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Beta-Zeta at Large Welcomes our new Chapter President!

Mary Ellen Burke, DNP, MSN, RN, CNM

Welcome to the Beta Zeta at-Large Chapter of Sigma.  I am Mary Ellen Burke the newly elected president of this chapter and I would like to welcome all. As members you are part of a long tradition of nurses committed to excellence in scholarship and practice.  Sigma was founded in 1922 and now has over 135,000 active members in 530 chapters in over 90 countries around the world.  Our chapter was the 52ndchapter to form in 1972 and it now includes American International College, Elms College, The University of Massachusetts Amherst, and Westfield State University. We also welcome Baypath University who has begun the application process to become a member of our chapter. Being part of this organization offers great opportunities to develop scholarship, leadership skills and global networking with nurses all around the world.  We look forward to connecting our members to all of these opportunities. This year we will be having our monthly meetings both live and via teleconferencing.  A teleconference link to our meetings will be sent out so that more members may participate and be an active voice in our chapter.  Please stay connected and let us know how we can meet your needs to advance global nursing excellence.

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30th Annual International Nursing Research Congress


Recently, some of our Beta Zeta members traveled to Calgary, Canada for the 30th annual International Nursing Research Congress. Umass Professors Mary Ellen Burke, DNP, MSN, RN, CNM, Dr. Katherine Green, Phd, CNM, and Dr. Rachel Walker, PhD, RN, OCN all had the opportunity to present at this years international congress. All of their research and presentations can be found at the Virginia Henderson Library using the links below!

Walker:   https://sigma.nursingrepository.org/handle/10755/17534

Green:   https://sigma.nursingrepository.org/handle/10755/17582

Burke:    https://sigma.nursingrepository.org/handle/10755/17556

2019 Sigma Region 15 Nursing Research Symposium

The 2019 Sigma Region 15 Nursing Research Symposium will be held at the University of New England on Friday, October 11th. All Beta-Zeta at large chapter members are invited to attend this event. The Keynote speaker for this event is Lt. general Dorothy A. Hogg, Surgeon General for the United States Air Force. For more information, see the link in the upcoming events

Congratulations to our Sigma Theta Tau Beta Zeta Graduates


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Chapter News

  • Beta Zeta Fall Meeting

    Our first meeting of the fall will be held on Wednesday, September 11th at 5:30 PM at Suite 3 in Easthampton, MA.  Directions are below:
    Directions to Suite3
    Suite3 Intelligent I.T.  is located at 180 Pleasant Street, Easthampton, MA inside a large, repurposed mill complex.  We are located in the lower level the Mill 180 building, most easily accessed through the rear of the building.   While there is parking available directly behind the building, the easiest and most plentiful parking is in the E. Flaherty Municipal Parking Lot which can be accessed from Ferry Street Easthampton.   From the municipal lot, simply follow the marked walkway across the Manhan Rail Trail, across the parking lot, up the stairs, and enter the building through the door under the metal-roofed entryway.  Loading docks and the New City Brewery will be to your left.  After entering the building, Suite3 will be the first double glass doors on your left.

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