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Nursing students inducted into honor society

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Sixteen nursing students at Bethel College have been inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society of Nursing.

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’s Sigma Theta Tau inductees are Lindsey Elder, senior from McPherson; Peni Ens, senior from Hillsboro; Munna Godfrey, senior from Wichita; Brittany Goertzen, senior from Newton; Amy Hulse, senior from Peabody; Salma Ebrahim Juma, senior from Wichita; Lynnet Njambi Maidhi, senior from Wichita; Punyawati Neupane, senior from Wichita; Jane Wanijiku Njagi, senior from Wichita; Lindsey Oliver, senior from McPherson; Michelle Parks, junior from Marion; Sunita Pudasaini, senior from Newton; Breanna Sauerwein, senior from Newton; Laura Schlabach, senior from Wichita; Brittany Scogin, senior from Derby; and fifth-year student Jacy Suttlemyre.

Bethel College is a four-year liberal arts college affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. Founded in 1887, it is the oldest Mennonite college in North America. Bethel is known for its academic excellence and was the only Kansas private college to be ranked in’s listing of “America’s Best Colleges” for 2008 and one of only two Kansas colleges listed in Colleges of Distinction 2008-09. For more information, see the Bethel Web site at

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