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COVID-19 Update

March 21, 2020

Due to COVID-19, Theta Epsilon has decided to cancel the GKTW Volunteer Day, the 2020 Induction Ceremony, and the 28th Annual Scholarship Day. We are very sad that these events need to be canceled, but it is the necessary and responsible thing to do to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Once this pandemic has passed we will work on rescheduling our events and providing our members with opportunities to network, serve, and educate.

Thank you to all nurses who are on the front lines taking care of patients during these stressful times. Thank you to all teachers who are working hard to adjust their curricula to keep students learning from home. Thank you to all Theta Epsilon members who are practicing social distancing and quarantining to help reduce further spread of the virus. We appreciate all of you!

2019 Theta Epsilon Grant Applications: Now Open

September 10, 2019

The Theta Epsilon grant applications are now open! They will be available online until October 15th. If you are in need of funds for a research or quality/process improvement project, this is a great opportunity for you. You are eligible to apply if you are a Theta Epsilon member, have not received funding from Theta Epsilon in the past 3 years, and are the PI of record or the originator of the project. The funding amount is up to $1,000.00 total.


If you have questions, please contact Vicki Loerzel at

Theta Epsilon Induction, 2019

March 30, 2019

Theta Epsilon’s 2019 Induction Ceremony was a huge success! 75 members were inducted last night, and we had a total of 145 new members join Theta Epsilon.


For more information, and to see more photos, click below.

Women's History Month Awardee: Theta Epsilon President Joyce DeGennaro

March 18, 2019

We are very proud to announce that Theta Epsilon’s current president, Joyce DeGennaro, was selected as one of UCF’s 2019 Women’s History Month Awardees! Each year for Women’s History Month, UCF’s Faculty Excellence department selects 31 inspiring women who have made a difference in UCF and the community. Joyce is an amazing person, and this honor is well deserved!

Scholarship Day 2019 Keynote Speaker: Nora Warshawsky

March 01, 2019

We are thrilled to announce that our keynote speaker at Scholarship Day this year will be Nora Warshawsky, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, CNE, FAAN. Dr. Warshawsky will be presenting, “Why the nurse manager practice environment is important: Outcomes that matter!”

Scholarship Day, 2019: Call for Abstracts

January 09, 2019

Are you looking for an event where you can present your research, either as a poster or as a podium presentation, to a room of healthcare professionals and students? If so, submit your abstract to be considered for Theta Epsilon's 27th Annual Scholarship Day!


Abstracts are due on 02/04/19 at 5pm.


We welcome abstracts for Clinical and Process Improvement, Education and Research.

Remembering Theta Epsilon Member Kavika Chugh

January 06, 2019

In December, Theta Epsilon member Kavika Chugh was tragically killed in a car crash. Kavika graduated from the College of Nursing with her BSN in May, 2018 and was inducted into Theta Epsilon in March, 2018. She graduated from the College of Nursing as an Honors in the Major student and was working as a new graduate nurse at Dr. Philips Hospital.


We have created an online memorial to celebrate the life of Kavika where people can write down their memories of her or write down their condolences to her family. The document will be available for editing for the next week (until January 11th) and the final product will be shared with her family. Please, take a few moments to celebrate her life with us!​

End of year letter from the President

July 22, 2018

Dear members,


As my tenure as the Theta Epsilon Chapter President ends, I would like to thank all our members for their support and participation in our chapter over the last several years- we have accomplished many great things!  This year we gave back to the community and got members involved in helping others. We started a Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief program that was adopted by UCF, we participated in Habitat for Humanity, and we gave flu shots at the UCF Health Center.  We also started a Facebook page (STTIThetaEpsilon- so like us!) and website: We inducted over 175 new members into the chapter this year and also had one of our best Scholarship Days ever with 50 poster and podium presentations.


We continued our grants program and awarded Dr. Susan Fowler funding for her research examining critical care nurse perceptions of hope inspiring strategies.  We also continued our excellence awards program and Dr. Fowler also was awarded the chapters Excellence in Leadership Award- Congratulations Sue on both awards!

No chapter can operate without a dedicated group of members.  I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to the outgoing members of the Theta Epsilon Board of Directors.  Thank you to: Patty Geddie (secretary), Stephen Heglund (Counselor, Governance Committee Chair), Maureen Covelli (Past-President), Lisa Kinchen, Linda Hennig and Anne Peach (Leadership Succession Committee), and Jayne Willis, Salena Tully, and Donna Breit (Governance Committee).  


Continuing on the Board are: Joyce DeGennaro (President), Diane Andrews (Treasurer), Vicki Loerzel (Past-President), Dawn Turnage (Vice- President), Amanda Schultz (Webmaster), Ellen Reising (Membership Involvement), Josie Weiss (Leadership), and Dawn Eckoff (Governance).


I would like to congratulate the following members for their election to the Theta Epsilon Board of Directors: Sarah Sakala (Secretary); Kelly Allred (Counselor); Susan Chase, Jayne Willis and Matthew Berry (Leadership Committee); and Sarah Rose Thornton, Susan Fowler, Lygia Arcaro, and Patricia Quigley (Governance Committee).  These members will be joining Joyce DeGennaro, our new President, for the 2018-20 term.


Again, I would like to thank everyone for their support and participation.  If you are interested in volunteering for next year, please send us an email at

STTI Theta Epsilon Chapter 2018 Annual Meeting!

June 05, 2018

A huge thank you to all of our members who came out to our STTI Theta Epsilon Chapter 2018 Annual Meeting!  Our newest Theta Epsilon Board of Directors were announced, and we awarded Susan Folwer with the 2018 Leadership Award.  Thank you again for coming!  We are looking forward to the rest of the year! 

Operation Puerto Rico Care Lift was a success!

February 08, 2018

Thanks to all for your contribution to a very successful donation drive to support those affected by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico this past September.  The response was overwhelming with supplies sent multiple times through Operation Puerto Rico Care-Lift.  Flights landed in Aguadilla, on the west coast of the island, where distribution of supplies began locally as well as sent to the more hard hit mountainous regions of the island.


For more pictures and information about Operation Puerto Rico Care Lift go to their Facebook page.

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