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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 the University of Michigan’s 200th Anniversary, the Beginnings of Its Sorority System

Women’s fraternities provided the early college woman with a support system. There were several campuses where, by 1902, there were or had been chapters of each of the seven founding NPC members. The University of Michigan is one of these … Continue reading

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Robin Wright, the Michigan Kappa, and a Heartfelt Essay

Yesterday, I read an essay, My Last Conversation with My Father, which a friend recommended. Written by Robin Wright, it appeared in the June 17, 2017 New Yorker (see http://bit.ly/2tOQlnt).  The name rang a bell and after reading it, I … 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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Dr. Placida Gardner Chesley, Kappa Alpha Theta, #amazingsororitywomen, #WHM2017

As a student at the University of Southern California, Vera Placida Gardner joined a local organization, Alpha Rho. She graduated from USC in 1910 and attended medical school at the University of Michigan. While in Ann Arbor, she became a member of … Continue reading

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A Shant, a President, and a Story That Began 162 Years Ago Today

The minutes of the founding chapter of Delta Kappa Epilson reveal that on December 16, 1854, 162 years ago today,  “A Petition to establish at the University of Michigan was read and granted,” according to the “This day in DEKE … 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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A Cuba Connection as Delta Kappa Epsilon Turns 172

Today is the day on which Delta Kappa Epsilon was founded 172 years ago. There are many people, places, and things which have DKE connections. I’ve learned about many of them through This Day in Deke History posts on social … 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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