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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/.
Category Archives: Alpha Gamma Delta
A friend who attended the AAUW convention sent me a note about Julia T. Brown, the newly-installed Chairman of the AAUW Board (no longer President). Brown in a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. *** I also realize that … Continue reading
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
Hazing Awareness Prevention Week begins today. Sigma Nu’s #40Answers campaign preceded it. I have something I am writing for Hazing Awareness Prevention Week, but it’s still in the early stages. Hopefully, it will appear later this week. *** It’s Founders’ Day for Iota … Continue reading
Miss America 2017 will be chosen on September 11, 2016, but the contestants have been in Atlantic City and the preliminaries competitions are underway. Yesterday, two preliminary winners were named. Cierra Jackson, Miss District of Columbia, took the swimsuit competition honors, winning a … Continue reading
It’s September 1. How did that happen? I missed doing a post for Delta Gamma’s #IAmASororityWoman campaign. (For last year’s post, see http://bit.ly/2bVb4w8 for a list of some really amazing sorority women). Not to brag, but I know some really amazing sorority … Continue reading
Alpha Gamma Delta was founded at Syracuse University on May 30, 1904 at the home of Dr. Wellesley Perry Coddington, a Syracuse University professor. Alpha Gamma Delta is the youngest of the Syracuse Triad, the three National Panhellenic Conference organizations … Continue reading
This past weekend was a busy one in the GLO world. Founders’ Day celebrations, International Reunion Day festivities for my Alpha Gamma Delta friends, philanthropies galore, Awards celebrations and a few Spring Formals, too. I spent Saturday morning at a … Continue reading
Her name at birth was Diderikke Johanne Bothne, but for most of her life she was known as Dikka. A 1917 graduate of the University of Minnesota, where her father was a professor, she was an initiate of the Alpha … Continue reading
Alpha Gamma Delta was founded at Syracuse University on May 30, 1904 at the home of Dr. Wellesley Perry Coddington, a Syracuse University professor. It is the youngest of the Syracuse Triad, the three National Panhellenic Conference organizations founded at … Continue reading