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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: Sorority Women
A number of female United States senators are members of National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) and National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) women’s fraternities/sororities. I suspect there are a greater number of sorority women who are or have been state senators. This is the list … Continue reading
Tonight the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present the 86th Academy Awards. Matthew McConaughey, Delta Tau Delta, is nominated for Best Actor for his work in Dallas Buyers Club. He won the Golden Globe for his performance. AND … Continue reading
Tri Sigma Carrie Underwood will perform a tribute to 1960’s television at tonight’s 65th Emmy Awards. Past Emmy winner, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, a Delta Gamma, is nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. (And she won!) I suspect there … 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
The list of sorority women who have won Academy Awards: Best Picture Nancy Utley Jacobs, Chi Omega, President of Fox Searchlight, Producers of 2014’s Best Picture 12 Years a Slave and 2015’s Birdman Best Actress Kathy Bates, Alpha Delta Pi, Misery … Continue reading