Fraternity and Sorority Alumni Hall of Fame

“To bring together members of the faculty, alumni, and student members of the institution’s fraternities and sororities on a basis of mutual interest.” — Purpose Statement, Order of Omega

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 identify and honor alumni who have achieved top success within their professional area and have given back to their communities.

2023 Inductees

John Courson ’64 – Tau Kappa Epsilon

Before transferring to the University of Colorado, where he completed his degree in business/finance, John Courson was initiated into Monmouth College’s Alpha Epsilon chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon during his freshman year. Through his leadership experiences in TKE, he honed his skills in organization and management, learning to be a polished public speaker, as well as a caring mentor and adviser to college students in need.

Courson’s appreciation for his TKE experience carried over into his alumni years, as he served on the fraternity’s national board of directors for eight years. He was elected national president from 1981-83 and chair of the Tau Kappa Epsilon Educational Foundation from 1985-91. At the time of his induction, he was chair of TKE’s Founders Fund.

Courson had a long and distinguished career in the mortgage and lending profession, serving as president and CEO of Central Pacific Mortgage Company and Home Builders Institute, as well as president and COO of Fundamental Mortgage Company.

Donald “Mac” McKinley ’50 - Sigma Phi Epsilon

Don “Mac” McKinley was part of the group that established Monmouth College’s Sigma Phi Epsilon chapter in 1948. Although not a World War II veteran, he was visionary in identifying a national fraternity that would be relevant to the male students who had served in the war. After serving as manager of the SigEp house on Broadway, he succeeded future Ford CEO Harold “Red” Poling as chapter president in 1949.

Nationally, SigEp pioneered its “Balanced Man” approach, moving away from hazing and alcohol consumption at fraternity events. McKinley and the Illinois Gamma chapter founders recognized that need 75 years ago and saw to it that their fraternity was different. McKinley was also ahead of his time in the field of education during his three decades as an innovative elementary school principal.

As the keynote speaker at SigEp’s 75th anniversary celebration, McKinley held the audience spellbound with his clear memory of the chapter’s earliest days and his passion for Monmouth.

Hilary Hawkinson Stott ’07 - Kappa Kappa Gamma

Hilary Hawkinson Stott was an active member of Kappa Kappa Gamma while majoring in biology, and she has continued that involvement while serving as an innovative science teacher at Leland High School.

Her leadership roles with KKG as an undergrad included education chairman, vice president for academic excellence and nominating committee chairman. Her compassion for her sisters, her belief in Kappa’s values, and her diligence to upholding those values are what’s kept her in leadership positions well into her alumnae years.

Those positions have included serving as president of the Chicago Western Suburbs Alumnae Association and two stints as risk management content director. Stott contributed to KKG’s Operations Guide, which was developed in response to the pandemic and used by more than 140 chapters. She also served on Monmouth’s Alumni Board from 2009-19.

At Leland, Stott provides numerous opportunities for her students to excel, campaigning for expanded AP courses and creating an International Travel Club and competitive Enviroteam.

 

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