Alpha Psi Nu is the Troy University ASN Program’s Honor Society. Students tapped for induction into Alpha Psi Nu must have a 3.2 GPA and have completed all of Semester III courses in the Associate of Science in Nursing Program.
One of the requirements for members of Alpha Psi Nu is to engage in community service projects, and each semester, the members of Alpha Psi Nu choose a new worthwhile project. For example, the main project for Spring Semester 2012 involved raising and presenting funds to a non-profit organization of Easter Seals, and a project for Fall Semester 2013 involved a monetary contribution to an organization that assists the homeless.
The honor society is guided by Associate Degree Program faculty members. All graduating Honor Society members are recognized each semester at the ASN Program’s Pinning Ceremony.
The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma provides leadership and scholarship in practice, education and research to enhance the health of all people. We support the learning and professional development of our members who strive to improve nursing care worldwide.
Sigma Honor Society of Nursing is an organization which provides opportunities and responsibilities to make definite contributions to schools of nursing, to the profession and to the health of the public worldwide.
Its purposes are to:
Sigma Honor Society was founded in 1922 by six nursing students at the Indiana University Training School for Nurses. For more information about the history of the organization, please visit Sigma Honor Society.
History of Iota Theta Chapter
As early as 1973 former Dean Betty Thomas contacted Sigma Honor Society for information concerning the formation of a chapter at Troy State University School of Nursing. Since the nursing program was not accredited, the idea of forming a chapter was not pursued. During the spring of 1979 several junior nursing students petitioned the faculty to organize an honor society. Karen Allred, a student, contacted Headquarters for information about an honor society. In the fall, Jill Mayo and Janice Nelson, two faculty members that were Sigma Honor Society members assisted the students with the development of an honor society.
In January, 1980, the students organized the honor society, and the organization grew, until the time in late 1985 the group petitioned Sigma Honor Society for a charter. With the 1985 induction ceremony, there were 138 new members inducted, along with the installation of new officers, and the transfer of membership by many members to the new chapter.
The chapter marked the 10-year anniversary of the chapter in May, 1996 with an impressive ceremony.
Officers are elected in the Fall semester of each year, and terms of office are staggered. The President-elect, Secretary, and Counselor are elected in the odd years. The Vice-president, Treasurer, and Counselor are elected in the even years.
Charter Members - May 18, 1986
The Dean - Amanda Baker - transfer
President – Debra Davis- transfer
President-elect – Marcelle Praetorious - new
Vice-President – Charlene Schwab – new
Secretary -Sheri McVay – new
Treasurer- Sandra Witt – dual with Nu
Counselors – Brenda Riley – transfer
Nancy Patterson – dual with Nu
Mary C. Henderson
Mary Grace Crawford
Mary Jane Cunneen
Mary Ruth Garland
Mary Jane Winkler
The Research-Grant Program is designed to encourage and facilitate research efforts by members of Iota Theta Chapter of Sigma Honor Society. It is intended to enhance the individual member's scholarship and ability to pursue research activities in all areas related to nursing. This program supports the dissemination of research through presentations and publications.
All members of the Iota Theta Chapter, Sigma Honor Society, who are in good standing, are eligible to apply for grants under this program. Members of the Scholarship Committee are not eligible to apply for grants as Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator. This program is not intended for purchase of equipment for non-research purposes or to satisfy requirements for a degree.
Awards are made by the Executive Committee of Iota Theta Chapter, Sigma Honor Society, based on recommendations by the Scholarship Committee. The proposal evaluation criteria are used to establish the recommendations. By majority vote, the Scholarship Committee will recommend which proposals will be supported and the level of support that will be provided.
The proposal should provide a clear and complete narrative account of the proposed research project. It must be focused toward enhancing the respective member's research skills/program. Proposals will be blind reviewed for clarity, significance and relevance.
The proposal should clearly indicate a date for the completion of the project. This must normally be no longer than twelve months from the proposed beginning date.
Proposals should follow the format given in Section 8.0. Proposals should not exceed six double-spaced pages including the cover and budget pages. The original and six copies of the proposal must be signed by the member.
If two or more members collaborate on submission of a proposal, one must be designated the Principle Investigator with responsibility for budget expenditures and coordination of the effort, and others as Co-Investigators.
Funds available for this solicitation will enable the Scholarship Committee to make awards up to $500.00 per year.
All research-grant awardees are required to present their results at the Iota Theta Showcase in Nursing Research Excellence or its equivalent a year following the awarding of the grant. In addition, the awardees are required to prepare a paper which will be included in the proceedings of the Research Forum. The paper will be considered as the deliverable and final report on each research-grant.
The principle criteria considered by the Scholarship Committee in evaluation of a proposal is its relevance to Sigma Honor Society's mission of scholarship and research. Specific proposal-related evaluation criteria are:
The Scholarship Committee will notify the members of Iota Theta Chapter each May in its newsletter of the timeline for the Research-Grant Program. In general, the deadline for the submission of the proposals will be August 15 of each year. The Scholarship Committee will meet within one month after the closing date to review proposals. Based on the recommendations of the Scholarship Committee, the Executive Committee will notify the selected researchers by Oct. 1.
The proposal should follow the guidelines listed below:
Iota Theta Chapter presents an award to the Outstanding generic BSN student each year at the Honors Convocation. This award is based upon the following:
This conference is designed to showcase creative nursing practice, education, and research that are conducted at Troy University and the surrounding communities. The goals are to share ideas, impart practical knowledge, and provide fellowship for nursing research. This conference is open to all members of Sigma Honor Society and other interested nurses. The conference will feature poster presentations.
A prize of $50 will be awarded to the student poster that best meets the criteria of sharing and imparting practical knowledge of nursing research. The prize will be equally divided among all authors of the winning poster.
Selection: Abstracts will be blind reviewed for clarity, significance and relevance. Notification of acceptance will be made by March 12, 2018.
Guidelines for submission:
If you have questions, please contact:
The Student Nurses Association (SNA) is an extracurricular activity designed for all pre-nursing and nursing majors at Troy University. The SNA meets one time monthly for the purpose of fellowship, activity planning and fund raising ideas. Each semester at least one community event is selected and planned entirely by the members of the SNA. SNA members take pride in active participation within their Troy community and at the same time build camaraderie between future and current nursing students.
If you are interested in becoming a member of the SNA simply submit a Blackboard request to be added to the SNA mailing list. You will then receive advance notice of all functions and meeting time and places for this organization.