Tag Archives: University of Kansas

Speeding Through April in Iowa and Kansas

I’ve been AWOL. It’s the 12th of April and there has only been one post for Chi Omega’s Founders’ Day. There are several other NPC Founders’ Days coming along and I hope to commemorate those as well. Where have I … Continue reading

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Mother’s Day Reflections

In case you didn’t know, yesterday was Mother’s Day. My facebook and twitter feeds had picture after picture of mothers and their children. I didn’t post anything on facebook and I know other friends didn’t post anything either. While it … Continue reading

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#WHM – Grace Wilkie, Chi Omega

Grace Wilkie grew up in Wichita, Kansas, and spent most of her life living and working there. She was educated at the University of Kansas, where, during her undergraduate years, she became a member of Chi Omega. She served her chapter … Continue reading

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Beta at Kansas, THON at Penn State, and a Phi Mu from Syracuse

I’ve been away for a week on a research project, my mind is swimming with places, dates, and the faces of those long gone. One of the most interesting tidbits I picked up last week was that Emma Patton Noble, … Continue reading

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Cyber Monday – the GLO Cornucopia

My e-mail boxes tell me it’s Cyber Monday, one of the busiest on-line shopping days. There is a big sale going on at Pi Phi Express and I am certain that many other fraternity and sorority on-line merchants are having … Continue reading

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“Look On This Picture After That!” The University of Kansas Fraternity System, 1889

Let’s go back 124 years. Pretend it’s 1889 and we’re at the University of Kansas. Forget that generations of students have come and gone in Lawrence since then. An early student publication devotes a page to what seems to be … Continue reading

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“Unworthy of Womanly Dignity,” Recruitment Rules, University of Kansas, 1888

In 1870, only eight state universities were coeducational; the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas, was one of the eight. Its women’s fraternity system dates to April 1, 1873, when the Kansas Alpha chapter of Pi Beta Phi** was chartered. … Continue reading

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Celebrating a Century with a Gamma Phi Beta Friend, Initiated in 1933 at the University of Kansas

This weekend, there was a gathering in a church hall for a local woman who was celebrating her hundredth birthday. I first met her when I came to town and joined the University Women’s Club. She was one of the … Continue reading

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The Early History of the Women’s Fraternity System at the University of Kansas

By 1870, eight state universities accepted women; these institutions were the Universities of Kansas, Iowa, Wisconsin, Indiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Michigan, and California (Newcomer, 1959).  Women’s fraternities provided the female students with a support system in an educational environment that was … Continue reading

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The Kappas, Thetas, and Pi Phis Visit Willis Studio, Lawrence, Kansas

The photos below, of the three women’s fraternities at the University of Kansas, were taken at Willis Studio in Lawrence, Kansas. The 1903 Jayhawker yearbook has an ad for Willis Studio located at 925 Massachusetts Avenue. I have not been … Continue reading

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