Welcome Xi Kappa Chapter Members!


The Xi Kappa-at-Large Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nursing held its annual induction ceremony on Saturday, November 5, 2016 in Jamestown, ND. The induction recognizes nursing students and community nurse leaders who have demonstrated achievements in nursing, leadership qualities and high professional standards. Inductees consisted of students from the following colleges:

Concordia College: Leah Benthin, Brian Bickel, Elizabeth Dorf, Emily Honl, Lauren Lee, Megan Lindquist, Emily Luckhardt, Katharine Serbus, Kayla Stanelle, and Rachel Tolkinen

Minnesota State University Moorhead: Briana Powell and Melissa Mostad

North Dakota State University Fargo: Amy Andrushko, Anna Benke, Melinda Duenow, Monica Flackey, Brooke Feltman, Leah Hermanson, Hailey Kotts, Christian May, Katie McCorquodale, Nicole McDonald, Naomi Meier, Alexis Rankka, Jamie Tollefson, Vesela Ugrinova, and Kari Ust

North Dakota State University at Sanford Health Bismarck: Bryce Anderson, Hannah Bailey, Levi Barbao, Kendra Beedy, Rebecca Bruns, Kayla Casteel, Sohaila Dadelahi, Madison Deibert, Mary Dingman, Jordan Ebel, Oxana Flemmer, Lindsey Kirschenheiter, Kelley Lehrke, Lindsey Robinson, Ashlee Rudolf, amber Schmidt, Devyn Schmidt, Lauren Sneddon, Taylor Stute, Kelsey Weigel, and Elizabeth Wickenheiser

University of Jamestown: Christine Coughlin, Megan Cunningham, Brook Grooters, Ashley Jenniges, Danette Larson, Christa Lysne, Catherine Nienhaus, Kelsey Newton, alphonse Schoeneberger, Andrea Steinberger, Shanda Stromley, Lauren Tollefson, and Melissa Wilson

Community Nurse Leader inductees: Rhonda Entzie, Paula Fogarty, Lisa La Fontaine, and Patricia Wetzel

Scholarships were also awarded to the following recipients:

Xi Kappa Graduate Scholarship: Jaclyn Johnson

Xi Kappa Undergraduate Scholarships: Sohaila Dadelahi, Hailey Kotts, and Nicole McDonald

Martha Vorvick Berge Scholarship: Brooke Feltman

Congratulations to the new inductees and scholarship recipients!

Please visit our Facebook page to view a recording of our recent panel discussion, Global Perspectives: Nursing Around the World



Showcase of Regional Excellence!

Our chapter was recently presented with two certificates recognizing outstanding achievement for the Presidential Call to Action of Gratitude and Connectedness! 

Please click on the links to display the certificates

SRE - Gratitude (1).pdf

SRE - Connectedness.pdf

President's Message

Another Great Year for Xi Kappa­ Chapter-at­-Large

Our year at Xi Kappa started with being honored with two regional recognition awards. The
awards were for contributing to President Klopper's call to action for 2013 to 2015 in the areas of
connectedness and gratitude. Our submission included our new ways to communicate with chapter
members – via Facebook and our website, as well as hosting meetings with teleconference
capabilities to involve our members outside of Fargo. The gratitude submission was represented
by our Anniversary celebration, where we honored our charter members, our past presidents as
well as gave our chapter awards, introducing a new award for chapter contributions. The awards
are listed on the Sigma Theta Tau website, and also were highlighted at the Biennial Convention at
Regional Meetings in Las Vegas.

In November – the Chapter held it's first induction in Jamestown! Thank you to Sheri Gunderson
for making all the arrangements for this event! We inducted 67 undergraduate students, and 20
graduate students. 6 community leaders were also inducted. Scholarships were awarded to 2
graduate and 4 undergraduate students as well as the Martha Vorvick Berg Scholarship. Awards
from our chapter were also given to Julie Bruhn, for Excellence in Caring, Rebecca Moch, for
Excellence in Nursing Leadership, Molly Secur­Turner for Excellence in Nursing Research, and
Nancy Freitag as an outstanding member. The induction featured speaker was Kolby Schaeffer
Fraase who utilized the recent messages about nursing from the Miss America pageant and “The
View” to speak about the image of nursing and how we carry that message with us daily as we act
professionally in our many roles as nurses.

Our chapter was represented in the STTI “Circle” as we offered our new policy manual for other
chapters to utilize. The site coordinator from National decided to post it broadly as we had so
many requests for this information. Thank you to our Chapter Board for their efforts in developing
these policies to guide our chapter.

Our chapter supported two of our board members, Julie Bruhn and Ann Eliason, to attend the
Biennial International Sigma Theta Tau Conference. Kathy Catrombone was introduced as the
new presidents. Her call to action for the next two years – titled “Influence to Advance Global
Health and Nursing” challenges nursing given that “there are an estimated 19.3 million nurses
woven into every element of healthcare worldwide – now is the time for nurses to leverage our
expertise to influence the health of the world's people and to advance the profession.” The 4 areas
of the plan include advocacy, policy, philanthropy, and lifelong learning.

Our chapter already has a start on a couple of these areas......
In January an educational event was held titled: “Nurses as Advocates”. It featured a victim of
human trafficking from our community as well as 2 community agencies and an ER nurse who
contributed to the topic. What we all learned from the speaker was the courage it takes to come
forward and and get help , but also the barriers that are put up when our actions can be less than
inviting for conversation. The victim spoke about the difficulty in trusting health care workers, so
hid many things that could have resulted in earlier interventions. We were all encouraged to watch
for further information as bracelets with crisis line numbers and educational materials will be
available through grant projects surrounding this issues in our state.

Our board also voted to support the ND Center for Nursing research conference, and a
philanthropic effort in our STTI region. At the January meeting, coloring books and colors were
collected to give to the Womens Shelter !

In May we will unveil a new strategic plan for our chapter, as well as vote for new chapter leaders
and the inclusion of Mayville State University to our at large chapter. We hope you will consider
joining a committee or running for an open position as we are seeking a member to be our chapter

Thank you to all of our members who continue to contribute to our chapter and to our mentors and
school counselors for encouraging the retention of members. Look for our next meeting
announcement in May – see you all there!

Running for Public Office - A Nurse's Perspective
Please see the power point below to view the presentation by Evelyn Quigley on January 17th!
Sigma Theta Tau presentation - 1-17-15.pptx

Please consider a donation to the
Martha Vorvick Berge Memorial Scholarship Fund!
Martha Vorvick Berge Scholarship Donation Flyer.doc

MEDLIFE is seeking nurses and nursing students to participate in an opportunity to learn about international health through mobile clinic involvement. Please see the website for more details!


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