The Founders of Sigma Theta Tau had a vision of what the organization could become when they founded the society in 1922. Madonna College had a vision and also made it a reality. In September, 1984, Dr. Noreen O'Neill, Dean of the Nursing Department, commissioned Judy Grant, MSN, RN, nursing faculty member, to take responsibility for establishing a Nursing Honor Society at the then Madonna College. The Growth and Honors Committee was charged to assist with this endeavor. In November, 1984, a steering committee was established to develop the Honor Society. The Steering Committee met and adopted bylaws as suggested in Guidelines for Establishment of Local Chapters. Admission criteria for membership was established and a list of eligible students was obtained.
On April 28, 1985, the First Annual Induction Ceremony of Nursing Honor Society of Madonna College was held to induct 88 new members. Officers of the Honor Society were elected following the ceremony. Dr. Dorothy Fox was elected the first president. On April 15, 1986, the Second Annual Induction Ceremony was held to induct 72 new members. By October, 1986, the Nursing Honor Society had applied to be charted as a local Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau. The Third Annual Induction Ceremony was held April 14, 1987.
Kappa Iota Chapter Installation Ceremonies were held at Madonna College, Kresge Hall, Livonia, Michigan on Sunday, April 24, 1988. Dr. Julienne Hoff, Dean of the Division of Nursing and Health presided at the formal ceremony creating Kappa Iota as a chapter. Peggy Shinkel, MSN, RN, was elected president of the 166 members and the newly inducted 76 members.
Teresa Wehrwein, Ph.D., RN, was president from April, 1990 to 1992. During that period Kappa Iota was awarded their first National Key Award for chapter member activity. With Sharron Guillett, MSN, RN, as president, the chapter received its second National Key Award in 1992. Kappa Iota has continued to grow as has Madonna University and the College of Nursing and Health. To date, the chapter has over 400 members. With your help and support, Kappa Iota Chapter of STTI will be actively involved in promoting and supporting the profession of nursing.