Faculty of the IWU School of Nursing looked into forming an IWU Chapter of Sigma Theta
Tau International (STTI) as a way to recognize and foster the outstanding achievement
of nursing students, and nurses at Illinois Wesleyan University (IWU) and in the community.
September 21, 1981: Investigation into forming a Chapter of STTI began, and soon there after STTI recommended
an honor society with steering committee be formed.
May 1, 1983: The first members of the STTI Honor Society of Nursing were inducted (107 members).
April 29, 1984: A second induction ceremony was held for 26 new members.
May 1984: A charter application was requested from National Sigma Theta Tau Headquarters.
April 1986: The Theta Pi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International was formed. Annette Lueckenotte
was named President. (A list of the charter members is displayed in Stevenson Hall, Shanks Lounge (School
of Nursing Building, IWU Campus).
• 1987: The Theta Pi Chapter Scholarship and Research Committees were formed.
• 1996: The Annette Lueckenotte Research Grant and the Charla Renner Student Leadership
Intern Program/Award were originated.