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Sigma Theta Tau chapter celebrates 40th anniversary

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Photo courtesy of Jean Walachy
From left, University of Massachusetts Amherst nursing faculty member Ann Sheridan and Beta Zeta at Large chapter President Karen Rousseau, RN, take part in a cake cutting ceremony.

The Massachusetts-based Beta Zeta at Large chapter of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International celebrated its 40th anniversary in November.

The group held a rhythm merriment celebration and drumming circle Nov. 14 at American International College in Springfield, Mass. The music is an example of evidence-based practice that has many benefits, including pain reduction and improved immune system function, event organizers said in a news release.

Jan Lucier, RN, MSN, HNB-BC, CCAP, served as a presenter at the event, which included opening remarks by Karen Rousseau, the chapter’s president. Ann Sheridan, a retired nursing professor from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, spoke about the formation of the chapter and presented chapter history papers to Rousseau. The chapter is composed of the nursing progams of University of Massachusetts Amherst; College of Our Lady of the Elms in Chicopee, Mass.; and American International College. The chapter was founded in 1972 and has 570 members.

Sigma Theta Tau has 463 chapters located at 571 insitutions of higher education throughout the U.S. and in more than 15 foreign countries, according to the release.

The chapter’s community service project, which started in 2007, is the collection of food items for a local food bank during registration.

FOR INFORMATION about the chapter, visit BetaZeta.NursingSociety.org/BetaZetaChapter/Home.

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