Author Archives: Fran Becque, Ph.D.

#HearHerHarvard Again; Listen This Time

Established in 1636, Harvard University is the oldest of the Colonial Colleges which predate the establishment of the United States. It took women 200 years before they were able to be a part of any form of higher eduction in the … Continue reading

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Dillon H. Payne on P.E.O.s 149th Anniversary

On January 21, 1869, seven young women, students at Iowa Wesleyan University in Mount Pleasant, Iowa, founded P.E.O. In the early years, they called it a Society and then, later, a Sisterhood. I’ve written about this before, but it is … Continue reading

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Sorority Women in STEM Careers Before STEM was a Term

If you’ve seen the film Hidden Figures, you’ll be interested to know that Katherine Coleman Goble Johnson, Dorothy Johnson Vaughan, and Mary Winston Jackson were initiates of Alpha Kappa Alpha. Here are links to previous posts about sorority women who were … Continue reading

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On MLK Day, Monday News and Notes

Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  In honor of his non-violent campaign against racism, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. He was a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. It is also the day upon … Continue reading

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Be a Builder

The founders of Greek-letter organizations are revered. Every organization has its founders. They get the glory. Members know their names.  Every organization also has builders, those who do the heavy lifting, who make difficult decisions, who work hard to advance … Continue reading

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Minnie Freeman and the “Schoolhouse Blizzard” on January 12, 1888

Can anyone in America today imagine not knowing that a big snowstorm was heading his/her way? This morning in southern Illinois there is ice everywhere. Yesterday on my afternoon walk with the dogs, I was warm just wearing a sweatshirt. It … Continue reading

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Congrats, Condolences, and Cautious Optimism

Congratulations… Pi Kappa Phi’s Miami University chapter was recently in the news for the way it spends its Fridays. These women of Kappa Delta at Wright State University each earned 4.0 honors.         Condolences Condolences to Sigma … Continue reading

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Is Fraternity Life Doomed?

Will fraternity life be around in 20 years? I don’t know, but I do know that every time I see another headline about the state of fraternity life in 2018, it breaks my heart. For every incident and death, whether … Continue reading

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Celebrating the Good Work of GLO Members!

Happy 2018! My resolution is to keep telling the stories of GLO members. Today’s post highlights some of the social media posts of the last week. Condolences to the family of Zackari Parrish, the Douglas County, Colorado, deputy who was killed on … Continue reading

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On NYD, GLOs Founded in January

Happy New Year!  I thank you for reading this blog. And thanks to all of you who share these posts and tell others about this crazy woman who writes about fraternity and sorority history. I think it is imperative that … Continue reading

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