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).
Apr il 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.
First Theta Pi Chapter Inductees reciting the pledge
March 1985: Members of the IWU Nursing Honor Society & the Illinois Nurses Association District 6
Dr. Jerry Durham, Director IWU School of Nursing speaking at 1988 Induction Ceremony
Annette Luekenotte, Dr. Sharie Metcalfe, Rachel Noe, Sue McCrowen, Charla Renner, Dr. Donna Hartweg & Lois Sullivan-Taylor at the 1989 STTI Convention.
1990: New Inductees with Dr. Pat Potter
Carrie Schultz, Ashley Reese, Dr. Pat Potter, Amy Pawlicki, Jackie Graven, Dana Newberry, Jennifer Frerichs & Cheryl Corbit
Jennifer Levers, Karen Crowcroft, Dr. Sheila Bunting, Dr. Eileen Fowles, Laura Koppenhoefer, Stacie DeLair at the Aubrey Hepurn Luncheon
Mark Lareau & Dr. Kathy Scherck
1994 Senior Inductees:
Kathy Hannemann, Harriet Finchham, Alec Long, Kristen Massa, Elaine Mayer, Jennifer Buck & Kim Flynn
February 21, 1994:
Presentation sponsored by Theta Pi, Dr. Donna Hartweg, Dr. Madeleine Leninger & Jan Knollenberg
1995 Induction Ceremony:
President Jan Knollenberg, Amy Baron, Emilie Matthews, Molly Moon, Amy Greenhill (walking to seat)