Sigma Honor Society | University of Portland

Sigma Honor Society

Omicron Upsilon, the University of Portland School of Nursing & Health Innovations' chapter of Sigma Honor Society, accepts seniors and graduate students who have demonstrated superior academic achievement in nursing. Awarding membership encourages, fosters, and actively supports further professional development, thus promoting nursing scholarship, leadership, creativity, and commitment to nursing. Each year, those nurses who have shown through their practice that they uphold the values and ideals of Sigma are inducted as community nurse leaders.

Our Mission and Vision

Mission: To maintain the spirit of nursing in a community that supports shared scholarship, leadership, and service.

Vision: To be a "sanctuary" to nourish the head, heart, and hands of nurses.

Our Priorities:

  • Engagement in scholarly activities and inquiry
  • Professional Development
  • Networking
  • Rejuvenation
  • Service


Omicron Upsilon officers serve for two year terms and guide the honor society in a number of ways. Click here for a list of current Omicron Upsilon officers.

Member Benefits

Sigma Omicron Upsilon members enjoy a wide variety benefits. Learn more about member benefits.

Omicron Upsilon Chapter Grant Funding

The Omicron Upsilon chapter of Sigma offers funding for scholarships that address nursing education and nursing practice.

Guidelines for Education & Practice Scholarship Grants

The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing Faculty

DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing Faculty logo

About the Award

The DAISY Foundation is an an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune SYstem. The DAISY Foundation was formed in November 1999, by the family of J. Patrick Barnes who died at age 33 of complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP). The nursing care Patrick received when hospitalized profoundly touched his family.

Starting in 2022, Omicron Upsilon has facilitated the nomination and awarding of an annual DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing Faculty to one or more SONHI faculty members. According to The DAISY Foundation, this award honors nursing faculty who "inspire their students to always remember that nursing is much more than tasks and technology" and who "help ensure that the art as well as the science of nursing are brought to every patient experience." 

2022 DAISY award winners, Sally Rothacker-Peyton and Stephanie Meyer

2022 DAISY Award Winners

The inaugural UPSONHI winners of the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing Faculty were Stephanie Meyer (left photo) and Dr. Sally Rothacker-Peyton (right photo). Congratulations to these well-deserved honorees!

2023 DAISY award winners, Dr. Andra Davis and Dr. Chloe Littzen

2023 DAISY Award Winners

The 2023 UPSONHI recipients of the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing Faculty were Dr. Andra Davis (left photo) and Dr. Chloe Littzen (right photo). A heart-felt congratulations to these wonderful nurse educators!