Sigma Theta Tau International
Honor Society of Nursing
Tau Pi Chapter
In keeping with this vision, during the 1998-1999 academic year the faculty, with support of the dean and department chairs of the School of Nursing (SON), established the Southern University School of Nursing Honor Society as a forerunner to seeking a chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. The purposes of the organization as stated were to: recognize superior achievement, recognize development of leadership qualities, foster high professional standards, encourage creative work, and strengthen commitment to the ideal and purposes of the profession. After many years of commitment to the purposes of the organization and completion of the official application process, the House of Delegates of Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) voted to grant a charter chapter to the Southern University and A&M College, SON Honor Society in November, 2005. The chartering induction ceremony for the SON’s STTI chapter, Tau Pi (chapter number 446), was held on March 23, 2006. Dr. Sue Haddock, PhD, RN, CNAA, BC, Associate Nurse Executive for Research, WJB Dorn VA Medical Clinic, Columbia, South Carolina, and Chair of the Regional Chapters Coordinating Committee of STTI, was the installing officer for this occasion. Dr. Janet S. Rami, Dean, assisted with the induction ceremony. Tau Pi officers installed during the ceremony included Dr. Wanda Raby Spurlock, President; Dr. Jacqueline J. Hill, Vice President; and Dr. Hazel White, Secretary/Treasurer. Tau Pi Counselors included Ms. Anita Hansberry and Dr. Cheryl Taylor. Over 90 members were inducted.
Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing “provides leadership and scholarship in practice, education and research to enhance the health of all people.”
Tau Pi members are active in pursuit of this mission and are involved in publishing scholarly papers, grant writing, conducting research, presenting at local, state and national conferences, holding offices in professional organizations, serving as community volunteers, and participating on boards of private and not-for-profit organizations, to name a few.
Founded in 1922 at Indiana University School of Nursing, more than 400,000 members have been inducted worldwide into STTI. More than 125,000 active members make Sigma Theta Tau International the second largest nursing organization in the world. STTI members reside in more than 90 countries.