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Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing 

Mu Rho Chapter

Welcome to the Mu Rho Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. Mu Rho Chapter was chartered at the University of South Carolina Upstate, Sunday, March 8, 1992. The Mu Rho Chapter (303) is a member of Region 7 of Sigma Theta Tau International.

In 2009, Mu Rho Chapter received the Chapter Key award in which STTI chapters are honored for excellence in chapter-related activities such as: 

  • Membership recruitment and retention
  • Publicity and programming
  • Professional and leadership development
  • Local, national and international collaboration

Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) was the inspiration of six nurses from theUniversity of Indiana in 1922. The words that were chosen to symbolically represent the ideal of nursing came from the Greek work of Storgέ, Tharsos and Timέ – love, courage, and honor – SigmaTheta Tau. The mission of this honor society is to support the learning, knowledge and professional development of nurses committed to making a difference in health worldwide. The vision is to lead change to improve the health of the world’s population though knowledge, scholarship, service and learning.

The purposes of SigmaTheta Tau International are 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 ideals and purposes of the profession.

Benefits of Membership

STTI provides career assistance in the form of career advisors, career mapping, portfolio assistance, recruitment opportunities and mentorship programs. This makes it easy to connect with others and find others with similar nursing interests. They offer continued education opportunities and publications that allow nurses to keep abreast of the latest research and nursing trends. They offer products, services and discounts to help develop and support your nursing career. They provide a means to recognize those who have successfully contribute to the nursing profession.     

Contact Us

Katharine Gibb, Ed.D., MSN, RN

Dean, Mary Black School of Nursing

Deborah K. Charnley, Ph.D., RN
Associate Dean, Spartanburg Campus

Sonya Blevins, DNP, RN, CMSRN, CNE

Associate Dean, Greenville Campus 

Terri Whitaker, M.Ed.
Director of Nursing Student Services
Advisor for four-year, BSN track

Lynette M. Gibson, Ph.D., RN

Director of Research in Nursing

Trish Wade, MBA
RN-BSN Advisor

Giving Nursing


BSN (Four-Year Track) Application Instructions
Accepting spring 2017 applications

Re-Admission Application: Four-Year Track Only
Application Deadlines:
May 1 for spring semester
Dec 1 for fall semester
Admission Requirements

RN to BSN Application

Applications available for both

fall and spring semesters


Additional Information
Nursing Student Handbook
Prerequisites for Four-Year Track
Prerequisites for RN-BSN Track
BSN Policies and Curricula
FAQ: Four-Year Track

Contact Us
USC Upstate
Mary Black School of Nursing
800 University Way
Spartanburg, SC 29303
Phone: 864-503-5440

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