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Chi Eta Phi (CEP)

2013 Mamie Garland Scholarship Winners

Mamie Garland Scholarship winners

Congratulations to Duquesne University students Autumn Ficklin, Charisse Skinner and University of Pittesburgh student, Cassandra Tavares!

Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc. Reactivates Undergraduate Chapter on Campus

After a brief period of inactivity Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc. a professional nursing sorority, initiated five nursing students into Kappa Alpha Beta (KAB). KAB is the undergraduate chapter of Chi Eta Phi located on Duquesne University’s campus. The new members are Yemi Banjo, Samelia Johnson, Khadija Rouilli, Charisse Skinner and Taeyana Williams. Members of the graduate chapter, Kappa, and the undergraduate chapter at the University of Pittsburgh, Kappa Beta, attended the ceremony. The Kappa Betas conducted the ceremony.

Photo of New Chi Eta Phi members

The purposes of Chi Eta Phi are to develop nursing leaders, provide community service, and encourage continuing nursing education. Through health education, community service and other service projects identified by the Sorority, sorority members exemplify the goals and mission of Duquesne University.

Kappa Alpha Beta was chartered on Duquesne’s campus on May 23, 1996 under the direction of Dr. Shirley P. Smith, the first Beta Sponsor. Nine nursing students were in this charter group.  Dignitaries from the national organization as well as local leaders were in attendance.  Dr. Mary de Chesnay, Dean of the School of Nursing at the time of chartering was a speaker, along with Supreme Basileus, Catherine Binn and Joseph Williams, RN, MPA, Associate Director for Patient Services at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center of Pittsburgh. Mr. Sala Udin, City Councilman, represented the city of Pittsburgh. Dr. de Chesnay was inducted into the Sorority as a Honorary Member at the annual Boule’ held in Pittsburgh in 1999. Twenty-six nursing students have been initiated into the Sorority since its chartering in 1996.

Kappa Beta Chapter members

University of Pittsburgh's Kappa Beta Chapter (Beta indicates an undergraduate chapter) Maura Rose, (Basileus or President), Larose Nathalie, Jessicah Thornton, and Jarae Payne are all seniors at the University of Pittsburgh.

Graduate members of Kappa Beta Chapter

Kappa Chapter: (back row) Jessica Wimbush, Elsie Murray (Basileus or President), Marie Ford Williams, Shirley Smith.  (front row)  Patricia James, Joan Mitchell and Jerry Allen.

What is CEP?

Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc. was founded in 1932 at Freedman's Hospital in Washington, D.C. Duquesne University's School of Nursing chapter was founded in the spring of 1996. Nationally comprised of more than 5,000 members, (males and females who are predominantly Black) Chi Eta Phi represents many cultures and diverse ethnic backgrounds. Chi Eta Phi is also involved with national programs that include disease prevention and health promotion, educational scholarships, leadership development, recruitment and retention of nurses, and programs for the elderly as well as girls and boys.

Why should I join Chi Eta Phi at Duquesne?

There are many benefits to joining CEP. Chi Eta Phi develops nursing leadership, encourages continuing education among the nursing population, and continues to recruit individuals to join the nursing profession. It also provides health care professionals with a valuable opportunity to network.

How can I join CEP?

Information about Chi Eta Phi can be found on the bulletin board in the School of Nursing. If interested in joining, please contact Shirley Smith at smith7000@comcast.net

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