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Random Thoughts on Boxing Day

An Iowa State Kappa Kappa Gamma set off a chain reaction among the sorority women at Iowa State and it served as a reminder why the power of sorority women is so potent.  Kevin Hunsperger, a charter member of the … Continue reading

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Speechless in Ames!

I am not an easy person to render speechless. However, the women of the Iowa State University of Pi Beta Phi did just that on Sunday evening. While I was at Pi Phi’s Leadership Academy in July, a member of … Continue reading

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Phi Beta Sigma, Lou Brock, Richard Nixon, and Carrie Chapman Catt

Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity was founded on January 9, 1914, at Howard University in Washington, D.C., by three African American students, A. Langston Taylor, Leonard F. Morse, and Charles I. Brown. Happy Founders’ Day, Phi Beta Sigma! A goodly number of sports … Continue reading

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E. Jean Nelson Penfield and Carrie Chapman Catt, Monmouth Duo BFFs?

One of the great joys I’ve had is meeting Greek-Letter Organization Archivists and Historians. We are kindred spirits. It goes without saying that we love our own organization the most, almost as if it was our child. Yet, I, for one, … Continue reading

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The Importance of January 9, 1859 and January 9, 1914

What do Carrie Chapman Catt and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity have in common? Catt was born on January 9, 1859. On January 9, 1914, at Howard University in Washington, D.C., three African American students, A. Langston Taylor, Leonard F. Morse, and … Continue reading

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On Election Day, Let Us Honor Carrie Chapman Catt, a Proud Fraternity Woman!

Today is Election Day. One hundred years ago women did not have the right to vote in presidential elections. A fraternity woman, Carrie Lane Chapman Catt, an Iowa State Pi Beta Phi, was a leading force in the suffrage movement. Catt … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Morrill Land-Grant Act and a Snippet About Carrie Chapman Catt

President Abraham Lincoln signed the Morrill Land-Grant Act on July 2, 1862. Iowa was the first state to accept the terms of the Act. The funding went to Ames College which is now Iowa State University. Among the early female … Continue reading

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Carrie Chapman Catt —–> League of Women Voters (and, of course, a Women’s Fraternity is Involved!)

Carrie Lane was born on January 9, 1859, in Ripon, Wisconsin. She enrolled at Iowa State University in the fall of 1876. Carrie was an active member of what is today known as the Iowa Gamma Chapter of Pi Beta Phi which … Continue reading

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