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Sigma Theta Tau Phi Chapter logo with quote "Together, we can change lives and advance healthcare."

Sigma Theta Tau is an international honor society for nurses that works to advance world health and celebrates nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership and service. Induction into Sigma Theta Tau is reserved for both graduate and undergraduate students who demonstrate excellence in academic achievement. Nurses who are outstanding community stewards are also eligible for induction as nurse leaders.

Student candidates must demonstrate superior scholastic achievement, academic integrity and professional leadership potential. Nurse leaders must be a registered nurse, have a minimum of a baccalaureate degree or the equivalent in any field and demonstrate achievement in nursing. Membership is by invitation only. 

Established in 1961, the Phi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International is the 19th national chapter. Phi Chapter has two units—one located in Brookings, SD, and the other located in Rapid City, SD. Additional information can be found here:

Important Deadlines

  • October 22, 2018: Phi Chapter Grant Application Due
    • Request application from and email application to Kay Foland
  • December 1, 2018: STTI Grant Application Due
    • For more details, visit the Sigma website
      • Small Grants (10-15 awarded annually)
      • Alpha Eta Collaborative Research Grant
      • Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science
      • Rosemary Berkel Crisp Research Award
      • Western Institute of Nursing Research Grant

Upcoming Events

  • December 4, 2018, 2:00-3:00pm: Research and Evidence Based Practice Poster Presentations
    • Students enrolled in NURS 360 will be presenting their EBP projects
    • Health Sciences Building, Auditorium A, 1011 11th Street, Rapid City, SD
  • March 13, 2019: West River Induction
  • March 22, 2019: Living Nursing Scholarship Symposium 2019
    • University Student Union, Volstroff Ballroom, Brookings, SD


  • Pending


  • Phi Chapter grants to be awarded. Details and submission guidelines for the next Phi Chapter research grant award period will be sent out soon. Four $500 research grants are awarded annually.

Phi Chapter Board  & Committee Leadership Roster 2018-2019

Board of Directors



President / Electronic Delegate

Sylvia Pickard

July 2017-2019

President-Elect / Electronic Delegate

Mary Isaacson

July 2017-2019

Vice President

Alham Abuatiq

July 2017-2019


Danielle Schievelbein

July 2017-2019



Jody Ness

July 2018-2020

Counselor - West of the River

Jo Voss

July 2017-2019

Counselor - East of the River

Becka Foerster

July 2018-2020

Standing Committees


Governance Committee

Lois Tschetter - chair

Kay Foland

Theresa Garren-Grubbs

July 2018-2020

July 2017-2019

July 2018-2020


Leadership Succession Committee


Heidi Pelzel - Chair

Robin Brown

Shannon O’Connell

July 2018-2020

July 2018-2020

July 2018-2020






Past President

Heidi Mennenga

July 2017-2019



Graduate Student Counselor (assistant)

Anna Atteberry-Gustafson

July 2018-2020




Kay Foland

July 2017-2019


Paula Carson

July 2017-2019

Web Master

Christina Plemmons

July 2018-2020


Chapter Key Award

Barbara Hobbs

Cindy Elverson

Venita Winterboer

July 2017-2019