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Nursing honor society inducts seven Bethel students

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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. 10 at Wichita State University.

Inducted into the society from Bethel were: Sarah Bell, Newton, Marissa Bontrager, North Newton, Whitney Cunningham, McPherson, Naura Harlow, Park City, Erin Hilger, Colwich, Kristen Olsen, Wichita, and Ashley Wasserman, Valley Center.

Hilger was also named Bethel’s Iota Chi Excellence in Scholarship Award winner for this academic year, for having the highest GPA in the 2014 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, liberal arts college in Kansas listed in the 2013-14 Forbes.com analysis of top colleges and universities in the United States, and is the highest-ranked Kansas college in the Washington Monthly annual college guide for 2013-14. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. For more information, see www.bethelks.edu.

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