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Welcome to your Kappa Lambda Chapter website!
We are pleased to be celebrating our 25th year as a chapter of Sigma Theta Tau. Kappa Lambda was chartered at Otterbein University in April 1988. 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. Nursing program accepted 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
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. 

Kappa Lambda Service Project

The chapter had a tree in the nursing lab to be decorated with mittens, gloves, and 
scarfs to be given to WARM, a community organization, that will distribute the items
before Christmas. The nursing department and students were involved in the project
and donated 180 Items for those in need.
Induction, November 16, 2014

Kappa Lambda inducted new members on Nov. 16, 2014. The ceremony was held in the
Science building at Otterbein. Students were joined by grandparents, parents, spouses,
and children. A reception followed in the glass atrium. The new members attending are
in the left picture. The scholarship recipients are Shannon Elder and Sadie Hitchman. 
See the adjoining news item for names and award recipients.

Central Ohio Consortium, Founders' Day, October 2, 2014

Theta Theta Chapter of the  Central Ohio Consortium hosted Founders' Day of STTI
at Capital University in Columbus. Dr. Doris Edwards presented "We Are All Founders:
Mission, Momentum and Memoirs." She took the audience on a pictorial trip of the
founding and growth of STTI. Dr. Edwards has been active in STTI for many years and held
the office of Third VP on the STTI Governing Council when she conducted the installation
of Kappa Lambda as the 249th STTI chapter. Dr. Edwards has and continues to serve on
various committees related to health. 

Dr Doris Edwards presenting a history of STTI   Mary Ann Burnam, Kappa Lambda president,
   Doris Edwards, Diane Patterson, Theta Theta

Central Ohio Consortium, Spring Research Symposium, April, 2014 

April 17, 2014, the Central Ohio Consortium had its spring research symposium hosted
by Kappa Lambda at Otterbein University. Officers, faculty, and graduate students
presented their research posters before the dinner. Ruth Downing presented the topic, 
"Human Trafficking in Ohio" as a continuing education offering.

Kappa Lambda officers are (back row)    Joy Shoemaker, chapter counselor, (center) 
Trudy Mason, secretary; Mary McKelvey,    presented her research poster.
Governance Committee chair; Ruth Chavez,
vice-president; (front row) Leslie Justice,
Mary Ann Burnam, president. 

Leslie Justice presented two posters, and several graduate students presented their



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

Kappa Lambda, 25th Anniversary, April  2013

April 21, 2013, Kappa Lambda celebrated its 25th anniversary as a chapter of STTI.  
A 1 hour CE on "Social Media Professional boundaries: Legal and Ethical Perspectives
was provided to 42 attendees. A brief annual meeting was conducted with review of the
past year. Food items and monetary donations for W.A.R.M. (Westerville Area Resource
Ministry) was collected to celebrate STTI's 90th anniversary year celebration, 2012-13.
There were prizes and social time.



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Chapter News

  • 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.

  • Present Kappa Lambda Board

    President: Mary Ann Burnam
    Vice President: Ruth Chavez
    Treasurer: Leslie Justice
    Secretary: Jackie Haverkamp
    Counselor: Joy Shoemaker
    Governance Committee Chairperson:
    Mary Mckelvey; Eda Mikolaj and Melissa Wells
    Leadership Succession Committee Chairperson: Lauren Merriman; Char Seevers and Shannon Elder

  • Kappa Lambda Officers and Board Members - beginning July 2015

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

  • Induction of new members, Nov. 16, 2014

    Congratulations to the new inductees of Kappa Lambda Chapter.
    12 undergraduates and 16 graduate
    students were inducted.
    The undergraduates are: Melissa Ankenbrandt, Victoria Blatt, Carly Borowitz, Kayla Borowitz, Emily Harper, Gina Heitkamp, Sadie Hitchman, Lindsay Henderson, Tara Liston, Sarah McAllister, Lindsay Morris, and Sarah Robinson.

    The graduate students are: Jennifer Adams, Erica Bartley, Alex Bisaha, Jamie Bourn, Tina Capers, Jessica Christoff, Lurajean Cravens, Jennifer Hannon, Katherine Hays, Rebecca Magerko, Suzette Maynard, Elizabeth Myer, Angela Pollitt, Jennifer Ruckstuhl, Matthew Steele, and Melissa Tuel.

    Karen Hughes, faculty member, was inducted as a nurse leader.

    Award recipients
    Ruth Chavez received the Service to the Chapter Award.

    Sadie Hitchman received the undergraduate scholarship.
    Shannon Elder received the graduate scholarship.

  • 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.

  • Kappa Lambda Officers

    President: Mary Ann Burnam
    Vice President: Ruth Chavez
    Treasurer: Leslie Justice
    Secretary: Jackie Haverkamp
    Counselor: Joy Shoemaker
    Governance Committee Chairperson:
    Mary Mckelvey
    Leadership Succession Committee Chairperson: Lauren Merriman

  • Congratulations to the new retirees from the Otterbein Nursing Department

    Dr. Barbara Cornett and Dr. Ann Teske retired this spring. They were honored with a send-off diner by the department. Dr. Teske taught mainly in the graduate program. Dr. Cornett gave many years of service to the department and the university and is known by undergraduate and graduate students. We extend our good wishes to them in retirement and thanks for their commitment to Otterbein.

    This summer, Dr. Marjorie Vogt retired from Otterbein and was recognized with a dinner. Dr. Vogt was active with the chapter and served the Otterbein community for many years. She is remembered by undergrads and grad students and will continue with nursing endeavors.

  • Job Board on STTI Circle

    STTI has a Job Board for its members This might be useful to the new graduates.
    See the STTI Home page at

    Leslie Justice is the chapter treasurer and a former president.
    She had some important comments for new graduates that appeared on the Circle.
    Subject: Thoughts for new nurses

    A little piece of advice for nurses starting out in their first RN job. Give it time! As new graduates you are most likely very excited about being done with school and getting your first "real" nursing job. You have ideas of what that job should be and what it will offer you and what you can offer it. As you get oriented and start that job you may find challenges that you didn't expect. You may have run ins with other staff as you build collegial relationships. You may not like the shift you are working or the patient population you thought you wanted to work with. Stick with it. The first couple years are the hardest. There will be times when you feel physically and mentally exhausted. Find your way to handle stress....exercise, music, a good book, or chat with a friend. Don't run from your first job....stick with it. Remember why you went into nursing to begin with. It is a wonderful career and has much to offer those who work through the early years. Hopefully, you'll love it as I do. I was one of those graduates and this year I celebrate 34 years as an RN and wouldn't change it. Give it Time.

  • Kappa Lambda bylaws

    The Kappa Lambda bylaws for 2013--2015 are at the location indicated below. Every two years the International bylaws and chapter bylaws are revised. After being accepted by the chapter board, the chapter bylaws are sent to the membership. Please review the bylaws. Select Library in the green toolbar, then scroll down and select bylaws. You will then see the word document of the bylaws.

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