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New recognition for alumni: Order of Omega sponsors Hall of Fame for FSL alumni

February 6, 2015

Monmouth College has recently announced the formation of the Order of Omega Fraternity and Sorority Alumni Hall of Fame.

According to a portion of their mission statement, the Fraternity and Sorority Alumni Hall of Fame “bring[s] together members of the faculty, alumni, and student members of the institution’s fraternities and sororities on a basis of mutual interest.”

Billy Bernard, Associate Director of the Wackerle Career and Leadership Program, said, “In a nutshell, it’s an opportunity for us to recognize members of the fraternity and sorority community who have contributed significantly to their field and career and who have, over time, continued to work with their undergraduate chapter or maintained some fraternity involvement.”

Alumni who are selected for the award will be honored at homecoming each year. According to Bernard, “Over the years, fraternity and sorority members have wondered how they can get a more prominent spot on the homecoming, since fraternity and sorority life makes up a large portion of the campus and we have a very strong alumni base there. So, this was an idea that kind of just came up in a meeting with Order of Omega and I’ve known other institutions that are doing this as well to recognize their alums. This is a conversation we had and we decided to try it out.”

It has not yet been decided how many people will be inducted per year, but nominations are already open. The deadline is set for March 31. Sitting on the committee will be Bernard, Hannah Maher (who is the Director of Alumni Relations), as well as three students from Order of Omega.

To qualify for the award, nominees must be graduated for at least ten years, must have been a member of a fraternity or sorority during their undergraduate career, thought to be a leader in their current pursuits and be involved with their community as well as Fraternity and Sorority Life.

“We always want to go back to the Monmouth standard of making it professional, making it important and valuable and keeping it consistent with what we do with other alumni awards,” said Bernard.

“I’m excited to get it launched! I’m really looking forward to seeing the nominations we get. Hopefully it’s a moment for everybody to realize that the fraternity and sorority is so much more than myself, and it’s helping me even though I might not know it on a day-to-day basis.”

Aimee Miller
Courier Copy Editor

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