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The honor society of Sigma Theta Tau International is available for students who demonstrate superior scholastic achievement and show evidence of professional leadership potential and/or marked achievement in the field of nursing. Therefore, membership is by invitation only and is conferred upon faculty, community leaders, and graduate and undergraduate students who display these qualities.   

Sigma Theta Tau International is an honor society founded to:

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

Phi Chapter #19

Established in 1961, the Phi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International is the 19th national chapter and has two units—one located in Brookings, SD, and the other located in Rapid City, SD. The Phi Chapter also has a Facebook Page that contains additional information.

Important Deadlines

Coming soon. Phi Chapter Grant Application (electronic submission) is due to

Upcoming Events

  • Town Hall - June 11, 2018, 5:30-6:45PM CT, Speaker: Nicole Carlson, MSN, RN. "Best Practices of Parkinsons Disease Nursing Care." Brookings Health System, Conference Room A, 300 22nd Ave., Brookings, SD (park on the NORTH side of the hospital and enter through the cafeteria doors)
  • Town Hall - October 16, 2018, Time TBD, Speaker Amy Forbes, PhD, RN. "How Hope, Health-Promotion and Quality of Life is Affected by Parkinson's Disease." Lake Area Technical Institute, Watertown, SD
  • West River Induction - March 13, 2019
  • Research Day 2019 - March 22, 2019, SDSU Volstroff Ballroom, Brookings, SD


  • Pending

Phi Chapter News

  • Phi Chapter members held elections on May 9, 2018, and voted in board and committee members for the 2018-2020 term. Review the updated roster, below.

Phi Chapter Board Roster 2018-2019




President and Electronic Delegate

Sylvia Pickard

July 2017-2019

Past President

Heidi Mennenga

July 2017-2019

1st VP-President Elect/ Electronic Delegate

Mary Isaacson

July 2017-2019


Jody Ness

July 2018-2020


Danielle Schievelbein

July 2017-2019

Vice President

Alham Abuatiq

July 2017-2019

WR Counselor

Jo Voss

July 2017-2019

ER Counselor

Becka Foerster

July 2018-2020

Graduate Student Counselor (assistant)

Anna Atteberry-Gustafson

July 2018-2020


Christina Plemmons

July 2018-2020

Governance Chair

Kay Foland

July 2017-2019

Governance Committee Members

Theresa Garren-Grubbs

Lois Tschetter

July 2018-2020

Leadership Succession

Heidi Pelzel

July 2018-2020

Leadership Succession Committee Members


Robin Brown

Shannon O’Connell

July 2018-2020


Kay Foland

July 2017-2019


Paula Carson

July 2017-2019

Chapter Key Award

Barbara Hobbs

Cindy Elverson

Venita Winterboer

July 2017-2019