On December 20, 2014, Tau Chi Beta, the College of Nursing's first undergraduate nursing sorority, was chartered with the induction of nine members. This new chapter is the realization of years of discussions between the College of Nursing and Tau Chi graduate chapter and is open to both men and women and people of all backgrounds and walks of life.
Tau Chi Beta is the undergraduate Beta Chapter of Tau Chi Chapter, Incorporated (Tau Chi), the graduate local chapter of national nursing organization, Chi Eta Phi, Sorority, Inc. Two charter members of Tau Chi chapter, Grace Mayers and Jean Robertson, were present at the chartering and were thrilled to see decades of efforts come to fruition.
Tau Chi was founded on May 27, 1972, in Somerset, New Jersey. The chapter offers screening and educational programs related to hypertension, cancer, sickle cell anemia disease, domestic violence, and kidney disease. They also participate in Chi Eta Phi's national partnership programs and conduct community outreach, including walks for cancer, lupus, and sickle cell anemia as well as food and clothing drives for Haiti.
Tau Chi and Seton Hall University had discussed the development of a Beta Chapter and the many benefits of such a collaborative relationship for decades. This prompted meetings with Jewell Gaither, the President of Tau Chi Chapter Inc. and a 50-year Alumna of the College of Nursing. The rest is now history.
The nine members of the chapter at Seton Hall are enthusiastic about living out the motto of Chi Eta Phi, Sorority, Inc.: "Service for Humanity." They hope to achieve this goal through the mentoring they receive from their Sorors and Fraters of the Graduate chapter and by providing programs in collaboration with other organizations at Seton Hall.
Amanda Allison, President of the Beta Chapter notes, "As a nursing student, servant leadership is always at the forefront of my mind. Joining this sorority seems like a natural fit and I am excited to see where my Sorors and I take the Tau Chi Beta chapter."
The chapter's national organization, Chi Eta Phi, Sorority, Inc. is a national professional nursing organization devoted to developing a corps of nursing leaders, promoting higher education in nursing, encouraging continuing education, recruiting for nursing and the health professions, stimulating close and friendly relationships among its members, and developing working relationships with other professional groups. Chi Eta Phi offers national programs in disease prevention, youth and young adult education, community outreach, childhood obesity, and much more. The group also maintains national partnerships with the Association of SIDS and Infant Mortality Program, the National Kidney Disease Education Project, and the Coalition for the Advancement of Minority Health and Wellness, among others.
The Tau Chi Beta chapter holds monthly meetings, which are attended by their Beta sponsor, Soror Debbie Skeete-Bernard, their Advisor, Dr. Donna Ho-Shing of the College of Nursing, the graduate chapter President, Soror Jewell Gaither, and other members of the graduate chapter.
Seton Hall University College of Nursing offered the first baccalaureate nursing program in New Jersey in 1937 and is CCNE-accredited through June of 2019. The graduate program was established in 1975, the Ph.D. program in 2006 and the Doctor of Nursing Practice program in 2009. U.S. News &World Report ranks Seton Hall University College of Nursing as one of the top graduate nursing programs in the country. The College of Nursing's mission is to educate baccalaureate-prepared generalists and advanced practitioners of nursing who aspire to be innovators and leaders in the nursing profession.