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PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania (September 14, 2011)—The Theta Mu chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International nursing honor society will hold a celebratory event marking 25 years with La Roche on Saturday, October 1. The event—entitled “Environmental Health Issues: Implications for Community Health”—will be held at the Legacy Theatre, Passavant Foundation in the North Hills.

Formed in 1982, the Theta Mu chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International has evolved successfully throughout the past 25 years. As they celebrate their anniversary this year, active members like Rosemary McCarthy, Ph.D., R.N., associate vice president for Academic Affairs and dean of Graduate Studies & Adult Education, recognize everyone who made Theta Mu what it is today. “There was a great deal of effort that went into the initial preparation for this charter,” McCarthy said, who also serves as the faculty counselor for Theta Mu since 2002. “We really must give credit to the founding members who put much time and effort into making this organization become a reality.”

The organization has expanded from 67 members at the first induction ceremony to today’s 571 total number of inductees. McCarthy says Theta Mu has been a way for its members to network with other nurses and nursing students, to research and advance their knowledge through global and local events and to be a part of a prestigious international organization. “Students are honored as members because the chapter recognizes outstanding academic achievement and leadership qualities, and its purpose is to promote excellence in nursing practice, education, administration and research,” she said.

Being a member of Theta Mu at La Roche also means being a member of an organization that has received four Key Awards since 1986. Another benefit of Theta Mu exists in the generous scholarship and research awards for which members are eligible to apply. The research award supports students and/or members who are working on research study and may be in need of financial support. The scholarship award is given to one undergraduate nursing student and one graduate nursing student chosen after careful review of specific criteria set by the chapter.

Theta Mu also boasts a number of international student members, including three recent graduates of the ASN, BSN completion and MSN program hailing from from Rwanda. The group also features one member from Ethiopia and one from Eritrea.

With the successes the organization has had over the past 25 years, McCarthy is confident this chapter will remain relevant and beneficial to the nurses and students who come through the program and are inducted for years to come.

The event begins at 8:30 a.m. with registration and breakfast. Topics covered by keynote speakers will include: “Environmental and Health Issues Related to Marcellus Shale” by Nina M. Kaktins, R.N., M.S.N, and “Conserving Water and Wildlife: Its Impact on the Environment” by Angela Belli, M.S., B.S. Congressman Jason Altmire (PA-04) will give an update on current legislation related to health care and the environment as well. Lunch will also be served.

For more information, please contact Rosemary McCarthy at 412.536.1173 or

About La Roche College: A private, Catholic, co-educational college north of Pittsburgh founded by the Sisters of Divine Providence in 1963, La Roche welcomes students of all religions, ethnic origins and talents. Undergraduates may choose from more than 50 majors, including the top 10 majors most in demand among today’s college students. La Roche combines a quality educational experience with clubs, athletics, social and community volunteer activities, spiritual well-being and more to prepare students for life in a constantly changing global society.

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