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Kappa Lambda was chartered at Otterbein University in April 1988 as the 249th chapter of Sigma Theta Tau. We celebrated our 25th anniversary on April 21, 2013 with a CE event and social gathering. The chapter is a member of the Central Ohio Consortium of Sigma Theta Tau chapters that provides two CE programs a year. See the news and events for programs and activities of Kappa Lambda and the consortium. We would like you to take part in these events and interact with members of the consortium.

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Otterbein University was founded 1847 as a liberal arts institution.
Second institution of higher education in the U.S. to admit
women equally with men. The nursing program accepted its 
first students in 1978. 

Towers Hall is the center of Otterbein        The Science Center in 2010 replaced a
University and was built in 1870 after           1950s one. The Department of Nursing
the initial academic building was                  is housed on several floors in the 2008
destroyed by fire.
                                    renovated 1919 building on the right. 
Regional Excellence Awards from STTI for the 2011-2013 Biennium 

The chapter received awards for achieving the criteria in these areas of the biennial
Presidential Call to Action. The chapter has activated its website for presentation and 
communication and has used technology more extensively to communicate with its
membership and the campus. The chapter has provided student scholarships and a
research award, supported five CEs, and given funds and food donations to a local pantry. 

 Central Ohio Consortium, Founders' Day, October 12, 2015

 Dr. Bernadette Melnyk, Dean of the             Barb Kerr, Leslie Justice, Trudy Mason,
 College of Nursing, Ohio State     
Ruth Chavez of Kappa Lambda
University, spoke on "Improving Health
Care Quality and Reducing Costs with
Evidence-based Practice."

Hosting of the four chapters of the           Silent auction to support survivors of
Central Ohio Consortium by Epsilon   human trafficking.

New Board and Committee members installed July 7, 2015

 Mary McKelvey, Lauren Jackson, Joy Charlene Seevers and Shannon Elder
Shoemaker, Trudy Mason, Mary Ann
Burnam, Karen Hughes, Leslie Justice.

Central Ohio Consortium, Spring Research Symposium, April, 2015

April 16, 2015, the Central Ohio Consortium had its spring research symposium hosted 
by Mount Carmel College of Nursing. Officers, faculty, and students presented their
research posters before the dinner. Mary Dolansky, PhD, RN, from Case Western University
and director of the QSEN Institute presented "Systems Thinking: the Key to Quality 
and Safety." as a continuing education offering. Members of Kappa Lambda were present.

   Kappa Lambda Service Project    Cookies for Graduating Seniors

The chapter had a tree in the nursing Kappa Lambda donated
 in Nov. 2014 to be decorated with cookies for the senior
 gloves, and scarfs for graduation class celebration
 WARM, a community organization, in May, 2015.
 to distribute the items before
 Christmas for those in need. 

 Sigma Theta Tau 42 Biennial Convention, Indianapolis, Nov. 16-21, 2013

Mary Ann Burnam (president) and Trudy Mason     STTI president, Suzanne S. Prevost 
(secretary) chapter delegates to the convention.     speaking to the delegates.

Oath of office of new STTI board and officers. Transfer of the presidential chain to the new 
STTI president, Hester C. Klopper from South Africa. She is the first president not from the
United States. President Klopper's Presidential Call to Action, 2013-2015 to "Serve Locally,
Transform Regionally, Lead Globally" was followed with African dancers. 25th Anniversary
plaque given to Kappa Lambda at the Convention.


Otterbein faculty and STTI members recognized for nursing contributions 

April 25, 2013, Barbara Nash (on right) was             June 20, 2013, Marjorie Vogt (center) was
recognized as a Local Nursing Legend by the        selected as a Fellow of the American 
Medical Heritage Center at the Ohio State       Association of Nurse Practitioners. Fellows  
University. Local Nursing Legends are                   impact national and global health by 
considered pioneers in their field, having               recognizing nurse practitioner leaders who 
made significant contributions to the nursing        have made outstanding contributions to health 
profession and the health care of people in            care through clinical practice, research, 
central Ohio. Mary Ann Burnam, president,       education or policy.
Kappa Lambda (left); chairperson of nursing 
section committee of Medical Heritage Center



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Chapter News

  • Kappa Lambda Chapter Christmas Holiday Event, Wednesday December 9, 6-9 pm, Westerville Bag of Nails

    Join us for entertainment & relaxation - students preparing for final exams & everyone else preparing for the holiday rush. All chapter members, and any Otterbein nursing undergraduate, graduate, and faculty are encouraged to come. Cost is $10 in advance; $15 at the door (Advance registration ends 11/25).

    There will be a cash bar, food, free door prizes every 1/2 hour, and a silent auction (great Christmas gifts; cash/check only)!! Proceeds will support chapter activities & selected charities.

    To register, give your payment of cash or check (made out to Kappa Lambda) in an envelope with your name on it to one of these faculty members: Dr. Ruth Chavez, Dr. Karen Hughes, or Dr. Joy Shoemaker, or mail to Trudy Mason, 377 Wyndham Park N, Westerville OH 43082. Email questions to:

    Hope to see you there🌲🌲

  • Regional Excellence Awards Received

    The Kappa Lambda Chapter was awarded four Regional Excellence Awards: Connectedness, Gratitude, Servant Leadership, Tranformation. These were established by STTI I response to international President Klopper's Call to Action for the biennium. Thank you to all members that supported these efforts!

  • October 23, 2015 Induction of new members

    The 2015 STTI Kappa Lambda Chapter Induction ceremony was held October 23rd at Giammarco's Italian Restaurant in Westerville. Approximately 50 chapter members, inductees, friends and family members attended. Undergraduate students accepting membership were: Andrea Arcara, Laurann Brown, Katie Comyns, Kelly Dzialowski, Miranda Fabian, Madyson Ford, Heather Higgins, Sydney Hines, Marissa Massey, Mackenzie Melvin, Abbey Moran, Sara Ridenbaugh, Sarah Rowles, Danielle Smalley, Paxton Wenger, Kendra Wilk, Michelle Zumpano. Graduate students accepting membership were: Melissa Bianchi, Jessica Castle, Stephen Maynard, Cheryl McCloud, Ky Lee Parrot, Troy Perkins, Erin Ricker, Erin Steiner.
    Mackenzie Melvin received the undergraduate scholarship. Shaylyn Webster received the graduate scholarship. Congratulations to all!

  • News about former members of the Department of Nursing

    Two Kappa Lambda members retired this spring from the Department of Nursing. Both have been very active in the chapter for many years. Dr. Mary McKelvey is well known by undergraduate and graduate students whom she taught. She served the campus and department on many committees. Mary came to Otterbein in 1984.
    Trudy Mason came to campus in 1981 as the second supervisor of the skills lab, since the nursing program opened in 1978. She is responsible for designing the new nursing skills facilities that greeted students in January 2009. We wish both an enjoyable retirement.

    A retired faculty member, Dr. Joan Pryor McCann, passed away on March 7, 2015 surrounded by family and care givers. Joan came to Otterbein in 1991. She was active previously in Epsilon chapter and served as president. Joan served Kappa Lambda as president-elect, president, and awards chairperson for several years.

  • Kappa Lambda Officers and Committee Members - beginning July 2015

    President - Trudy Mason
    Vice-president- Ruth Chavez
    Treasurer - Leslie Justice
    Secretary - Diane Weed
    Counselor - Karen Hughes
    Governance Committee - Mary McKelvey, Eda Mikolaj, Mary Ann Burnam
    Leadership/Succession Committee - Char Seevers, Shanon Elder, Lauren Jackson, Marjorie Vogt
    Scholarship/Awards/Research Chair - Joy Shoemaker

  • The Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository

    Visit and select the "Get Started" tab.
    The repository is free for faculty and students to preserve, organize, and share approved student work of capstones, theses, and undergraduate papers, and faculty work.

  • "Student Central"

    Select this site for career advice, free online courses, networking, nursing products, and more.

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