Nursing students at Sigma event

Nursing Students Join Alpha Zeta Chapter of Sigma

The Alpha Zeta Chapter of Sigma inducted 132 nursing students, nurse leaders, and Teachers College students on May 15, 2023. 

Founded at Columbia Nursing in 1964, the chapter celebrates nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service, inducting new members who embody this excellence annually. Membership is by invitation only.  

Former Chapter President Mary Moran, MS ’08, a clinical instructor at Columbia Nursing, welcomed attendees to the event, held at the nursing school. Associate Professor Karol DiBello, DNP, is the new chapter president. 

Elizabeth Corwin, PhD, vice dean of strategic and innovative research, gave the keynote address, “From Bedside to Bench and Back Again.” Hodaya Lightstone, DNP ’23, delivered the student address, “Professional Growth with Sigma.” Faculty presented inductees with honor cords at the ceremony. 

Alpha Zeta and its more than 4,000 members: 

  • Fund research and project proposals annually  
  • Mentor members in leadership roles 
  • Support students attending professional conferences  
  • Participate in health promotion activities in the community 
  • Hold an annual clothing drive for the community 

Sigma was founded in 1936 to fund nursing research, the first U.S. organization to do so.