Omicron Delta History
Sigma Theta Tau was founded in 1922 by six nurses at Indiana University. The founders chose the name from the initials of three Greek words: 'storage,' meaning love, 'tharos,' meaning courage, and 'tima,' meaning honor--sigma, theta, tau. In 1985 the society was incorporated as Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, a not-for-profit organization with 501(c)(3) status. The mission of STTI and its chapters is to provide leadership and scholarship in nursing practice, education, and research to enhance the health of all people and to support the learning and professional development of its members who strive to improve nursing care worldwide. STTI's vision is to create a global community of nurses who lead using scholarship, knowledge, and technology to improve the health of the world's people.
In 1995 the University of Phoenix Nursing Honor Society was formed by Dr. Ela-Joy Lehrman who served as President, and 166 members were inducted. The Chapter received its charter and Greek name--Omicron Delta--from STTI on April 3, 1998, and it has grown to over 5000 active members. The Chapter has been actively involved in numerous community activities as well as national research conferences.