2020 Recipients

Individual Alumna awards  |  alumnae Chapter Awards



nancy w. smith fichter (beta eta, florida state university)

Prior to her retirement in 1997, Nancy served as a professor of dance at Florida State University for 45 years. Even after retiring, for 15 years, she continued to teach and direct dance at FSU. She established the Lillian E. Smith Foundation that provided a rural retreat for artists of every persuasion. In honor of her contributions, the Nancy Smith Fichter Dance Theatre in Montgomery Hall bears her name. Her nominator says, “Nancy personifies our sisterhood’s promise to cultivate an appreciation of the fine arts. In fact, her entire career and her work for the world of dance continues to bring recognition to Alpha Chi Omega, Florida State University and her tenure as a professor in the department.”

brig. gen. paige hunter (gamma omicron, marshall university)

A member of the United States Air Force, Paige began her military career in 1983 when she was sworn in as a second lieutenant. From there, she worked her way up, serving in Operation Desert Storm and Desert Shield, eventually earning the rank of colonel. In 2016 she became the first woman in the state of West Virginia to be promoted to the position of brigadier general.  She serves as assistant adjutant general and commander of the West Virginia Air National Guard. In this role, she provides command and control over all Air National Guard forces assigned to the state and is the principal advisor to the adjutant general on all matters related to the Air National Guard.

carrie tergin (zeta sigma, missouri state university)

Carrie is the mayor of Jefferson City, Missouri, a third-generation small business owner, a member of the Missouri State University Board of Governors, a member of the Jefferson City Council and serves on a number of other boards for civic and charitable organizations. Her nominator states, “Carrie has a heart for public service…she credits her leadership ability to her days as a collegiate Alpha Chi Omega. I am proud to call this remarkable woman a sorority sister.” Carrie’s strength as a leader was especially apparent last May when Jefferson City experienced major flooding and a direct hit from a tornado in the same day. She “remained a calm, steadying influence” and has worked to rebuild the city following these disasters while also currently leading her city through the COVID-19 pandemic.


merlynn pitcher (Beta xi, utah state university)

MerLynn is a prolific volunteer who has given of her time, talents, and treasures generously across the Enterprise over many years. She began as a collegiate leader in the Beta Xi chapter, then served as an alumnae chapter president, house corporation president for Beta Chi and Beta Nu, national nominating committee member, collegiate Ritual and Panhellenic advisor, member of several task forces at the national level, and was an integral member of the Foundation Board of Trustees from 1993-1996 and again from 2010-2015. She currently serves as a Foundation Ambassador, Beta Xi advisory board member, and Beta Xi House Corporation board member.


niki mccann (zeta sigma, missouri state university)

Niki is the current chapter president of Beta Beta alumnae chapter and member of the Member Assistance Grant committee. She has served as a Zeta Sigma advisory board member, Leadership Academy facilitator and Fraternity and Sorority Life financial aid liaison while working at Missouri State University. Niki is also a former Fulbright Scholar to Germany, Junior League member, and current elementary school teacher and graduate student. She is described as having reignited and transformed the Beta Beta alumnae chapter.


sandra campbell singleton (gamma rho, texas tech university)

Sandy has served in important volunteer roles at all levels of the Fraternity, from recruitment advisor for Iota Lambda chapter all the way to the National Council and NHC Board of Directors. Her leadership on a capital campaign for a new chapter facility for Gamma Rho has been especially influential. Five Alpha Chi Omega women submitted letters of support for her nomination and each letter mentioned her passion, love and support of Alpha Chi Omega collegians and the mentor that she is to current and past collegiate members.

teresa moore (gamma omicron, marshall university)

Teresa has been a loyal Alpha Chi Omega volunteer since shortly after her college graduation in the 1970s. She has served on the Gamma Omicron House Corporation Board, as alumnae chapter president in Charleston, WV, and on the Gamma Omicron Advisory Board as both a chapter advisor and recruitment advisor. For two terms she was a province collegiate chair and afterwards she served as a volunteer consultant. She is a current member of Rho Phi Rho alumnae chapter. She has also been involved interfraternally, serving on the Greek Housing Board at Marshall University and coordinating recruitment workshops for the Greek community at Marshall.



Gamma Theta Gamma (Los Angeles, California)
Omicron Phi Omicron (Zeta Pi Alumnae) 


Beta Kappa Beta (Dallas, Texas)

membership growth

Delta Omega Delta (Orange County, California)

membership engagement

Pi Pi (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Xi Omega Xi (Beta Eta Alumnae)


Sigma Sigma (St. Louis, Missouri)


Beta Beta (Indianapolis, Indiana)
Gamma Psi Gamma (Sacramento, California) 


Lambda Omicron Lambda (Ocala, Florida) 


Beta Zeta Beta (Houston, Texas)
Rho Phi Rho (Gamma Omicron Alumnae)


Mu Mu (Kansas City, Missouri)
Mu Mu has received the Continuing Excellence Award 21 consecutive times, and it was clear that they are more than deserving of this honor again. Mu Mu continues to advance and innovate their operations and membership experience in ways that reflect Alpha Chi Omega’s mission and vision. The chapter is actively engaged with the Alpha Chi Omega Foundation’s Community Impact program and has raised over $88,000 using this program to benefit the Foundation and their local domestic violence shelter. Perhaps most impressive are the many unique ways Mu Mu works to build sisterhood and connection. From a traveling lyre trophy to welcome bags with Kansas City information and treats for new members, it is clear that sisters feel a connection with Mu Mu and are proud of not only their involvement with the alumnae chapter but have an increased pride in being members of Alpha Chi Omega because of it.  


Nu Nu (Denver, Colorado)
With a large and strong executive board, leaders who are also involved with the local collegiate chapter and as national volunteers and planning committees for chapter events (which have grown by 50% in attendance), Nu Nu chapter members are fully engaged in the functions of the chapter and the Fraternity. Communication with potential and current members through social media, newsletters, monthly interest groups, a printed membership directory and a phone tree ensures that all sisters feel connected across miles and generations. Nu Nu regularly honors meaningful Fraternity dates with well-attended formal events, and continues to seek the heights through innovative approaches to chapter management. Nu Nu has won the National Council Trophy once previously, in 1994, and then won the Continuing Excellence Award in 1995, 1996, 1997, and 1998.
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