Author Archives: Fran Becque, Ph.D.

Alpha Sigma Alpha and Wilma Wilson Sharp

Alpha Sigma Alpha was founded on November 15, 1901, at the State Female Normal School (now Longwood University) in Farmville, Virginia. Its founders had been asked to join some of the other sororities on campus, but they wanted to stay … Continue reading

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Do Not Join a Fraternity If:

Do not join a fraternity if: You do not believe in the organization and the tenets upon which it is built. You sort of believe in those things, but have no intention of living up to them. You give a … Continue reading

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The 11th day of the 11th month – #EnduringFriendships

Today, Veterans Day, commemorates the date upon which World War I ended – the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. It had been known as Armistice Day, but in 1954 it was renamed Veterans … Continue reading

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Happy Founders’ Day, Sigma Kappa! #SKFoundersDay

Here in the midwest, it is still November 9. I have been remiss in posting this earlier in the day. I have been away from home for more than two weeks and just returned here after the sunset. It Sigma … Continue reading

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Happy Founders’ Day Alpha Sigma Tau!

On November 4, 1899, eight young women, Mable Chase, Ruth Dutcher, May Gephart, Harriet Marx, Eva O’Keefe, Adriance Rice, Helene Rice, and Mayene Tracy, formed a sorority at the Michigan State Normal College (now Eastern Michigan University) in Ypsilanti, Michigan. … Continue reading

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Following in the P.E.O. Founders’ Footsteps

Last week I followed in the Pi Beta Phi Founders’ footsteps. This week I am knee-deep in the founding of the P.E.O. Sisterhood. P.E.O.s who attended the Convention of International Chapter in Charlotte, North Carolina, several weeks ago learned that … Continue reading

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Congratulations and Explanations

My posts have been few and far between recently and I apologize. I’ve been away from home. Congratulations to two special NPC women who were honored at the recent NPC meeting in Denver: Betty Quick, Gamma Phi Beta, and former … Continue reading

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Alpha Epsilon Phi and Delta Zeta Share a Founding Day

Given that there are 365 days in most years and 26 National Panhellenic Conference organizations, I find it amazing that several NPC organizations were founded on the same day, albeit different years. Alpha Epsilon Phi was founded on October 24, … Continue reading

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The Loan Fund on @KappaDelta Founders’ Day

Kappa Delta was founded on October 23, 1897 at the State Female Normal School (now Longwood University) in Farmville, Virginia. Its founders are Lenora Ashmore Blackiston, Julia Gardiner Tyler Wilson, Sara Turner White and Mary Sommerville Sparks Hendrick. Kappa Delta, along … Continue reading

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Elizebeth Smith Friedman and Her Friends #amazingsororitywomen

I have several dear friends who are proud Hillsdale College and Pi Beta Phi alumnae. They are over the moon about one of their own, Elizebeth Smith Friedman, who has recently been the subject of several books and magazine articles. … Continue reading

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