Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University

Honor Society

History of the Sigma Theta Tau

Founded in 1922, Sigma Theta Tau is an international nursing honor society comprised of over 200,000 members in over 346 chapters. The name Sigma Theta Tau identifies the society's commitment to love (Storga), courage (Tharos) and Honor (Tima). Our members represent the best in the profession, and collectively we shape the future of professional nursing throughout the world.

As a collective of nurse leaders, Sigma Theta Tau International is a dynamic force that actively promotes scholarship, inquiry, leadership and quality in nursing practice, nursing education, and nursing research.

The Delta Rho chapter was founded in 1980. Delta Rho was granted the International "Key Award" for chapter excellence in 1995, 1997 and 2001. Our first "Newsletter Award" was recognized for "Special Edition Excellence" in 1995.  In April 2019, we were recognized with “Chapter Website of the Month”.

Delta Rho Chapter Board Members

Jeannette Kates

Vice President
Valerie Clary-Muronda

Sharon Rainer

Julia Ward

Faculty Counselor
David Jack

Research/Scholarship Chair
Julia Ward

Leadership Succession
Jacquelyn O'Rourke-Fulford (chair)
Anita Fennessey

Jane Tobias (chair)
Laura Roettger

Philanthropic Chair
Kathryn Shaffer

Newsletter Editor
Lori Wheeler