Mrs. Jane Nichols was installed as the 24thpresident of Alpha Epsilon State during the 1983 Evansville convention. A member of Theta Chapter, Jane contributed to the chapter in several capacities, including being elected president in 1976-1978.
Jane had previously served at the state level as research chair, program chair, nominations committee chair, and first vice-president before being named state president. During the biennium the Lettie P. Trefz International Scholarship was established. Alpha Epsilon State’s first summer leadership conference was held at Anderson College. A plan for establishing coordinating councils became a reality.
Jane Nichols was part of the Indianapolis 1986 International Convention steering committee. She was appointed the 1987-1988 Northeast Regional member of the International Educators Award Committee. In 1990 Jane was selected to attend the Leadership/Management Seminar I Austin, TX. The following year she was a member of the ad hoc committee for Star Walk.
In 1997 Jane was named the first state historian with the “responsibility of maintaining our business, our heritage and our traditions.” She was general chairman of the 1999 Northeast Regional Conference held in Indianapolis, where the state of Indiana bestowed upon her its Distinguished Hoosier Award.
More recently, Jane was a member of the 2018 state conference held in Lafayette.
Professionally Mrs. Jane Nichols was the graphics specialist at Jefferson High School in Lafayette, having served as media specialist and the teacher of art and English. She later received recognition as a Woman of Distinction from the YWCA of Lafayette for her community involvement.
Her personal motto is this: “I get involved when I am needed, I am committed, and I get the work done to the best of my ability.”