Sigma Theta Tau International - Alpha Rho Chapter

2016 Inductees of the Alpha Rho Chapter

Society Mission

The mission of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International, is advancing world health and celebrating nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership and service.

Society Vision

Sigma Theta Tau International's vision is to be the global organization of choice for nursing.


In 1922, six nurses founded the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) at the Indiana University Training School for Nurses, which is now the Indiana University School of Nursing, in Indianapolis, Ind., USA. The founders chose the name from the Greek words storgé, tharsos, and timé, meaning love, courage, and honor. STTI became incorporated in 1985 as Sigma Theta Tau International Inc., a nonprofit organization with a 501(c)(3) tax status in the United States. 

  • Members reside in more than 85 countries.
  • 39 percent of active members hold master’s and/or doctoral degrees; 51 percent are in staff positions; 19 percent are administrators or supervisors; 18 percent are faculty/academics; and 12 percent are in advanced practice.
  • There are roughly 500 chapters at approximately 695 institutions of higher education throughout Armenia, Australia, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, England, Ghana, Hong Kong, Japan, Kenya, Lebanon​, Malawi, Mexico, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Swaziland, Sweden, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America.
    STTI communicates regularly with more than 100 nurse leaders who have expressed interest in establishing chapters globally, including those in Chile, China, Costa Rica, Denmark, Finland, India, Ireland, Israel, Germany, Jamaica, Jordan, New Zealand, and Spain.

For more information, visit the STTI website.

Sigma Theta Tau International - Alpha Rho Chapter

The West Virginia University School of Nursing’s Sigma Theta Tau – Alpha Rho honorary took home its first-ever Chapter Key Award during Sigma Theta Tau International’s 43rd Biennial Convention in Las Vegas in 2015, Alpha Rho was honored with a Chapter Key Awards which honor chapters that excel in membership recruitment/retention; publicity and programming; professional and leadership development; and local, national and international collaboration.

This was the first time the School of Nursing’s Alpha Rho Chapter applied for and received the award. Lya Stroupe, DNP, APRN, CPNP, NEA-BC, Manager of Nursing Research and Professional Development at WVU Medicine Ruby Memorial Hospital, accepted the award on behalf of the Chapter.

Alpha Rho has initiated more than 750 undergraduates, graduate students, and community leaders since its inception in 1966. The Chapter is committed to fulfilling the society’s mission by inviting notable nursing leaders to share their insight on the latest trends in nursing. Alpha Rho also fosters scholarly inquiry by providing financial support of ongoing research and recognizing outstanding research efforts with an annual award.