On This Day in IUPUI History: December 2, 1997

December 2, 1997. 

On this day, Sigma Theta Tau International, the honor society for nursing which was started by students in the Indiana University Training School for Nurses (now the IU School of Nursing), began its 75th anniversary celebration at its 34th biennial convention held in the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis. Over two thousand nurses from around the world arrived in Indianapolis for the conference.

In 1922, six students studying nursing at the Robert Long hospital on the IU Medical Center campus founded the organization to foster excellence in nursing. Since then, STTI has developed an international presence as the leading international nursing scholarship organization, with hundreds of thousands of professional nurses active in hundreds of chapters worldwide.

The conference featured a peek at a new STTI museum and the Ethel Palmer Clarke Theatre, named after the director of the Training School who was instrumental in encouraging the students to form Sigma Theta Tau. As well, a time capsule containing publications, letters, videos, mementos, books, and pharmaceutical samples was sealed and put on display in STTI's new building, located adjacent to the IUPUI campus, to be opened in 75 years.

STTI Founders Room with portrait of Ethel P. Clarke, 1990 890-4076-002

Ethel P. Clarke in her office, ca. 1922 UA24-005704

To learn more about STTI and its relationship to the IU School of Nursing, please contact IUPUI Special Collections and Archives speccoll@iupui.edu.


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