Category Archives: Northwestern University

Harper Lee, Thornton Wilder, Thurmon Munson et al.

Harper Lee, Chi Omega, author of the Pulitzer Prize winning To Kill a Mockingbird, announced the publication of her second book, Go Set a Watchman.  She finished the book in the mid-1950s and it has the same characters and is set … Continue reading

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The Chairman of the Board and Judy Baar Topinka

Today, December 12, 2014, is the 99th anniversary of Frank Sinatra’s birth. Although I was born too late to be a “bobby soxer,” Sinatra’s fans of the 1940s, I adore his music. I had the opportunity to see him in person … Continue reading

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The Books Find Me!

Last weekend was spent working at the Friends of the Carbondale Public Library Book Sale. Through our book sales, the “largest in southern Illinois,” according to our claims, we are able to help the Library fund projects and events. Our … Continue reading

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10 + 2 Sorority Women With Pulitzer Prizes

In sorting books for the upcoming Friends of Carbondale Public Library Book Sale, I came across a vintage copy of To Kill a Mockingbird. It has a “Pulitzer Prize Novel” prominently displayed on it. That got me to thinking about sorority women … Continue reading

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“We Need a Fourth for Bridge,” a Phrase No Longer Heard on a College Campus

“Playing bridge in the sorority house any time of day or night,” is what a sorority alumna friend told me she remembered about living in a University of Missouri sorority house during the 1940s. Card parties were used as fundraisers … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Amy Burnham Onken, NPC Chairman 1945-47!

Amy Burnham Onken, an alumna of Pi Beta Phi’s chapter at Northwestern University, attended her first National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) meeting in 1917. She served on Pi Phi’s Grand Council and was a visitor at the NPC meeting. Who could have … Continue reading

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Women’s Fraternities, Sororities, and Dr. Frank Smalley

“Why are some National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) groups women’s fraternities and some are sororities?” is a question I am often asked. It’s a tough one because the 26 NPC organizations are typically referred to as sororities in everyday conversation (i.e. … Continue reading

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Doctors Who Wore Badges: Fraternity Women in Medicine 1867-1902

In 1870, there were 525 female doctors in the United States (Newcomer, 1959).   Among the fraternity women who became physicians were founders of two NPC groups, Rachel Jane “Jennie” Nicol, a founder of Pi Beta Phi, and Eleanor Dorcas Pond … Continue reading

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Jane Marie Bancroft Robinson, Alpha Phi, Active in Deaconess Work

In the fall of 1886, when Jane Marie Bancroft Robinson enrolled at Syracuse University, she had senior standing. Born in 1847, she graduated from the Emma Willard School in Troy, NY in 1871. She then entered  the New York State … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Amy Burnham Onken, NPC Chairman 1945-47

Amy Burnham Onken was a visitor to the 1917 National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) meeting. At that meeting, few could have imagined the influence she would have on her own organization, Pi Beta Phi, and on the NPC world itself. In … Continue reading

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