Category Archives: University of Illinois

The 11th day of the 11th month – #EnduringFriendships

Today, Veterans Day, commemorates the date upon which World War I ended – the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. It had been known as Armistice Day, but in 1954 it was renamed Veterans … Continue reading

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“A Happy Find in Champaign” on Alpha Gamma Delta’s Founding Day

Alpha Gamma Delta was founded on May 30, 1904 at Syracuse University, when Syracuse was still in session at the end of May. As academic calendars changed, it became difficult celebrating a Founders’ Day when school was not in session. … Continue reading

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Happy Founders’ Day, Triangle and FarmHouse Fraternities!

Acacia, FarmHouse and Triangle Fraternities are the only members of the North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) that do not use Greek-letters. The latter two celebrate Founders’ Day on the same day. What’s also interesting to note is that both were formed … Continue reading

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Louise Pellens and Design for a Sorority House

In researching the previous post about Louise Pellen’s scrapbook (see http://wp.me/p20I1i-3tX ), I came across a copy of her University of Illinois thesis Design for a Sorority House.  The thesis was one of the requirements of the degree of Bachelor of Science … Continue reading

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Of Dance Cards and Scrapbooks

Yesterday, the Student Life and Culture Archives at the University of Illinois posted a link to a scrapbook in its collection.  As one who has been on the Illinois campus and has studied the history of its fraternities and sororities, … Continue reading

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Gamma Phi Carissima on Founders’ Day

Frances Haven grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Evanston, Illinois, as her father, Dr. Erastus Otis Haven, headed up the University of Michigan and then Northwestern University. When Dr. Haven was elected Chancellor of Syracuse University, Frances moved to Syracuse, … Continue reading

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Elkhart, Illinois, Remembers a Sigma Chi

The Elkhart, Illinois, exit off of I-55 in Illinois, just north of Springfield, has intrigued me ever since I wrote a history of Sigma Chi’s Kappa Kappa Chapter at the University of Illinois. For five seasons of football games at Knox … Continue reading

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Agnes Nixon, Alpha Chi Omega and Soap Opera Titan

Yesterday, Agnes Eckhardt Nixon died. She is considered the Queen of Modern Soap Operas. Unlike some of her soap opera characters, there will never be anyone to replace her. Nixon became a member of the Northwestern University chapter of Alpha … Continue reading

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Happy Founders’ Day, Zeta Psi!

Zeta Psi was founded on June 1, 1847 at New York University. John Bradt Yates Sommers, John Moon Skillman, and William Henry Dayton are its founders. The NYU chapter is the Phi chapter.  In trying to figure out what to write … Continue reading

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Museum Mystery, Chi Omega Trending, and the New/Old Gymnasium

It is official. The #WHM posts nearly did me in as they were combined with a to-do list that has its own zip code. But I loved writing about those “Unsung Heroines.” April has several Founders’ Days that I want … Continue reading

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