Author Archives: Fran Becque, Ph.D.

History Matters

The cornerstone for the first building on Syracuse University’s campus, the Hall of Languages, the one pictured above, was laid on September 1, 1871. It was dedicated on May 8, 1873. Sometime between those two events, Alpha Phi was founded. … Continue reading

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To the December Graduates Upon the Start of Alum Life

Many mid-year graduates are celebrating this weekend after donning caps and gowns and walking across a stage to culminate their undergraduate experience. The fraternity and sorority members among the graduates, who, when they first became members of their respective organizations, … Continue reading

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#HearHerHarvard – Let Harvard Women Associate Freely and Without Penalty

The Panhellenic women at Harvard University – the members of Kappa Alpha Theta, Delta Gamma, and Alpha Phi – operate under extreme conditions at America’s oldest higher education institution, Harvard University. #HearHerHarvard is a campaign to bring this discrimination and … Continue reading

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Grace Goodhue Coolidge, Ll.D., with an Appearance by a Phi Psi and a Theta

Ninety-three years ago today, First Lady Grace Goodhue Coolidge was getting ready for an important event. She may have been travelling to Boston or perhaps she was already there, visiting with friends. On the next day, December 12, 1924, she … Continue reading

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“Mrs. Sherlock Holmes” and Alpha Omicron Pi

If you look at the list of Founders’ Days at the bottom of this blog, you will see that I have Alpha Omicron Pi listed as celebrating Founders’ Day, today, December 8. According to the post on the AOPi website: … Continue reading

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The 1,000th @GLOHistory Post, Thanks to You!

Yesterday I realized I had written 999 blog posts. What should I write about for post number 1,000? I posed that question on the Focus on Fraternity History Facebook group page and these are the questions I was asked.  Has there … Continue reading

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Connecting the Past to the Present and the Future

Daniel Webster Crofts, while a student at Jefferson College (now Washington and Jefferson College), became a founder of Phi Gamma Delta. He was born on December 3, 1828. After graduation, he tried his hand at teaching and then settled on … Continue reading

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Jim Nabors, Delta Tau Delta, and Meghan Markle, Kappa Kappa Gamma

Jim Nabors, a member of Delta Tau Delta, who would forever be known for his portrayal of Gomer Pyle, died yesterday, November 30, 2017. His website gives this credit to his fraternity: The son of Mavis and Fred Nabors, Jim … Continue reading

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A Kappa Royal, a Miss Teen USA, a Presidential Painting, and an Exhibit

Have you heard that Britian’s Prince Harry will marry Meghan Markle, a Kappa Kappa Gamma? Odds are that her royal title will be Duchess of Sussex. Markle is an initiate of the Kappa chapter at Northwestern University. My Alpha Gam friend … Continue reading

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Phi Sigma Sigma 75 Years Ago

Phi Sigma Sigma was founded at Hunter College on November 26, 1913. Its original name was Phi Sigma Omega, but it was discovered that the name was already in use. Its founders are Lillian Gordon Alpern, Josephine Ellison Breakstone, Fay … Continue reading

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