Awards

Rho Chapter Awards

Criteria and how to nominate

Call for awards nominations are made annually in January. With the exception of the Student Leadership Award and the Friend of Nursing & Institutional Excellence Award, all awards nominees must be Rho Chapter members. More information on each award is provided below.

Excellence in Research

  • Conducts distinguished research in nursing
  • Communicates nursing research findings
  • Writes scholarly works related to nursing theory and/or nursing research
  • Encourages research activities within Sigma Theta Tau, nursing, and/or the public

Excellence in Education

  • Demonstrates excellence in teaching
  • Advances the science of nursing through clarifying, refining, and/or expanding the knowledge base of nursing
  • Promotes a theory/practice base for nursing curricula and nursing practice
  • Influences scholarly development in nursing education, practice, and/or research through teaching.
  • Influences the professional practice of nursing and the public's image of nursing through excellence in teaching

Excellence in Nursing Practice

  • Demonstrates a breadth of knowledge in area of clinical nursing practice
  • Develops creative approaches to nursing practice that contribute to quality client care
  • Possesses clinical expertise and the attributes of a clinical scholar
  • Advances the scope and practice of nursing
  • Serves as a mentor/preceptor that inspires peer's practice of nursing
  • Influences the practice of nursing through communication
  • Enhances the image of nursing through nursing practice
  • Participates in community affairs, legislation, or organizations that affect nursing practice

Excellence in Nursing Leadership

  • Receives local, national, and/or international recognition as a nursing leader in education, practice, administration, or research
  • Influences leadership in nursing through visionary and innovative approaches to leadership
  • Creates an environment that enhances the image of nursing
  • Participates in the development of nursing leaders and leadership

Rising Star

This award recognizes a Rho Chapter member early in her/his career and who:
  • Demonstrates potential to make significant contributions to nursing practice, education and/or research
  • Exceeds expectations of current role
  • Models behaviors of higher levels of practice
  • Actively seeks out professional growth opportunities

Distinguished Service

This award recognizes a seasoned Rho Chapter member who has:
  • Consistently demonstrated excellence in nursing practice, education and/or research
  • Made an impact over time
  • Significantly influenced and inspired others
  • Modeled ideals of professional practice
  • Demonstrated presence and engagement
  • "Set the bar..."

Student Leadership

This award recognizes a nursing student who has:
  • Successfully taken on a formal or informal leadership role
  • Volunteered in community or hospital efforts
  • Actively participated in university service or governance roles
Drickamer Student Mentorship Award:
This award recognizes a nursing student who has demonstrated outstanding skills in mentorship. The award carries a $500 honorarium through the generous contribution of Anne Hurley and family in honor of their mother, Jean Anne Laing Drickamer.

Mentorship Award

This award recognizes a Rho Chapter member who has made a significant impact over time by:
  • Actively shaping and promoting the career of a nurse or the development of the chapter
  • Freely sharing personal resources for the growth and development of the individual or chapter

Friend of Nursing Award

This award recognizes an individual who actively promotes the values and goals of nursing and Sigma Theta Tau by:
  • Supporting nursing legislation via public forums
  • Favorably portraying nursing in the media
  • Contributing funds to nursing schools, scholarship and/or research
  • Cultivating others to support nursing and contribute to its development
  • Cultivating interest in the profession of nursing

Institutional/Organizational Excellence Award

This award recognizes an institution or organization that actively promotes the interests of nursing as a profession by:
  • Consistently portraying the value of nursing
  • Demonstrating excellence in nursing recruitment and retention
  • Promoting and/or supporting professional certification
  • Contributing funds for nursing scholarship and/or research
  • Cultivating others to support nursing and contribute to its development

Nominations due February 20. Download and submit the STTI Nomination form. Note: Some people may need to use a browser other than Firefox to access the fillable form or they may use this Awards Nomination Form.

Ketefian Scholarship Award

  • 2013 - Luiz M.P. Sanches, Yu-Mei Sun & Zhiwen Wang

Excellence in Nursing Awards Recipients

Excellence in Nursing Practice

  • 2017 - Lisa M. Newberry, BSN, RN

  • 2016 - Annette M. Sandretton, MSN, ANPBC

  • 2016 - Janet Pund, BSN, RN, BC

  • 2016 - Robert Wonnacott, MSN, RN

  • 2014 - Martha Zawacki McClain, RN, MSN, C 

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  • 2013 - Marcia Hegstad, MS, RN, ACNS, CDE, BC-ADM
  • 2012 - Mary A. Bonner, BSN, RNC-NIC
  • 2011 - Christine M. Pionk, MS, RN, COHN
  • 2010 - Mary Sue Webb, BSN, RN
  • 2009 - Victoria Shieck, BSN, RN, CCTN & Madonna R. Walters, MS, RN
  • 2008 - Susan Godell, MS, RN, ANP-BC & Emily Meuleman, MS, RN
  • 2007 - Sheila Hay, BSN, RN, CHP
  • 2006 - Maureen Goode Giacomazza, MA, RN & Linda K. Strodtman, PhD, RN
  • 2005 - Sherry Bumpus, APRN-BC; Mary Lou Gillard, MS, RN, CDE; Mary Jo Kocan, MSN, RN, CNRN, CCRN; Jennifer Salerno, MS, RN, CPNP
  • 2004 - Michaelyn Page, MS, RN, AOCN & Sue Fink, PhD, RN
  • 2003 - Megan Eagle, MS, RN, CS, FN
  • 2000 - Louise Grondin, MS, RN & Elaine McIntosh, MSN, RN
  • 1999 - Elaine Fellows, MS, RN, NP
  • 1998 - Lynn Gregory, MSN, RN, CS, FNP
  • 1996 - Kay Louise Klymko, MSN, RN, CS
  • 1995 - Linda Daniel, MN, RN
  • 1993 - Terry VandenBosch, MS, RN
  • 1991 - Jeanette Benson & Marie Neaton, MS, RN
  • 1990 - Sheila Crowley, MS, RN & Barbara Hill, MS, RN

Excellence in Nursing Education

  • 2017 - Bethany R. Lee-Lehner, BSN, RN

  • 2016 - Jennifer Lee Pesenecker, BSN, RN

  • 2015 - Richard W. Redman, PhD, RN, Professor Emeritus

  • 2014 - Deborah M. Price, DNP, RN

  • 2013 - Laurie S. Hartman, DNP, RN, ACNP-BC

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  • 2012 - Elizabeth Brough, PhD, RN
  • 2011 - Cynthia Lynne Fenske, MS, RN
  • 2010 - Trudy J. Esch, MS, RN & Iris Bickel Lagrou, MS, RN
  • 2009 - Susan Clemen-Stone, MPH, RN
  • 2008 - Ann Kruszewski, PhD, RN & Carol Williams, MS, RN-BC
  • 2007 - Desiree Denise Blake, BSN, MPH, RN
  • 2006 - Donna L. Algase, PhD, RN, FAAN
  • 2005 - Elizabeth R. A. Beattie, PhD, RN
  • 2004 - Ann Whall, PhD, RN, FAAN & Judith Wismont, PhD, MS, RN
  • 2003 - Val Spotts, BSN, RN
  • 1999 - Linda Strodtman, PhD, RN
  • 1997 - Reg Williams, PhD, RN, FAAN
  • 1996 - Bonnie Metzger, PhD, RN, FAAN
  • 1995 - Lillian Simms, PhD, RN, FAAN
  • 1993 - Diane Willis
  • 1990 - Janice Lindberg, PhD, RN

Excellence in Nursing Leadership

  • 2017 - Juanita Perry, MS, RN

  • 2016 - Louise Grondin, MS, RN

  • 2015 - Candia Baker Laughlin, MS, RN-BC

  • 2014 - Sharon L. Smith, PhD, RN

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  • 2012 - Marge Calarco, PhD, RN
  • 2011 - Gay L. Landstrom, MS, RN, NEA-BC
  • 2009 - Norma Sarkar, MPH, RN (award for Rho Chapter leadership)
  • 2009 - Sandra Merkel, MS, RN-BC
  • 2008 - Deanna Beyer, MS, RN
  • 2007 - Barbara L. Brush, PhD, ANP-C, FAAN
  • 2006 - Ada Sue Hinshaw, PhD, RN, FAAN
  • 2005 - Barbara J. Guthrie, PhD, RN, FAAN
  • 2003 - Victoria Averhart, MS, APRN, BC
  • 1999 - Shaké Ketefian, EdD, RN, FAAN
  • 1997 - Ruth M. Barnard, PhD, RN & Bonnie Hagerty, PhD, RN
  • 1996 - Martha Funnell, MS, RN, CDE & Barbara A. Petersen, EdD, RN, CNM
  • 1995 - Phyllis Grzegorczyk, PhD, RN
  • 1994 - Sharon L. Woodcock, BSN, RN
  • 1993 - Maureen Thompson, MSN, RN
  • 1992 - Nadine F. Nelson, MN, RN 

Excellence in Nursing Research

  • 2015 - Milisa Manojlovich, PhD, RN, CCRN

  • 2014 - Marjorie McCullagh, PhD, RN PHCNS-BC, COHN-S & Laurel L. Northouse, PhD, RN, FAAN

  • 2013 - Sonia A. Duffy, PhD, RN, FAAN

  • 2012 - Mary A. Nies, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAAHB

  • 2011 - Jody Rae Lori, PhD, CNM, FACNM

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  • 2010 - Huey-Ming Tzeng, PhD, RN
  • 2009 - AkkeNeel Talsma, PhD, RN 
  • 2007 - Lisa Kane Low, PhD, CNM, FACNM
  • 2006 - Antonia M. Villarruel, PhD, RN, FAAN
  • 2004 - Donna Algase, PhD, RN, FAAN
  • 1996 - Barbara Therrien, PhD, RN, FAAN
  • 1995 - Terry Vanden Bosch, MS, RN
  • 1991 - Margaret Reynolds, PhD, RN, FAAN

Distinguished Service Award

  • 2016 - Janet Tarolli, BSN, RN

  • 2015 - Mary Joan Kocan, MSN, RN

  • 2013 - Judy G. McCook, PhD, MSN, CNS, RN-BC

  • 2012 - Shaké Ketefian, EdD, RN, FAAN

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  • 2011 - Ruth E. Clark, BSN, RN, MPA
  • 2010 - Carol Loveland Cherry, PhD, RN, FAAN
  • 2008 - Elaine McIntosh, MSN, RN
  • 2006 - Linda K. Strodtman, PhD, RN
  • 2004 - Ruth Barnard, PhD, RN & Ann Kruszewski, PhD, RN
  • 2003 - Roberta M. Asplund, BSN, MPH, EdS, RN

Rising Star Award

  • 2017 - Tayler Lenz, BSN, RN

  • 2014 - Michelle L. Munro, PhD, CNM, FNP-BC

  • 2013 - Sarah Louise Taylor, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC

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  • 2011 - April D. Bigelow, PhD, ANP-BC
  • 2008 - Martha L. Merkel, MS, RN
  • 2006 - Jennifer R. Cheng, NPH, MS, NP & Kimberlee A. Gretebeck, PhD, RN
  • 2005 - Cynthia Arslanian-Engoren, PhD, RN
  • 2004 - Alice Davis, PhD, RN
  • 2003 - Heather Livermore, BSN, RN

Student Leadership

  • 2017 - Jennifer Zybert, BSN

  • 2016 - Krista Myers, BSN

  • 2016 - Tracey Thiel, BSN

  • 2015 - Alexandrea Garbus, BSN, graduate student, Nurse Midwifery Program

  • 2014 - Jennifer Ragnoni & Amanda Wenger

  • 2013 - Emily Diepenhorst, Tatiana Hortig & Jessica Schultz

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  • 2012 - Gina Greco & Jennifer Wood
  • 2011 - Melissa Bulic, Anna Evola & Kristin E Kingma
  • 2010 - Lyndsy Brenner, Andree Engles, Taylor Griglak & Ross Zoet
  • 2009 - Bridget Fil & Renee Schoenborn
  • 2008 - Jacqueline Dufek & Amanda Jones
  • 2007 - Renee Havey & Sharon Warner
  • 2006 - Megan Finn
  • 2005 - Julie Wilner
  • 2004 - Paula Graff
  • 2004 - Lina Sirgedas
  • 2004 - Angie Henderson
  • 2003 - Elise Erickson
  • 2003 - Cathy Fanone
  • 2003 - Ewuravena (Robbie) Menyah
  • 2003 - Kierste Mundinger
  • 2003 - Elizabeth Van Hall

Drickamer Student Mentorship

  • 2017 - Hassan Abbas, BSN & Rylie Haupt, BSN

  • 2016 - Madeline Dahl, BSN

  • 2015 - Emily Rice, senior nursing student, BSN Program

Mentorship Award

  • 2017 - Catherine M. Scott, BSN, RN

  • 2010 - Mary A. Nies PhD, RN, FAAN, FAAHB

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  • 2007 - Barbara Nevins-Soong, MSN, BSN, RN
  • 2006 - Iracema Crawford, BSN, RN, CCRN; Lisa Falzetta, MS, RN & Beatrice Kalisch, PhD, RN, FAAN
  • 2005 - Cynthia S. Darling-Fisher, PhD, APRN, BC
  • 2004 - Ann Kaiser, BSN, RN

Friend of Nursing Award

  • 2016 - Patricia Coleman-Burns, PhD, MA

  • 2013 - Deborah Lauseng, BS, AMLS

  • 2009 - Ruth Barnard, PhD, RN & Marge Van Meter, MS, RN 

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  • 2008 - Cecilia Sauter, MS, RD, CDE
  • 2006 - Edward Goldman, JD
  • 2004 - FRIENDS of the U-M Hospitals

Recognition Awards

  • 1983 - Judy Judd, MSN, RN

  • 1981 - Mary Ann Swain, PhD; Mary Owens, MSN, RN; Norma Marshall, MS, RN; Mary Lohr, EdD, RN

Excellence in Nursing Awards

  • 1989 - Lois Gage, PhD, RN, FAAN & Mary Lindquist, MS, RN1988 - Rhetaugh G. Dumas, PhD, RN, FAAN
  • 1987 - Linda Lee Daniel, MN, RN; Elizabeth Nolan, MS, RN & Linda Vader, MS, RN

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  • 1986 - Ruth D. Carey, MS, RN; Mayble E. Craig, MS, RN; Mary L. Hunter, MS, RN; M. Irene Clark Woodman, MS, RN
  • 1985 - Barbara A. Donaho, MS, RN; Jenny R. James, MS, RN; Helen L. Keezer, MS, RN; Phyllis M. Patterson, MS, RN
  • 1984 - Beatrice J. Kalisch, EdD, RN, FAAN; Susan J. Miller, MSN, RN &  Cecilia J. Trudeau, MS, RN
  • 1983 - Ingrid Deininger, MS, RN &Joanne Disch, MS, RN
  • 1982 - Linda K. Strodtman, MS, RN
  • 1981 - Carolyne K. Davis, PhD, RN, FAAN
  • 1980 - Helen Berg; Helen Erickson, MS, RN
  • 1979 - Lillian G. Ostrand, MPH, RN
  • 1978 - Susan B. Steckel, PhD, RN
  • 1977 - Marjorie M. Jackson, MS, RN
  • 1976 - Mary Reynolds, MS, RN