Future Chapter Meetings 

All business meetings will be held at 5:30 at the Holyoke Medical Center*

*unless noted otherwise

Thursday October 12, 2017- Elms College, Lyons Center, Room 107 

Tuesday November 14, 2017

Thursday December 7, 2017- Chapter Induction- UMass,  Amherst

Tuesday February 13, 2018

Thursday March 15, 2018

Wednesday April 11, 2018- Scholarship Day, Log Cabin- Holyoke

Tuesday May 8, 2018

STTI Biennial Convention October 2017- Indianapolis, Indiana

Beta Zeta at Large Chapter members at Sigma Biennial Convention in Indianapolis (with our 12th Chapter Key Award):  Michele McKelvey, PhD, RN; Mary Ellen Burke, MS, RN; Nancy Thompson, MS, RN; Sheila Rucki, PhD, RN, and Karen Rousseau, PhD, RN

Parade of Flags at Opening Ceremony

Chapter President Nancy Thompson with Maria from Portugal

Beta Zeta Chapter Leaders: Delegate and Counselor Mary Ellen Burke, MSN, RN (UMass), President Nancy Thompson, MS, RN (UMass), and Governance Chair Michelle McKelvey, Ph.D, RN (Westfield State University).


Annette Wysocki, Ph.D, RN presented Nursing Research: The State of the Science at Beta Zeta at Large meeting on October 12, 2017 at Elms College. She addressed progress in nursing research, trends in educational programs, scientific advances, and ended with a rich discussion on threats to progress.


STTI Nursing Research Conference July 2017- Dublin, Ireland

Mary Ellen Burke, MSN, RN UMass, Amherst presents her research 

Also in attendance and presenting: UMass Amherst Dean Stephen Cavanagh, Pamela Asselton and Cynthia Gaudet


Chapter Charter Amendment Ceremony &

Westfield State University Induction 

On April 22, 2017 the Beta Zeta at Large Chapter Charter

was amended to include Westfield State University.

Julie Jones- STTI Regional Chapters Coordinating Committee Chair

Marcia Scanlon- Westfield State University

Nancy Thompson- President BetaZeta at Large 

Congratulations to our colleagues at Westfield State University

Welcome again to Beta Zeta at Large Chapter!


Scholarship Day 2017

Chapter President Nancy Thompson, MS, RN welcomes attendees

Elizabeth Henneman, PhD, RN, CCNS, FAAN delivers keynote address on patient safety





Daniel Boyle humbly accepts the STTI Friend of Nursing Award

from Jean Walachy Chapter Communication Chair


Donna Polverini and Jean Walachy with AIC volunteers

Student scholars enjoying the event 


Beta Zeta at Large 2016 Induction Ceremony

On December 1st, 158 new members were inducted into our chapter

at American International College, Springfield MA.


Karen Rouseau, PhD, RN welcomed inductees, families, friends and faculty.

Councilors that coordinated the induction process are seated from left:

Moira O'Shea MSN, RN (AIC), Chapter President Nancy Thompson, Keynote speaker Marcia Scanlon, DNP, RN

Christine Schrauf, PhD, RN (Elms College) and Mary Ellen Burke, MSN, RN (U Mass Amherst)


President of Beta Zeta at Large Nancy Thompson MSN, RN

spoke about the mission and opportunities associated with membership.


Keynote speaker Marcia Scanlon PhD, RN of Westfield State University

compared the characteristics of nursing students to Olympic athletes.

She cited their passion, resilience, teamwork, power of emotion and clear vision to accomplish their scholarly excellence.


Four happy Elms College inductees from left:

Inna Matishevsky, Samantha Licorci, chapter Webmaster Carolee Arsenault MSN, RN

Kayla Levereault, and Ilya Filistovich


Beta Zeta at Large Fall Program 2016

"Humor and Nursing"

Misch Whitacker, BS, 2007 graduate of UMass College of Nursing,

was the keynote speaker at the November 2016 Beta Zeta at Large Chapter  Program.

Misch does improv comedy in the Boston area where she also works as an RN with the homeless.


Community Activity

Jean Walachy, Communication committee member highlighted

Beta Zeta at Large activities at a local Rotary Club meeting.

Biennial Convention 2015 Las Vegas Nevada


  From left: J. Walachy, K. Pereira, G. Bean, N. Thompson,

                   M. Hogan, S. Rucki, D. Zucker, P. Cumin

Donna Zucker PhD RN FAAN presents a study she co-authored


Whatever happens in Vegas....



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