Welcome to the Alpha Chapter!
2019 Alpha Chapter Officers

This is the 2019-2020 Board at STTI Headquarters

A message from the Alpha Chapter President: 

Hello, Alpha Members!

I am pleased to serve as your President (2018-2020). Jonell Allen from IUPUI is our treasurer, and Judy Young is our secretary. Lori Pajakowski from IU South Bend is President-Elect with Angela Opsahl serving at Vice President. Cheryl Crisp is an immediate past president. Dr. Opsahl will be in charge of planning our programs as well as spring induction. We have several new counselors who have been added to the team. We are pleased to welcome IU Fort Wayne as a part of Alpha chapter. We also have added a counselor for community leaders (Sharon Jones--her home campus is IUSB).  

Please join me in welcoming all members of your leadership team. Our counselors (with their email information) are:

Adams, Sara



Chang, Pei-Shiun



East, Karen



Evans, Cindy



Hamash, Kawther


Ft. Wayne

Padgett, Tonya



Reiss, Paula

preiss@iu.edu Indianapolis

Whitmore, Bridget



Mattingly, Julie



Ludy, Kristy


South Bend

Jones, Sharon


Nurse Leader Counselor


Have you ever thought about being a chapter leader? We have many committees from which you can choose to begin your journey as a chapter leader. Please contact any of us if you think chapter leadership could be in your future.
Here is our most current listing of committee chairs: 

Henson, Patti

Awards Committee Chair


Busby, Katie

L/S Chair


Grizzle, Teresa

L/S Committee Member


Kiger, Christina

L/S Committee Member


Ellis, Rebecca

Research Committee Chair



We also want to know what you would like to know about membership, future plans, etc. The chapter leadership is here to serve our members, and we want all Alpha members to have a great experience. So please help us by sharing your thoughts. My email is shendric@iu.edu.

Meetings are the second Tuesday of the month from 4:00-6:00 pm EST. If you are interested in sitting in on a meeting, please contact me, and I will forward you the phone number and link.

Angela Opsahl will also need volunteer help with planning programs and also induction. These are a great way to get involved and meet the other members.

A special thank you to all members, we appreciate you. I look forward to serving you throughout my tenure as a chapter leader.

Susan M. Hendricks, EdD, RN, CNE

Dean & Professor

Indiana University Kokomo School of Nursing


Alpha Chapter is affiliated with Indiana University School of Nursing and has a proud history as the founding chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (see Video and About Us tab).

Alpha Chapter and Indiana University School of Nursing, 600 Barnhill Drive, Indianapolis, IN, 46202



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Chapter News

  • Please plan to attend a free virtual Founder's Day event on October 5th, 2020

    Hello Alpha Chapter! Please plan to join us for a free virtual Founder's Day event that will take place throughout the day on October 5th, 2020,  from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm EST

    An Educational Conference to Support Nursing Well-Being in a Time of Pandemic

    Please register for the event here:  http://rebrand.ly/Sigma

    This special Founder's Day conference brings together five national & international experts to present educational content related to infusing joy into practice, building a wellness culture, issues with nutrition and health, nurse leader mentoring, and self-care during challenging times.

    Richard Ricciardi, PhD, RN [11 am EST] Infusing Joy into Practice

    Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, APRN-CNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN [1 pm EST] Building Wellness Cultures to Promote Optimal Health and Well-Being in Nurses: Evidence-Based Strategies That Work!

    Wanda Gibson-Scipio, PhD, FNP-BC, FAANP, ATSF [3 pm EST] Putting "Self" into the Care of Nurses during Challenging Times

    Kim A. Lewis, PhD(c), MSN, RN [5 pm EST] Nutrition for Nurses in Times of Stress and Quarantine

    Karen White-Trevino, DNP, MSN, RN NE-BC, ACHE [7 pm EST] Nurse Leader Mentoring to Fuel Co-Creation

    This global educational event was made possible by a grant from the Sigma Global Regional Council. All presentations will be made available in the Sigma Repository following the day-long event. https://www.sigmarepository.org

    CEUs Are available for this event. This activity has been submitted to the Alabama Board of Nursing for approval to award 5.0 contact hours (1-hour presentation per each speaker). The Alabama Board of Nursing is accredited as an approver of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

    Planning Committee:  Angela Opsahl-Region 9, Shena Gazaway-Region 7, D'Ann Somerall-Region 8,  Don Rose-Region 10,  Kim Lewis-Region 6, Gail Griffin-Region 10

    I hope you will plan to attend this special educational offering!  Dr. Angela Opsahl
  • Alpha Chapter Virtual Induction

    Hi Alpha Chapter, 

    Alpha Chapter hosted a virtual induction on Friday, April 17, 2020. Please view the virtual induction video to celebrate all of our new inductees and award recipients. Congratulations to all!
  • Congratulations to Alpha Chapter Award Recipients!

    Congratulations are in order for our Alpha Chapter scholarship and chapter award recipients. All winners will be recognized at the Alpha Chapter Virtual Induction on April 17 and are listed below. Congratulations to all!

    Alpha Chapter Scholarships

    Alpha Chapter Student Scholarships:

    Jacquilyn Doolin, RN - Indiana University South Bend

    Moriah Bennett – IU Bloomington

    Mya Yee Nandar, RN - Indiana University South Bend

    Gina Rubino - IU Northwest

    Taylor Coram – IU Kokomo

    Kendra Crouch – IU Bloomington

    Shelby Anderson – IU South Bend

    Emily O’Brien – IU South Bend

    Clinical Nurse Award Scholarship:

    Julie Rieker, MSN, RN, AG-CNS, CEN, CPEN

    Josselyn Howell, BSN, RN, CEN, TCRN

    Alpha Chapter Awards

    Excellence in Education:

    Angela G. Opsahl, DNP, RN, CPHQ

    Susan Rouse, PhD, RN, CNE

    Excellence in Leadership:

    Barbara J. White, PhD, RN, CPN, CNE

    Sara Adams, PhD, RN, CNE

    Excellence in Nursing Practice:

    Jennifer Clifton, DNP, FNP-BC, CCHP

    Excellence in Research:

    Miyeon Jung, PhD, RN

  • Congratulations to Dr. Angela Opsahl!

    Alpha Chapter would like to congratulate Angela Opsahl, DNP, RN, DPHQ, Vice President of Alpha Chapter on her election to serve as the Region 9 Coordinator for Sigma. Congratulations!! We know you will represent us well.
  • Deadline is March 2nd to apply for Alpha Chapter Awards and Scholarships!

    Apply now for Alpha Chapter Awards and Scholarships!  Applications and instructions can be found under the "Resources" tab or in the Chapter Library under the file Alpha Chapter Award and the Scholarships file.  Applications are due March 2nd to Patti Henson, RN-BC, MSN, Awards Committee Chair.   

  • What's Next? A Virtual Tour of Sigma

    Want to learn more about the benefits of your Sigma membership?? 

    There are many opportunities and benefits for you to take advantage of as a Sigma member! Attend this session to take a tour of the "My Membership" portal, where you'll create your membership experience!

    More information is available in "International Events" on the Alpha homepage. 

    What's Next? A Virtual Tour of Sigma
    15 October at 11 a.m. Eastern Time.
    Register: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2498228257770217229
  • Apply now for research and EBP grants!

    Apply now for Alpha Chapter's research grant or evidence-based practice award! Up to $5,000 is awarded. Application and instructions can be found on Alpha's website, under the "Resources" tab. Applications are due on October 1 to Dr. Rebecca Ellis, Research Committee Chair.

International Events