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Gamma Delta is the STTI chapter for the nursing program at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh. This site provides you with an opportunity to network with chapter members, upload photos, share documents, participate in chapter discussions, and learn about chapter events. Log-in above to take advantage of all this site has to offer.

Site of member induction 2012, Valcour Conference Center

  • If you are interested in joining our chapter, visit the Apply Now webpage for more information. Has your membership has lapsed? Welcome back! Click on the tab “Renew Today!found in the upper right hand side of your screen. Active members have access to discussion forums, resources on our website, and the latest chapter program updates. Log in to join the discussion below. We also have a facebook page; stop in for a visit and "like" us!

2015-2016 Gamma Delta Events

Annual Nurses Day Celebration! and Gamma Delta 40th Anniversary

Open to all nurses. May 4, 2016, Valcour Conference Center 3-6 pm

Podium speaker and Poster session

Wednesday May 4th! Valcour Conference Center 3-6 pm

Sigma Theta Tau 40th Anniversary Nurses Day Celebration
Opiod Overdose Prevention: Narcan Training Saves Lives

Posters Presentations 3-5pm

Followed by a presentation with Taylor Gibbons
Opiod Overdose Prevention: Narcan Training Saves Lives

There is no hope for those who die from an overdose, but there is always a better tomorrow for the living. Narcan offers a door to person’s who suffer from addiction to find a path into recovery. We are very fortunate to have Taylor Gibbons from the Alliance for Positive Health as our speaker tonight. She will discuss one of the most pressing issues of the day for nurses and health care professionals, raising awareness of addiction and discussing the new needle exchange program. Drug overdose is a serious public health concern in New York. Today, it is legal for non-medical and trained medical persons to administer Naloxone. Ms. Gibbons will provide attendees with the skills to administer Narcan and kits will be given to everyone who completes the training.

If you plan to attend the talk and training from 5-6 pm please RSVP to me Anne Bongiorno, at This way we can have sufficient numbers of kits for participants!

The NARCAN training is open to all students, nurses, and community members.


Gamma Delta and SUNY Plattsburgh Event:

Conversation with DVA, Dr. Hassan Tetteh,

When: April 20, 2016, 4:00 - 5:00 pm, Hudson Hall 106

Who: Distinguished Visiting Alumnus Dr. Hassan Tetteh '94

Dr. Hassan Tetteh, US Navy Commander and Assistant Professor of Surgery, Uniformed Service University and Division Lead for Futures and Innovation at Navy Medicine’ Headquarters. Dr. Tetteh will take questions on his distinguished career as a surgeon, veteran, and author.

Hassan Tetteh is a U.S. Navy Commander and assistant professor of surgery at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, adjunct faculty at Howard University College of Medicine, and serves as Division Lead for Futures and Innovation at Navy Medicine’s Headquarters, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery. He was a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow from 2012-2013, assigned to the U.S. Congress, Congressional Budget Office, (CBO), and served as Assistant Deputy Commander for Healthcare Operations and Strategic Planning at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. His clinical work includes cardiovascular disease management, heart failure surgery, and heart and lung transplantation. He is currently director of Thoracic Transplantation Procurement and Research for the INOVA Health System Heart and Lung Transplant Program in Virginia. Tetteh is an Alley Sheridan Award recipient from the Thoracic Surgery Foundation for Research and Education.

Tetteh served as ship’s surgeon and director of surgical services for the USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) battle group in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2005. In 2011, he deployed as a trauma surgeon to Afghanistan’s Helmand and Nimroz provinces in support of Operation Enduring Freedom with 2nd Marine Expeditionary Forces, and has supported special joint forces missions to the Middle East and Africa. He earned both the Surface Warfare Medical Department Officer and Fleet Marine Force Qualified Officer designations, and his military honors include the Meritorious Service Medal. Tetteh is author of the novel Gifts of the Heart and has published articles on surgical innovation, health information technology, ethics, wounded warriors, and process improvement. He also serves on the board of directors for Champions for Kids, a nonprofit that mobilizes people to improve the lives of millions of children.  

Dates for the Research Symposium November 5 & 6, Burlington

2015/2016 Events

September 25th

  • New Member Induction and Presentation by Tara Ebere, BS, RN !
    • Who:  Tara Ebere, BS, RN, Magnet Coordinator, University of Vermont Health Network Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital 
    • When: September 25th 3-5 pm
    • Where: Giltz Auditorium, Hawkins Hall, SUNY Plattsburgh
    • What: Presentation and New Member Induction
    • Who: This is for all area nurses. Let's celebrate the work of nurses. Come see what new projects, studies, research, and innovation is happening.

2014/2015 Events:

  • November 13-14 6th Annual Nursing Research & Evidence-based Practice symposium. Gamma Delta had a strong showing. Our David Curry and Kathleen Carey are members of the Program Planning Committee. We had poster presentations by:
    • Shannon Hanshaw (SUNY Plattsburgh), Determinants of Academic Attrition for the Nurse Anesthesia Student: A Case-Control Study [NR]
    • Karen Phillips and Holly Carter (CVPH), The Empathy Noise Project: Noise is a Choice [QI]
    • Stephanie Drown (CVPH), Caring for our future: Implementation of a New Nurse Residency Program [EBP]
    • Carlyn Haag and Colleen Bell (CVPH), Don’t Hesitate, Check a Lactate! [EBP]
  • November 10, Our presentation on Correctional Nursing, with SUNY Plattsburgh Nursing Alumni, Amy Tousignant, Deputy Superintendent of Health at the Mohawk Correctional Facility and former NYS Director of Correctional Nursing Services and Suzanne Kinter, RN. This presentation had outstanding attendance with 57 students and members present.
  • October 17 Induction 2014. We welcomed 30 new members to our chapter at a ceremony at Valcour Conference Center. Dr. Mara Kaufmann spoke about Healing Ourselves and Others a Lifelong Journey.
  • August 7, Julie Brunell organized a workshop to help area nurses prepare projects for submission to the annual research symposium. Noreen Houck and Tami Pobocik presented, Demystifying Abstract Writing. Participants were encouraged to bring their performance improvement or evidence-based practice projects or research projects to the workshop. The conference was shared with participants in Vermont via phone conferencing.
  • On June 3rd we celebrated our annual dinner meeting. Highlights include an evening of community, conversation, and networking at the Elks Club featuring a presentation by Peggy LaBombard on Emergency Preparedness. The business meeting allowed us to show our appreciation for the volunteer work of our exiting board members like Wanda Flynn who has been active in the chapter for many years serving in nearly every office and helped plan the June meeting - thank you Wanda. We welcome our new board members, Sarah Charles as secretary and Shannon Hanshaw as counselor.
  • The May Nurses Day Celebration included prizes and awards for outstanding poster presentations by students and community members. The event captures the wonderful energy of nurses when they come together for common purpose. The networking, socialization, and energy continue to drive this event. We hope to see it grow and expand in our community.  
  • March: Our joint meeting with District 8 included an in depth conversation and discussion about what the Medical Home concept means to our community and the future of healthcare. We enjoyed a presentation by Karen Ashline, VP for the Adirondacks ACO and Brenda Stiles, BS, RN, Certified Diabetes Educator, is the Care Team Manager for the Northern Adirondack Medical Home Program.
  • February: Dr. Tami Pobocik and Noreen Houck shared their experience and news from the  Biannual Convention and Business Meeting! We welcomed a new President Hester Klopper (South Africa) and a new Regional Coordinator, Jennifer Allis Vazquez, MSN, RN, CPTC, Region 15 Coordinator.

Gamma Delta Chapter Recognized for Regional Excellence!

November - Gamma Delta Chapter was recognized at the Biannual Convention in November in the Showcase of Regional Excellence. The chapter responded to the President's Call to Action in the area of Creating Your Legacy! Great Job Gamma Delta. See our Certificate in the file link attached and our submission on the SRE webpage through the Society page.
SRE - Creating Your Legacy (2).pdf


Welcome new members to Gamma Delta!

Traditional BS Students:
Hannah Alexander 
Lauren Andreotti
Jeanette Braun
Allison Butler
Samantha Cody
Hannah Coker
Lauren Connoly
Kasey Curley 
Thomas Hodgins
Kelly Kickel
Jillian Kimball
Courtney King
Samantha Kopf
Braidie LeClair
Najoua Lesage
Kelly Martin
Nadya Munsie
Madeleine Rattray
Emily Russell
Mary Sarpong
Julianna Sorel
Krystin Stevens 
Lauren Wortzman

RN Students:
Rachel Cassetta 
Ivanah Marie Chua
Jennifer Daly
Kristina Donaldson
Meghan Dowd
Danielle Groat
Johanna Hayes
Roxanne Levine - Pritzker
Nigel Mascoll
Michelle Pasquarell
Emilie Skidmore
Marina Vertagos

Gamma Delta Chapter Leadership 2015-2016

President, Noreen Houck
Vice president, Anne Watson Bongiorno
Secretary, Sarah Charles
Treasurer, Tami Pobocik
Counselor, Shannon Hanshaw
Membership involvement, Julie Brunell
Leadership Succession Committee, Shannon Hanshaw
Governance Chair, Judy Baksi
Archivist, David Curry
Members at large, Debbie Zinser & Anna Liem 

Chapter News

  • Join the Board

    Dear Gamma Delta Members,

    I hope you are enjoying your summer! We are looking for nominations to the board. These are two year term commitments. We have openings for the President, Secretary, Treasurer, Governance Committee member, Philanthropy committee, Archivist, and Leadership Succession.
    Ballots will be sent to members via online voting system. Send nominations to me at

    Directions will be included in the email.
    • Nominations open until August 16, 2016
    • Ballots open August 17- August 31, 2016

    I hope you will consider participating on the chapter board. Share your ideas and enthusiasm for nursing in this region.

    Noreen M. Houck, MS, RN, CNE
    Gamma Delta President
    Associate Professor and Chairperson
    SUNY Plattsburgh
    Web page:
    Facebook search for Gamma Delta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau

  • Billion Step Challenge

    In honor of National Public Health Week, The American Public Health Association and Sigma Theta Tau Gamma Delta our Plattsburgh Nursing’s Honor Society, invite you to join the BILLION STEPS CHALLENGE through the American Public Health Association. Its fun, noncompetitive, and you have chances for free prizes. Let's see our campus Roll!

    Virtual team or Solo
    Make walking a habit and you could win a Fitbit Charge HR or a $25 Amazon gift card!

    Can we really take 1 billion steps by May 31? We can if we all walk together. Join APHA’s 1 Billion Steps Challenge and invite your friends, family and colleagues to get involved. Together, we’ll have a lot of fun and improve our health on the way to achieving 1 billion steps.
    A program of the American Public Health Association.
    Dr. Anne Bongiorno
    Associate Professor
    SUNY Plattsburgh Nursing

  • Faculty Openings

    SUNY Plattsburgh Faculty vacancies:

    New programs in development with new faculty positions. For position details and the application process, visit and select “View Current Openings”

    **Highly anticipated Master’s Degree in Nursing, Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner. Current openings for two tenure track positions at our Plattsburgh campus:
    • Program Director,
    • Associate Professor
    • Adjunct Professor

    **SUNY Plattsburgh Branch Campus at Queensbury located on the Adirondack Community College campus offers classes in our RN-BS completion program. Current openings for two tenure tract positions:
    • Assistant Professor: Nursing

    Part-time and adjunct faculty positions: Adjunct Faculty: Nursing
    SUNY College at Plattsburgh is a fully compliant employer committed to excellence through diversity.

  • Regional Excellence Award!

    Gamma Delta Chapter is recognized for outstanding achievement for the Presidential Call to Action - Creating Your Legacy.

  • Facebook site up and running

    Link into our facebook page and 'like' us! Find Gamma Delta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International at Plattsburgh.

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