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Sept. 3, 2004

Nursing Honor Society Celebrates 75th Anniversary

The Gamma Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, the honor society of nursing, will celebrate its 75th anniversary on Wednesday, Sept. 8. Gamma Chapter works in affiliation with the University of Iowa College of Nursing.

The Gamma Chapter marked its 75th anniversary with a historical re-enactment of the first member inductions at its annual induction ceremony in May. The group will celebrate its anniversary Sept. 8 with keynote speaker, M. Patricia Donahue, Ph.D., executive associate dean and professor in the UI College of Nursing and a nurse historian, who will present the keynote address, "The Gamma Code."

"In 75 years, Gamma Chapter has grown from a handful of members in 1929 to a total membership of over 2,100 in 2004. It is fitting as the chapter celebrates its diamond anniversary that Dr. Donahue speaks to our history and the importance of nursing on campus and in the global community," said Lou Ann Montgomery, president of Gamma Chapter.

Sigma Theta Tau International granted a charter to the Gamma Chapter at UI in 1929. Gamma Chapter is the second oldest chapter of the honor society.

More than 320,000 nurses have been inducted into Sigma Theta Tau International. With 120,000 active members, it is the second-largest nursing organization in the world. Members are active in more than 90 countries and territories, and the 424 chapters are located on 523 college and university campuses in the United States, Canada, China, Pakistan, South Korea, Australia, Taiwan, Brazil and the Netherlands. The honor society, founded at Indiana University in 1922, promotes nursing scholarship, leadership, and research.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa College of Nursing, 101 Nursing Building, Iowa City, Iowa 52242

CONTACT: Bonnie McIntosh (319) 335-7003, bonnie-mcintosh@uiowa.edu