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President's Corner

Dear Members of STTI Zeta Mu At-Large Chapter,

We have started our 33rd year as a STTI chapter with 3 noteworthy events.

First, let me introduce our first class of leadership interns. These accomplished students work directly with our chapter officer, serve as STTI campus ambassadors and bring their ideas to strengthen our chapter. They are Robin Bullock, intern to president and president-elect; Catherine Basessler, intern to 1st Vice-President; Laura Sutton, intern to 2nd Vice-President; Jenn Schoonard, intern to Secretary. Welcome to our interns!

At the October chapter meeting, Chris Sloan, RN, MSN, CNS, CPN, presented her PhD dissertation work-to-date on hope, uncertainty and coping in parents of children with cancer. Chris is a faculty member at USD, a CNS at the Hematology/Oncology Care Center at Rady’s Children’s Hospital and is a recipient of a STTI Zeta Mu Research Grant. Chris’s research in this challenging field of study is noteworthy. We were fortunate to hear the progress she has made and look forward to her final report.

On Saturday, October 18th, many of us gathered at the Embarcadero Marine Park in San Diego to join a community walk in support of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Prior to the walk, our 1st Vice President, Kris Lambert guided us in reflecting on life and the circumstances that might lead to someone taking their own life. Members read passages to inspire us as we thought about those we have known who have been lost to suicide and those who can still be helped. Kris read a poem, written by her daughter and dedicated to a friend she lost to suicide a few years ago. All of us can be proud that our chapter raised $1,290 to support AFSP in understanding and preventing suicide through research, education and advocacy.

I look forward to seeing many of you at our holiday party in December.

My Best Regards to all of you,
Wendy Hansbrough, PhD, RN
President, STTI Zeta Mu At-Large Chapter