Alumna Honored for Her Service
March 1, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – The women of Zeta Phi Beta plan to name a Community Service Award
in honor of their sorority sister and Illinois Wesleyan University alumna Monica Taylor,
class of ’88. The first ceremony will be held on Saturday, April 10 from 2-4 p.m.
in the Davidson Room of Illinois Wesleyan’s Memorial Center (104 University St., Bloomington).
Taylor, who passed on Oct. 21, 2009, was the director of Illinois Wesleyan’s Multicultural
Affairs for 11 years before she joined State Farm Insurance Companies in 2004. While
on campus, she supported the Black Student Union, the Council for Latin American Student
Enrichment and the service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega. With her help, the Kwanzaa
program and the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Gospel Festival were established
In 2008, Taylor was recognized by the Normal Human Relations Commission for her dedication
to improving cooperative and respectful relations among diverse groups in the community
and was the recipient of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Award. She was also awarded
the 2008 Spirit of State Farm honor for Community Service.
Taylor also participated as a March of Dimes board member, Boys & Girls Club of Bloomington-Normal
mentor, McLean County Diversity Chaperone, Cultural Festival board and committee member,
Juneteenth Planning Committee member and Centrillo Council of Girl Scouts board member.
Additionally, Taylor held leadership positions in her sorority and participated in
the Bloomington-Normal Black History Project, as well as the Bloomington Normal Social
and Greek Organization, which provides food to families in need around the holidays.
For more information on the ceremony, contact Jeanine Cribbs at firstname.lastname@example.org or (309) 242-6920.
Contact: Kristin Fields, ’12, (309) 556-3181