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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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Cara Mund has been admitted to law school at the College of Notre Dame, but that will be put on hold for at least a year as she has another commitment. She will be touring the country in her capacity … Continue reading
On September 11, 1865, Alpha Tau Omega was founded by three young Virginia Military Institute cadets – Otis Allan Glazebrook, Alfred Marshall, and Erskine Mayo Ross. As VMI cadets, the three, along with most of their classmates aged 15 to 25, took … Continue reading
It seems like a long time ago and 2001 was a long time ago, especially to someone who is in college today. A newborn then likely now has a driver’s license. Fashions that were spot on then seem a little … Continue reading
On Sunday, September 10, Miss America 2018 will be chosen from among the 2017 state winners. My friend Lyn Harris, Chi Omega’s Archivist, will be in the audience cheering on her four Chi Omega sisters as they compete for the … Continue reading
Sometime, at dusk when the sun sinks low, / The flight of my arrow shall end. / Through the silent hush of the evening glow, / I shall slip away my friend. / But the silken tie of the wine … Continue reading
It’s the Friday before Labor Day. There are two things I’ve been meaning to write about all summer and two that fell into my lap yesterday. Julie Crider Wisbrock became a member of Alpha Chi Omega while at the University … Continue reading
Which NPC sorority founded on this date 105 years ago counts among its founders two sets of sisters and a Catholic priest? Hint, it is the same NPC sorority whose former National President was honored this year by National Interfraternity … Continue reading
This week THE Foundations Seminar is taking place in Indianapolis. Established in the 1990s, the Seminar has “provided fraternal foundation professionals and volunteers with a forum to collaborate on issues unique to advancing their organization’s missions.” Those meeting in Indy this … Continue reading
Women’s fraternities provided the early college woman with a support system. There were several campuses where, by 1902, there were or had been chapters of each of the seven founding NPC members. The University of Michigan is one of these … Continue reading