BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (October 16, 2018) – Alpha Omicron Pi Fraternity is devastated by the loss of Ziera Nickerson, 18, a new member of AOII’s Phi Sigma Chapter at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Nickerson passed away the morning of Tuesday, October 16 after sustaining severe injuries from a tragic car accident. Nickerson was the only AOII passenger in the car where two others also passed away from the severe accident. Alpha Omicron Pi sends its deepest condolences to Nickerson’s family and to the sisters of the Phi Sigma Chapter. It is Alpha Omicron Pi’s hope that members will find the support they need through the ties of sisterhood and comfort from friends and family. Alpha Omicron Pi is grateful for the University of Nebraska at Kearney community and all those who are offering support to our members, while keeping Nickerson’s loved ones in their thoughts during this difficult time.
The Phi Sigma Chapter at University of Nebraska at Kearney has announced plans to honor collegiate member Ziera Nickerson. The Fraternity will observe a draping of the badge in Ziera’s honor alongside the women of the Phi Sigma Chapter on Monday, October 29. When any member of Alpha Omicron Pi passes away, each collegiate and alumna member may indicate respect and mourning by draping her badge for up to 7 days. The preferred method of draping the badge is to pin the badge through a small piece of black ribbon. Collegiate and alumnae chapters may also hold the Memorial Ritual for Chapters and Members, a ceremony intended for initiated members of Alpha Omicron Pi to honor a deceased member.