Author Archives: Fran Becque, Ph.D.

Kappa Kappa Gamma and P.E.O.

Kappa Kappa Gamma and Pi Beta Phi, the Monmouth Duo. were founded at Monmouth College in Monmouth, Illinois. Pi Phi was founded in 1867 and Kappa in 1870. By the late 1870s, their Alpha Chapters were forced off campus due … Continue reading

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Fraternity and Sorority Members Competing in the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics

I know of only a handful of fraternity men and women who are competing  in the 2018 Winter Olympics.  Additions (or corrections) to this list are very welcomed as it isn’t always easy to find this information. To see the … Continue reading

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Playing GLO Catch Up

After I published the last post, I remembered some of the things I meant to include, so technically, I am still playing GLO catch up. Thanks for reading along and indulging. The minute it was posted, I realized that I … Continue reading

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February Barges In – GLO Style

I blinked and January turned in February. This weekend, sorority women are meeting in Atlanta for the Coalition for Collegiate Women’s Leadership (Former SEPC) meeting. It is the largest conference of female undergraduates in the United States. Ginny Carroll, found of the … Continue reading

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“Your Chapter Is Not Yours . . . It Is In Your Keeping.”

“People support what they help to create,” and “Your chapter is not yours . . . it is in your keeping,” were two of the gems said by Sarah Ruth “Sis” Mullis, a legend among Pi Phis at the organization’s … Continue reading

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What If @BettieLocke Had Taken the Phi Gam Badge?

When Bettie Locke, the first female enrolled at Indiana Asbury University (now DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, and one of five women in her class, was offered a Phi Gamma Delta badge to wear she could have accepted it. The … Continue reading

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Help Needed to Solve a Jewelry Mystery

Two tie bar pins, 400 miles apart. One is in the Pi Beta Phi Archives in St. Louis. The other is in Columbus, Ohio in the Delta Gamma’s Frances Lewis Stevenson Archives. The Delta Gamma tie bar also has a … Continue reading

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#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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