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Three to be inducted into Fraternity and Sorority Alumni Hall of Fame

11/01/2017
MONMOUTH, Ill. – Three Monmouth College alumni will be inducted into the Fraternity and Sorority Alumni Hall of Fame as part of Homecoming weekend on Nov. 4.

Monmouth inducted its first members into the Fraternity and Sorority Alumni Hall of Fame in 2015. This year’s inductees are Cathy Axline Williams ’50 of Ashburn, Va., Ralph Whiteman ’52 of Monmouth and Michael Cortina ’95 of Crystal Lake, Ill. The ceremony will be held at 9:30 a.m. in Mellinger Commons in the Center for Science and Business.

Williams 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. “(Her) love for Kappa Kappa Gamma has ... formed the centerpiece of her lifetime of philanthropy,” wrote her nominators.

While a student at Monmouth, Whiteman 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 Monmouth College Board of Trustees for 24 years.

Cortina, 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.

Monmouth’s 2017 Homecoming will be Nov. 3-5. For more information about the weekend, go to: monmouthcollege.edu/homecoming.