Department of Nursing Establishes New Honor Society
The Department of Nursing at New York City College of Technology established an honor society with the first induction of members in late May 2010. The society’s mission is to propagate and encourage nursing leadership. Long envisioned by department Chair Kathryn Richardson, faculty developed the model for this society based on Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) Honor Society of Nursing criteria. Tom Smith, director of nursing at Maimonides Medical Center, was honored at society’s induction ceremony.
Application to become a full-fledged STTI chapter will commence once the City Tech honor society becomes more established. While it exists to help meet member needs and interests, the City Tech society will require member support through service that promotes the high standard by which other nursing honor societies are judged. Since the baccalaureate program in nursing began admitting students in 2006, it has strived to strengthen its professional profile for the benefit of current and incoming nursing students.
The name of the City Tech Honor Society of Nursing is Gamma Alpha Rho, meaning “Caring, Art, Reflection.” It uses the official colors of the STTI – blue and gold – which are also the official colors of New York City College of Technology. The society’s purpose is to recognize superior achievement and scholarship, develop of leadership qualities, foster high professional standards, encourage creative work and strengthen commitment to the ideals and purposes of the nursing profession.
Members are elected from students enrolled in the Department of Nursing baccalaureate program, which is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission. Candidates must have demonstrated superior scholastic achievement, academic integrity, professional leadership potential and/or marked achievement in the field of nursing. Students must have completed at least one-half of the required nursing component of the baccalaureate curriculum to be eligible. They must maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 grading scale and rank in the upper 35 percent of the graduating class. Students must be in good standing in a professional nursing organization and be involved in voluntary community activities.
Members of the City Tech Honor Society’s first Board of Directors include Professors Patricia A. Cholewka, president, Emma Kontzamanis, vice-president, Elaine Leinung, treasurer, Margaret Rafferty, secretary, and Candy Dato, counselor.