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Two Sets of Sisters, a Catholic Priest, and Silver Award Winner?

Which NPC sorority founded on this date 105 years ago counts among its founders two sets of sisters and a Catholic priest? Hint, it is the same NPC sorority whose former National President was honored this year by National Interfraternity … Continue reading

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On Theta Phi Alpha’s Founders’ Day

Theta Phi Alpha celebrates Founders’ Day on April 30, the Feast Day of St. Catherine of Siena.* St. Catherine is the patroness of the organization and her motto, “Nothing great is ever achieved without much enduring, ” is Theta Phi … Continue reading

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Congratulations ΘΦΑ, Condolences ΑEΠ

Theta Phi Alpha was founded on August 30, 1912 at the University of Michigan. The organization celebrates Founders’ Day on April 30th, but this gives me an opportunity to apologize. The post a few back about legacies, at first omitted … Continue reading

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On Theta Phi Alpha’s Founders’ Day

Theta Phi Alpha’s roots can be traced to the 1909 establishment of a local organization, Omega Upsilon, at the University of Michigan. Father Edward D. Kelly, a Catholic priest and the pastor of the student chapel at Michigan, felt that … Continue reading

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#WHM – M. Esther Funke, Theta Phi Alpha and Lawyer

Marie Esther Funke was born on June 29, 1906 in Edwardsville, Illinois, across the Mississippi River from St. Louis, Missouri. She died in Edwardsville almost 60 years later. She is buried there in the Calvary Catholic Church cemetary. Her professional name was … Continue reading

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Theta Phi Alpha is 103 Years Old Today!

The World War II work done by sorority women is an interest of mine. Veronica Lucey (Conley), a Boston University Theta Phi Alpha, served as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps. She went on to earn a Master’s degree … Continue reading

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30 Days Hath…April’s GLO Round-Up

From the heartwarming stories file: In 1950, while a student at the University of North Texas, Jack Marr became a member the Falcon Fraternity, a local organization which was hoping to join a national organization. After graduating in 1952, Marr … Continue reading

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8/30/1912 + Bishop Kelly + 10 Founders = Happy 102 Years Theta Phi Alpha!

A few men have had roles in the founding of National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) sororities. Dr. Wellesley P. Coddington (Syracuse Triad), George Banta (Delta Gamma), and Dr. Charles Richardson (Chi Omega) are some whose names quickly come to mind. Of that small … Continue reading

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“A Hot Pilot is Born” to “Hello Dolly” – a ΘΦΑ Life Well Lived

Reading old issues of fraternity and sorority magazines is one of my favorite hobbies. In flipping through the Winter 1946 issue of The Compass of Theta Phi Alpha, I found a page with the title “A Hot Pilot is Born.”  The article tells the … Continue reading

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A Dancing Kelly on ΘΦΑ Founders’ Day While GLO Members Lobby in D.C.

Theta Phi Alpha celebrates Founders’ Day on April 30, the Feast Day of Saint Catherine of Siena.* Saint Catherine is the patroness of the organization and her motto, “Nothing great is ever achieved without much enduring,” is Theta Phi Alpha’s motto as … Continue reading

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