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Our President's Letter

September 22, 2014

Dear Members of Delta Gamma At-Large,

Carol Sabel, President

I am honored and excited to have been elected President of Delta Gamma At-Large and to serve the needs of the chapter for the next two years. We have a committed and energetic board that has already been working hard to develop our strategic plan. Before revealing our plans for the future, I would like to thank the outgoing board members for their service and dedication, including; Pat Schroeder – president; Terri Garcia – secretary; Barb Haag-Heitman – treasurer; Diane Dressler – faculty counselor for Marquette; Mary Polchert – leadership succession; and Kathryn Schroeter – research chair.

I am excited to report that the board has been working to develop a strategic plan to take us through the next two years. The strategic plan has been built around the requirements for the STTI Chapter Key Award, with the thought of developing the support structure needed to apply for the Key Award. This year we will focus on a needs assessment so that we can apply in the next biennium, which starts in 2015. This support structure will start with a task force committed to examining the specific requirements for applying for the Key Award and developing the means to reach the goals. Maureen Greene, our Advisor to the Board, has agreed to guide the work of this task force. We would like at least four other members to be part of this task force; possibly two members who have been with the chapter for some time and two newer members. Anyone interested, feel free to contact me at The specifics of the strategic plan can be found under the strategic plan tab on the Delta Gamma At-Large home page.

On September 17th we held our third annual Awards Banquet at the Lunda Room in Marquette University. It was a great evening dedicated to honoring those members that have demonstrated outstanding leadership in their areas of practice. This year we honored Margaret (Peg) Rauschenberger and Darlene Weis as Nurse Educators of the Year; Marie Golanowski and Patricia Schroeder as Nurse Administrators of the Year; and Peggy Troy as the Living Legend. A social hour was followed by dinner and presentations. Everyone had a wonderful time and after hearing the inspiring words of the awardees, left feeling a bit more committed to the work they do. 

We have two more great events coming up very soon. They include the American Nurse Joint Chapter Project and the Research Conference. The American Nurse Joint Chapter Project is a collaboration of the southeastern Wisconsin chapters of STTI. We will be showing the film “The American Nurse” for the first time in the state of Wisconsin on October 1st. See the flyer or information below for details. Tickets are limited and on a first come/first serve basis. The DGAL Research Conference will be held on the evening of November 6th on the Alverno College campus. We hope to see you there. Be sure to view the events calendar for more upcoming activities.

The goal for this year is focused on membership and retention. As such, we are planning events at both Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and Wheaton Franciscan to increase our visibility and recruit community members. We are also trying to develop task forces for specific activities in order to increase the number of active members and encourage leadership among members. These task forces will be short term commitments that are dedicated to specific projects. Watch e-mails and the website for opportunities.

On a last note, I would like to give a shout out to Barb Haag-Heitman and Marilyn Frenn, both active members of DGAL, who will be inducted as Fellows into the American Academy of Nursing in October. Congratulations to both on your outstanding achievements!

I look forward to a fun and productive year, and hope that you will take the opportunity to get involved in some of the great activities that DGAL has to offer.


Carol Sabel
President, Delta Gamma At-Large Chapter


17th Annual Southeastern Wisconsin Nursing Research Conference*

May 8, 2015, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI

Call for Oral and Poster Presentation Abstracts

Abstracts due December 1, 2014



1. One page, 8 ½” by 11”, single spaced, using Arial, font size 11, with margins of 1 ½” on the left and 1” margins on all of the other sides.

2. Page heading to include: Title of the oral presentation or poster in CAPITAL LETTERS, the authors’ names, credentials, organization affiliation, city; phone number and e-mail of 1st author.

3. Under the heading, identify submission for oral or poster presentation. Research or projects presented orally must be completed by the conference date, preliminary or to-date findings accepted for posters.

4. Abstracts must include the following:

• Background/Significance

• Purpose of the study/project

• Conceptual framework, if applicable

• Sample Description/Population

• Setting

• Method/Design & Procedure

• Results/Outcomes

• Conclusions/Implications

5. You must submit completed Bio and Conflict of Interest forms with your abstract. Abstracts without these forms will not be considered.

6. Submit the abstract along with completed Bio and Conflict of Interest forms via e-mail no later than December 1, 2014 to:

Kit Stevic, MSN, RN


*Co-sponsored by Southeast Wisconsin Research Consortium Members:
Alverno College, Aurora Health Care, Children’s Hospital & Health System, Columbia St. Mary’s, Community Memorial Hospital, Concordia University Wisconsin, Froedtert Hospital, Marquette University, ProHealth Care, Sigma Theta Tau Chapters: Delta Gamma at Large, Eta Nu, Phi Beta, Tau Mu and Tau Sigma; University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, and Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center

Save the date!

May 8, 2015, 7:45 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Marquette University, Alumni Memorial Union, 1442 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee, WI

17th Annual Southeastern Wisconsin Nursing Research Conference

Improving Quality and Safety Through Patient Centered Outcome Research: Understanding the PCORI National Vision & Mission


Keynote speaker – Dr. Mary Blegen, RN, MA, PhD, FAAN

Mary Blegen is member of the Advisory Panel on Improving Healthcare Systems for the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). She is also an Adjunct Professor at the College of Nursing, University of Colorado at Denver, Professor Emerita in the Department of Community Health Systems at the University of California, San Francisco, and a Fellow at the American Academy of Nursing. She has served as the Director of the Center for Patient Safety in the School of Nursing, UCSF, and as a Senior Scholar for the Interdisciplinary Fellow in the Quality Scholars program in the VA Health System.

Dr. Blegen’s research program focuses on the evaluation of patient outcomes in relation to nurse staffing, working conditions, safety climate, and inter-disciplinary teamwork. Her research includes: Interdisciplinary safety culture, and patient experiences of care; Relationships between nurse staffing and quality of care in academic hospitals, community hospitals; and nursing homes; and hospital system load effects on adverse incidents. Dr. Blegen has published extensively and presented nationally.

Conference features
The conference will include research presentations and interactive workshop sessions. It will feature poster presentations, sponsor displays, a variety of exhibitors, and door prizes.

Target audience
This conference has been developed for staff nurses, advanced practice nurses, educators, managers, administrators and students involved in or interested in improving outcomes through research.

For more information: Email

Co-sponsored by Southeast Wisconsin Research Consortium Members: Alverno College, Aurora Health Care, Children’s Hospital & Health System, Columbia St. Mary’s, Concordia University Wisconsin, Froedtert and Medical College of Wisconsin, Marquette University, ProHealth Care, Sigma Theta Tau Chapters: Delta Gamma at Large, Eta Nu, and Phi Beta; University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, and Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center


Delta Gamma At-Large Chapter Strategic Plan, June 2014-16

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Our Leadership transition June 18, 2014

Congratulations to our new leaders and we extend our appreciation to our previous leaders for their dedication, efforts, and accomplishments on behalf of our organization.

Special thanks to our outgoing president, Patricia Schroeder, for her vision and commitment.

We look forward to pursuing our mission together as a strong and vibrant organization of nursing professionals.

Our membership is our organization.

Thank you to all members who particiated in our online voting process. Our membership is our organization.

Delta Gamma At Large 2014-16 Election Results:

Linda Piacentine - Vice President-Marquette
Penny Alt-Gehrman - Secretary
Stephanie Bruce - Treasurer
Jill Guttormson- Faculty Councilor


Congratulations to our new leaders and we look forward to their commitment and accomplishments on behalf of the organization.


15th Annual Southeastern Wisconsin Nursing Research Conference*

Thank you for participating in this year's conference.

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