Author Archives: Fran Becque, Ph.D.

5 Myths About Sorority Recruitment

May 24 is two days away. It will mark the 115th anniversary of the founding of the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC). Representatives from seven organizations – Alpha Phi, Delta Delta Delta, Delta Gamma, Gamma Phi Beta, Kappa Alpha Theta, Kappa … Continue reading

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A Happy Founders’ Day to Alpha Delta Pi!

Alpha Delta Pi was founded as the Adelphean Society on May 15, 1851 at Wesleyan Female College in Macon, Georgia. In 1905, the Society changed its name to Alpha Delta Phi and installed its second chapter at Salem College in … Continue reading

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Sorority Women Competing in Miss USA 2017

On Sunday, May 14, 2017, Miss USA 2016, Deshauna Barber, a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., will crown her successor. Here are the sorority women who are competing as far as I can determine. If there are additions or corrections … Continue reading

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P.E.O.’s Connection to Abraham Lincoln

Bess Truman is the only First Lady who was a member of the P.E.O. Sisterhood. Her husband, President Harry Truman was considered a B.I.L. (brothers-in-law), the name given to the spouses and significant others of P.E.O. members. However, the organization has a … Continue reading

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Fraternity and Sorority Membership Doesn’t End With Graduation

On college campuses all across the country and Canada, young men and women are donning caps and gowns and walking across a stage. They are being presented with a diploma cover. Some of those diploma covers will have actual diplomas … Continue reading

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May 3, 1917 in the Lives of Some @SAE1856 During World War I

William C. Levere compiled The History of Sigma Alpha Epsilon in the World War. It was published by the George Banta Company in 1928. It was indeed a labor of love for “Billy” Levere, who himself served the county. He and … Continue reading

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Sometimes You Can Go Home Again and a Happy Founders’ Day Phi Gamma Delta

I spent Friday and Saturday in Monmouth, Illinois, where Pi Beta Phi was founded on April 28, 1867. I was able to stand in the very room where the organization came to life 150 years ago and I shared that … Continue reading

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On Theta Phi Alpha’s Founders’ Day

Theta Phi Alpha celebrates Founders’ Day on April 30, the Feast Day of St. Catherine of Siena.* St. Catherine is the patroness of the organization and her motto, “Nothing great is ever achieved without much enduring, ” is Theta Phi … Continue reading

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Pi Beta Phi —-> From 100, to 150 Today, and to 200 in 2067!

Today, Pi Beta Phi turns 150 years old. I wasn’t sure how I was going to celebrate this in a blog post. I was likely going to use the letter I wrote for the commemorative Arrow, but a few days … Continue reading

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A Special 150th Arrow and a Found P.E.O. Connection

In case you have not heard, my arrow wearing sisters are celebrating a very big anniversary on Friday. This issue of The Arrow was sent to all members with a mailable address. Congratulations to Editor Constance Dillon Gibbs, an alumna of … Continue reading

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