Welcome to the Gamma Alpha Chapter!
Affiliated with the Loma Linda University School of Nursing
The History of Gamma Alpha Chapter
Sigma Theta Tau International
Chartered on April 11, 1976
71st Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau
4th Chapter in California
1st Chapter in Southern California
1st in SDA Higher Education
An honor society that would recognize excellence in the student body of Loma Linda University School of Nursing (LLUSN) and nursing leaders in the community was a vision of Dr. Marilyn Christian, Dean of LLUSN. She appointed faculty members, Dr. Patricia Foster and Dorothy Martin, MS, to initiate the process of a steering committee of faculty, students, and alumni.
The initial work of dialoguing with University administrators, the school of nursing student body, developing bylaws and criteria for eligibility for membership, and obtaining the information required for application by the national organization took a full year.
The National organization (later to become International) accepted the application in the fall of 1975 and instructions were given for the planning of the chartering inauguration. A site visit by a National Officer to verify and approve the application for inclusion in Sigma Theta Tau, National Honor Society of Nursing was required prior to the official vote to induct LLUSN as a site for a chapter.