Author Archives: Fran Becque, Ph.D.

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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Have the Boy Scouts Jumped the Shark?

Lord Baden Powell, founder of the scouting movement, is too busy spinning in his grave to comment on my assertion that the Boys Scouts of America have just jumped the shark with their recent announcement that the Boys Scouts of … Continue reading

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October 15 – Alpha to Zeta and More

Alpha Chi Omega and Zeta Tau Alpha celebrate Founders’ Day on October 15. How amazing is it that the first organization and the last organization on the alphabetical listing of National Panhellenic Conference members share the same Founders’ Day? On Thursday, … Continue reading

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Kappa Kappa Gamma + Peggy Kirk Bell

I have been to Monmouth, Illinois, many times and on each trip, I try to envision Monmouth College as it might have been in 1870. I walk past the spot where it is said two women talked about forming an … Continue reading

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Day of the Girl / Circle of Sisterhood / Cottey College

I had no intention of writing a post today. However, I knew this morning, while sipping coffee and skimming social media, that I needed to write a post. After walking the dogs and having thoughts spin around in my head, … Continue reading

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October 10, Happy Founders’ Day x 4

October 10, 1872 – Alpha Phi, founded at Syracuse University. It is the oldest of the Syracuse triad of NPC organizations founded at Syracuse.  In September of 1872, Martha Foote (Crowe), Clara Sittser (Williams), and Kate Hogoboom (Gilbert) pondered the thought of … Continue reading

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Credit or Discredit – What’ll It Be?

Being a member of a Greek-Letter Organization entails certain responsibilities. A member is expected to take part in the activities of the organization, serving in the day-to-day life of the chapter. A member is expected to be responsible for him/herself, turning … Continue reading

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When Words Fail Me – 10/3/2017

  *** I recommend viewing Returning the Favor. It helps restore one’s faith in humanity.  

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Lost in a Roundabout Somewhere in Indiana

On Monday, I headed east to Indiana to do some research in Carmel and get closer to completing a project. My dissertation, Coeducation and the History of Women’s Fraternities 1867-1902, covered the seven founding National Panhellenic Conference organizations, the campuses where these … Continue reading

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P.E.O. International Presidents AND Sorority Women

A very special initiation happened this summer at the Pi Beta Phi convention. On June 25, 2017, Susan Reese Sellers, a past International President of P.E.O. (2011-13), was one of a group of honorary alumnae initiates of Pi Beta Phi. … Continue reading

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