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Sigma's chapters are separated into six global regions. The North America region is further divided into 15 geographic regions. To learn more about the organization's regions, visit the Sigma website.

Headquarters Information
Chapter-specific questions should be directed to the chapter's contact person listed in the chapter directory. If you have questions about your membership, renewals or benefits, please contact Sigma headquarters. 

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Indianapolis, IN 46202 USA

888.634.7575 (US/Canada toll-free)
+1.317.634.8171 (International)

Call center staff are available to assist you Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

2015 Beta Chi Induction Luncheon

Beta Chi held its Annual Induction Luncheon  on February 26, 2015 to welcome many of the new incoming student inductees and community leaders. An informational meeting was held by President, Dr. Katheryn Arterberry and several of the board members to discuss the wonderful opportunities that membership in Sigma Theta Tau International and the Beta Chi Chapter offers. New members will officially be inducted on Friday, May 1st, 2015 during the Annual Induction Dinner and Ceremony at East Ridge Country Club, 1000 Stewart Drive in Shreveport.

Renee Downey (Beta Chi Vice President) & Dr. Dana Clawson (Dean, College of Nursing--Northwestern State University)

Several of the Student Inductees Enjoy Lunch Together

Beta Chi Board Members : Dr. Debra Clark, Renee Downey, Ryan Jacobsen, and Kathleen Tate

2014-2015 Beta Chi Board

Beta Chi Community Service Projects

Beta Chi Partners with Shreveport Black Nurses Association to Support the Shreveport-Bossier Rescue Mission

Beta Chi Chapter recently held its annual Graham Price Strain Lecture on October 17, 2013.  Dr. Barbara Sattler from the University of San Francisco delivered a presentation that was both full of information and full of challenge entitled, “Health Risks Associated with Environmental Exposures and Climate Change: Nurses’ Emerging Roles.”  Rather than attach a cost to this CE offering, each participant was encouraged to bring a donated personal care item to be used as gifts for the participants in the Health Education Classes at the Shreveport-Bossier Rescue Mission which was held the following week on October 22nd. The Shreveport-Bossier Rescue Mission is a ministry that reaches out to feed, clothe, shelter and provide healing services to homeless men, women, and families with children. Through the support of volunteers, the mission serves over 1,000 people in need every year in Northern Louisiana. 


Members of Beta Chi participated in the end of class Celebration Quiz Bowl along with members of the Shreveport Black Nurses Association using the donations collected as gifts for the participants.

All in all, it was a wonderful way to learn, build community partnerships and to give. Great job, Beta Chi Members...thank you so much for serving others. 



Beta Chi History

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.