Alpha Omega Chapter Leaders: Past, Current, and Future


March 1, 2022

Dear Alpha Omega Chapter Members,

By all measures 2021 was a historic year as it marked year two of the pandemic but punctuated by hope as vaccines became available across the country. Nurses stepped up to take on the challenge of getting vaccinated while continuing to face insurmountable tasks of continuing to care for the Covid-sick and getting ready for the influx of patients who were returning back into the health system following a year of being at home. You remained undeterred through several waves of the pandemic beginning with the winter of 2021 surge, a summer of Delta, followed by a sudden wave of Omicron at the end of the year. You continued to so what nurses do best – provide care without complaint even though the environment had changed and your mental health was suffering for it.

While we all remain hopeful that 2022 will bring a change in how the pandemic is understood, appreciated, respected, and eventually handled, we are also cognizant that the challenges will continue to impact our towns, neighbors, and ourselves. In preparation for what is to come, no matter what it might be, I ask that we continue to be mindful of our resilience resources and recognize our psychological needs if we are to continue to produce at the level that is required of us all. While we will continue to do our best as the noble professionals that we are, it is imperative that we acknowledge the toll that the pandemic has had on us and seek out resources and assistance that are available to us.

My hope is that 2022 becomes the year that nurses recognize the strength that we possess given the many challenges that we have faced over the recent past. I also hope that as a profession we recognize the value that we all have in moving the profession forward and that in the future when we frame our narratives to reflect on our current situation, the picture that will emerge is one where we were there for each other with patience, kindness, and empathy.

Finally, in the face of the current international crisis culminating in the Ukrainian invasion, this unprovoked war and its impact will affect us all. So I ask that we stand in support of the Ukrainian people, that we seek to understand their plight even though we will never be able to truly appreciate their challenges, that we learn from them and their leader's sacrifice and eventual resilience, and that we never forget that tyranny in its many forms must be stopped and never tolerated. (Below, I have included an email of support on this subject from STTI)

I am very proud of you all and please reach out if you need anything from your Chapter.

Charles E. Cal

President: 2020-2022

Alpha Omega Chapter of STTI

"Sigma's statement on Ukraine" in its entirety sent on 2/26/2022
Sigma, its international board of directors, and staff stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine and support the nurses and healthcare workers tending to those affected by the widespread violence and destruction of the Russian military invasion.

Protect nurses and healthcare workers
When military action creates a humanitarian crisis, nurses and healthcare workers are placed directly in danger on the frontlines. With our colleagues at the International Council of Nurses, we call for the protection of health workers in accordance with the Geneva Convention and international regulations. 

Provide assistance
As this crisis unfolds, you may wonder how you can help. The following reputable organizations seek assistance to provide care and alleviate suffering in Ukraine:

In the face of conflict, we reflect that Sigma’s founders based the society on values of love, courage, and honor. 

To the citizens of and our colleagues in Ukraine: We send and show our love. We applaud your courage. We honor your dedication and work. 

And we hope for peace. 

Thank you.

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Upcoming Events

  • Annual Members Business Meeting: March 1, 2022, from 6:30 pm - 10:15 pm via Zoom

Chapter News

  • Scholarships Awarded to New Graduates at AU Pinning

    Congratulations are in order for the five scholarship recipients below who each received $500. As a reminder - the Scholarship Awards are offered to encourage and support members and potential members of the Alpha Omega Chapter who demonstrate leadership and scholarship. All Baccalaureate, Masters, and Doctoral students are encouraged to apply.

    2022 Scholarship Recipients:
    Jenna Anderson
    Brianna Boehringe
    Rudhra Lai
    Renuka Persaud
    Rubi Varughese

    Thank you to our Scholarship Committee Members for your dedication and hard work.
  • Donations with a Global Impact to support the Ukrainian People

    Thank you for your commitment to supporting your chapter's global reach aligned with our mission. In so doing in April we completed two donations in the sum of $1000 each to the following international organizations:

    • The International Committee of the Red Cross aids people affected by the conflict and supports the work of the Ukrainian Red Cross
    • The UN Refugee Agency provides emergency assistance to families in Ukraine, including cash assistance and opportunities for resettlement.
  • Sponsoring Women's Leadership during Women's Leadership Month 2022

    Your Chapter has sponsored the Adelphi Women's Leadership Conference themed, "125 Years of Women in Leadership'' as we celebrate Adelphi's long history of educating and developing leaders.  
    Below you can also hear from your fellow Alpha Omega Chapter Members who are all participating in a panel discussion at the event. 

    Panel 2: “Caring for Every Body (and Ourselves)”

    • Chelsea (Wollman) Imbriano, RN, ’14, Neurosurgical Intensive Care Unit, North Shore University Hospital
    • Marissa Abram ’08, PhD ’17, Assistant Professor, College of Nursing and Public Health
    • Deborah Ambrosio-Mawhirter ’81, MS ’96, EdD, RN, Assistant Professor, College of Nursing and Public Health, Adelphi University
    • Moderator: Dr. Maryann Forbes, PhD ’99, Interim Dean, College of Nursing and Public Health
  • Rising Stars of Research and Scholarship - Sigma Congress 2022

    For the third consecutive year, the Alpha Omega Chapter of STTI has partnered with the College of Nursing and Public Health, Adelphi University to elect and support three students to virtually present their research at the 33rd International Research Congress.

    1. Jenna Anderson (Undergraduate) Loneliness: An Integrative Review Inspired by the COVID-19 Pandemic
    2. Genna Giordano (Graduate) Clinical Exploration of the Efficacy of Proning on ARDS
    3. Afeena Ali: (Doctoral) Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (MOLST/eMOLST) Forms: Are New York State Nurse Practitioners Prepared?
  • Donation with a Regional and Global Impact

    Women for Afghan Women assists with all facets of resettlement in the NY region. Following the humanitarian crisis that ensued in 2021, your Chapter donated $1000 towards this cause.
  • Donation with a Hyper-Local Impact

    Your Chapter continues to support the Adelphi Food Pantry through a donation of $500.
  • Donations with a Local Impact on Long Island

    Our Chapter supported Long Island Cares Food Bank for the holidays through a donation of $500 which followed earlier four-family support through the Adopt-a-Family for Thanksgiving.
  • AOC's Instagram is here!

    Throughout the past few months, the Alpha Omega Chapter has moved forward with significant efforts to increase our presence on our social media platforms. Here, you will be notified of future events, pertinent information regarding the Chapter, and multiple opportunities that can help you grow in your profession. Join us.
  • We want to hear from YOU!

    We want to hear from you! As members, you have a voice and we want to ensure that you are being heard and are benefiting from the Alpha Omega Chapter. We ask for your feedback on what we are doing right and how we can improve to make sure your membership is being fulfilled. Below you will find a link to a brief survey. We hope to hear from you all!

  • AOC's Facebook Goes Live!

    AOC Members, Please join us on Facebook. Let us know what you think.
  • Alpha Omega Chapter has joined ANA's Health Nurse Healthy Nations Grand Challenge

    Your Chapter has proudly joined the Health Nurse Health Nation Grand Challenge and is sending a powerful message that it cares about your health. Please learn about this initiative and expect to hear much more about our efforts as we directly seek to engage with you, our membership, in the upcoming new year.
  • Alpha Omega Chapter's Updated Web Presence on the AU College of Nursing and Public Health's Website

    Please take a look at our new webpage on the Adelphi University College of Nursing and Public Health's (CNPH) website. It includes information on membership, scholarships, research grants, committees  and ways to get involved in your Chapter.
  • Alpha Omega: A Great Global Advisory Panel on the Future of Nursing and Midwifery (GAPFON) Winner

    Great GAPFON Challenge Awardees:
    • Alpha Omega (Adelphi University, Garden City, NY, United States - Alpha Omega Chapter’s program was Promoting Health in Haiti (PHH) Nurse Practitioner Program.The purpose of PHH is to create the first university-based faculty of nursing in Haiti under the aegis of Haiti State University. Once there is a cohort of Master’s-level prepared nurses who can teach in a university-based program, professional degrees can be conferred on graduating nursing students, much like their counterparts in the United States.
    • Alpha Iota (University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, United States
    • Gamma Phi (Rush University, Chicago, IL, United States)
  • Alpha Omega Chapter: Five Time Recipient of the Chapter Key Award

    The Chapter Key Award, established in 1991, honors Sigma chapters that excel in chapter-related activities such as:  

    • Membership recruitment and retention
    • Publicity and programming
    • Professional and leadership development
    • Local, national, and international collaboration
  • Virginia Henderson Fellows: Colleagues You Know!

    Sigma Foundation for Nursing’s Heritage Society has more than 400 Fellows who have made an investment in all generations of nurses around the world. Below is a list of the Fellows in the Alpha Omega Chapter. November 30 honors the Virginia Henderson fellowships by recognizing her contributions to nursing on her birthday, and we hope you will recognize your member’s generous Fellowship donation on this special day.

    Patricia Anne Laster Facquet

    Sarah L. Marshall


    Lynn Lambuth
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