Student Clubs and Activities
Activity Programming Guidelines
Activities that are planned by students must receive approval from the Director of Student Services prior to implementation of the event. A request in writing must be made and submitted to the Student Services Department two weeks prior to the event. Students are encouraged to seek programming assistance from Student Services in advance of the two-week deadline. After the request is received, the activity will be reviewed for approval and compliance with Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences policies and guidelines.
Getting involved in student activities can be the difference between merely attending Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences compared to becoming a vital part of the total College experience. Advantages of student involvement include gaining more knowledge about the field of health sciences, establishing new friendships, developing leadership skills, assisting with community service projects and just having a good time. Participation is available through the Student Government Association, Student Nurses Association and professional honor societies such as Phi Theta Kappa and Chi Rho Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International. Students may also volunteer to represent all students on College standing committees or on the Governing Board. Representatives are chosen by the Department Director of Student Services from the volunteers who have identified themselves at the time representatives are needed.
Chi Rho Chapter
On September 11, 2015, a local chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (STTI) was established, Chi Rho Chapter. Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing was founded in 1922 by six nurses at the Indiana University Training School for Nurses, which is now Indiana University School of Nursing, in Indianapolis, IN, USA. The founders chose the name from the Greek words storgé, thárros, and time, meaning "love," "courage," and "honor." STTI became incorporated in 1985 as Sigma Theta Tau International Inc., a nonprofit organization with a 501(c)(3) tax status in the United States.
The mission of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International, is advancing world health and celebrating nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service.
Sigma Theta Tau International's vision is to be the global organization of choice for nursing.
Sigma Theta Tau International membership is by invitation to baccalaureate and graduate nursing students who demonstrate excellence in scholarship and to nurse leaders exhibiting exceptional achievements in nursing. To be eligible for induction:
- Nursing students in the BSN program must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale,
- Senior nursing students must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and
- Be in the top 35 percent of their class, and
- Have completed half of their nursing coursework
The student must also meet the expectations of academic integrity. Thus, the student, if eligible, must submit two letters written by faculty and/or other individuals who can attest to the student's integrity.
Facts about Sigma Theta Tau International
- STTI has more than 135,000 active members.
- Members reside in more than 85 countries.
- 39 percent of active members hold master's and/or doctoral degrees; 51 percent are in staff positions; 19 percent are administrators or supervisors; 18 percent are faculty/academics; and 12 percent are in advanced practice.
- There are roughly 500 chapters at approximately 695 institutions of higher education throughout Armenia, Australia, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Columbia, England, Ghana, Hong Kong, Japan, Kenya, Lebanon, Malawi, Mexico, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Swaziland, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America.
Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society (PTK)
Membership in Phi Theta Kappa carries key advantages for associate degree College students. With a diverse membership, the Phi Theta Kappa Society offers support from fellow scholars of all ages, ethnic backgrounds, economic levels, and fields of study who share a variety of interests and ideas. The special sense of community among society members and faculty advisors allows students to take full advantage of these key opportunities. The commonality is a superior scholarship, and a commitment to the continuing excellence and educational opportunities provided by the two-year program. Phi Theta Kappa requires the student to have completed 12 semester hours of associate degree coursework with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) and to maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0. The College chapter is Beta Zeta Beta. The Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society induction ceremony is held every spring prior to graduation.
Campus Guides are volunteers who serve under the Director of Student Services as official College hosts. Activities of this group include assisting with campus tours, new student orientation, informational sessions, recruitment activities and graduation. Any student interested can contact the student services office for information on this program.
Student Government Association (SGA)
The Student Government Association (SGA) exists to facilitate a positive learning environment, provide professional socialization and also to act as a student voice on policies and issues. Student Government provides an opportunity for individuals to exercise a variety of skills in the areas of leadership, decision-making, planning, organizing and human relations. Students from all health sciences programs are able to interact in a collaborative manner while providing service to the community as well as the health care profession. All students have the opportunity to become involved in SGA. The officers and committee members for the SGAare elected early in the academic year. All Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences students are members of SGA.
Student Representation in Governance
Campus Violence Prevention Committee
The Campus Violence Prevention Committee promotes awareness and responsiveness across campus to avoid or address situations that may involve violence, threats, intimidation or property damage. The SGA President or designee serves on the committee along with student representatives from each College program.
Curriculum Committee ensures the quality of the curriculum and promotes optimal learning, reviews and approves all curricular offerings developed by the faculty, recommends curriculum changes based on input from the Institutional Effectiveness Committee, develops, reviews and approves policies related to curriculum and instructional resources.
Student Affairs Committee
Student Affairs Committee develops and promotes student activities that enrich the social, cultural, and academic atmosphere and provides opportunities for student growth in leadership, communication, and responsibility.
Institutional Effectiveness Committee
Institutional Effectiveness Committee adopts appropriate methods for gathering data needed for assessment and measurement of student Knowledge, Proficiency, Culture Care Values, Program Satisfaction and Graduation Rates on a College-wide and program specific basis.
Social, Recreational and Religious Activities
Students are encouraged to take advantage of the educational, cultural/fine arts and recreational opportunities available in the Quad-Cities area and to participate in extracurricular activities sponsored by Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences organizations/societies, Black Hawk College, and Eastern Iowa Community College. Students are also encouraged to attend many of the Trinity Medical Center's educational and social functions. Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences is non-sectarian and encourages students to continue their religious affiliations in the many houses of worship located in the area.