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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: Miss USA
On Sunday, May 14, 2017, Miss USA 2016, Deshauna Barber, a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., will crown her successor. Here are the sorority women who are competing as far as I can determine. If there are additions or corrections … Continue reading
Congratulations, Miss USA 2016, Deshauna Barber, a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. 1st Runner Up, Chelsea Hardin, Miss Hawaii USA 2nd Runner Up, Emanii Davis, Miss Georgia USA Sorority women in the Final 3: Miss D.C. USA, Deshauna … Continue reading
Congratulations to Olivia Jordan, Miss Oklahoma USA, an Alpha Phi (Boston University), who was recently crowned Miss USA 2015!! She joins this group of sorority women who have worn the Miss USA crown: Miss Universe, Miss USA 1956 – Carol Morris, Kappa … Continue reading
Congratulations, Miss Oklahoma USA, Olivia Jordan, an Alpha Phi (Boston University), who was recently crowned Miss USA 2015!! update 12/20/2015. She won second runner up in the Miss USA 2016 competition! These sorority women competed in the Miss USA 2015 competition: … Continue reading
I spent the weekend at the convention of the Illinois State Chapter of P.E.O. which took place in Springfield. I had a wonderful time. I rode to and fro with the daughter of our neighbor. She and her family moved back to town a few … Continue reading
If you are looking for the contestants who are competing in the Miss USA 2015 competition see http://wp.me/p20I1i-1TI. Congratulations to Miss Nevada USA Nia Sanchez. She was crowned Miss USA in early June 2014. There were several sorority women in the competition. TOP … Continue reading
For information on Miss USA 2014 see http://wp.me/p20I1i-1eY This post is about the 2013 contest. Sorority women who competed in the 2013 Miss USA contest are: Miss Alabama USA, Mary Margaret McCord – Alpha Omicron Pi, University of Alabama (She … Continue reading