Welcome to Beta Upsilon Webpage

The purposes of this Society shall be to:
1. Recognize superior achievement.
2. Recognize the development of leadership qualities.
3. Foster high professional standards.
4. Encourage creative work.
5. Strengthen commitment to the profession

We encourage you join and participate in our events and in the Circle discussions.

Save the date for Fall 2016 events

 2016 Fall induction ceremony: December 10, 2016

Luncheon and Induction ceremony 1pm-4pm

Scottsdale Resort and Convention Center

7700 E McCormick Parkway, Scottsdale, AZ 85258

You will receive an email invitation. Please be sure your email information is up to date on the membership site.

If you do not receive an email by November  16 and you wish to RSVP, please send requests to Barbara Miroballi (bmiroballi@gmail.com)

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Chapter News

  • 2016 Fall Business Meeting Synopsis

    October 24, 2016 – Fall 2016 Business Meeting 5-8pm
    Dr. Therese Speer, President, called the meeting to order. Deborah Harbinson, MHI, RN, Certified Laughter Leader of Harbinson Wellness Solutions, presented “Introduction to Leveraging the Psychology of Humor and Science of Laughter in Patient Care Outcomes.” She noted the benefits of laughter and the importance of feeling safe. She noted that people connect with mirth and that bullying is humor gone “horribly bad.” The attending members enjoyed her humor exercises.

    Jacquelin Beals noted that Amber Wright MSN, RN, CPNP has agreed to speak on the “Clinical Pearls for Nursing Care of Patients on the Autism Spectrum” at the Spring Business Meeting set for March 27, 2017 meeting at Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

    Chapter giving:
    • Barbara Fargotstein is completing the selection criteria for the new ethics scholarship named after her. Dr. Mary Killeen graciously volunteered to fund this scholarship for 2017.
    • Therese also thanked Dr. Cheryl Schmidt for paying the fees for students to attend Nurse’s Day at the Arizona State Legislature.
    • The chapter also will continue to collect money, gently used clothes, and underwear and socks for Casa de Elizabeth Orphanage in Imuris, Mexico through Orphanage Aid International. Dr. Kimberly Vana reminded the members that the children’s sizes ranged from 6 months to 18 years. Money is welcomed for health care, utilities, and assisting students with high school and community college expenses.
    • The chapter voted to contribute $2,000/year for the next 3 years for the Mary Killeen Visiting Scholar 2017-2019.
    • The chapter members also voted to donate $1 per member to the “Future of Nursing” initiative of the Chapter Giving Club. Next year, these donations will go to the “Research” initiative of the Chapter Giving Club. This is a part of STTI.
    • The membership further decided to reimburse students $500 after giving a presentation at STTI conferences in the United States and $1000 after giving a presentation at international STTI conferences in the future.

    Chapter community involvement opportunities:
    • Therese encouraged members to participate in the Heart Walk on March 18, 2017
    • Participation in the March of Dimes Walk on April 8, 2017.
    • Volunteers also are needed for the St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center’s NICU reunion on April 1, 2017.

    Dr. Kelly Schultz noted that the following board member positions will be available in Spring 2017:
    • Leadership Succession Chair,
    • Webmaster
    • Community Relations
    • Faculty Counselor/Student Recruitment
    • Archivist

    The chapter members also agreed to try QGIV, an online payment site, for RSVPing and paying the fee for the Fall 2016 Induction meal as suggested by Rebecca Tolino (Treasurer). Rebecca also noted that we would look for a less expensive venue for future inductions due to the large increase in cost.

    Dr. Kim Day reminded the group that the Program Director and student leaders of the SHOW Clinic will present at the Fall 2016 Induction. The chapter also voted to assist students with financial difficulties by paying 50% of the induction fees and membership dues, up to $1000 in the Fall term and $2000 in the Spring term.

    After the visitors left, Cyndi Holcomb presented a list of student and nurse leader applicants to the membership: 2 community leaders, 11 graduate students, 14 Post-Baccalaureate students, 12 RN-BSN students, 3 Concurrent Enrollment Program students, and 3 Traditional undergraduate students. All applicants were accepted for membership.

    Synopsis provided by Dr, Kim Vana (Archivist).

  • 40th Anniversary Beta Upsilon Chapter and Spring 2016 Induction Ceremony notes

    May 2016 Spring 2016 Induction Ceremony

    The Spring 2016 Induction was held at the Scottsdale Resort and Conference Center on Saturday, May 7, 2016. President Kathy Kenny welcomed everyone and announced Beta Upsilon Chapter’s 40th Anniversary. The Beta Upsilon Chapter Scholarship Award of $500 was established in honor of Barbara Fargotstein, a founding member of our chapter.

    Dr. Cheryl Schmidt was the guest speaker and spoke about her years in the Red Cross as a shelter volunteer, “The American Red Cross and Nurses: A Perfect Fit!”

    Four awards were presented to Beta Upsilon members. Dr. Denis Link was awarded the Excellence in Leadership Award. Prof. Beatrice Kastenbaum was awarded the Excellence in Education Award, and Dr. Debra Hagler was awarded the Excellence in Mentorship Award. Prof. Kathleen LuPone received the Nancy Melvin Scholarship Award.

    The 51 inductees included: 23 Prelicensure students, 3 Concurrent Enrollment Program students, 15 RN/BSN students, 8 Graduate students, and 2 Nurse Leaders.

    Barbara Fargotstein won the raffle for the weekend donated by the Scottsdale Resort and Conference Center.

    The attendees donated several bags of underwear, socks, and toiletries to help support the Casa de Elisabeth Orphanage in Imuris, Mexico. Orphanage Aid International will deliver these items to the orphanage.

    Note provided by Kim Vana Archivist

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