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Seven students inducted into nursing honor society

NORTH NEWTON, KAN.– Seven seniors in the Bethel College nursing program were recognized at the annual induction ceremony of Sigma Theta Tau, a nursing honor society.

The Pi Epsilon Gamma Chapter-at-Large of Sigma Theta Tau International held the event Nov. 6 at Wichita State University.

Inducted into the society from Bethel College were: Mariah Hostetler, Dodge City, Susan Morris, North Newton, Beth Piper, North Newton, Virginia Pyle, Park City, Misty Randolph,  Newton, Anju Shrestha, Wichita, and Payton Walker, Sharon Springs.

Morris was also named Bethel’s Iota Chi Excellence in Scholarship Award winner for this academic year, for having the highest GPA in the 2013 nursing class.

Sigma Theta Tau International is a nursing honor society that recognizes scholarship and leadership among its members. The Pi Epsilon Gamma Chapter-at-Large includes nurses and nursing students from Bethel College, Newman University, Southwestern College, Tabor College and WSU.

Sigma Theta Tau International is one of the largest and most prestigious nursing organizations in the world. The honor society is a group of nurse scholars and leaders recognized for their superior achievement, leadership qualities, high professional standards and commitment to the profession of nursing. Sigma Theta Tau chapters are found around the world, in Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico, the United States and parts of Africa, Europe and South America.

Each undergraduate candidate for membership must meet the following criteria: have completed half of the school’s nursing curriculum; have achieved academic excellence (at schools such as Bethel that use a 4.0 grade point average, this equals 3.0 or higher); rank in the upper 35 percent of the graduating class; and meet the expectation of academic integrity.

Bethel College is the only private college in Kansas listed in the 2012-13 Forbes.com analysis of premier colleges and universities in the United States and ranks in the top five “Best Baccalaureate Colleges” in the Washington Monthly annual college guide for 2012-13. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. For more information, see www.bethelks.edu.