Welcome to the Rho Zeta Chapter of Sigma!

The Rho Zeta Chapter of Sigma was first established in 1982 at Southeastern Louisiana University School of Nursing and rechartered in 1999. On September 24, 1999, Sigma inducted 95 members. Those members were inducted under the following categories: Founding, Community, Undergraduate, Graduate, and Alumni. After many months of dedicated planning and organizing, Southeastern Louisiana University Honor Society of Nursing officially became the Rho Zeta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. The chartering ceremony took place on Friday, March 8th at the Southeastern Student Union Theater. 
Dr. Peggy Ellis, a representative from Sigma, was the inducting officer for the ceremony. There were 139 members installed at the Chartering Ceremony, including new members, transfer and dual members. Dr. Mary Coyne, President of Gamma Lambda, our sister chapter was also present at the ceremony.
Dr. Randy Moffett, SLU President, and Dr. John Crain, SLU Provost also attended. Dr. Donnie Booth, Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, assisted with the induction of new members. Jennifer Robinson served as President of the new Rho Zeta Chapter.


  • Spring Activities 2019

    Hello Theta Omega members,

    Theta Omega Board members have planned some activities for spring and would like you to be a part of them! With today's technology, we would like to offer virtual live events for those that are unable to make it in person. I am still investigating how to make this happen so stay tuned!  Below is a list of activities we are setting up. We are working on a few more activities too. 

    Thanks, Cindy

    Echo Pearlman on Lead Screening in Schools-February 21st at Midland University ACC

    Dr. Linda Quinn Research on bullying. February 27th 0730 and 1200 at Fremont Health and March 1st, 1200 at Midland University.

    Jolene Brackley "Creating Moments of Joy" hosted by Fremont Area Alzheimer's Collaboration at Saint Patrick's Church Fremont, NE. Sessions will be 09-1200 and 13-1600. Free CEU's included
  • Beta-Beta Members Make International Connections!

    Members of Sigma's Beta Beta Dallas Chapter recently hosted a luncheon for the Global Nursing Conference at Texas Woman's University.  Chapter leaders also coordinated  "Code-Blue" and "Women's Health" simulations for the students from Korea-always a highlight!


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  • "Eating Healthy in South Louisiana," A Community Cookbook

    The Rho Zeta Chapter of Sigma Nursing Honor Society and the Tangipahoa District Nurses Association invite you to participate in a community cookbook project by sharing your favorite recipes. We will print your recipe and a lightened up version too! 

    The proceeds from the sale of the cookbooks will go to benefit area food banks and the Health Transitions Alliance program. The alliance addresses the needs of community members at high risk of being readmitted to the hospital. These individuals typically have a lack of resources in the home to help them recover. The alliance helps to connect them with community resources and necessities.

    The “Eating Healthy in South Louisiana” community cookbook will promote a healthier lifestyle. Contributions of recipes will be needed to make this cookbook. A subcommittee will be working behind the scenes to receive and compile the recipes that are collected to have this book ready to go to the publisher, Morris Press Cookbooks, by January 31, 2019.  All recipes received on or before that date will be considered for this cookbook.

    We know that we all have recipes that are special to our family and friends. We ask that you share those healthy recipes for this professionally published 3-ring cookbook and later support the sale of the book to benefit our selected charities. Our goal is to have the book available for Mother’s Day and Nurses Week 2019. We will share more information about distribution points for the cookbook which we expect to sell for $15 each.

    The forms are available at https://tdna.weebly.com/ for you to complete your recipe(s). Instructions are on the form. In addition, you can indicate the number of cookbooks that you would like to reserve without obligation.

    Please plan to submit 3-5 recipes (one recipe per form) via email or post office box address. The email address is rhozetaofsigma@gmail.com. Your name, organization, and hometown will be included with each published recipe.

    If you would rather submit hard copies to a physical address, you may send the forms to:

    Luanne Billingsley

    Recipe Submissions

    Post Office Box 2801

    Hammond, LA 70404

    Direct questions to Luanne at 985-507-7366.

    We are excited about this project. Thank you for what you do to keep our community healthy!
  • Come support Southeastern School of Nursing - Canines and Cupcakes!

    Canines and Cupcakes 
    Southeastern Louisiana University 
    Saturday, December 1st, 9 AM - 12 PM

    More info on Canines and Cupcakes
  • Boosting Awareness of Membership - Rho Zeta Roars!

    Polos and T-shirts now available. Click on the links to view and order. Thanks for your support. If you have questions contact Dari at dcalamia@selu.edu

    Click here to view Polo shirts
    Click here to view T-shirts
  • Let's Flamingle for Relay for Life October 13th

    Let's all support Relay for Life in October. One group of Rho Zeta Chapter members will be at Zemmuray Park, Hammond, LA, Saturday, October 13th 10 AM - 6 PM. Bring family, friends or your neighbor and come to Flamingle with us!
  • Founder's Day Activity: Relay for Life and Food Bank Support

    Rho Zeta Chapter of Sigma will participant in events during the month of October to support our local ACS Relay for Life event and Our Daily Bread Food Bank.
  • Founder's Day Activity: Relay for Life Event - October 13th!

    Join the Rho Zeta Chapter of Sigma team on October 13th 10 am - 6 pm in Hammond, LA. See link. Or contact Luanne Billingsley at luanne.billingsley@selu.edu or 985-507-7366.
  • Painting With a Twist for a Cause!

    Rho Zeta Chapter of Sigma and the Tangipahoa Parish District Association (TDNA) will host a Painting With a Twist event to support "Our Daily Bread Food Pantry." Please register to confirm your spot through this link. (Use the password: NURSES at the site.) Plan to bring non-perishable food items that will also be donated to the Our Daily Bread Food Pantry. Refreshments will be served! Come to enjoy the evening and catch up with your nursing friends!
  • Rho Zeta Chapter Members - Consider Donating Blood Ahead of Hurricane Florence!

    Consider donating blood now ahead of Hurricane Florence. If you are unable to donate, encourage those who can.
  • Founders' Day Activities! Donate Blood and Be Ready Post Florence!

    Let us suggest that you consider donating blood or encouraging those who can and be prepared to assist after Hurricane Florence clears the east coast. If you have needs contact an officer of Rho Zeta Chapter. 

    Founders' Day is 5 October. As part of her Call to Action, President Beth Baldwin Tigges has invited all Sigma members to participate in 90 minutes of service to the community. She noted, "Founders' Day gives all of us an occasion to give of ourselves in honor of our founders." Do you have any ideas or service work needs? Let us know and we can organize for the Founders' Day 90 minutes of service.
  • Southeastern Louisiana University Hazing Policy - Please Read

    Rho Zeta Chapter of Sigma is recognized as a student organization at Southeastern Louisiana University. As part of being a responsible member of an organization that recruits students, it is essential to be familiar with Southeastern's Hazing Policy. For your convenience, the link to the policy is included.

    If you have questions contact the Chapter President, Dr. Louise Billingsley "Luanne"
  • UPCOMING FREE CE: Introduction to Motivational Interviewing for Healthcare Professionals

    Introduction to Motivational Interviewing for

    Healthcare Professionals

    Tuesday, September 18, 2018

    Southeastern Louisiana University

    Kinesiology and Health Studies Annex (KHSA Building) Room 1001

    400 Tennessee Avenue

    Hammond, LA 70402

    Registration at door 5:15 pm

    Program from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

    Presented by: Dr. Angela Wood and Dr. Ralph Wood

    Activity Outcome and Target Audience: After attending the continuing education activity, participants will be able to successfully demonstrate knowledge related to the use of Motivational Interviewing principles.
    FEE: None

    REQUIRED: Registered nurses will earn 2.0 contact hours of continuing nursing education. Participants must register for the workshop, view the presentation, and submit the feedback to receive the contact hours.

    Disclosures: There is no conflict of interest or relevant financial interest by the planners of this activity. There is no commercial support for this activity. There is no endorsement of any product by the Rho Zeta Chapter of Sigma for this activity.

    This activity has been submitted to the Louisiana State Nurses Association for approval to award contact hours. Louisiana State Nurses Association is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
  • Easter Baskets for Area Foster Kids

    Rho Zeta was able to participate in this event to reach the goal of 100 Easter Baskets for area foster children. We were asked to participate because we are listed as a student organization at Southeastern. Rho Zeta is looking for ways to partner with the community for volunteer activities. If you are a member of Rho Zeta and you need volunteers for your event contact a board member and we will get the word out to other members.
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