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Membership Appreciation Night 2017
By Angela Nolan and Katherine Butler
3MA2018.pngOn Tuesday October 3rd, Beta Xi held their annual Membership Appreciation Dinner at Deer Park Tavern. This event is always a blast, as it is a chance for University of Delaware nursing alumni and current Beta Xi members to venue, strangers became peers. Alumni from class of 1975 sat with current nursing students, comparing academic curriculum and nursing research. Students who graduated recently provided insight network and share stories. It was a night filled with delicious food, numerous raffles, and stimulating conversations. All around the and advice to senior nursing MA2018.pngstudents on interviews, applications, and nurse residencies. Seasoned nurses interacted with one another, sharing new research projects or plans for higher education. The theme of the Membership Appreciation Dinner was community service and outreach. Beta Xi members are active citizens in their community and this night emphasized just that. Throughout the night, a slideshow was presented, highlighting Beta Xi members and how each individual contributes to the community. It was great to see how certain members give back to society through global service missions, emergency medical services, fundraising campaigns, animal training, and more! In addition, Beta Xi members donated supplies such as diapers, powdered baby formula, hand sanitizer, soap, and more to those affected by the recent hurricanes. The entire night was a success and we are excited to continue our pledge of community service!
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President's Message Fall 2017
By Deborah Hassler, ACNP-BC, MSN

It is hard to believe that summer is over and it is now fall! Classes have now resumed and the Board of the Beta Xi chapter have been busy preparing for what I anticipate will be an exciting year ahead for its members.

I would like to first thank those who have served as board members over the past year particularly Sarah Travers as Vice President, Melanie Chichester- Research and Awards Committee chair, Lindsey Hertsenberg- Leadership Succession chair, and Jen Saylor- President. I appreciate the commitment that each of you have demonstrated and thank to Jen’s leadership, we will be receiving our ninth key award at Biennium in October! This is no small feat and requires the participation of many individuals to achieve this highly coveted honor.

As I move into the role of president, I would like to welcome those who will be joining me in leadership. Ann-Marie Baker (Vice President), Donna Mower (Treasurer), Tim Eden (Research and Awards Committee chair) and Christine Renzulli (Leadership Succession chair). Pat Welsh and Katie Haigh will serve on the Research and Awards committee, Joanne Creasy Thomas and Jackie Fabricatore will serve on Leadership Succession and Lindsey Hertsenberg and Jess Madiraca will serve on Governance.

We have four great student interns and you will be reading more about them later in this newsletter. Welcome to Rachel Bloom, Angela Nolan, Christiana Taylor and Katherine Butler. I just love their enthusiasm and appreciate what each of them has to bring to the chapter.

Our faculty counselors Kathy Schell and Diane Rudolphi are busy preparing for the fall induction which will take place November 13th at the Courtyard Marriott. This is an important and exciting event where we welcome new members into the chapter. We hope that you will be able to join us. Membership Appreciation is just around the corner and will be held at the Deer Park Tavern on October 3rd. Given the recent hurricanes that have affected our southern states, we are asking that people bring items such as disposable diapers, hand sanitizer and powdered baby formula to donate to the relief efforts.

The 31st Annual Tri-State Consortium Brunch will be held October 8th at the Embassy Suites near the Philadelphia Airport. Applications are now available on our Beta Xi page on the STTI website. This is always a great time to network with other nurses, make new friends and gain new knowledge. The speakers this year will be sharing STTI’s work with the United Nations. If that isn’t enough to entice you, the food is quite tasty as well!

The 44th Biennium Convention of Sigma Theta Tau International will be held October 28th- November 1st in Indianapolis, IN. Beta Xi will be represented as a number of our members will be presenting posters, oral presentations and moderating some of the sessions. Our chapter’s honorary member, Sr. Freda Robinson, will be returning from Kenya to join us. We are helping to sponsor her registration as part of our Global Service Initiative. As we develop this initiative, we hope that more of our members will either consider how they can become involved on a global basis to help meet healthcare needs, or share your experiences with us. Another reason to come to Membership Appreciation is see how some members currently engage with the community.

We look forward to other service opportunities as the Holiday Outreach Party at Upper Bay will be held in December. Stay tuned as to how you can contribute to this worthy effort. This is just one way in which we as a chapter are able to give back and we welcome any new opportunities.

I look forward to a great year and the opportunity to work with so many of you. I hope that you will invite some members that you know who may not have renewed their membership for whatever reason, and encourage them to back to a vibrant and welcoming chapter. Thank you for your commitment to your profession and to the Beta Xi chapter of STTI.

Debbie Hassler

Tri-State Consortium 2017
By Angela Nolan and Katherine Butler
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     Sunday October 8, 2017 was the 31st Annual STTI Tri-State Consortium Brunch in Philadelphia. Dr. Jen Graber, Dr. Jen Saylor, Katherine Butler and Angela Nolan attended the event to represent the Beta Xi chapter. In addition to working the registration table, Beta Xi also helped with the raffle. The morning started with the Fall 2018 Tri-State Conference planning meeting where members from local chapters discusse
d plans for next year’s conference. Each chapter provided notable feedback and offered excellent suggestions for the upcoming year!
     After the planning meeting was concluded, we had brunch and different chapter members spoke about
the work being done in their chapters. Through the morning, Beta Xi members sold raffle tickets for gift baskets donated by several of the STTI chapters. By the end of the event, we raised over $350! Our leadership interns, Katherine and Angela, were even given the honor of drawing the winners!
     STTI was lucky to have two marvelous speakers for this year’s Tri-State Consortium Brunch, Dr. Connie Sobon Sensor and Mr. Timothy Shi. Dr. Sensor is certified as an Advanced-Level Transcultural Nurse (CTN-A) and is the STTI Liaison to the United Nations (U.N.). Dr. Sensor spoke about nurses as leaders and different ways to help foster the work of the U.N.’s 17 Sustainable Developmental Goals through the profession. By raising the profile of the nurse, we are in turn increasing global health (goal #3), increasing gender equality (goal #5), and enforcing partnerships for goals (goal #17). The other speaker, Timothy Shi, is a youth representative to the United Nations for STTI. Mr. Shi discussed several ways that young baccalaureate students can get involved in the U.N. through social media and help promote change. He also emphasized the fact that one should never say they are “just a nurse”. Nurses make up one of the largest professions in the U.S. and have the real ability to make change in the world!

Meet Our 2017 Leadership Interns 

Beta Xi has picked four students to be apart of this year's leadership intern program. These four ladies are currently students of University of Delaware's Class of 2018 and were all recently inducted into Sigma Theta Tau International at our 2017 Spring Induction. Starting from the right in the picture below is Angela Nolan. She will be assisting our Vice President, Anne Marie Baker, in the planning of chapter events. Next is, Katherine Butler. Katherine will work with Dr. Graber not he chapter's service and philanthropy. Third, is Christiana Taylor who will work on the governance committee with Dr. Shell. Lastly, is Rachel Bloom who will be working with the leadership succession committee and Christine Renzulli. Congratulations ladies! We look forward to working with you this year! 

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Beta Xi Gives Back! 
Read how our chapter members are giving back to the community! Keep up the great work!!!

Debbie Hassler (President): “I serve in Kenya by assisting Sr. Freda Robinson at her Medical Centre providing healthcare to those from the nearby slums in Kitale.”
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Rachel Bloom: “I volunteer through Girls on the Run at both their practices and their 5K races. This organization is all about building strong girls and teaching young girls how to set a goal and reach it!”

Katie Butler: “I work as a volunteer emergency medical technician on UD’s student-run ambulance that serves the college and town of Newark!”

Gina Garritano: “I volunteered with other nursing students in Jamaica during spring break 2017. We completed health assessments on children with disabilities and also provided education to pregnant teen mothers.”

JSDKFK.pngJennifer Saylor: Director of Diabetes and You: Kamp for Kids - provides education, camaraderie, and support to children (ages 4-16) with Type 1 diabetes mellitus. Kamp for Kids provides an opportunity to normalize diabetes and learn healthy living within an environment staffed with Registered Nurses and knowledgeable camp counselors.

Mary Leech: "I volunteered in remote hospital along Sacred Valley in Peru (Hospital De Calcas) and delivered handsome baby boy pictured." 

 Madalyn Petit: “I was a mentor through Fresh Start Scholarship Foundation, an incredible organization that gives scholarships to women who need financial help and meet certain criteria. My mentee, Bonita Penn, graduated with a BSN and a Psych degree then obtained her masters and is now a CNP!”

 Sydney Steele: “I participated in UD’s alternative break program where we traveled to West Virginia to repair homes as a part of the Appalachia Service Project!”

Shannon Lyons: “I helped raise a Seeing Eye Dog, who is now guiding a college professor in Maryland.”