UHV School of Nursing to hold first honor society induction

SUGAR LAND —  The University of Houston-Victoria will hold its inaugural induction ceremony on Friday for the School of Nursing Honor Society.

Sixty-four students have been invited to the induction ceremony which will take place at 5:30 p.m. in the Susan Ryon Davis Multi-Purpose Room at the UH System at Sugar Land, 14000 University Blvd.

“We are proud to hold our first-ever induction ceremony, and it’s another sign of how far our nursing program has come since its beginning in 2006,” said Jere Hammer, a UHV assistant clinical professor who is the reception sponsor, along with assistant professor Eugenia Blomstrom. “It’s also a chance to recognize the excellence of our students who must show academic excellence, professionalism, integrity and leadership potential as they pursue their nursing degree.”

UHV should receive its charter in November 2011, one year after the induction ceremony. The honor society must have 50 members for its first year, and 50 members must renew the following year. Once the charter is given, it will receive its proper name.

School of Nursing officials began the process of establishing an honor society after the school’s programs received accreditation in March from the Commission for Collegiate Nursing Education.

UHV will partner with the leadership team of the Beta Beta Houston Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, which will mentor UHV’s honor society toward its chapter charter. UHV Nursing Honor Society board members can attend Beta Beta meetings to learn from nursing colleagues.

Kathryn Tart, founding dean of the UHV School of Nursing, will be featured speaker at Friday’s event. Her talk is titled “An Honor to Honor Nursing.”

The board of directors for the honor society of nursing includes: Hammer, president; Blomstrom, vice president; Sandra McNeely, secretary; Lisette Barton, counselor; and Patricia Goehring, treasurer.

The school also has invited 82 alumni and 88 nurse leaders to the inaugural induction ceremony. A reception will be held immediately following.

The University of Houston-Victoria, located in the heart of the Coastal Bend region since 1973 in Victoria, Texas, offers courses leading to more than 80 academic programs in the schools of Arts & Sciences; Business Administration; and Education, Health Professions & Human Development. UHV provides face-to-face classes at its Victoria campus, as well as an instructional site in Katy, Texas, and online classes that students can take from anywhere. UHV supports the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Opportunities for All initiative to increase awareness about state colleges and universities and the important role they have in providing a high-quality and accessible education to an increasingly diverse student population, as well as contributing to regional and state economic development.

Ken Cooke 361-570-4342