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About Fran Becque, Ph.D.
Welcome! Chances are good you found this blog by searching for something about fraternities or sororities.
The history of Greek-letter organizations (GLOs) - fraternities and sororities - is one of my great passions. I was the last person anyone would have suspected of joining a sorority in college. I am sure I would have agreed with them, too.
When I made my way to Syracuse University, I saw the houses with the Greek letters that edged Walnut Park, and wished I could tour them. My roommate suggested I sign up for rush (as it was then called, today it’s known as recruitment) and go through the house tour round and then drop out of rush. It sounded like a plan. I didn’t realize that I would end up pledging.
In this blog I will share the history of GLOs and other topics. I wrote a dissertation on “Coeducation and the History of Women’s Fraternities 1867-1902.″ It chronicles the growth of the system and the birth of the National Panhellenic Conference.
My Master's thesis details the history of the fraternity system at Southern Illinois University Carbondale from 1948-1960. The dates are significant ones and the thesis is available on the top menu.
I have done research at the Student Life Archives and have written several histories of University of Illinois fraternity chapters for the Society for the Preservation of Greek Housing.
Other topics having to do with higher education also come into play. P.E.O., a Philanthropic Education Organization, was founded as a collegiate organization. I am a P.E.O. and I like to talk about its history. Colleges with which I have a personal connection - Knox College, Mount Holyoke, Washington and Lee, University of Michigan, Syracuse University, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, to name a few - also find their way into these posts.
Thanks for dropping by! I hope you’ll follow my blog. We who enjoy fraternity and sorority history need to stick together. I put together a Pinterest board about fraternity and sorority history. It is at pinterest.com/glohistory/.
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Happy Founders’ Day to Chi Omega! It was founded on April 5, 1895 at the University of Arkansas. Ina May Boles, Jean Vincenheller, Jobelle Holcombe, and Alice Simonds, with guidance from Fayetteville dentist, Dr. Charles Richardson, a Kappa Sigma, created the … Continue reading
“We can conceive of no more fitting manner of honoring the early sacrifices of our Founders than to impress the new initiates with the deep meaning of fraternal duty and obligation through the inspiration of the initiation ceremony. In a … Continue reading
One of my favorite ways to waste time, and forgive me if I’ve said this before, is to page through fraternity and sorority magazines. Reading the old Arrows in the Pi Phi house was how I started down this path … Continue reading
If Jeopardy! ever had a category called National Panhellenic Conference (NPC), the answer/question would be “Which Chi Omegas have served as NPC Chairman.” The National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) wrapped up its meeting about two weeks ago, The newly installed NPC … Continue reading
The 17th National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) meeting took place from October 26-29, 1921; it was chaired by Ethel Hayward Weston, Sigma Kappa. She was the first NPC delegate to serve six years on the Executive Council. The meeting took place at … Continue reading
Happy Founders’ Day to Chi Omega! With the help of a Fayetteville dentist, Kappa Sigma Dr. Charles Richardson, Chi Omega was founded by Ina Mae Boles, Jean Vincenheller, Jobelle Holcombe, and Alice Simonds on April 5, 1895 at the University of … Continue reading
To celebrate Women’s History Month, I wrote this post about some of the early NPC delegates. It was published in the March 2013 Alumnae Panhellenics Newsletter. The National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) met for the first time on May 24, 1902 … Continue reading
“There are local ladies societies at Barnard (Alpha Omicron Pi), Wellesley (Alpha Kappa Gamma), U. of Miss (Sigma Tau), U of Ark (Chi Omega), Wesleyan (Phi Sigma), Dickerson (sic) (Phi Gamma Zeta), Sigma Kappa (Colby) – Wouldn’t it be a … Continue reading
Happy Founders’ Day to Chi Omega! It was founded on April 5, 1895 at the University of Arkansas. It is interesting to note that in the history of women’s fraternities, there is a cadre of women who played integral roles … Continue reading