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Our Chapter Leaders:

President: Susan Rymer 920-433-6673 
President-Elect: Deborah Lidbury 920-676-6642 
Vice-President (UWGB): Rebecca Hovarter 920-465-2976 
Vice-President (Bellin): Kris Howell 920-433-6669 

Secretary: Nikki Leow 
Treasurer: Karen Kroll 

Counselor (UWGB): Sharon Gajeski 920-465-2570
Counselor (Bellin): Julie Lamal 920-433-6675
Research Chair: Currently seeking a Kappa Pi Member for this role
Governance Chair:  Currently seeking a Kappa Pi Member for this role

Leadership Succession: Currently seeking a Kappa Pi Member for this role
Newsletter Editor/Publications: Colleen O'Brien  colleen.o' 
2015-2017 Convention Delegate:  Sharon Gajeski 920-465-2570 
2013-2015 Convention Delegate: Brenda Tyczkowski  920-465-5037
2013-2015 Electronic Delegate: Currently seeking a Kappa Pi Member for this role
2013-2015 Electronic Delegate: Currently seeking a Kappa Pi Member for this role

Welcome to Kappa Pi -at -Large Chapter. 

The mission of Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) is to support the learning, knowledge, and professional development of nurses committed to making a difference in health worldwide.  As a chapter in this prestigious nursing honor society, Kappa Pi works to advance this mission through our activities.  Sigma Theta Tau International and Kappa Pi recognize that the power of the organization is the people - each one of us - working together to make a difference.


If you are not a member and would like to know more about our Chapter, Kappa Pi events are open to members and non-members alike. We invite you to attend. Chapter event information can be found on the chapter homepage at If you are a member of STTI and are affiliated with another chapter, we would welcome your involvement. Members can easily transfer their membership to Kappa Pi or hold dual-memberships. Click on the "Membership" tab on the STTI website for more information.  If you are a practicing nurse, you are eligible to join if you are legally recognized to practice, have a minimum of a baccalaureate degree in any field, and have demonstrated achievement in nursing. Additional information and application guidelines are available under the "Membership" tab on the STTI website. Students are encouraged to talk with the counselors identified in the list of chapter officers.

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Chapter News

  • Poster Scholarship Evening

    Kappa Pi at Large regretfully announces the cancellation of the April 28th Poster Session at Bellin College. We hope to reschedule this event and look forward to having the opportunity to offer this networking and learning event at a future date and time. Thanks for your consideration in participation or attendance of this Scholarship Evening.

  • Call for Nominations

    Call For Kappa Pi Board Positions

    It’s hard to believe that the spring semester is half over and although we have not had much of the much anticipated spring weather as of yet, planning is already underway for the 2016-17 academic year. This planning includes looking at the upcoming needs for our Sigma Theta Tau Chapter-at-large. We did some great things this past year including working on not only retention of active members, but also the recruitment of new nurse leader community members. However, we still have a great deal of work ahead of us in order to continue to strengthen and sustain our local chapter, as well as become a more active participant on the national level.

    As outgoing board president for the Kappa Pi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International I feel that this is an optimal time to send out a letter on behalf of the Kappa Pi Chapter. Kappa Pi is the local chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International. Sigma Theta Tau is the only internationally recognized national honor society for professional nurses. Kappa Pi was established as a joint collaboration between Bellin College and UW-Green Bay. The mission of Sigma Theta Tau is to advance world health and celebrate nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service. As a local chapter one of our strategic goals is to support this mission at the local level.

    We know that throughout Northeastern Wisconsin, whether in a leadership/management role, educational setting, or in clinical practice, there are many great activities being done to enhance nursing education and learning, improve the quality and safety of patient care, and facilitate the growth of the professional practice of nursing. Active engagement and support of Kappa Pi at the local level is an optimal format to disseminate the research and change practices that nurses in our area are engaged in. Membership in a local professional organization also provides great networking opportunities and demonstrates the professional nurses’ commitment to research and life-long learning.

    Many nurses in our area are either not aware of Kappa Pi, or may have some misconceptions with regard to membership. Traditionally in the spring of each academic year senior students who meet the specific eligibility requirements are invited to join the organization. However, nursing professionals not previously inducted as a nursing student or not currently enrolled in a nursing program can join STTI as a Nurse Leader.

    Nurse Leader Candidates must:
    Be legally recognized to practice nursing in his/her country
    Have a minimum of a baccalaureate degree or the equivalent in any field
    Demonstrate achievement in nursing.

    As professional registered nurses, it is important to actively demonstrate these qualities. Therefore, I would encourage you all, if not a current member or if your membership is inactive, to consider joining our chapter of Kappa Pi. It is a great service opportunity and also serves as a way to mentor and role model professional practice behaviors not only for current and potential nursing students, but also our peers who are currently in practice. I have attached a link to get further information with regard to membership.

    As we begin to plan for the upcoming 2016-17 academic year there are a few leadership positions available on the Kappa Pi Chapter-at-large board. In addition to providing an opportunity for service, active participation from all chapter members will help to ensure the sustainability of this highly regarded professional organization at the chapter level. These positions require minimal time commitment, but are essential to chapter activity and growth. During the past academic year Professor Deborah Lidbury was acting President-Elect and is set to take over the leadership responsibilities of board president this coming year. We are excited to work and grow with Deborah in this role and are looking to fill additional open positions on the board. Each position requires a 2 year commitment. We meet every other month, with the exception of spring when we tend to be a bit busier with planning for spring induction and the spring scholarship event. Open Board position includes:

    Secretary (2 year term)
    Treasurer (2 year term)
    Governance Chair (2 year term)

    As a group of diverse professionals with commitments that may at times may stretch our resources to the limit, it is important to remember our commitment to Sigma Theta Tau, the only honor society for professional nurses that recognizes excellence in nursing practice. As a professional organization it is integral to be actively engaged in all aspects of the group and this includes involvement from all. I cannot stress enough that in order to sustain our chapter and continue to promote and support the scholarship and professionalism that is represented by Sigma Theta Tau International, we need to not only have membership, but active members. This in not only at the board level, but community members as well. I appreciate the work and effort that each and everyone of you have done in the past and would encourage you all to continue to help to recruit individuals who have the ability and commitment to actively engage not only in board activities, but Kappa Pi activities throughout the year.

    If you are interested, or would like to nominate and individual who might be an ideal candidate for any of these positions please information to: by Friday, April 15th. We will look at potential candidates and send out an electronic ballot to all active members.

    Again, I would like to thank you all for your time and consideration with regard to not only membership, but also becoming and active, engaged member of Sigma Theta Tau International: Kappa Pi Chapter-at-large. If you do have any further question I would be happy to take the time to talk with you.


    Susan Rymer

    • Be custodian of chapter funds.
    • Prepare and present a current financial report to the board of directors at each meeting.
    • Prepare and submit an annual budget to the board of directors with appropriate committee advisory council or task force.
    • Prepare and submit the financial section of the chapter annual report.
    • Work with an accountant on a biennial audit.
    • Obtain and complete the necessary tax forms for the IRS.
    • If the chapter is not using the on-line induction system, write checks needed for international induction fees and jewelry and honor cords.
    • Manage the investment plan of the chapter with support from the board of directors.
    • Develop and maintain fiscal policies and procedures in collaboration with the appropriate committee. Submit new policies or modifications of existing policies to the board of directors for approval.

    • Record and write minutes for each Board of Directors and business meeting.
    • Distribute minutes to all members of the Board of Directors.
    • Keep an official record book of the minutes of all Board of Directors and business meetings to present to succeeding secretary.
    • Prepare and annual report to the chapter membership.
    • Submit eth list of new officers to headquarters within two weeks of officer elections and provide headquarters with updates as they occur.
    • Order all stationery, forms and mailing labels for chapter.
    • Send membership invitations to all elected candidates, in cooperation with the Governance Committee.
    • Serve on committee as needed.

    Governance Committee Chair
    • Oversee chapter membership eligibility issues.
    • Lead the bylaws amendment process by considering, reviewing, editing and/or correlating amendments as suggested or appropriate.
    • Update the chapter’s bylaws to comply with changes made to the international bylaws by utilizing the chapter bylaws template created and updated by STTI headquarters (updated template is typically available in January of even-numbered years.)

  • Kappa Pi Chapter-at-large Induction Ceremony

    Kappa Pi Chapter-at-large Induction Ceremony
    On behalf of the board of the Kappa Pi Chapter-at-large, I would like to invite you all to the 2016 Kappa Pi Chapter-at-large induction ceremony to help celebrate and support our graduates who have been invited and will be inducted into our chapter of Sigma Theta Tau. Your attendance at this event will help to demonstrate the importance of membership and active engagement in our chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, which continues to provide support to the professionalism which is integral to nursing practice. Thank you for your consideration in attending this event.

  • Kappa Pi Small Research Grant

    Kappa Pi Chapter At-Large is pleased to announce that a Small Research Grant up to $1000 is available to the membership. The award dollars may be awarded in whole or divided among grantees. The grant(s) will be awarded annually to qualified recipient(s). The grant will be awarded at the annual Spring Induction Ceremony.

    If you are interested in applying for the grant, to support a research project or thesis, please submit the following materials and application form by the deadline noted below. Upon receipt of all application materials, a review process will occur. The grant recipient(s) will be notified of the selection decision prior to the date of the Induction Ceremony. If you are selected as the recipient, you are highly encouraged to attend the Induction Ceremony. Monies must be spent in the subsequent year or returned to Kappa Pi Chapter At-Large. Grant recipients are encouraged to share the results of their research at a future chapter meeting or scholarship event.

    Eligibility Qualifications for Applicants (must meet both requirements):
    1. An active member of Kappa Pi Chapter At-Large or accepted for induction at the spring meeting;
    2. A Registered Nurse holding a minimum of a Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing, or currently enrolled in a BSN program

    Application Guidelines:

    1. Retrieve and complete an application form via the Circle at or request from Susan Rymer at 920-433-6673
    2. Submit the completed proposal (guidelines attached)
    3. Provide a curriculum vita or resume for the person(s) requesting the funding.
    4. If proposal is part of graduate degree completion, thesis or dissertation, please also attach -
    • Curriculum vita of Research Advisor
    • Letter of support from Research Advisor

    Submit Application to:

    Susan Rymer, MSN, RN
    3201 Eaton Road
    Green Bay, WI 54311
    Deadline for submission March 20. 2016 at 4:00pm

  • Kappa Pi's Nursing Research Evening

    On behalf of our local chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International; Kappa Pi-at-Large-Chapter, we would like to extend an invitation to participate in an engaging, interactive scholarship event. We are looking for individuals or groups who would like to present their work at the Kappa Pi Nursing Research Evening to be held on Wednesday April 28h from 5-7pm on the campus of Bellin College. Posters regarding the following, are invited: Nursing research findings, clinical studies, summary of literature reviews, nursing leadership, or scholarship of teaching-learning practices. In addition, any projects, procedure, policy changes that have been researched/implemented related to Clinical Practice Issues/Changes; Evidence-base practice policy/procedure changes or Quality Improvement Practices are encouraged to participate.

    We know that many professional nurses throughout our health care community are doing some very exiting and innovative work to help improve nursing practice, provide quality patient care and improve the health and safety of the individuals that we care for on a daily basis. This scholarship event will provide a format to not only disseminate information, but network and share with other professionals from our community. We highly encourage all practicing Registered Nurses, Nurse Leaders, Nurse Educators, Advanced Practice Nurses, as well as currently enrolled Nursing Students to participate, either through a poster presentation or event attendance.

    Attached to this message is a call for poster presentations. Please feel free to post this in your unit of the hospital and/or forward as you see appropriate. Thank you so much for your time and consideration and on behalf of the Kappa Pi Board, we look forward to sharing your work with you as well as other Nursing Professionals from Northeastern Wisconsin.

  • University of Wisconsin Green Bay Website

  • Bellin College website

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