — Charlene Schwab – new
Secretary — Sheri McVay – new
Treasurer — Sandra Witt – dual with Nu
Counselors — Brenda Riley – transfer
Nancy Patterson – dual with Nu


Transfer Members Dual Members
Sandra Faria
Cassaundra Henderson
Mary C. Henderson
Larry Silcox
Sandra Stevenson
Janet Thornell
Rebecca Yarbrough
Sue Baldwin
Howard Cummings
Sally Cummings
Alice Deal
Bernita Hamilton
Lynn Norman
Anne Smith
Lillian Wise
New Members
Karen Allred
Hazel Anderson
Maggie Antoine
Judith Antoloplos
Betty Barfield
Elizabeth Barker
Delnora Bascomb
Donna Bedsole
Maria Bogart
Anne Boothe
Karey Brereton
Susan Brown
Teresa Brown
Thelma Walker-Brown
Shareen Buckner
Kathy Buntin
Ruby Burdin
Deborah Burrows
Carolyn Byrd
Janie Calton
Elizabeth Carraway
Ruth Cohea
Judith Cooper
Mary Grace Crawford
Pamela Crawford
Mary Jane Cunneen
Nancy Cyprian
Susan Davis
Denise Delk
Carol Diamond
Cecile Douglas
Merrian Douglass
Cathy Dunn
Debra Dunn
Judith Dyne
Shelia Easterling
Judith Edwards
Brenda Elliott
Lynee Ferrari
Shirley Flanders
Deborah Foster
Deborah Franklin
Amy Free
Mary Ruth Garland
Patricia Grimm
Marilynne Harris
Janet Hataway
Susan Hathaway
Romaine Hatten
Jacquleine Henderson
Dorothy Holland
Yolanda Holmes
Judith Holst
Carol Honaker
Lynn Hosea
Delores Jackson
Kathleen Jarboe
Donna Jones
Sherree Jones
Virginia Jones
Daphne Kennedy
Janneyfer Kimble
William Koehler
Caroly Kjer
Theresa Lahnstein
Barbara Laumeyer
Vivian Lee
Angela Livingston
Elizabeth Long
Judy Lott
Mary Lovelady
Cherita Luik
Carolyn Lyndaker
Lynn Maiden
Jean Mann
Deborah May
Kay McBride
Maida McCann
Charlotte McDaniel
Kathleen McGraw
Marilyn McKissack
Billy McVay
Elizabeth Messick
Betty Miller
Tamela Moore
Betty Morales
Karen Mullen
Dorothy Nelson
Rebecca Nelson
Paula Norton
Sharyn Nunn
Linda Parrish
Evelyn Pauline
Jean Pate
Sharon Piwinski
Joan Powers
Vanessa Powers
Sonya Puckett
Melanie Railey
Susan Reed
Diane Reese
Nancy Register
James Reid
Elvira Reynolds
Carolyn Robbins
Betty Russell
Beatrice Scruggs
Roxanne Senn
Kim Sheehan
Cathy Sherman
Murlene Sides
Joy Skantz
Ellyn Smith
Sandra Spann
Frances Stewart
Dell Sotkes
Bonnie Taylor
Joann Taylor
Kristin Taylor
Rebecca Tew
Kibby Thompson
Judith Wallace
Linda Warr
Karen Warren
Connie Webb
Beverly Webster
Kathleen Whelan
Barbara Wilder
Melissa Wilks
Elizabeth Williams
Sheri Williams
Mary Jane Winkler
Myra Woodham
Marjorie Wright
Cynthia Yeager
Linda Yell
Becky Sharpe
Renee Faust

Grants and Awards

Research Grant


The Research-Grant Program is designed to encourage and facilitate research efforts by members of Iota Theta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau. It is intended to enhance the individual member's scholarship and ability to pursue research activities in all areas related to nursing. This program supports the dissemination of research through presentations and publications.


All members of the Iota Theta Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau, who are in good standing, are eligible to apply for grants under this program. Members of the Scholarship Committee are not eligible to apply for grants as Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator. This program is not intended for purchase of equipment for non-research purposes or to satisfy requirements for a degree.


Awards are made by the Executive Committee of Iota Theta Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau, based on recommendations by the Scholarship Committee. The proposal evaluation criteria are used to establish the recommendations. By majority vote, the Scholarship Committee will recommend which proposals will be supported and the level of support that will be provided.


The proposal should provide a clear and complete narrative account of the proposed research project. It must be focused toward enhancing the respective member's research skills/program. Proposals will be blind reviewed for clarity, significance and relevance.

The proposal should clearly indicate a date for the completion of the project. This must normally be no longer than twelve months from the proposed beginning date.

Proposals should follow the format given in Section 8.0. Proposals should not exceed six double-spaced pages including the cover and budget pages. The original and six copies of the proposal must be signed by the member.

If two or more members collaborate on submission of a proposal, one must be designated the Principle Investigator with responsibility for budget expenditures and coordination of the effort, and others as Co-Investigators.

Funds available for this solicitation will enable the Scholarship Committee to make awards up to $500.00 per year.


All research-grant awardees are required to present their results at the Iota Theta Showcase in Nursing Research Excellence or its equivalent a year following the awarding of the grant. In addition, the awardees are required to prepare a paper which will be included in the proceedings of the Research Forum. The paper will be considered as the deliverable and final report on each research-grant.


The principle criteria considered by the Scholarship Committee in evaluation of a proposal is its relevance to Sigma Theta Tau's mission of scholarship and research. Specific proposal-related evaluation criteria are:

  1. Overall scholarly quality of the proposal.
  2. The Principle Investigator's (and Co-Investigator) capabilities to perform the research.
  3. Scholarly contribution to the discipline.
  4. Clarity of research plan and reasonableness of the proposed budget.
  5. Adherence to instructions and Sigma Theta Tau purpose.


The Scholarship Committee will notify the members of Iota Theta Chapter each May in its newsletter of the timeline for the Research-Grant Program. In general, the deadline for the submission of the proposals will be August 15 of each year. The Scholarship Committee will meet within one month after the closing date to review proposals. Based on the recommendations of the Scholarship Committee, the Executive Committee will notify the selected researchers by Oct. 1.


The proposal should follow the guidelines listed below:

  1. Introduction

    In an introductory paragraph give a statement describing your research proposal, not to exceed one-hundred fifty words.

  2. Proposal

    1. Statement of overall objectives and outcomes of the research (ie: specific aims).
    2. Relation of proposed research to present state of knowledge in field (ie: background and significance)
    3. Methods and data collection procedures, and proposed analysis of data (ie: evaluation criteria).

  3. Budget Page

    1. Salaries and wages (Include statement as to what person will do)

      Funds may be used to support salaries and wages for individuals other than a member of Sigma Theta Tau if their work is important to the completion of the research project by the member. Typical examples are, graduate and undergraduate student support required in the acquisition, development and preparation of research materials and date, and computer operation assistance.

    2. Operating Expenses

      • Supplies
      • Duplication/Reproduction
      • Postage
      • Software

    3. Travel

      Funds are not provided for routine attendance at professional meetings, but there are available for travel required to complete the research. Justification of travel and explanation of role in accomplishing the research project must be included in the proposal.

    4. Equipment/Instrumentation

      Any equipment/instrumentation acquired under the grant is owned by Iota Theta Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau. All purchases for equipment must be supported in the proposal relative to need for accomplishment of the proposed research effort.

Student Award

Iota Theta Chapter presents an award to the Outstanding generic BSN student each year at the Honors Convocation. This award is based upon the following:

  • The student has the highest GPA in BSN clinical sequence courses.
  • The student demonstrates leadership and scholarship.

Call for Abstracts

2016 Showcase in Nursing Research Excellence
Iota Theta Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau
April 9, 2016 - 9:00 a.m.
Park Memorial UMC, Troy, AL

Call for Abstracts

This conference is designed to showcase creative nursing practice, education, and research that are conducted at Troy University and the surrounding communities. The goals are to share ideas, impart practical knowledge, and provide fellowship for nursing research. This conference is open to all members of Sigma Theta Tau and other interested nurses. The conference will feature poster presentations.

A prize of $50 will be awarded to the student poster that best meets the criteria of sharing and imparting practical knowledge of nursing research. The prize will be equally divided among all authors of the winning poster.

Selection: Abstracts will be blind reviewed for clarity, significance and relevance. Notification of acceptance will be made by March 21, 2016.

Guidelines for submission:

  1. Abstracts should be submitted electronically and follow APA (6th ed.) requirements. Abstracts should be limited to 250 words.
  2. The Abstract Form must be submitted without a name attached in order to qualify for a blind submission. Submitters of abstracts will be contacted by email for notification of acceptance
  3. Abstracts should be completed by using the Call for Abstracts link below.
  4. When using the link to submit your abstract, you will also be asked to list 2-3 objectives for your poster presentation as well as a brief biographical sketch.
  5. All abstracts must be submitted no later than 12 noon (CT) March 15, 2016.
  6. If accepted, you will be required to submit an Intent to Present form and register for the conference.

If you have questions, please contact:

Dr. Shellye Vardaman
Troy University


Additional Nursing Resources

The Student Nurses Association (SNA) is an extracurricular activity designed for all pre-nursing and nursing majors at Troy University.

The SNA meets one time monthly for the purpose of fellowship, activity planning and fund raising ideas. Each semester at least one community event is selected and planned entirely by the members of the SNA. SNA members take pride in active participation within their Troy community and at the same time build camaraderie between future and current nursing students.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the SNA simply submit a Blackboard request to be added to the SNA mailing list. You will then receive advance notice of all functions and meeting time and places for this organization.

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