Illinois Wesleyan University to Host 228th Chapter of Prestigious Honor Society
November 4, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Mortar Board has announced that Illinois Wesleyan University has
been selected to host the 228th chartered chapter of Mortar Board, a prominent national
honor society for college seniors.
The group will officially become a chartered chapter at a special installation ceremony
held on Sunday, Nov. 8 at 1 p.m. in the Davidson Room of the Memorial Center (104
E. University St., Bloomington). Twenty-two collegiate members and will be inducted
into the society.
Mortar Board National President Daniel J. Turner, who will preside over the installation
ceremony, will welcome the society’s newest chapter. “With its rich history, unique
curricula, and outstanding student body, I feel that Illinois Wesleyan University
is a perfect fit for Mortar Board,” Turner explained.
Mortar Board is a prestigious national honor society that recognizes college seniors for outstanding
achievement in scholarship, leadership and service. Since its founding in 1918, the
organization has grown from four founding chapters to what will soon be 228 chartered
collegiate chapters with nearly a quarter of a million initiated members across the
nation. The chapter will be named “Egas,” in honor of IWU’s inactive senior women’s
honor society, established at the University in 1937. All of the chapter’s 220 former
members will also be invited to become full members of Mortar Board at this time.
Members of the charter class:
Elizabeth Allen of Chicago, Ill.
Alessandra Bollero of Palm Beach, Fla.
Erin Bradley of Normal, Ill.
Angelo Christophell of LaGrange Park, Ill.
Natalie Cummings of Lakeway, Texas
Michael Engels of Algonquin, Ill.
Jennifer Faust of St. Louis, Mo.
Kerry Gremo of Bloomingdale, Ill.
Kelsey Hample of Macomb, Ill.
Kristen Hosack of Bloomington, Ill.
Ashley Jaconetti of Park Ridge, Ill.
Rachel Kagan of Skokie, Ill.
Amy Kapp of Midland, Mich.
Amy Krzemienski of Wood Dale, Ill.
Emily Marcheschi of Hinsdale, Ill.
Brenda Martinez of Chicago, Ill.
Kari Monegato of Elk Grove Village, Ill.
Britnee Ruscitti of Lisle, Ill.
Janelle Santos of Harwood Heights, Ill.
Morgan Tarbutton of Park Ridge, Ill.
Katherine Utesch of Woodridge, Ill.
Travis Williams of Manteno, Ill.
The chapter’s advisor, Information Services Librarian Sue Stroyan and Mortar Board
Chapter President Morgan Tarbutton will accept the charter on behalf of the group.
One of Mortar Board’s section coordinators Whitney Tarbutton, will attend the ceremony
to welcome the group into the organization.
Mortar Board provides opportunities for continued leadership development, promotes
service to colleges and universities and encourages lifelong contributions to the
global community. Some notable Mortar Board members include former President Jimmy
Carter, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Lance Armstrong and former Supreme Court
Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.
In order to have a charter, an institution must be accredited, grant baccalaureate
degrees, have support of the university administration, host official visits by a
national representative of Mortar Board, and be voted upon by the organization’s board
of directors, the National Council. Additionally, the group should serve as an active
honor society that continues to make significant contributions to college and community
For more information on the Mortar Board installation ceremony, call the Office of
University Communications at (309) 556-3181, or Alicia Notestone, editor and communications
coordinator of the Mortar Board National office, at (800) 989-6366 ext. 106.