Welcome to the Beta-Zeta at-Large Chapter of Sigma

Future Chapter Meetings 
All business meetings will be held at 5:30 at the Holyoke Medical Center*
*unless noted otherwise
Wednesday Sept 12, 2018
Thursday Oct. 11, 2018- Fall Program at American International College
Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018
Induction of New Members- Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018 6pm at Elms College
Wednesday February 13, 2019
Thurs. March 14, 2019
Wed. April 10, 2019- Scholarship Day 8AM at the Log Cabin, Holyoke, MA.
Wednesday, May 8th
All members all welcome to come to any and all meetings!
Scholarship Day
Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Cynthia Jacelon, PhD, RN-BC, CRRN, FGSA, FAAN presents as keynote speaker: The Study of Human Responses.

Ayesha Ali, PhD, RN presents Relational and Cultural Perspectives of African American Women with Diabetes and Maintaining Multiple Roles.

Mary Ellen Burke, DNP, CNM presents
Eliminating implicit and explicit bias toward adult obese women receiving gynecological care.

Br. Michael Duffy DNP APRN ANP-BC presents Modern Application of Nightingales’s Canon’s to an International Population Health Clinical Rotation

Cheryl Anne Gorton DNP FNP CNP presents Barriers and Facilitators to Maternal-Infant Attachment and Breastfeeding for Incarcerated Mothers in Massachusetts

Danielle Tremblay, SN & Alyssa Valentin, SN (Umass) present their poster: Wellness Toolkit and Health Education for Homeless Adolescent Mothers

Carlie Ricci, SN (Umass) presents her poster: An Educational Intervention for Single Teenage Mothers to Reduce Screen Time in Young Children.
Beta Zeta Chapter-at-Large Induction Ceremony Fall 2017- UMass Amherst
UMass counselor Mary Ellen Burke plans the event at UMass Amherst.

Delegate and Counselor Mary Ellen Burke, MSN, RN (UMass) plans the event. Seated on stage left to right: Mary Ellen Burke, MSN, RN (UMass), President Nancy Thompson, MS, RN (UMass), Dean Stephen Cavanagh, PhD, RN (UMass), Assistant Dean Maeve Howett (keynote speaker, UMass), Marcia Scanlon, DNP, RN (Westfield State University), and Moira O'Shea, MSN, RN (American International College).

Mary Ellen Burke, MSN, RN (UMass), President Nancy Thompson, MS, RN (UMass)

Keynote Speaker Maeve Howett, PhD, APRN, CPNP-PC, IBCLC, CNE
and Marcia Scanlon, DNP, RN (Westfield State University) (left to right)


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 Chapter Presents Donation to Enlace De Familias

Beta-Zeta at-Large Chapter presented a donation
to Enlace de Familias-Holyoke Family Center on July 19,2018.
 Enlace provides assistance to the many evacuees from Puerto Rico
following the devastating hurricane there last year.
 Pictured from left to right are;
Letitia Kennedy, Counselor for Elms College,Betty Medina Lichenstein,
Director of Enlace de Familias and Nancy Thompson, Chapter President.
To learn more about this organization please visit the website at www.enlacedefamilas.org


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Sigma Region 15 Nursing Research Symposium

The first ever Sigma Region 15 Research Symposium:  A Call for Collaboration in Scholarship, Research & Leadership will take place October 4-5 2018.  This is a two-day event featuring a day at the United Nations in NCY and a one day Symposium on Collaboration in Leadership, Research and Scholarship to be held at Sacred Heart University, College of Nursing, Bridgeport CT.  Participants may attend one or both days and a flyer with further information and registration information is located in the events calandar tab on this  web page as well as in the link above.  We hope you will be able to attend!  Several members of Beta-Zeta at- Large will be presenting at this event including Lucy Caravahlo, Stephanie Griggs, Kristy Pereira and Donna Zucker as well as UMass College of Nursing Honors Students.

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