History

Narrative History of the Eta Kappa Chapter-at-Large
Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International
1998-2009

By
Chris Alumbaugh, Cleda Meyer, Elaine Shutt

 

 

The following written history summarizes significant events and member accomplishments since formation of Eta Kappa Chapter-at-Large. Minutes of board meetings, membership meetings, newsletters, member recollections, and the EtaKappa Chapter-at-Largescrapbook served as sources for thisaccount.

 

1997 – 1998

 

Officers

Officers for the 1997-1998 year include President, Cynthia Hornberger; President-Elect, Jane Carpenter; Vice-President, Carol Bragdon; Secretary, Paula Ellis; Treasurer, Beth Williams; Counselors, Susan Hsia and Maryellen McBride; Nominating Committee, Kay Osinski, Elaine Shutt, and Darlene Whitlock; and Newsletter Editor, Trina Riley.

Leadership Interns completing their terms were Mariah Carlgren and Julie merchant. Pat Barrett served as Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) Leadership Extern. Cynthia Hornberger, President, was appointed as a member of the International Finance Committee.

Events

Attending the STTI Biennial Convention in November 1998, held in Indianapolis were Cynthia Hornberger, Paula Ellis, Beth Williams, Judy Ackeret, Elaine Shutt, Mariah Carlgren and Julie Merchant. Eta Kappa Chapter-at-Large received our organizations highest chapter recognition, the Key Award, given for outstanding chapter activities and member contributions during the 1995-1997 Biennium.

The Fall Induction Ceremony welcomed 15 new members into Eta Kappa Chapter.  They included Pamela Akin, Tracy Davies, Misty Gumb, Amy Kieffer, Angela Poell, Jennifer Burenheide, Suzann Duncan, Lisa Hall, Kelli Osburn, Chanda Prater, Terri Chandler, Indus Griggs, Shelley Horne, Gregory Papineau, and Jennifer Treharne.

The Spring Continuing Education (CE) Program, “Nursing Research: A Local Perspective,” was co-sponsored by KSNA District I and presented by faculty from both Washburn University and Baker University Schools of Nursing to the thirty attendees.. Research presentations included “Understanding Rural Access and Utilization Issues for Patients with Cardiopulmonary Disease in Kansas” by Cynthia A. Hornberger, ARNP-CNS, “Elder Substance Use: A Comparative Study of Professionals and Elders Attitudes” by Barbara K. Clark, (PhD Candidate) “Research Analysis of Schwirian’s Six Dimensions Scale of Nursing Performance” by Susan Hsia, PhD, RN, “Teaching Psychomotor Skills to Nursing Students” by Katherine Willock (PhD Candidate), “The Experience of Emancipatory Learning by Registered Nurses,” Jodi Blair, PhD, RN, CNM, and “Self-Preserving: Patterns of Interpersonal Conflict Among Nursing Faculty” by Kathleen L Harr DNSc, RN.

The official Chartering Ceremony of Eta Kappa Chapter-at-Large (EKAL) took place April 5, 1998, in the Garvey Fine Arts Center at Washburn University, with a reception following in the Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center. Dr. Eleanor Sullivan, President of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International, served as chartering officer. New Members from both Washburn University and Baker University Schools of Nursing were inducted, as well as current members of the Baker University Nursing Honor Society. All members in attendance placed their signature on the Chartering document and are forever designated as Charter Members of EKAL. Present for the chartering ceremony were 93 EKAL chapter members, five STTI transfer members, 38 Baker University Nursing Honor Society members (plus 13 unable to attend), 17 Baker University SON inductees (plus seven unable to attend), and 18 Washburn University SON inductees.

 

New inductees included Brenda Adams, Dorothy Ascher, Amy Barthuly, Janet Doud, Lisa Fiegal, Amy Greenfield, Amy Keimig, Amy Knoernschld, Jan Mansfield, Stacy Roberts, Shelly Smith, Warren Stewert, Julie Templet, Clifford Varner, Lisa Volk, Chelsey Wagner, and Roseanne Winter.

Members of Baker University Nursing Honor Society joining EKAL included Shelly Accord-Poe, Beverly Austin, Clara Benson, Donna Bishop, Ryan Bramhall, Dawn Brinker, Mary Bruce, Tracy Claycamp, Pranom Clippinger, Jennifer Moore Coates, Pamela Compton, Janelle Crowley, Tammy Emert, Amy Fleming Gaut, Kirsten Flesher, Mary Kay Freed, Richard Freed, Desiree Fulker, Collette Glassman, Patti Grolmes, Paul Guffey, Tamara Heine, Allison Hemming Raddon, Jennifer Hemphill, Dan Hudson, Renee Hunt, Cricket Johnston, Trisha Kellenberger, Katherine Kellerman, Heather King, Joseph Kotsch, Sara Love, Susan Maendele, Clinton Marker, Sara Martin, Robin McGinnis, Darrel McMillan, Nancy Menzie, Lisa Payne, Janice Prior, Lisa Rickefs, Debra Scheidegger, Linda Schell, Becky Seele, Kelly Seuell, Tami Shaddox, Judy Shields, Patty Smith-Hart, Sharon Strifler, Amy Stillwell, Debbie Swindale, Nancy Thompson, Stephanie Unruh Thompson, Andrea Tilghman, Martha Tucci Miller, Belinda Underhill, Mary Van  Petten, Laura Weiss, Bethany Williams, Howard Willyard, Lisa Yaple, Laura Bailey, Lucinda Bonjou-Molden, Tammy Drimmel, Mara Dumler, Michel Elkinton, Carrie Frazier, Lori Howard, Pamela Masters, Paul Meek, Katherine Morris, Brandy Pagel, Deborah Sigman, Tracy Simms, Renee Tiffany, Lori White, Keeli Willard, Lizbeth Golgoski, and Annette McAdoo. Washburn Endowment Association scholarship recipients were Janice Mansfield and Dorothy Ascher, both Washburn graduates in May 1998.

Committee chairs for the Chartering Ceremony included: Jane Carpenter, reception committee; Carol Bragdon, ceremony/program committee; Paula Ellis, invitations; Pat Barrett, archives. Counselors were Judy Ackeret and Cleda Meyer from Baker SON with Susan Hsia and Maryellen McBride from Washburn SON. Mariah Carlgren and Julie Merchant of Washburn and Beverly Austin and Tamara Heine from Baker served as hostesses for open houses at their schools.

1998 – 1999

 

Officers

Officers for the 1998-1999 year were President, Jane Carpenter; President-Elect, Paula Ellis; Vice- President Washburn,  Maryellen McBride; Vice-President Baker, Cleda Meyer; Secretary, Patty Smith-Hart; Treasurer, Beth Williams; Counselors Baker University, Judy Ackeret and Carol Bragdon; Counselors Washburn University, Susan Hsia and Susan Pfister; Nominating Committee, Kay Osinski, Elaine Shutt and Darlene Whitlock. Leadership Interns were Jennifer Eisenbarth, Michelle Koonce, and Shelley Accord-Poe.

Pat Barrett served as a STTI Region 2 Extern, providing leadership to organize a mentoring experience for new inductees by pairing them with an experienced member.  Pat was also active in writing the history of Eta Kappa prior to formation of the chapter at large. She continued to accumulate, update and display archival materials.

Chapter committees and their chairs included:

Awards: Kay Osinski; Archives/ Mentoring: Pat Barrett; Banquet: Paula Ellis; Finance: Henrietta Area; Fundraising: Julie Garlinghouse; Key Award: Cynthia Hornberger; Membership:  Beth Williams; Newsletter Editors, Mariah Carlgren and Julie Merchant; Program: Maryellen McBride and Cleda Meyer; Research: Carol Ferreira; Service Projects: Michelle Koonce and Jennifer Eisenbarth.

Chapter Goals for the 1998-1999 year:

1. Improve chapter communications

2. Refine the Mentorship Program

3. Gain visibility within the community and provide service

4. Ensure that qualified recipients are identified for each award annually

5. Earn the Key Award for the 1997-1999 Biennium

6. Support research activities in the community

7. Develop criteria to reward membership involvement

8. Sustain the current momentum.

These goals were evaluated as follows: Communications increased by utilizing contacts within local healthcare institutions, publishing a quarterly newsletter, and continuing to develop a Web site. The Mentorship Program provided a mentor for each new inductee. Service projects were established and included donating a wreath for the Festival of Trees, which benefited a local organization, Sheltered Living; participation in the Kansas Hoe-down to raise funds for Ronald McDonald House and Stormont Vail NICU; member participation in the Race Against Breast Cancer. Application was made for the STTI Key Award. Katie Willock received a research grant for her study comparing video teaching of catheterization with faculty-directed instruction.  Many chapter events helped promote interest and participation in EKAL activities.  Several EKAL members attended the Region 2 conference on December 4-5 in Oklahoma City:  Jane Carpenter, Paula Ellis, Beth Williams, Cynthia Hornberger, Pat Barrett, Susan Pfister, Maryellen McBride, Jennifer Eisenbarth and Michelle Koonce.

Events

For the Fall CE offering October 28, 1998, EKAL member Henrietta Area, MSN, RN presented “Pioneer Women of the Plains States: Community Caregivers.”  Kansas State Nurses Association (KSNA) District I co-sponsored this meeting which was held in the Pottawatomie Mission Room of the Kansas Museum of History, Topeka.

Eleven new members joined EKAL at the Fall Induction ceremony.  New inductees were Maureen Austria, Christy Byrne, Jacqueline Cunningham, Zann Dauphin, Elaine Deters, Tanja Fateley, Melinda Knaak, Kelly Maloney, Nicole Speer, Margaret Trzos, and Denalyn Uhner McMillin.

At a Spring Fashion Show held February 25,1999, EKAL members and their families serving as models. Fashions were provided by Stein Mart a local retail store. The event took place at the Topeka Country Club, yielding $405. A Silent Auction combined with the Spring Induction Ceremony  served as another fundraising event that brought in $524.

The Spring CE program, “The Essence Of Mentoring” by Pam Divito-Thomas (Region 2 Mentoring Chair) took place at Washburn University March 10, 1999.

Twenty Washburn students, eight Baker students and two community nurses became EKAL members at the Spring Induction ceremony, May 2, 1999 at the Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center, Washburn University. New inductees included Jamie Allphin, Jody Diane Hinton Badura, Maureen Barnes, Nancy Ann Stueve Dekat, Jane Marie Desch, David Allan Drager, Christina Everts, Heath Alan Foster, Tyler N. Goodwin, Chris Grote, Kristie Hatfield, Alicia Marie Hellwege Hawkins, Megan Michelle Just, Stefany Kellenberger, Rachael Kent, Cheryl Anderson Loughmiller, Melissa Miller, Denise Renee Tribble Nickel, Rebekah Osborne, Charlotte Perry RN, Toni R. Warren Pierson, Leanna Raine, Heather Rickel, Jerilyn Desch Rodgers, Sheri Strathman, DeeAnne Urish, Ute C. Peopsel Worfel, and Marian J. Zeller. Community nurse inductees were Marsha M. Kent RN and Edna Woods RN.  Washburn Endowment Association scholarship recipients were Marian Zeller and Leanna Raines. The Baker Endowment Association scholarship recipient was Melissa Miller. Chapter Awards and recipients were as follow: Excellence in Nursing Practice to Sharon Gonzales, Excellence in Writing to Cleda Meyer, and Creativity in Nursing to Alice Young.

1999 – 2000

 

Officers

EKAL officers for the 1999-2000 year were President, Jane Carpenter; President-Elect, Paula Ellis; Vice-President Washburn, Maryellen McBride, Vice-President Baker,  Cleda Meyer; Secretary, Patty Smith-Hart; Treasurer, Beth Williams; Baker Counselors, Carol Bragdon and Judy Ackeret; Washburn  Counselors, Susan Pfister and Ann Jessop; Nominating Committee, Kay Osinski, Carolyn Conaway, and Brandy Watkins. Cynthia Hornberger was asked to serve a second term on the International Finance Committee.

Chapter committees and their chairs included: Archives: Pat Barrett; Finance: Henrietta Area; Fundraising: Julie Garlinghouse; Key Award: Cynthia Hornberger; Newsletter Editors, Mariah Carlgren and Julie Merchant; and Research: Barbara Clark.

Chapter Goals for the 1999-2000 year:

1. Improve chapter communications

2. Refine mentorship program

3. Gain visibility within the community and provide service

4. Ensure that qualified recipients are identified for each award annually

5. Earn the STTI Key Award for the 1999-2001 Biennium

6. Support research activities in the community

7. Reward membership involvement

8. Create a time-capsule commemorating nursing

9. Sustain the current momentum enjoyed by the chapter.

These goals were evaluated as follows: Flyers for CE programs were distributed and the newsletter was published quarterly. All new members were assigned a mentor and invited to attend a mentoring reception. Service projects included participation in the Kansas Hoedown, the Race Against Breast Cancer, the Children’s Miracle Network Telethon, and the Mother to Mother delivery of mother’s day flowers. EKAL received the second STTI Key Award for outstanding chapter activities and member contributions during 1997-1999 at the 35th Biennial Convention in San Diego, California. A research grant was presented to Wanda Blaser-Bonnel. Barbara Clark agreed to serve as chair of the time capsule committee. Fun, interesting programs with opportunities for networking and service maintained participation and enthusiasm in the chapter.

Events

In describing “A Field Experience with the Urarina in the Peruvian Amazon” Dr. Ann Kuckleman Cobb, from the University of Kansas School of Nursing, used slides to share her experiences in that setting. This Fall CE Program took place October 28, 1999 at the Pozez Education Center, in collaboration with KSNA District I.

In November 1999, nine EKAL members attended the 35th Biennial Convention in San Diego, CA. Those attending were Jane Carpenter, Paula Ellis, Beth Williams, Patty Smith-Hart, Cleda Meyer, Cynthia Hornberger, Pat Barrett, Jennifer Eisenbarth, and Michelle Koonce.

Fundraising events included a Burrito Sale that cleared $1300 and a Silent Auction that brought in $400. Members participated by preparing ingredients, assembling, and delivering burritos to those who placed orders.

At the Fall Induction ceremony, 16 new members joined EKAL, including Micheala Rapp, Abby Hess, Heather Magers, Sarah Martin, Angela Counselman, Traci Davies, Danielle Purcell, Linda Gordy, Lori Ann Magnuson, Cheryl Stanley, Heather Wellman, Crady Royer, Allison Skornik, Ginger McIlvain, Linda Steinlage, and Miriam Slaugh. Endowment Association scholarship recipients were Sarah Martin, Washburn University, and Allison Skornik, Baker University.

The Spring CE Program featured local nurses and healthcare professionals in a symposium discussing research projects and results.

At the Spring Induction ceremony held April 29, 2000 at the Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center, Washburn University the speaker was Kathy Rowe, Ph.D, Queen’s University of Belfast, Northern Ireland. Chapter Awards were presented for Excellence in Nursing Creativity to Susan Hsia and Barbara Clark; Excellence in Nursing Practice toTeresa Kellerman; Excellence in Nursing Writing to Patricia Barrett; and Excellence in Nursing Research: Cynthia Hornberger.

The chapter inducted seven Baker University students, 15 Washburn University students, and four Community Nurse members, including the guest speaker, Dr. Rowe, and Carolyn Mason, another faculty member from the Queen’s University of Belfast, Northern Ireland. Inductees included: Lisa Alexander, Angela Beauregard, Michelle Boss, Karla Braucks, Maegan Dalton, Rita Davenport, Amy Glenn, Jennifer Hockenbarger, Kelly Jensen, Kelly Krentz, Dorothy Kurtz, Connie Lawrence, Becca Meier, Gretchen Pavlicek, Roberta Rice RN, April Seghorn, Amber Smies, Holly Stuewe, Amy Tilley, Allison Unrein, Tiffany Van Dyke, Sarah Wilhelm, Kim Wipf, and Jaime Zirkle.  Endowment Association scholarship recipient was Maegan Dalton, Washburn University.

 

 

2000 – 2001

 

Officers

Chapter officers for the 2000-2001 year were President, Paula Ellis; President-Elect, Beth Williams; Vice-President  Baker, Cleda Meyer; Vice-President Washburn, Maryellen McBride; Secretary, Susan Mandele; Treasurer,  Beth Williams; Counselors Baker, Judy Ackeret and Loanne Martin; Counselors Washburn, Ann Jessop and Patricia Joyce; Nominating Committee, Kay Osinski, Carolyn Conaway, and Brandy Watkins. The leadership intern was Sarah Martin.

Chapter committees and their chairs included Archives: Pat Barrett; Awards: Marylie Foust; Bylaws: Beth Williams; Finance: Beth Williams; Fundraising: Barb Stevenson and Tammy Foster; Key Award: Jane Carpenter; Membership: Jennifer Eisenbarth and Michelle Koonce; Newsletter Editor, Carol Moreland; Research: Barbara Clark.

Chapter Goals for the 2000-2001 year:

1. Earn the Key Award for the 1999-2001 Biennium

2. Gain visibility in the community and provide service

3. Improve our active membership percentage to 50% of total membership.

Events

For the Fall CE Program October 9, 2000, Dr Janice Dunwell shared customs of the Navajo people. Her presentation entitled “Native American Healing” included attendees participation in a “smudge ceremony.”

Sixteen new members joined EKAL during the Fall Induction ceremony held on December 3, 2000 at the Pozez Education Center. Terri Roberts, Executive Director of KSNA, served as guest speaker. Inductees included Rachel Pinkley, Heather Rohr, Karin Resnik, Stephanie Snepp,

Allison Alexander, Karl Gunnerson, Cindy Hutter, Amber Lechner, Keely Say, Jaime Strickland, Dawn Graham, Amy Hecke, Katherine Kufahl, Staci Petersen, Rochelle Silan, and Justin Stuke. The Baker Endowment Association scholarship was presented to Karin Resnik.

Fundraising events included a Sweetheart Treat Drawing which netted $609, the Week-enders Fashion Show that brought in $200, and a Silent Auction held in conjunction with induction.

The Spring CE Program held March 13, 2001 featured a Research Symposium. Janet Leiker and Jennifer Eisenbarth, presenters from the Kansas Foundation for Medical Care, shared information about collaborative projects related to diabetes. Karen Hawes, ARNP from Cotton-O’Neil Clinics discussed outpatient control of diabetes. Norine Kerr RN, PhD, and faculty member at Baker University, shared results of her research related to “Misguided Entitlement.” Theresa Kellerman, RN from St. Francis Hospital discussed findings from the “Knowledge and Attitudes Survey Regarding Pain.”

Sharon Gonzales, Vice President of Patient Operations, via Christi Regional Medical Center in Wichita, was guest speaker at our Spring Induction ceremony on May 6, 2001 held at the Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center, Washburn University. Chapter Awards were presented for Excellence in Nursing Creativity to Elizabeth Bessette; for Excellence in Nursing Practice to Michelle Shima; for Excellence in Nursing Research to Aimee Gross; for Excellence in Nursing Writing to Konnie Kyle. EKAL inductees were Alissa Allen, Colleen Bane, Karlene Bauman, Lisa Beaver, Heidi Bowers, Christi Boyden, Angie Ginter, Jill Glendening, Craig Gunther, Marla Hansen, Samantha Inverarity, Kimberly Keen, Kaycee Kennedy, Lori Korber, Susan Larson, RN, Casey Mulcahy, Robin Murphy, Antoinette Myles, Mindy Olberding, Anne Simon, Kimberly Solomon, Debbie Thomas, Michelle VanDeCreek, and Mandy Zumbahlen, who also received the Washburn Endowment Association scholarship.

Paula Ellis, Beth Williams and Jennifer Eisenbarth attended the Regional Professional Development Conference in Chicago in April.

 

 

2001 – 2002

 

Officers

Paula Ellis, President; Beth Williams, President-Elect; Cleda Meyer, Vice-President; Alice Young, Vice-President; Sudan Maendele, Secretary; Brenda Volz, Treasurer; Loanne Martin and Annette Milius, Baker Counselors; Patricia Joyce and Caren Dick, Washburn Counselors; Carol Moreland, Newsletter Editor; and Tamra Foster, Kim Wipf and Linda Kivitter, and Nominating Committee. Craig Gunther served as Leadership Intern.

Chapter committees and their chairs included Archives: Pat Barrett; Bylaws: Beth Williams;

Finance: Lori Magnuson; Fundraising: Tamra Foster and Barbara Stevenson; Membership Involvement: Michelle Konce and Jennifer Eisenbarth; Research: Barbara Clark.

Chapter Goals for the 2001-2002 year:

1. Earn the Key Award for the 1999-2001 Biennium

2. Gain visibility in the community and provide service

3. Improve our active membership percentage to 50% of total membership.

Events

The Fall CE offering on October 2, 2001, featured Dr. Susan Santos, Patient Care Services Research Coordinator at Children’s Mercy Hospital. She presented “Meeting The Needs Of Our Diverse Workforce:  Matures, Boomers, Gen-Xers And Beyond”, with 73 people in attendance.

EKAL members staffed the concession stand every weekend of October at the annual Gary’s Berries fall festival, raising $1600 for the chapter. Responsibilities included grilling hamburgers, making the famous Apple Slush drinks, popping popcorn, and spinning cotton candy. Additional funds were raised at a Silent Auction held in conjunction with the “Spring Extravaganza” sponsored by St. Francis Hospital.

November of 2001 brought the Honor Society’s 36th Biennial Convention in Indianapolis, attended by EKAL members Cynthia Hornberger, Jane Carpenter, Beth Williams, Tammy Foster, and Paula Ellis. The chapter received its third Key Award, bestowed to STTI chapters for outstanding chapter activities and member contributions.

The Fall induction, held December 2, 2001 at the Pozez Education Center, Baker University School of Nursing featured Cynthia Hornberger, Dean of Washburn School of Nursing as guest speaker. New inductees included Mary Boyden, Sandra Choe, Andrea Day, Jennifer Ferris, Heather Flathers, Gretchen Guerrieri, Tressa Haltom, Amy Harrison, Becky Hammerschmidt, Jeanne Luttjohann, Alison Nightingale, Robyn Smith, Alisha Sudbeck, Nicole Travers, Laci Whitney, and Ludmila Wilson. The Baker University Endowment Association scholarship was awarded to Jennifer Ferris.

As part of a “Spring Extravangaza”, EKAL’s Spring CE program took place at St. Francis Hospital. It included the chapter’s annual Awards Banquet and Silent Auction preceding the catered meal. The program featured Karen Roberts, RN, MSN, ARNP-C who discussed her recent STTI “Chiron Mentor Fellowship: A Growth Experience.” She worked with Dr. Diana Mason, Editor of AJN. EKAL chapter Awards were presented for Excellence in Nursing Creativity to Elaine Shutt; Excellence in Nursing Practice to Roberta Rice; Excellence in Nursing Research to Kathy Rowe (Ireland); and the Excellence in Nursing Writing to Karen Roberts.

Twenty-six graduating nursing students and two Community Nurse members were honored at the Spring Induction ceremony on May 5, 2002.  EKAL member Paula Ellis presented “How Hospital Leaders Can Build a Thriving Workforce—A Review of the ANA Commission on Workforce for Health Systems.”  New inductees were Chris Alumbaugh, Rachelle Bartel, Carrie Buckley, Amy Burr, Anne Chaffee, Angie Hulsing, Megan Keim, Alison Koehler, Jamin Landes, Melanie Maddeford, Tonya Stallbaumer, Rachel Kranz, Theresa Schwartz, Mendy Ebberts, Amanda Esau, Kimberly Foster, Megan Frost, Carrie Garretson, Nicole Gutowski, Laurie Jamison, Christel Lebarge, Tyson Lacy, Erin Schrader, Janelle Spencer, Tiffany Walter, and Susan Perry. The Baker University Endowment Association scholarship was presented to Chris Alumbaugh.

 

 

 

 

2002-2003 Year

Officers

Officers for the 2002-2003 year included President, Beth Williams; President-Elect, Cleda Meyer;

Vice President Baker, Elaine Shutt; Vice President Washburn, Alice Young; Secretary, Jennifer Eisenbarth; Treasurer, Brenda Volz; Counselors Baker, Diane Bottorff and Annette Milius; Washburn, Lori Edwards and Caren Dick;  Nominating committee, Tamra Foster, Kim Wipf, and Linda Kivitter; Leadership Intern, Sarah Warren.

Chapter committees and their chairs included Archives: Pat Barrett; Awards: Marylie Foust; Finance/Fundraising: Barb Stevenson and Tammy Foster;             Membership: Sarah Warren; Newsletter: Carol Moreland; Research: Barbara Clark.

Chapter Goals for the 2002-2003 year:

1. Become more electronically connected

2. Earn the STTI Key Award for the 2001-2003 Biennium

3. Enhance member involvement

4. Participate in service projects that will promote name recognition and networking opportunities

5. Seek diversity in nominations and appointments to committees, task forces and key

policy and leadership positions.

The goal to become more electronically connected remained unmet. Other goals were met as described in the following section. It was believed that the goal to promote diversity was met, although the number and diversity of participants often was not recorded.

Events

For the Fall CE Program on September 26, 2002, Dr. Hershel and Jacqueline Stroud portrayed the “Re-enactment of Scenes From The Life of ‘Mother’ Mary Bickerdyke, Civil War Nurse.”  There were 23 members and three students present at the Pottawatomi Room of the Koch Education Center, Kansas Historical Society for this program.

On October 4, Diane Bottorff and Chris Alumbaugh participated in the STTI sanctioned Alzheimer Memory Walk, with the chapter donating $100 to the Alzheimer’s Association for this service project.

To raise funds for the chapter, members again operated the concession stand at Gary’s Berries fall festival. Each weekend in October found several EKAL members working one or more two hour shifts, earning a total of $1600.

During an Informational Tea at Baker University SON, November 6, 2002, President Beth Williams and the Counselors presented information to nursing students. They encouraged eligible students to apply for membership in STTI.

The Fall Induction took place in the auditorium at Baker University SON on December 8, 2002.  Guest speaker and EKAL member Paula Ellis shared information about her trip to Ireland to attend a workshop on community health. She described differences between medical care in Ireland and Kansas. Undergraduate members included 17 students from Baker and Washburn Schools of Nursing and two Community Nurse members. Inductees were Bret Barkemeyer, Jill Bigham, Emily Bolin, Shammie Burkdoll, Danelle Burdick, Billie Ann Gish, Jennifer Gudenkauf, Kelly Howe, Mary Jackson, Brenna Johnston, Emily Leiker, Amanda Newbanks, Nicole Ortega, Claudia Pugh, Shannon Schmidtberger, Matt Schmidtlein, and Lori Turner.  Community Nurse members inducted were Kathy Rotert RN and Sue Washburn RN.  Sarah Warren solicited members to serve as mentors for new members.

Held at St. Francis Hospital, the Spring CE Program and Awards Banquet took place on February 28, 2003. Carol E. Smith, RN, PhD presented information from her investigation of families as a system of health care technologically dependent adults. As well, three members of EKAL brought research posters to share. Awards were presented for: Excellence in Nursing Practice to Cindy Baird, Excellence in Nursing Creativity to Kelly Howe, and Excellence in Nursing Writing to Kay Osinski. Music prior to the dinner was provided by Sarah Sellers, a local high school student, who played selections on the harp.

During the Spring Induction held at Washburn University, 25 baccalaureate students and one Community Nurse member were inducted. Chris Alumbaugh, Baker graduate from May, 2002, was guest speaker, sharing experiences during her first year of nursing. Inductees included: Marijen Aga, Tia Alexander, Michelle Bowersox, Anna Dinkel, Meredeth Dutton, Leann Edington, Tessa Elms, Rebecca Ewert, Christina Gregory, Stacy Grimm, Jennifer Hollis, Charissa Hostetler, Dana Ledbetter, Kelsey McNeil, Teresa Middleswart, Marcia Monroe, Joyce Morstof, Lori Peltier, Tamara Simpson, Amy Southard, Dana Strathman, Rebecca Tolbert, and Lisa Wedeking. The Baker Endowment Association scholarship went to Stacy Grimm.

 

2003 – 2004

Officers

Officers for the 2003-2004 year include President, Beth Williams; President-elect, Cleda Meyer; Vice President Baker, Elaine Shutt; Vice President Washburn, Jennifer Eisenbarth; Secretary (appointed) and Leadership Intern, Chris Alumbaugh; Treasurer: Brenda Volz; Counselors Baker, Diane Bottorff and Annette Milius; Washburn, Lori Edwards and Caren Dick; Nominating committee, Tamra Foster, Kim Wipf, and Linda Kivitter.

Chapter committees and their chairs included Archives: Pat Barrett, Norma Holbrook, Beth Williams; Awards: Marylie Foust, Rosalind Lewis, Susan Hsia, Luann Naumann; Finance/ Fundraising: Barb Stevenson and Tammy Foster; Membership: Sarah Warren solicited members to be mentors of new members; Mentoring: Jennifer Eisenbarth, Sarah Warren; Newsletter: Carol Moreland; Research: Barbara Clark, Kathleen Harr, Susan Hsia.

International Level and Region 3 involvement

Paula Ellis served as a representative to the STTI Foundation. Appointed as members of the Regional Committee, Region 3, were members Cynthia Hornberger (Awards and Recognition) and Chris Alumbaugh (Communications). In her role, Chris developed and was editor of the Region 3 electronic newsletter, News & Views, which was posted on the Region 3 Web page. Quarterly issues were published from the summer of 2004 through winter of 2008, making Region 3 the only STTI region to regularly utilize this communication vehicle offered by Headquarters. Chris also served as an International Judge for the 37th Biennial Convention Communications Awards, and Cleda Meyer reviewed abstracts of art submissions to be displayed at Convention.

 

Chapter Goals for the 2003-2004 year:

1. Offer awards to recognize nurses whose contributions to nursing help further STTI standards

2. Develop a scholarship program for active members working on graduate degrees

3. Have at least four members attend the November 2003 Biennium

4. Complete the Hyperlinks between STTI, Baker University, and Washburn University

5. Develop and distribute an electronic newsletter

6. Increase member involvement in chapter activities, including fundraising and service projects.

The graduate degree scholarship program goal was not met due to lack of applicants. The development of an electronic chapter newsletter was not met due to incompatibility of the newsletter format.

Events

Juanita Smith shared her recollections of a “Nursing Experience Over Six Decades” on September 25, 2003 at the Pottawatomi Room of the Koch Education Center at the Kansas Historical Society. There were 17 members and 14 nursing students present for this Fall CE Program.

Four members participated in the annual Alzheimer’s Memory Walk service project, October 4 at Lake Shawnee. Dianne Bottorff and Chris Alumbaugh volunteered during registration; Cleda Meyer, Fran Seymour-Hunter, Diane and Chris participated by walking. The chapter again made a monetary donation to the Alzheimer’s Association.

In October members continued the tradition of staffing the concession stand at Gary’s Berries fall festival, each weekend in October. The chapter raised $1600 by volunteering in this fundraiser.

Five members traveled to Toronto, Canada in early November of 2003 for the Honor Society’s 37th Biennial Convention. Attendees included Paula Ellis and Beth Williams (who accepted the chapter’s fourth Key Award for outstanding chapter activities and accomplishments), Cynthia Hornberger, Cleda Meyer (who presented a session entitled, “Building Effective Teams with Diversity”) and Leadership Intern Chris Alumbaugh.

An Informational Luncheon held at Baker University SON November 9, 2003 allowed President Beth Williams and President-Elect Cleda Meyer to share experiences from the recent Convention with prospective student members. Counselors Diane Bottorff and Annette Milius showed a video about the formation of STTI and photos of the Virginia Henderson Library in Indianapolis.

December 7, 2003, new member Fall Induction took place in the Pozez Education Center, with Baker University School of Nursing as host. Recent Washburn graduate, Erin Bolin Barkemeyer served as guest speaker. The inductees included: Dawna Bayless, Heather Breault, Melissa Campbell, Shannon Dunn, Deanna Fitzgerald, Heather Gillen, Leslie Goheen, Stacey Huckabey, Leslie Kapp, Teresa Kerr, Danielle Mixer, Joceline Miltz, Rachel Oldham, Tracey Pagel, Janet Smith, Brandy Stewart, Mandy Stallbaumer, Kelly Wright, and Community Nurse member Linda King, RN.  The Endowment Association scholarship winner from Baker was Brandy Stewart.

An electronic hyperlink established between STTI Headquarters, Baker University, and Washburn University Schools of Nursing enabled the chapter to publish its calendar of events and make chapter news and activities available online. Dr. Cleda Meyer developed the webpage and worked with Baker information technology to initiate this web site.

The Spring CE Program and Awards Banquet was held at Countryside United Methodist Church on February 27, 2004. Guest speaker Dr. Kaye Herth, Dean of Minnesota State University, presented “Hope and Humor: Empowering Self and Others.” Thirty-eight chapter members, plus 12 nursing students, were present for this program, with the catered banquet preceded by harp music by Sarah Sellers. During the banquet, Alice Adam Young, Dean of Washburn University SON, gave a brief history of chapter events during 20 years since the formation of Eta Kappa at Large. Thirteen Charter Members present were recognized and honored with a corsage. They included: Margaret Anschutz, Elizabeth Bessette, Viola Beall, Diane Bottorff, Eva K. Brown, Genitha Clark, Norma Holbrook, Mary Icenogle, Carolyn Middendorf, Naomi Nibbelink, E. Elaine Shutt, Darlene Whitlock, and Alice M. Young.  Annual Awards were presented for Excellence in Nursing Practice: Sue Cody; Excellence in Nursing Leadership: Rosalind Lewis; Excellence in Nursing Writing: Ruth Ohm; Excellence in Nursing Mentorship: Cynthia Hornberger; and Outstanding New Member: Chris Alumbaugh.

During the Spring induction ceremony held May 2, 2004 at Washburn University, EKAL member Rebecca Ewert shared her experiences as a first year nurse. Twenty-five baccalaureate students and one Community Nurse member joined EKAL, including: Alicia Adams, Becky Ashcraft, Marley Baum, Christopher Buckley, Kelli Burba, Sarah Church, Jessica Clark, Melissa Conard, Jessica Cooper, Jan Dockum, Kelly Edmiston, Robert Fenton, Miki Geary, Sarah Goff, Allison Johnson, Alisha McPhail, Heidi Racoma, Melissa Scaletty, Rachel Seidle, Andrea Stebbins, James Steinmetz, Lisa Tinoco, Courtney Tucker, Autumn Wilgers, Clara Wreath and Community Nurse Monica Cates RN, MS. The Endowment Association scholarship from Baker was received by Melissa Scaletty.

An Informational Luncheon took place May 3, 2005 at Baker University SON for prospective students to present the criteria for membership and potential value of STTI for members.

Also in May, the Board of Directors voted to contribute $500 to the STTI Brick Paver Campaign for Nursing Excellence. The EKAL Chapter Paver was installed in time for the Dedication Ceremony during the 38th Biennial Convention which members attended in Indianapolis. The Paver Garden, located on the south portico of the Center for Nursing Scholarship at STTI Headquarters, represented a milestone in the Campaign for Nursing Excellence. Funds raised from Paver purchases advance nursing scholarship through research, provide leadership development opportunities and strengthen the honor society’s future.

Ruth Ohm received a research grant from the chapter to support her dissertation research, “Is Symptom Perception a Predictor of Poor Adherence to Controller Medication Among Adults with Asthma?”

2004 – 2005

 

Officers

Officers for the 2004-2005 year include President: Cleda Meyer, President-elect: Shirley Dinkel, Vice President Baker: Linda King, Vice President Washburn: Jennifer Eisenbarth: Secretary and Leadership Intern: Chris Alumbaugh, Treasurer: Brenda Volz, Counselors Baker: Annette Milius and Diane Bottorff, Washburn: Caren Dick and Jane Carpenter.  Nominating committee: Mary Ellen McBride, Lori Edwards, Kim Wipf and Linda Kivitter. Leadership Intern: Brandy Stewart.

The 2003-2005 bylaws called for changes in chapter committees and some of their functions. They now  include Governance: Annette Milius, Diane Bottorff, Caren Dick, Jane Carpenter; Eligibility: Caren Dick, Annette Milius, Diane Bottorff, Jane Carpenter, Fran Seymour-Hunter, Rose Malim, Bonnie Tauton; Archives: Pat Barrett and Marylie Foust; Awards: Marylie Foust, Luann Nauman, Rosalind Lewis, Elaine Shutt; ByLaws: Shirley Dinkel, Beth Williams, Paula Ellis, Cynthia Hornberger, Cleda Meyer; Finance: Cynthia Hornberger, Sue Cody, Robert Fenton, and Brenda Volz (ex-officio); Fundraising: Bobbe Mansfield; Key Award: Paula Ellis, Beth Williams;  Membership Involvement: Kay Osinski, Jane Carpenter, Brandy Stewart; Newsletter Editor: Lizbeth Gogolski; Publicity: Chris Alumbaugh; Research: Dr.Wanda Bonnel, Dr.Kathleen Harr, Dr.Nora Clark; Wisdom Council: Beth Williams and Paula Ellis.

International Level and Region 3 involvement

EKAL members Cynthia Hornberger (Awards and Recognition) and Chris Alumbaugh (Communications) continued their involvement with Regional Committees for STTI Region 3.

Chapter Goals for the 2004-2005 year:

1. Offer awards to recognize nurses whose contributions to nursing help further STTI standards

2. Maintain the current scholarship program for active members pursuing graduate degrees

3. Have at least four members attend the STTI Chapter Leader Academy at in November 2004

4. Continue efforts to establish/maintain links between STTI, chapter and SON Web sites

5. Develop and distribute an electronic version of our Chapter Newsletter

6. Increase member involvement in chapter events, programs and activities

7. Increase recognition of members actively participating in chapter activities

8. Continue to update chapter policies and systems to ensure compliance with the 2003-2005 International By-laws.

9. Promote and support research being done by chapter members

10. Increase publicity of chapter events, member recognition and accomplishments.

 

Events

During the Third Post-FIPSE-EU Consortium, several members participated in “International Global Health: Vision and Strategies.” The program took place July 10-12, 2004 and was hosted by Washburn University SON. Member involvement included oral and poster presentations, serving on committees, and other volunteer help as needed. EKAL members participating included Ruth Borthwick, Jane Carpenter, Annie Collins, Nora Clark, Caren Dick, Shirley Dinkel, Kelly Edmiston, Lori Edwards, Michelle Epperson, Aimee Gross, Cynthia Hornberger, Patricia Joyce, Mary Kopp, Bobbe Mansfield, Maryellen McBride, Cleda Meyer and Barbara Stevenson.  EKAL member Kathleen Harr, Dean of Baker University SON, introduced the keynote speaker and served as monitor of one of the breakout sessions. Other members who served as hostesses, tour guides and helped with banquets included Diane Bottorff, Paula Ellis, Loanne Martin, Carolyn Mittendorf, Kay Osinski, Elaine Shutt and Beth Williams.

 

September 30, 2004, Roberta (Bobbe) Mansfield, ARNP, MSN, RN presented “The Obesity Epidemic: A Public Health Perspective” for the Fall CE Program at Pozez Education Center, Baker University SON.

Brandy Stewart, Leadership Intern, recruited nine members to participate in the annual Alzheimer’s Memory Walk on October 2.

Three EKAL members attended the STTI Chapter Leader Academy in Indianapolis, November 5-6, 2004: Cleda Meyer, Liz Gogolski, and Chris Alumbaugh. Chris and Cleda were co-presenters of “Key to Success” in a Best Practices session initiated by member Cynthia Hornberger. The program outlined methods and strategies which helped EKAL earn its four Key Awards. Chris was also selected to participate in a Focus Group with International President-Elect Dan Pesut.

STTI Informational Luncheons took place November 10, 2004 and May 4, 2005 at Baker University SON.

During the Fall Induction on December 5, 2004 at the Baker University School of Nursing, 23 new members joined Eta Kappa-at-Large. Recent Washburn University SON graduate, Rachel Seidle, shared her experiences since graduation. Undergraduate inductees included Jodi Rae Andruss, Rachelle Marie Ault, Sheila Jo Brewster, Alexa Noel Byrd, Theresa Ann Chmidling, Tisha Lynn Couch, Elizabeth Marie Daniels, Erin Margaret Edwards, Krystol May Frydendall, Michelle Mae Horner, Melissa Diane Kapp, Joshua T. Luce, Kristin Kay Poage, Milly Rachel Rasmussen, Peggy Jo Snook, Amy Marie Stacey, Miranda Rae Thompson. Community Nurse inductees were Finette Johnson-Gress RN, Anne Hagerman RN, Shirley A. Heintz RN, Linda Darlene Kaufman RN, Thomas F. Payne, Jr. RN, and Laura N. Sidlinger RN. Theresa Chmidling

received the Baker Endowment Association scholarship. Alexa Byrd received the Washburn Endowment Association scholarship. Photos from the fall induction were placed on the EKAL website by Dr. Cleda Meyer.

During the January board meeting, a contribution of $100 to the Kansas Nursing Research Exchange was approved for a November 4 conference, “Research and Advancing Technology.”

EKAL Research Day and Awards Banquet March 4, 2005 took place at the Topeka Shawnee County Public Library. Chapter members presented nursing research information: Nora Clark, “Beginning Nursing Students’ Perceptions About Critical Thinking and Nursing Practice” and Shirley Dinkel, “The Lived Experiences of Lesbians Over 50 as Patients in Primary Healthcare Settings.” Ruth Ohm presented “Is Symptom Perception a Predictor of Poor Adherence to Controller Medication Among Adults with Asthma?”  Annual chapter Awards were presented as follow:  Excellence in Nursing Creativity: Laura Sidlinger; Excellence in Nursing Education: Judy Ackeret; Excellence in Nursing Leadership: Helen (Beth) Williams; Excellence in Nursing Practice: Roberta (Bobbe) Mansfield.

Brandy Stewart, EKAL Leadership Intern, organized blood drive as a service project in April, held in cooperation with Stormont-Vail Health Care.  To advertise this event signs for chapter members were posted about the Community Blood Drive.

Spring Induction, May 1, 2005 was held in the Auditorium of the Pozez Education Center and  hosted by Washburn University School of Nursing. The speaker, Baker graduate Stacey Grimm Scott, shared her insights since graduation. Those inducted include Sarah A. Aspergren, Britt N. Brown, Jessica L. Catlin,  Ashley D. Clark, Donnell L. Donley, Sarah J. Drobek, Marlene K. Eicher, Kathleen L. Emmert, Danielle A. Finan, Laura B. Fisher, Lindsay D. Freeman, Heather E. Green, Cheryl L. Holz, Erica N. Hudson, Julie A. Madere, Jamie R. Meade, Martha I. Muth, Dana Nicholson-Fowle, Kelly S. Purcell, RN, Abigail L. Remmers, Marsha A. Rezac, Victoria L. Rudolph, Jeslyn A. Scott, Lisa M. Slavens, Starr V. Slavin, Amanda L. Snowden, Erin L. Steele, Hannah K. Sumner, Crystal D. VanHoutan, Katherine A. Weyhrauch, and Community Nurse member, Mandy K. Ziegler, RN. The Baker Endowment Association scholarship was presented to Erica Hudson with the Washburn Endowment Association scholarship presented to Crystal VanHoutan.

A chapter Garage Sale, hosted by Bobbe Mansfield on June 3-4, provided further opportunities for member involvement and fundraising.

2005 – 2006

 

Officers

Officers for the 2005-2006 year include President: Cleda Meyer; President-elect: Shirley Dinkel; Vice President Baker: Linda King; Vice President Washburn: Caren Dick; Secretary: Chris Alumbaugh; Treasurer: Sue Washburn; Counselors–Baker: Diane Bottorff and Ruth Ohm, Washburn: Jane Carpenter and Barbara Stevenson; Leadership Succession committee: Kim Wipf and Belinda Underhill; Leadership Intern: Brandy Stewart.

Chapter committees and their chairs included Governance: Ruth Ohm, Barbara Stevenson, Diane Bottorff, Jane Carpenter, Lori Turner, Fran Seymour-Hunter; Leadership Succession: Lori Turner, Kim Wipf, Belinda Underhill, Nora Clark, Elizabeth Bessette: Awards: Rosalind Lewis, Luann Nauman, Elaine Shutt, Bonnie Totten; Bylaws: Jennifer Eisenbarth, Beth Williams, Paula Ellis, Cynthia Hornberger; Finance: Cynthia Hornberger, Robert Fenton, Cindy Peterson, Brenda Volz; Fundraising: Bobbe Mansfield, Beth Browder, Marylie Foust; Heritage: Cindy Light; Key Award: Paula Ellis, Beth Williams; Membership Enhancement: Kay Osinski and Brandy Stewart; Newsletter Editor: Lizbeth Gogolski; Research: Wanda Bonnel, Kathleen Harr, Nora Clark; Wisdom Council: Beth Williams and Paula Ellis.

International Level and Region 3 involvement

Chris Alumbaugh was nominated for and elected to the STTI position of Regional Chapters Coordinator for Region 3 at the 35th Biennial Convention. In this role, Chris was one of 15 Regional Coordinators worldwide whose duties include serving as strategic leader and helping chapters in the region pursue the strategic directions of STTI; lead a Regional Committee, and serve as a member of the Regional Chapters Coordinating Committee. Chris also had a feature article published in the official magazine of the Honor Society, Reflections on Nursing Leadership (Third Quarter, 2005). Her topic, “You’ll Know You’re A Nurse When…” was then picked up by the RNL editorial staff who solicited and received hundreds of responses from STTI members worldwide. Cynthia Hornberger was asked to continue serving on the Region 3 Committee for the Biennium.

Chapter Goals for the 2005-2006 year:

1. Acknowledge members whose contributions to nursing help further STTI standards

2. Maintain the pursuing graduate degree scholarship program for active members

3. Promote development of chapter leaders by subsidizing airfare and registration costs for at least four members to attend the STTI Biennial Convention in November 2005

4. Continue efforts to update the chapter’s Web site with relevant information

5. Develop and distribute an electronic version of our Chapter Newsletter

6. Increase member involvement in chapter events, programs, and activities

7. Increase recognition of members actively participating in chapter activities and appreciation to committee chairs

8. Continue to update chapter policies and systems to be in compliance with Chapter Bylaws

9. Promote and support research by members of the chapter

10. Increase publicity of chapter events and member recognition and accomplishments.

11. Increase chapter involvement at the International level.

Since no one applied for graduate degree scholarships, this fund was used to provide reimbursement for those bringing posters to the March Region 3 meeting. The electronic chapter newsletter goal was not met due to an incompatible format for the newsletter. The chapter website provides a link for members to review criteria and download a form for the Chapter Excellence Awards.

Events

“Nursing-Worlds Apart/Common Goals: A Cross Cultural Nursing Experience in the Ukraine” was presented at the Fall CE Program at the Great Overland Station. In this presentation, Lynda Gimple, RN and Fran Rappard, RN related experiences from travel to that area to assist with orthopedic surgeries for a month each summer. As well, Lyuba Voron, now living in Kansas, shared her experiences of living in Russia. Thirty-two attendees partook of a boxed lunch preceding the program. Members of Kansas State Nurses Association and District 1 KSNA co-sponsored the program. During the Business Meeting members voted to approve the revised bylaws and polices in compliance with the 2003-2005 Biennium STTI bylaws. The senior leadership class of Baker School of Nursing attended the business meeting and program.

A  S.T.A.R. and B.E.A.M workshop was held September 24, 2005 at Countryside Methodist Church. Member Elaine Shutt helped educate members on ways to improve physical fitness.

The Chapter supported the 10th Annual Nursing Research Exchange Nov. 4, 2005 with

a contribution of $100. Nora Clark, Annie Collins and Jane Carpenter presented findings at this conference and Sue Washburn shared a poster presentation.

The STTI 38th Biennial Convention took place in Indianapolis November 12-16, 2005. Members Shirley Dinkel, Paula Ellis, Cleda Meyer, Beth Williams and Chris Alumbaugh were present when EKAL received its fifth Key Award. Chris served as Chair of an International Judging Committee for the Communication Awards. Attendees were present at the Dedication Ceremony of the Brick Paver Walkway, where Paula’s Paver designated her as a Virginia Henderson Fellow, Chris’ Paver had been installed in memory of her parents, and the EKAL chapter Paver was displayed at International Headquarters. Paver contributions went to support the Campaign for Nursing Excellence.

 

For the Fall Induction, December 4, 2005, Washburn graduates Jill Anderson and Jessica Pearl shared their experiences as new nurses. The ceremony was held at the Pozez Education Center with Baker University SON as host, with a fundraising Silent Auction preceding. Baccalaureate inductees included Jill Anderson, Heather Aranda, Michelle Baker-Welch, Megan Bedwell, Charna Blake, Carrie Browning, Summer Cole, Erin Curry, Cheri Lynn DeMarco, Anna Doll, Sally Fankhauser, Kelli Forbes, Susanne Forman, Traci Garvey, Bin Guo, Kristin Harris, Kristin James, Miranda Kirk, Derek Lenherr, Casey Lyons, Jessica Miles, Jessica Pearl, Matthew Peltier, Debbie Schwalm, Catherine Smith, Melissa Talley, Jessica Tarvin, Teresa Taylor, Melanie Tomlinson, Cameron White, and Michelle-Lee Wymer. New Community Nurse members were Debra Beach, RN, Jeanne Mann, RN and Elizabeth Jane  Perkins, RN. Charna Blake received the Baker Endowment Association Scholarship and Bin Guo received the Washburn Endowment Association Scholarship.

In February, President-Elect Shirley Dinkel was selected by STTI to participate in the Omada Board Mentoring Program for this Biennium. The EKAL Board approved a $500 expenditure, as recommendation by the Finance Committee, to support her participation.

March 2, 2006 was the date of a Spring CE program and Region 3 Meeting, with special guest speaker Dan Pesut, RN, PhD immediate Past-President of STTI. Organized and conducted by Chris Alumbaugh, Region 3 Chapters Coordinator, this event included a luncheon, a presentation by Dr. Pesut, “Strength- Based Leadership: From Vision to Action, and research posters submitted from Pittsburg State College, St. Francis Hospital (Topeka), and Washburn University. Among the 44 people attending were representatives from Region 3 chapters in Hays, Wichita, Emporia, Kansas City and Topeka, as well as senior nursing students from Baker and graduate students from Washburn.

Spring Induction, April 30, 2006 at Washburn University, included the presentation of EKAL’s annual chapter Awards. A Silent Auction again preceded the ceremony as a fundraising event.  As part of the program awards were presented for Excellence in Nursing Leadership to Kathy Rowe of Belfast, Ireland, and local member Elizabeth Bessette; Excellence in Nursing Practice to Lori Howard and Dorothy Kurtz; Excellence in Nursing Writing to Jennifer Eisenbarth; Excellence in Nursing Education to Michelle Epperson and Patricia Joyce; Excellence in Nursing Mentorship to Frances Seymour-Hunter; and Excellence in Nursing Research to Nora Clark. In addition, members serving as chair of committees received a certificate of appreciation from outgoing President Cleda Meyer. New inductees included: Sarah L. Barnhardt, Amanda E. Burns, Michelle L. Donnelly, Amy M. Graves, Kelsey L. Gray, Bethany R. Halpin, Lauren E. Hanni, Christine M. Harrison, Nicole D. Heck, Alison L. Henry, Laurie K. Holden-Deghand, Jenna R. Johnston, Jennifer R. Kuhlmann, Jamie L. Lambotte, Jessica L. Larson, Janna R. LeGrand, Margaret A. Lewis, Lindsey A. McClellan, Dana Schmidt, Robin T. Schobert, Hanna Self, Kimberly C. Smith, Bethany R. Strahm, Amber M. Stroup, Jaime L. Teske, Jaime L. Thompson, Joanne J. Thompson Christopher A. Tollefson, Nicole L. Wade, Jessica R. Ward, and Jodi L. Waterworth.  The Baker Endowment Association scholarship recipient was Jaime Thompson and the Washburn Endowment Association scholarship recipient was Jodi Waterworth.

Chris Alumbaugh, Region 3 Chapters Coordinator, received recognition by having her photo and quotation included in the Stormont-Vail Foundation 2005 Annual Report, and was featured in their annual holiday card as the example of their “We make a difference” marketing campaign.

 

2006 – 2007

 

Officers

Officers for the 2006-2007 year include President: Shirley Dinkel, President-Elect: Jennifer

Eisenbarth, Vice President Baker: Linda King, Vice President Washburn: Caren Dick, Secretary: Lori Howard, Beth Williams, Treasurer: Sue Washburn, Counselors Baker: Diane Bottorff  and Ruth Ohm, Washburn: Jane Carpenter and Barbara Stevenson, Leadership Succession: Elizabeth Bessette, Lori Edwards, Belinda Underhill, Nora Clark, Publicity: Chris Alumbaugh, Leadership Intern: Heather Aranda.

Chapter committees and their chairs included: Governance: Sonja Feist, Ruth Ohm, Jennifer Eisenbarth, Diane Bottorff, Libby Rosen; Leadership Succession: Jane Carpenter, Diane Bottorff; Heritage: Cleda Meyer; Bylaws: Jennifer Eisenbarth, Beth Williams, Paula Ellis, Cynthia Hornberger, Cleda Meyer; Awards: Rosalind Lewis, Luann Nauman, Elaine Shutt, Bonnie Totten; Finance: Cynthia Hornberger, Robert Fenton, Brenda Volz, Cindy Peterson, Jennifer Eisenbarth; Membership Enhancement: Lori Edwards, Michelle Epperson, Heather Aranda; Publicity: Chris Alumbaugh; Research: Co-chairs Wanda Bonnel and Nora Clark, Kathleen Harr, Ruth Ohm; Key Award: Cleda Meyer and Shirley Dinkel; Fundraising: (None) Wisdom Council: Cleda Meyer, Beth Williams, Paula Ellis, Cynthia Hornberger.

International Level and Region 3 involvement

Chris Alumbaugh continued serving the STTI position of Regional Chapters Coordinator for Region 3. In this role she conducted Regional meeting at the Chapter Leader Academy, September 28-20, 2006, in Indianapolis. She also presented a Communications session entitled “Effective Communications With your Chapter Members.”

Chapter Goals for the 2006-2007 year were supported by the STTI 2005-2007 Presidential Call-to-Action and their Strategic Directions document. Evaluations of goals unmet as of May 2008 follow each.

Knowledge

1.  Maintain a current scholarship program for active members pursuing graduate degrees. (No applications received for the scholarship.)

2.  Plan and offer one nursing research program opportunity per year.

3.  Develop EKAL Web site. (Current website not updated, thus a new one is needed)

Leadership

1.  Financially support leadership opportunities through STTI.

2.  Nominate two Community Nurse leaders per year.

3.  Maintain Leadership Intern opportunities and financial support.

4.  Provide funding for participation in STTI Biennial Convention and Chapter Leader

Academy to Board members and other select chapter members.  (Even though six members attended the Biennial Convention, only the Regional Coordinator attended the Chapter Leader Academy.

Service/Community

1.  Participate in three service agency activities per year–one each at the local, national and

international levels.

2.  Partner with other nursing organizations to celebrate National Nurses Week.

3.  Support STT International and the International Council of Nurses efforts to establish   a Women’s Health Agency within the United Nations. (Possibly done at the Convention, however this was not recorded.)

Sustainability

1.  Complete a Board and Committee Leader satisfaction survey.  (Not met.)

2.  Encourage members to enroll in the online STT VIP program. (Possibly mentioned, however not recorded.)

3.  Increase participation of members in chapter fundraising activities. (Not measured).

4.  Reinstitute a chapter member mentorship program. (Not met.)

Events

In light of concerns about infectious diseases and potential pandemic influenzas, the Fall CE Program, “Which Came First–the Chicken or the Plague?” addressed this topic, presented by Candace Taylor at Washburn University October 17, 2006.

Leadership Intern Heather Aranda, graduate of Washburn University, served as guest speaker for the Fall induction December 3, 2006 at Baker University School of Nursing. Inductees included 29 baccalaureate students, 3 graduate students and 3 Community Nurse members as follows: Allison A. Alejos, RN, Tony A. Anno, RN, Lisa A. Baker, Koertland C. Beyer, Dawn Y. Bowlin-Prager, Matthew T. Conwell, Nancy R. Dill, Tricia M. Dittmer, Nicole K. Gamache, Linda M. Gall, RN, Sheena Y. S. Grandin, Sarah J. Hawthorne, Jody S. Honeyman, Sue A. Iverson, RN, Jamie Renee Johnson, Larissa R. Johnson, Catherine L. Kettlewell, RN, Becky A. Kirkwood, Chelsie R. Koelzer, Brandy J. Melton, Beth A. Niehues, David A. Overton, Stephanie D. Page, Katie E. Parker, Casey L. Parsons, Jennifer L. Norgaard-Pedersen, Brooke Seymour, Brandy M. Shrimplin, Emily A. Smiley, and Jackalynn Kay Williams. The Baker Endowment Association scholarship was awarded to Brandy M. Shrimplin and the Washburn Endowment Association scholarship went to Jody  Honeyman. Our traditional Silent Auction preceding the induction yielded a profit of $450.

The Spring CE Program was entitled “Cultural Considerations: Self-Immolation of Uzbek Women”, presented March 6, 2007 at Washburn University SON. Washburn faculty member, Dr. Elizabeth Campbell shared information about this culture.

As part of the Spring Induction April 29, 2007 at Washburn University, guest speaker Chris Alumbaugh, Region 3 Chapters Coordinator, welcomed new inductees to STTI and gave an update on STT International Headquarters. In addition to induction of new members, chapter

Awards were presented as follow: Excellence in Nursing Leadership: Ellen Carson and Shirley Heintz; Excellence in Nursing Practice: Nora Clark and Tessa Haltom; Excellence in Nursing Writing: Brenda Patzel and Carol Moreland; Excellence in Nursing Mentorship: Cleda Meyer; Excellence in Nursing Research: Elizabeth A. Campbell; Outstanding New Member: Heather Aranda.  Inductees included Kelynn Allen, Abbe Ash, Sarah Bagwell, Kristine Barnrad, Ashley Brannan, Alyssa Campbell, Erin Carlile, Ashley Celis, Jessica Couch, Dustin Denton, Januari Dix, Lauren Donnelly, Lauren Drain, Kellie Fox, Amanda Geist, Lisa Ludolph, Elizabeth Mariano, Gary Moore, Laurie Nunnery, Maggie Opperman, Patrick Patterson, Kimberly Pulis, Andrea Rainey, Erica Roeder, Haley Smith, Jodie Smith, Katherine Spal, Rebecca Stueve, Megan Sullivan, Deb Tangari, Libbe Tollefson, Kelly Winkel, and Breann Young. Recipient of the Washburn Endowment Association scholarship was Maggie Opperman.

The chapter contributed $50 to the Region 3 Project C.U.R.E. Campaign, developed by Region 3 Chapters Coordinator, Chris Alumbaugh. EKAL members posed for photos at the unveiling of the contribution at the STTI Biennial Convention in Baltimore, MD, November 2-7, 2007.

Service projects included selling T-shirts, with proceeds going to a contribution to Heifer International, National Nurses House, and a monetary contribution to the local Alzheimer’s Memory Walk, with members, Dianne Bottorff, Ruth Ohm, and Heather Aranda participating in this event on June 9, 2007.

The Board approved contribution of $500 for a second Brick Paver in the chapter’s name, installed in the Paver walkway at STTI Headquarters in Indianapolis. Proceeds again support STTI’s Campaign for Nursing Excellence.

To celebrate Nurses Week, a Disaster Preparedness Class provided by the American Red Cross on May 5 was co-sponsored by District 1, KSNA.

Other Business/Accomplishments

In order to save chapter funds, distribution of EKAL news and information was done via the Region 3 electronic newsletter, Create the Future Through Renewal, instead of printing a quarterly chapter newsletter. Articles were submitted by Chris Alumbaugh, from April 2004 through June 2006. For members desiring a hard copy, printed copies were distributed by Secretary Lori Howard. Postcard mailings informed members of upcoming events.

Shirley Dinkel, Jennifer Eisenbarth, Barb Stevenson and Jane Carpenter participated in a Webcast on Induction offered by STTI Headquarters.

Eta Kappa-at-Large received a Bank of America Credit card with no fees and a credit limit of $20,000. Criteria for use of the card were developed by the treasurer.

A committee was formed to organize a new web site for the chapter.  With Jennifer Eisenbarth as chair, other members include Linda King, Barbara Stevenson, and Rosalind Lewis and Chris Alumbaugh.

Chris Alumbaugh, Region 3 Chapters Coordinator, received special recognition by having her photo and quotation included in the STTl 2006 Annual Report and was featured in a newspaper ad by the Stormont-Vail hospital system supporting Nurses Week in May, 2006.

2007 – 2008

 

Officers

Officers for the 2007-2008 year include President: Shirley Dinkel, President-Elect: Jennifer Eisenbarth, Vice President Baker: Linda King, Washburn: Caren Dick; Secretary: Beth Williams; Treasurer: Sue Washburn; Counselors Baker: Diane Bottorff  and Ruth Ohm, Washburn: Jane Carpenter and Barbara Stevenson; Leadership Succession: Elizabeth Bessette, Elizabeth Campbell, Loanne Martin; Publicity: Chris Alumbaugh; Leadership Intern: Heather Aranda.

Chapter committees and their chairs included Governance: Barbara Stevenson, Diane Bottorff, Ruth Ohm, Fran Seymour-Hunter, Jane Carpenter; Leadership Succession: Elizabeth Bessette, Elizabeth Campbell, Loanne Martin; Awards: Rosalind Lewis, Luann Nauman, Elaine Shutt, Bonnie Totten; Bylaws: Jennifer Eisenbarth, Cynthia Hornberger, Paula Ellis, Beth Williams, Cleda Meyer; Finance: Cynthia Hornberger, Jennifer Eisenbarth and Sue Washburn (ex-officio); Fundraising: (No volunteers); Heritage: Cleda Meyer; Key Award: Cleda Meyer and Shirley Dinkel; Membership Enhancement: Michelle Epperson, Heather Aranda; Program: Linda King, Caren Dick, Loanne Martin; Publicity: Lori Howard, Shirley Dinkel, Chris Alumbaugh; Research: Co-chairs Wanda Bonnel, Ruth Ohm, Nora Clark, Kathleen Harr; Wisdom Council: Cleda Meyer, Beth Williams, Paula Ellis, Cynthia Hornberger.

International Level and Region 3 involvement

Chris Alumbaugh was re-elected to a second term in the STTI position of Regional Chapters Coordinator for Region 3. In additional to other duties in this role, she conducted a Regional Meeting at the 39th Biennial Convention, November 3-7, 2007 in Baltimore MD, and a second regional chapters fundraising effort, the Project C.U.R.E. Campaign.

 

Chapter Goals for the 2007-2008 year remained the same as for 2006-07.

 

Events

For the Fall CE Program Caren Dick, RN, MSN presented “When Saving Becomes An Issue: Addressing The Complexities Of Hoarding In The Community” on Oct. 24, 2007 at Washburn University. During the membership meeting approval was given to sell T-shirts with a logo approved by STTI as a fundraiser for the National Nurses House and Heifer International. Jennifer Eisenbarth explained STTI’s Strategic Directions for the next 20 years developed by the International Board. Detailed information about this plan may be found in the October, 24, 2007 Membership meeting minutes.

At the 39th STTI Biennial Convention held in Baltimore MD, Nov. 3-7, 2007 Beth Williams represented EKAL in accepting its fifth Key Award. Others attending included Shirley Dinkel and Jennifer Eisenbarth, Paula Ellis, Cynthia Hornberger and Region 3 Chapters Coordinator Chris Alumbaugh. During the convention David Meek received one of ten Nurse Hero Awards in recognition of his work in rescuing 75 people from flood waters near Cross Creek in Rossville, Kansas.

November 14, 2007 Libby Rosen and Ruth Ohm shared their experiences at the Biennial Convention with students at the Baker Informational Tea. Shirley Dinkel, Jennifer Eisenbarth and Beth Williams also provided insight about membership in STTI.

During the Fall induction, December 2, 2007 at Baker University School of Nursing, Dave Meek again received recognition as recipient of the Nurse Hero Award.  Member Libby Rosen served as guest speaker for this event. Inductees included Kathryn Barger, Elizabeth L. Bennett, Lilian Booth, Sheryl R. Bridgewater, Kristen Brown, Sarah M. Browning, Felecia Craddieth, Danielle Demoret, Anne M. Domonoske, Kye-suk Field, Alexis Hamilton, Ashley Hamilton, Janet J. Harvey, Sandy Horton-Smith, Nicole L. Huey, Sally A. Jennings, Tyler Kell, Nicole Mirsch, Erin L. Morris, Zodwa Mpofu, Eileen R. Murtha, Krystle Neal, Cynthia R. Phoenix, Julie Reece, Debra J. Slack, David Webster, Tabitha Wilson, Jamie L. Wolf, Paul Yockey; three graduate students: Opal Peggy Fell, RN, Shirley Dawn Magee RN, Karen Olson RN, and two Community Nurse members Marsha J. Baycote-Alleyne, ARNP and Katherine M. Ure, RN.  Members donated gift baskets to the Silent Auction fundraiser prior to the ceremony. The Baker Endowment Association scholarship recipient was Anne Domonoske and the Washburn Endowment Association scholarship recipient was Zodwa Mpofu.

A Winter Social and fundraiser planned for December 12 was unfortunately snowed out. Members were to bring gloves, mittens, hat, socks, scarves or other winter apparel to be donated to Let’s Help, a local humanitarian organization. New inductees were also invited to this event.

EKAL’s Spring CE Program March 26, 2008 was a presentation co-sponsored with Stormont-Vail HealthCare, “Believe in the Power of Evidence-Based Practice.”  In addition to the program by Dr. Ellen Fienout-Overholt, members shared research activities and results via poster presentations. Poster topics displayed included:

  • Family Member Presence During CPR and Invasive Procedures” by investigators Whitney Bauerle, Aaron Bowers, Jenn Bradley, Lindsie Emerson, and Ashley Henderson
  • “Cotton-O’Neil Clinic Joint Commission Periodic Performance Review: Plan of Action, Measures of Success, and Performance Improvement Plan” implemented November 30, 2007 by Martha Tucci, BSN, RN
  • “Evidence-Based Research Regarding Buffer Lidocaine Usage Prior to Venipuncture” by investigators Cheryl Blanchette, Aubrey Hale, Patricia Miller, Jana Smith, and Amanda West
  • “ Measurement of Maternal Sleep From 14-19 Days Postpartum” a study by Elizabeth A. Rosen RN, BSN, IBCLC, and doctoral student
  • “An Assessment of Registered Nurses’ Knowledge of Pressure Ulcer Prevention and Treatment” reviewed by Shirley M. Waugh and Diane C. Smith, Washburn University
  • “ Enhancing Nursing Students’ Critical Thinking through Realistic Skills Practice: The Use of Live Models for Suture and Staple Removal Practice” presented by Laura Sidlinger, ARNP, MSN.

Spring Induction on April 27, 2008 was held at Washburn University and featured speakers, Linda Gall and Catherine Kettlewell. They shared their experiences at a woman’s conference in DuBai, United Arab Emirates. New inductees included baccalaureate students Amanda Ashlee Banister, Whitney A. Bauerle, Cheryl L. Blanchette, Melissa A. Boetig, Shad A. Bowers, Andrea K. Brevitz, Janie L. Chestnut, Courtney N. Cruz, Emily A. Dressman, Rachel E. Duran, Whitney L. Edwards, Melissa Emily Erpelding, Kari M. Frees, Aryn E. Garvin, Kimberly K. Gray, April A. Hanley, Elizabeth F. Hall, Jacquelin R. Halls, Kristen A. Harms, Megan N. Havens, Matthew S. Heersche, Ellen Cherie Langlois, Michael P. Lanier, Laci L. Ligenfelter, Kelsie D. McBride, Patricia K. Miller, Cassidy E. Monroe, Krystal M. Morris, Lisa M. Ratliff, Tina M. Schoel, Sierra B. Slavin, Jana L. Smith, Ashley E. St. Clair, Jessica N. Torrez, Renee L. Trippel, Michelle L. Truitt, Kristi M. Vinduska, Abbie E. West. Community Nurse inductees were Anne M. Cleverdon RN, Kim K. Golder, RN,  Dana J. Jones RN, Amber M. Long RN, Amy L. Marshall RN, Jerri L. Phillips, RN, Andy J. Price RN, Ginger Reaves RN, Susan J. Sullivan RN, Joleyn Terry RN, Michelle R. Warren RN, Geraldine L. Marstall RN and Steven W. Peterson, RN. The Baker Endowment Association scholarship recipient was Laci L. Ligenfelter and the Washburn Endowment Association scholarship recipient was Ellen Langlois.  Fundraising at this event consisted of our traditional Silent Auction, resulting in $295, plus $15 in T-shirt Sales.

The chapter resumed it’s former chapter Awards Banquet on May 7, 2008, allowing 35 attendees to enjoy social time, in addition to recognizing award recipients. Chairman Rosalind Lewis introduced the awards, then award committee members shared information about these recipients: Excellence in Nursing Leadership: Kathleen L. Harr; Excellence in Nursing Writing: Paula Ellis; Excellence in Nursing Education: Lisa Alexander; Excellence in Nursing Practice: Libby Rosen; and Excellence in Nursing Research: Ruth Ohm.

The 2008 Alzheimer’s Memory Walk took place on June 14 at Topeka’s Hummer Sports Park, with the chapter again making a monetary contribution and Diane Bottorff participating.

Other Business/Accomplishments

Steve Peterson, BSN, RN, CCRN received recognition from Neonatal Network for a manuscript of Exceptional Merit in 2007. This article discussed “Father Surrogate: Historical Perceptions and Perspectives of Men in Nursing and Their Relationship with Fathers in the NICU.”

Anne Domonoske’s papier-mache sculpture depicting “Lonelinessreceived the 2007 Art of Nursing Award.

Ellen Carson participated in the Excellence in Public Health conference in Savolinna, Finland, in August of 2007.

Cynthia Hornberger, Washburn University, presented at the “Women as Global Leaders:  Learning Leadership Conference” in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Linda Gall and Catherine Kettlewell also attended this conference.

A Scholarship Task Force to develop guidelines for distribution of funds was created, including Shirley Dinkel, Nora Clark and Sue Washburn.

In January 2008 Chris Alumbaugh, STTI Region 3 Chapters Coordinator, received the Excellence in Nursing Award for “Distinguished Community & Professional Service” from Stormont-Vail HealthCare. The award had a $250 cash component, which Chris designated as a scholarship to a Baker University SON student who exhibited leadership potential. This award was based on her involvement with STTI at the Regional level for the past five years, and on her professional contributions since becoming a nurse in 2002.

2008 – 2009

 

Officers

The 2008-2009 officers were President: Jennifer Eisenbarth; President-Elect: Lori Edwards; Vice President Baker: Roberta Mansfield; Vice President Washburn: Caren Dick; Secretary: Beth Williams; Treasurer: Sue Washburn; Counselors Baker: Diane Bottorff  and Carol Trahan, Washburn: Barbara Stevenson and Marian Jamison; Leadership Succession: Elizabeth Bessette, Elizabeth Campbell, and Loanne Martin; Leadership Interns:  Catherine Kettlewell, Janna Smith, and Patricia Miller (whose place was taken by Steve Petersen).

Chapter committees and their chairs included Governance: Lori Edwards, Ruth Ohm, Carol Trahan, Barbara Stevenson, Marian Jamison, Jane Carpenter; Leadership Succession: Loanne Martin, Rosalind Lewis, Fran Seymour-Hunter; Heritage: Cleda Meyer, Chris Alumbaugh; Bylaws: Jennifer Eisenbarth; Awards: Elaine Shutt, Luann Nauman, Bonnie Totten; Finance: Cynthia Hornberger, Sue Washburn, Linda Gall; Membership Enhancement: Lori Edwards, Michelle Epperson, Heather Aranda; Newsletter Editor: Paula Ellis; Publicity: Co-chairs: Lisa Alexander and Tressa Haltom, Paula Ellis, Beth Williams; Research: Co-chairs: Kathleen Harr and Ruth Ohm, Nora Clark,Wanda Bonnel; Key Award: Shirley Dinkel; Fundraising: Patricia Miller; Wisdom Council: Shirley Dinkel, Paula Ellis, Beth Williams, Cleda Meyer, and Cynthia Hornberger.

 

 

International Level and Region 3 involvement

Chris Alumbaugh continued her second term as STTI Regional Chapters Coordinator for Region 3. She served as Liaison to the Service Advisory Council at Headquarters and conducted a Regional Meeting at the International Leadership Institute, September 2008. For that leadership conference, Chris co-created a presentation entitled “In Order to make a Circle, You Have to Start With a Straight Line: Allowing Your Sleeping Leadership to Awaken”, which was presented at regional meetings held by all 15 STTI Regions.

Chapter Goals for the 2008-2009 year were chapter level interventions focused on furthering the initiatives outlined in the International President Carol Huston’s 2007-2009 Call-to-Action.  Evaluation of these goals took place in May 2009.

Creating and Sharing Knowledge Resources

1.  Maintain scholarship program. (Occurring)

2.  Plan and/or offer one nursing research program opportunity per year. (Met with program on Evidence Based Practice 11/13/08. A research forum is scheduled for 3/9/10)

3.  Reinstate the hardcopy chapter newsletter and mail at least two times per year. (Met   with newsletters mailed October, 2008 and January, 2009.)

4.  Maintain electronic newsletter. (Ongoing)

Being Intentionally Global

1. Develop enhanced communication with International members. (Plan to obtain e-mail addresses to begin this process in the Fall of 2009).

2. Offer an educational program focused on international nursing and health care issues. (Plan to look at a video conference in the 2009-2010 year.)

3. Engage in an international service project. (Met with donation to project CURE.)

Develop Career-spanning Leadership Skills

1.  Develop a leadership succession plan for chapter officers. (Rewrite description for the position of Leadership Intern.)

2.  Feature local nurse leader success stories in chapter newsletters. (Met with member spotlight in January 2009 newsletter.)

3.  Ensure that chapter ballot and/or committees include recently inducted (within the last 5 years) chapter members. (Occurring in the Spring 2009 ballot).

Providing Service

1.  Engage in a service project for a Topeka Community agency during the holidays. (Participated in the “Let’s Help Service Project/Food Drive” 10/15/2008).

2.  Develop and bestow a new chapter award focused on service. (Award to be given in Spring of 2010.)

3.  Induct at least four community leaders each year. (Average two per induction)

Events

Laura Siedlinger, implemented an elective nursing course entitled “Exploration of Nursing in China” in conjunction with Wuhan University, Wuhan, China.

 

New members were invited to a Welcome event held September 17, 2008 at Libby Rosen’s home. Guests included Annie Brevitz, Janie Chestnut, Steve Peterson, Gerry Lou Marstall, Dani Demoret, Heather Kimber, Cheryl Blanchette, Patricia Miller, Amber Long, and Michelle Warren.  They suggested several topics of interest for future meetings and Leadership Interns Patricia Miller, Lacy Ligenfelter and Janice Smith were present for the Board Meeting.

The chapter again contributed $50 to the Region 3 Project C.U.R.E. Campaign whatever by Region 3 Chapters Coordinator, Chris Alumbaugh. EKAL members attending the 40th Biennial Convention in Indianapolis posed for photos at the unveiling of the contribution poster in November, 2009. Chris’ article about this second very successful regional fundraising campaign was published in the official magazine of STTI, Reflections on Nursing Leadership (First Quarter 2008).

The October 15 membership meeting and social included a fundraiser for “Let’s Help” a local humanitarian organization. Members brought canned goods and participated in a cake walk.

EKAL received the Showcase of Regional Excellence Award for its submission of “Community Service—Not Just a Local Opportunity.”  The application for this award was submitted by Shirley Dinkel and highlighted the chapter’s contributions to STTI.

 

The chapter donated $150 for the Kansas Nursing Research Exchange program, held November 7 at Washburn University.

Two sessions of “Evidence-Based Practice–Step into the Evidence” were presented by Ruth Ohm PhD, RN and Lenora Kinzie, MLS with Stormont-Vail Health Sciences Library, on November 13, 2008. Also helping members apply research to their practice, ”Answering Clinical Questions with Evidence QI or Research: Which to Choose?” was presented by Lynne M. Connelly  PhD, RN. Stormont-Vail HealthCare co-sponsored these Fall CE Programs with EKAL.

Laura Sidlinger served as guest speaker for the Fall Induction, held at Baker University School of Nursing December 7, 2008. New inductees included Esther Bowman, Melissa Burdiek, Leah Buthorne, Cathryn Congdon, Ryan Conner, Malerie Fellers, Amy Herman, Heather Kimber, Hottensiah Kimori, Shawna Lovelace, Natalie McDonald, Melissa Miller, Rita Ortiz, Katie Pfeifer, Erin Picolet, Shannon Porter, Danielle Reed, Cheryl Riddle, Katie Schmidt, Jennifer Schneider, Abby Simmons, Amy Smith, Nona Stoss, Ashlea Vap, Brett Weir, Kristin Wipf, and Allison Wolf. Masters students included Sandy Adams RN, Judy Bunting RN, Jason Crenshaw RN, Mary Beth Fund RN, Tiffany McManis RN, and the Community Nurse inductee was Lori Bacon, RN.  The Baker Endowment Association scholarship was presented to Hottensiah Kimori.

As a fundraising project in December, EKAL member Patricia Miller volunteered at the local Barnes & Noble Bookstore, doing blood pressure checks and wrapping gifts.

The Spring CE program February 18, 2009 featuredBuilding Your Nursing Career” by Cynthia Hornberger. During the business meeting members approved the slate of candidates for spring induction. In addition to 32 undergraduates, three Masters students and three Community Nurse members were approved for induction.

The chapter contributed $500 from the scholarship fund to Steve Peterson, who requested support to attend the 20th European Society for Paediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care Medical and Nursing Annual Congress in Verona, Italy, June 14-17, 2009. He displayed a poster presentation entitled “Father Surrogate: Historical Perceptions And Perspectives of Men In Nursing and Their Relationship With Fathers In the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit” at this congress.

Chris Alumbaugh had a second feature article published in the official magazine of the Honor Society, Reflections on Nursing Leadership (First Quarter, 2008). “Walking the Walk” outlined how she created and initiated the successful Project C.U.R.E. Campaign in 2007 within Region 3. Then in 2009 Chris served again as Chair and an International Judge for the 40th Biennial STTI Convention’s Communications Awards.

 

Spring Induction, May 3, 2009 at Washburn University featured the presentation of Awards as the program. Those receiving chapter awards included: Excellence in Nursing Writing: Steve Peterson; Excellence in Nursing Mentorship: Ellen Carson; Excellence in Nursing Education: Linda King and Marian Jamison; Excellence in Nursing Research: Cynthia Hornberger; Excellence in Nursing Leadership: Beth Browder; Outstanding New Member: Patricia Miller.

The Spring inductees included baccalaureate students Chelsey Acree, Jessica Aebi, Monica Alegria, Kimberly Beem, Jennifer Beyer, Andrea Bruna, Kristin Bryan, Madeline Conduff, Ashley Cox, Elizabeth Dodd,  Tina Gehring, Melissa Gudenkauf, Diane Holden, Justin Jurgens,  Sarah Maas, Amy McIntire, Meghan Morsches, Natalie Nixon, Rebekah Phelps-Roper, Stephanie Rhodes, Gina Rose, Zoe Simmons, Mary Skees, Lisa Speaks, Lauren Tate, Ashley Toft, Jami Varusha Barlow, Roya Waggoner and Maureen Wolf. Graduate students inducted were Leanne Finney RN, Lorraine Lick RN, Sarah Morrison RN and Community Nurse inductees Crystal Acker, RN, MSN, Carol Perry, RN, MSM, and Jenny Szatko RN. The Baker Endowment Association scholarship recipient was Meghan Morsches with Sarah Maas as the Washburn Endowment Association scholarship recipient.

In May, the EKAL Board of Directors voted to contribute $150 to the second Region 3 – Project C.U.R.E. Campaign, regional service project.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eta Kappa Chapter 25th Anniversary

The Eta Kappa Chapter 25th Anniversary Celebration took place September 12, 2009 at the Bradbury-Thompson Alumni Center on Washburn University Campus. This milestone anniversary  was also recognized at the STTI Biennial Convention in November, Indianapolis. Special invitations and recognition were given to all Past-Presidents of EKAL, which includes:

As Eta Kappa Chapter

Robbie Davies                        1984-86

Aletha Cushinberry                 1986-88

Linda Ladehoff                        1988-90

Nadine Dexter                         1992-94

Norma Holbrook                     1990-92

Sharon Gonzales                    1994-96

Cynthia Hornberger                1996-98

As Eta Kappa Chapter-at-Large

Jane Carpenter                       1998-2000

Paula Elllis                               2000-2002

Beth Williams                          2002-2004

Cleda Meyer                           2004-2006

Shirley Dinkel                          2006-2008

Jennifer Eisenbarth                 2008-2010

The 25th Anniversary of the chapter included social hour with background music provided by the Washburn University Honors Fetter String Quartet, while a slide show compiled by Jane Carpenter and Cleda Meyer highlighted past chapter events. A scrapbook of photos taken over the years was on display, prepared by Past-President and archivist Cleda Meyer. Members were given the opportunity to purchase a charm to commemorate the event. Paula Ellis designed table decorations assisted by Beth Williams which featured a large gift box in the center of the table and individual candy-filled gift sacks for each attendee.

Dinner was catered and Paula Ellis served as MC for the evening. Alice Adam Young presented a brief history of the formation and highlights of the chapter. Paula Ellis provided recognition of Charter Members in attendance, including Maragaret Anschutz, Aletha Cushinberry, Cynthia Hornberger, Elaine Shutt and Alice Young. Past-Presidents in attendance included Jane Carpenter, Aletha Cushinberry, Paula Elllis, Cynthia Hornberger, Cleda Meyer, Alice Young and (Helen) Beth Williams.

Cynthia Hornberger, Dean of the Washburn University SON introduced guest speaker, Dr. Daniel Pesut, RN, PhD, PMHCNS-BC FAAN, and Past-President of the Honor Society of Nursing, STTI.  Dr. Pesut presented information for future growth of our organization in his presentation, “A Call for Generative Leadership.” President Jennifer Eisenbarth gave closing remarks.

How ESU Became a Part of Eta Kappa – 2014

Over the years, key faculty members at Emporia State University Newman Division of Nursing persisted in the goal to provide the opportunity for ESU NDN students and community leaders to join Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing. In May 2012, ESU NDN began collaborating with Washburn University School of Nursing and Baker University School of Nursing regarding the expansion of their At-Large Chapter, Eta Kappa.

It was anticipated that the formal incorporation of ESU NDN would take place spring 2013 however, final Charter Amendment was delayed. In light of that delay, Eta Kappa Chapter-At-Large did induct qualified undergraduate candidates from ESU NDN in May 2013 through a specific process. These inductees included: Paige Ladenburger; Sarah Henderson; Jordan Lockwood; Kayla Baker; Kallie Lawley; Matthew Nelson; Adrian Cade; and Kaitlin Lanzrath.

The official Charter Amendment Ceremony to include Emporia State University Newman Division of Nursing, as part of Eta Kappa Chapter-At-Large, occurred on September 28, 2013.

ESU NDN Charter Members in Eta Kappa At-Large Chapter included:
Transfers
Jean DeDonder; Sarah Tidwell; Kari Hess; and Keri Jarvis
Community Leaders
Corie Forbes; Myra Johnson; Sonya Kibbee; Paige Loftus; Autumn McCullough; Jan Noyes; Tamara Ogle; Enedina Patch; Jennifer Swafford; Alyson Weiser; and Leslie Wurdeman Riner (posthumously).