Published August 07, 2016

Four to be inducted

Fraternity and Sorority Alumni Hall of Fame to welcome new members
Four Monmouth College alumni will be inducted into the Fraternity and Sorority Alumni Hall of Fame as part of Homecoming weekend on Oct. 1 at 12 noon.

Monmouth inducted its first members into the Fraternity and Sorority Alumni Hall of Fame last year. This year’s inductees are Melinda Fry ’03 of Monmouth, Benjamin Hickerson ’05 of Oregon, Ill., Mary MacDill Knapheide ’35 and Isabel Bickett Marshall ’36. Knapheide and Marshall will be inducted posthumously at the ceremony, which will be held in Mellinger Commons in the Center for Science and Business.

Knapheide was in the news earlier this year when the lead gift for the $2 million Pi Beta Phi women’s fraternity house was made in her honor by her children. Knapheide’s grandmother was grand vice president of the women’s fraternity in its early days at Monmouth, and her great-grandfather, grandfather and son were College trustees. She and her family established the Mary MacDill Knapheide Scholarship at Monmouth.

Marshall had a similar longstanding affiliation with her women’s fraternity, Alpha Xi Delta, maintaining strong ties with the chapter until her death at age 99 in 2014. Marshall was president of the alumnae organization and chapter adviser for many years. She hosted the chapter frequently in her home, and she was instrumental in its 1997 reinstatement at Monmouth College, after a 20-year absence on campus.

A Pi Beta Phi alumna, Fry has demonstrated remarkable devotion to community service, which recently earned her recognition as one of the Top 25 Women in Leadership of Central Illinois and the Monmouth Area Chamber of Commerce’s 2016 Citizen of the Year. A school teacher, Fry recently established a philanthropic group in her classroom. She has also been active for eight years at Rainbow Riders, a therapeutic horseback-riding center for children and adults with special needs.

Hickerson has taken advantage of the skills, values, work ethic and leadership skills that were fostered as a brother in Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. Beginning as an elementary teacher and later through coaching positions and broadcasting, Hickerson honed his craft of engaging students both inside and outside the classroom. He is assistant principal of Oregon Elementary School.

Monmouth’s 2016 Homecoming will be Sept. 30-Oct. 2. For more information about the weekend or to register, go to: www.monmouthcollege.edu/homecoming.
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