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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/.
Tag Archives: Delta Zeta
October 24 is day upon which two NPC groups were founded. Celebrating today are Delta Zeta and Alpha Epsilon Phi. Delta Zeta was founded at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, on October 24, 1902. Its founders are Alfa Lloyd, Mary Collins, Anna … Continue reading
Dr. Helen Johnston was born on February 5, 1891 Columbus City, Iowa. She was educated at Drake University and the University of Iowa. In 1919, she earned her medical degree from Cornell University. After medical school, she took some addition training in … Continue reading
I chuckle when people say they want to return to the “good old days.” As one who looks at old newspapers on a regular basis, it’s evident that bad things happened in the “good old days.” One of these events … Continue reading
October 24 is a founding date which is shared by two National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) organizations, Delta Zeta and Alpha Epsilon Phi. In 1902, Delta Zeta was founded at Miami University in Ohio; Alpha Epsilon Phi began in 1909 at Barnard College … Continue reading
When is hazing not hazing? It’s never not hazing, but apparently when professional sports teams do it, it doesn’t matter. “Rookie Dress Up Day”? Come on professional sportsmen, let’s stop the hazing! HazingPrevention.Org Retweeted PhiPsiPhunPhacts @pkpfacts 9h9 hours ago PhiPsiPhunPhacts Retweeted … Continue reading
Delta Zeta and Alpha Epsilon Phi, both members of the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC), were founded on October 24. In 1902, Delta Zeta made its debut at Miami University in Ohio; Alpha Epsilon Phi was founded in 1909 at Barnard College in New … Continue reading
In the 1970s, Marcia Wallace played the wise-cracking receptionist Carol Kester on the Bob Newhart Show. After that series ended, she became a mainstay on game shows. To generations of fans of The Simpsons she will always be Edna Krabappel, … Continue reading
Two National Panhellenic Conference groups, Delta Zeta and Alpha Epsilon Phi, were founded on October 24. In 1902, Delta Zeta made its debut at Miami University in Ohio; Alpha Epsilon Phi was founded in 1909 at Barnard College in New York City. … Continue reading
October 24 is Founders’ Day for two NPC groups – Delta Zeta and Alpha Epsilon Phi. The first was founded in 1902 at Miami University in Ohio and the latter was founded in 1909 at Barnard College in New York City. … Continue reading