Peggy Rowberg to Retire as Director of School of Nursing

peggy.pngDr. Margaret (Peggy) Rowberg will retire as Director of the CSU, Chico School of Nursing (SON) in summer 2017. Peggy joined the faculty as an Associate Professor in 2006 and became a Professor in 2012. She began serving as Assistant Director of the SON in 2011 and assumed the Director role in July 2015.

Dr. Rowberg received numerous accolades and honors in her 11 years at Chico State. In 2008, she was awarded the prestigious “Outstanding Nurse Educator Award” from Kappa Omicron (KO). In 2014, she received the Excellence Award from KO, the highest chapter recognition possible.  Dr. Rowberg was also chosen as the 2012-2013 Outstanding Academic Advisor for CSU, Chico in recognition for her work as the pre-nursing advisor for the SON, the retention coordinator for the SON, the faculty advisor for the Chico chapter of the California Nursing Students’ Association, the coordinator for the nursing students pinning ceremony and informally as the mentor/career advisor to all nursing students.

Dr. Rowberg has also demonstrated ongoing and significant service to the SON and to Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI). She served as the chair of the SON curriculum committee, leading the faculty through the development of a background check and drug screening policy, an ATI remediation policy for students, an evaluation tool and curriculum redesign. She was also a member of the SON Graduate Committee, served on the Hiring committee and served as Chair of the evaluation committee. She also served on the Academic Policies and Status committee of the CSU, Chico Faculty Senate.

In service to STTI, Dr. Rowberg was an invited member to the STTI International Leadership Advisory Council, a volunteer advisory group charged with developing a STTI Leadership Institute. She also served on the STTI Leadership Development Task Force to identify global leadership priorities and develop a curriculum for the Global Leader Institutes.  Dr. Rowberg was also selected as one of two candidates for the prestigious Region 1 (seven states and two providences in Canada) Coordinator position for STTI.

At the chapter level, Dr. Rowberg co-chaired or chaired two chapter “Research Days” for KO.. She also served in multiple leadership roles for the chapter, including Faculty Counselor and President. Under her leadership, KO received two Showcase for Regional Excellence awards.

KO wants to recognize and thank Dr. Rowberg for her many contributions to the SON and KO and to recognize the significant impact of her leadership on both organizations.  We wish her well on her next life journey. 

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  • All Member Annual Meeting

    Date: August 17th, 2017
    Time: 4:30-5:30 pm
    Place: Mom's Restaurant (Location subject to change)

    Please come join us as we plan our 2017-2018 year. 2018 is going to be exciting, as Kappa Omicron celebrates its 30th Anniversary!

Service Project to Oaxaca, Mexico

In January 2017, Dr. Fay Mitchell-Brown led ten nursing students on a service project to Oaxaca, Mexico. 

Oaxaca is located in the Sierra Madre Mountains andcoastal region has 16 major tribes of indigenous people with approximately 155 dialects.  Life in rural Oaxaca is dominated by poverty, idolatry, witchcraft and unmet health care needs.  The nursing students provided health care to mainstream and indigenous Mexicans at the Corban Clinic in the small fishing village of Cacalote.  The group was also fortunate to provide health care in three villages in the Sierra Madre mountain regions.

This project provided several opportunities for the group some of which are : (1) gain hands on health care service, (2) provide community health education, and, (3) donate financially for the purchase of medicines and medical supplies for the impoverished, and (4) cultural immersion.

In addition to the adventure of travelling to another country, students found the experience beneficial because they developed a better understanding of the myriad global health care issues that affect the population and how these issues expand beyond borders and affect us locally. 

Kappa Omicron to Support Peru’s Ollantaytambo Clinic


A seven-person nursing delegation including Kappa Omicron members Carol Huston and Carl Pittman, traveled to Peru in June 2016 as part of the newly established Nanda travel program (formerly the People to People Citizen Ambassador program).  During their stay, they visited the Ollantaytambo Medical Center to meet with staff and tour their facility. 

The remote indigenous communities surrounding Ollantaytambo are medically under-served for a variety of reasons. Rural communities lack access to primary medical care because of geographic isolation, poor road conditions, and irregular transportation. Poor socioeconomic conditions, malnutrition, lack of basic services, and poor  education further worsen health outcomes. In addition, rates of preventable illnesses are high, screening for common diseases is rare, and many diseases present late to medical attention, resulting in unacceptable rates of morbidity and mortality. 

The delegation also discovered a lack of basic supplies such as speculums, hemoglobin meters, accu-checks, nebulizers, pediatric blood pressure cuffs, and incubators for newborns.

To support the efforts of the clinic to care for this extremely vulnerable population, the Kappa Omicron Board voted to send a check for $500 to purchase these greatly needed supplies. This donation will make a significant impact in improving healthcare for this population.

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