History of Kappa Delta Chapter,
Sigma Theta Tau International
The La Salle University, Department of Nursing faculty and staff began thinking of an Honor Society soon after the National League for Nursing granted accreditation to the Nursing Program in February, 1983.
On May 9th, 1984 it was announced that Villanova University had invited us to join their chapter of Sigma Theta Tau. The faculty decision was to have Dr. Donnelly investigate the pros and cons of joining with a larger group as opposed to initiating our own chapter. After much consideration, it was decided that we would focus on our own honor society.
In the spring of 1985, a 16 member Steering Committee was formed composed of LSU Nursing Department faculty: Gloria Donnelly, Department Chairman; Zane Wolf, Kit Stahler-Miller, Cynthia Capers, and Patty Gerrity George; LSU Nursing Department students: Lou Krefsi, Kathy Middleton, Barbara Blair, and Martha Sheely; LSU Nursing Department alumnae: Peg Morthorst, Vicki Christian, and Tom Linharen; Community Representatives: Doris Sutterley, Cheryl Portwood, Esther Love, and Jeanne Rogers. Kit Stahler-Miller chaired the Steering Committee.
At its first meeting on May 28, 1985, the Steering Committee elected Kit Stahler-Miller as chairperson and Gloria Donnelly as faculty advisor. The committee reviewed the guidelines and by laws provided by Sigma Theta Tau and established sub-committees which included: eligibility committee, nominating committee, publications and heritage committees. During the second and third meetings of the Steering Committee, held on July 16th and August 27th, 1985, news of approval of the Nursing Honor Society by La Salle University was announced, eligibility criteria were agreed upon, by-laws were accepted, and plans for first Induction were formalized. Time tables for chapter application and an officer matrix was developed.
Two induction ceremonies were planned for this first year of Society activity. The first was held on October 25th, 1985 at La Salle Student Union Building. Sixty-eight charter members accompanied by family and friends were inducted during the dinner program. The guest speaker, Laura Hayman, PhD, FAAN addressed “Research: The Key to Practice.”
The second induction ceremony was held on April 4th, 1986 at Williamson’s Restaurant – on the top floor of the GSB Building on City Line Avenue. Eighteen new members were inducted into the honor society. The occasion was celebrated with a dinner for all honor society members and their guests. The Keynote Speaker, Ruth McCorkle, PhD, RN spoke on the topic of her current research, “The Effects of Home Care on Chronic Illness.”
The third induction ceremony was held on December 4th, 1986 in the Dunleavy Room at La Salle University. The speaker was Gloria Donnelly, PhD, RN, who spoke on the topic “The Politics of Research: Some Lessons from Women’s Studies.” Twenty-two new members were inducted in the Honor Society.
The fourth induction ceremony was held at the Williamson Restaurant in Horsham, PA on April 10th, 1987. The speaker was Zane Wolf, PhD, RN, who spoke on the topic of “Nursing Rituals.”
Following the induction ceremonies, the first elected officers were installed. They were:
President: Kit Stahler-Miller President-Elect: Victoria Christian
Vice-President: Jeanne Rogers Secretary: Joanne FarleyJunior Counselor: Cynthia Capers Nominating Committee: Roberta Dilworth, Donna Hamlet, Joann Erb