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Fraternity and Sorority Alumni Hall of Fame

A portion of the purpose statement of Order of Omega is “To bring together members of the faculty, alumni, and student members of the institution's fraternities and sororities on a basis of mutual interest”.

Influenced by the direct correlation to this portion of our founding purpose, the Delta Lambda Chapter of Order of Omega has established this recognition program to publicly identify and honor those alumni who have achieved top success within their professional area and have given back to their communities.

2017 Inductees
Mrs. Catherine A. Axline Williams ’50 - Kappa Kappa Gamma

Cathy Axline Williams ’50 was initiated into the Alpha Chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma on Feb. 15, 1947, and has been active with the women’s fraternity for 70 years. Among her many accomplishments are serving as president of the Northern Virginia KKG Alumnae Association and province director of chapters for Lambda Province, during which time she was responsible for seven collegiate chapters in four states and the District of Columbia. She knitted more than 1,000 sweaters to help raise renovation funds for The Stewart House in Monmouth and nominate it for the National Register of Historic Places.

Mr. Ralph E. Whiteman ’52 - Tau Kappa Epsilon

While a student at Monmouth, Ralph Whiteman ’52 was an active member of Tau Kappa Epsilon. He has continued his involvement with the fraternity at alumni get-togethers and class reunions. His nominators credited Whiteman’s “thorough manner of organization and the unselfish and effective gift of his time and energy” for making such events successful, and they also credited Whiteman for keeping the Class of 1952 in touch with one another. For 35 years, Whiteman was president and managing officer of Security Savings Bank in Monmouth, and he also served on the College’s board of trustees for 24 years.

Mr. Michael G. Cortina ’95 - Zeta Beta Tau

Michael Cortina ’95, whose great-grandfather was former Monmouth College president James Harper Grier, pledged Zeta Beta Tau, serving as its president for one year after two years as parliamentarian. After graduating from Monmouth, Cortina earned a degree from Northern Illinois University College of Law. He now has his own legal firm in Crystal Lake, focusing on fiscal and banking law. He and his wife, Becky Veselsky Cortina ’96, are active members of the Crystal Lake community. “Mike epitomizes the values Monmouth College seeks to inspire, develop and foster in our graduates,” wrote his nominator.

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Fraternity & Sorority Hall of Fame Award Recipients:
2017 Cathy Axline Williams ’50
Ralph Whiteman ’52
Michael Cortina ’95
2016 Mary MacDill Knapheide ’35
Isabel Bickett Marshall ’36
Benjamin Hickerson ’05
Melinda Fry ’03
2015 Gail Simpson Owen '74
Bradley Nahrstadt '89
Evelyn Peters Kyle '32
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