A vision for a STTI chapter at Northwestern State University (NSU) began in 1973 with the development of an honors program by Maxine Johnson and Callie Minter . Under the leadership of Dean Peggy Ledbetter, Beta Chi became the first chartered STTI chapter in Louisiana. The chapter’s first meeting was held March 22, 1975. The first induction ceremony was held April 2, 1976. Northwestern State University celebrated its 130th anniversary in 2014. The nursing program at NSU began in 1946 and has grown to four campuses state-wide.
Maxine Johnson--One of the Founders of the Beta Chi Chapter
Beta Chi is proud that a graduate of NSU – Dr. Patricia Thompson -- became the President of Sigma Theta Tau International in 1999, and was later selected as the Society’s CEO. The membership also proudly claims Dr. Suzanne Prevost, Immediate Past President of STTI (2011-2013), as a chapter member. Our rich history and tradition has lead to many successful legacies. Several members have served as national officers and committee chairs, including Dr. Katheryn Arterberry, Billie Bitowski and Dr. Kathleen Stevens. Beta Chi is proud to uphold the goals and philosophy of Sigma Theta Tau International and its members continue to strive for excellence in nursing practice, scholarship, and research.