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Our Chapter

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The future of Nu Upsilon is bright and promising.  

Within the last few years, our chapter has  almost quadrupled the size of our membership.  We have partnered with GCU with the goal of becoming the largest and most member-oriented chapter in Sigma.

We would love to have you stay with us and take advantage of Nu Upsilon's volunteer opportunities, scholarships, service projects, and much, much more.  We look forward to exciting times ahead.

We would like to thank all the friends, family and faculty who have supported us throughout the years.  We are honored by your membership, success and dedication.  You made it possible to become the honor society we are now!  

Blessings with Love, Courage and Honor

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The origin of Nu Upsilon began at Grand Canyon University in 1987 when the first steering committee met at a Greek dinner to form a nursing honor society. The society inducted 41 members at its first charter meeting in April 1988, using the Sigma Theta Tau International criteria.

The purpose of the society reflected the mission and goals of Sigma and had as its goal to become an official chapter as soon as all the criteria were met. 

Nu Upsilon became an official chapter of Sigma Theta Tau in April 1994 and has been an active chapter since that time. 

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Sigma is an international community of nurses, dedicated to the advancement of knowledge, teaching, learning, and service through the cultivation of communities of practice, education, and research.  More than 100,000 nurse leaders from around the world are proud to call themselves a Sigma nurse.

Founded in 1922 by six nursing students, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (Sigma) has more than 100,000 active members and 600 chapters at institutions of higher education and healthcare partners. Sigma members include clinical nurses and administrators, academic nurse educators and researchers, policymakers, entrepreneurs, and others working to fulfill the organization’s vision of connected, empowered nurse leaders transforming global healthcare.

The eye represents wisdom and discernment.  The stars are in recognition of our six founders. The scroll is that of learning and bears the Greek letters, Sigma Theta Tau – the first letters of the Greek words storga, tharos, tima, meaning love, courage, honor. The pillars of stone at the right and left denote service, professional endeavor and strength of leadership. The lamp represents the lamp of knowledge. The motto on the banner is Sigma Theta Tau, the name of this international honor society.

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The key is the symbol of scholarship. The cup denotes the satisfaction of professional life. The circle of gold with its six stars represents our six founders. The letters in black – Sigma Theta Tau – represent our charge: Storga, Tharos, Tima (love, courage, honor). The lamp is the lamp of knowledge. The jeweled key features amethyst stars representing the founders in a circle of pearls or diamonds.

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