Agnes Nixon, Alpha Chi Omega and Soap Opera Titan

Yesterday, Agnes Eckhardt Nixon died. She is considered the Queen of Modern Soap Operas. Unlike some of her soap opera characters, there will never be anyone to replace her. Nixon became a member of the Northwestern University chapter of Alpha Chi Omega as a junior transfer from St. Mary’s College in South Bend, Indiana. At Northwestern, she studied under Alvina Krause, a storied drama teacher. Charlton Heston, Jean Hagen, and Patricia Neal, a Pi Beta Phi, were her drama school classmates.

Nixon began writing plays for radio when that was an option for performing dramas, in pre-television days. A meeting with Irna Phillips, the creator of the modern soap opera, and an alumna of the Phi Sigma Sigma chapter at the University of Illinois, led to Nixon’s career as a soap opera writer. Some accounts say that the meeting was arranged by Nixon’s father who wanted to dissuade his daughter from entering the field and instead join the family business selling burial garments. Nixon took with her the script she had written for professor Armand Hunter’s class. Phillips read her “A” paper and hired her then and there, two weeks after graduation. Phillips took Nixon her under her wing, until Nixon was ready to fly on her own.

Agnes Eckhardt Nixon

Agnes Eckhardt Nixon. Alpha Chi Omega

In 1951, Nixon married and began a family. Four children were raised in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, a locale which would later serve as a model for Pine Valley, the comunity she would create 20 years later.

During the 1950s. Nixon was a daytime drama writer for CBS and NBC. Her work included Another World, Guiding Light, and Search for Tomorrow. She then answered ABC’s offer to develop One Life to Live. The show went on the air in 1968. All My Children followed two years later in 1970. Loving ran from 1991-93While at first she wrote all or many of the scripts, her role transitioned into being an executive or consulting producer for the shows.

College women who lived during the dark ages of the 1970s and 1980s, when shows were aired and then never seen again, may remember crowding around a television. Some devotees would not schedule classes during the times these shows were on. The day’s plot line was often discussed over dinner. Agnes Nixon’s work is in the fabric of so many women’s college experiences. May she Rest in Peace.

 On November 12, 2008, she appeared on the 10,000th episode of the show as "Aggie", the ghost of the woman who founded Pine Valley in 1870.

On November 12, 2008, Nixon appeared in All My Children’s 10,000th episode. She played “Aggie,” the ghost of the woman who founded Pine Valley in 1870.

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Sororities at Oklahoma State and a Depression-Era Service Project

One of my favorite things to read are old issues of fraternity and sorority magazines. In the early 1900s, the National Panhellenic Conference organizations adopted a service project/philanthropy  and members raised funds or did service for that cause. They also did war work during and after the World Wars. In the late 1940s, Christmas parties for handicapped, orphaned, or underprivledged children, hosted by a fraternity and a sorority became de rigeur on some campuses. However, there really wasn’t a concerted effort to do collaborative projects in the pre-World War II years.

When I found this mention of a December 1932  Depression-era project on the Oklahoma State University campus, I became intrigued.

December 25, which might been ‘just another day’ for some six  hundred old folks and tiny tots of Stillwater, Oklahoma, was transformed into a real Christmas by the Women’s Panhellenic Council of Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical College.

Under the direction of Oklahoma B of ΠΒΦ, four trucks and ten automobiles delivered hundreds of pounds of food to the needy families of Stillwater on Christmas eve. Ruth Fleming, vice-president of Oklahoma B, was chairman of the Christmas project. She  had members of the six national women’s fraternities represented on the campus as assistants; there were members of KAΘ,  XΩ,  KΔ,  ZTA,  AΔΠ, and ΠΒΦ.

A week before vacation began all women’s and men’s fraternities began have bringing food to the office of the Dean of Women. Here were collected the canned tomatoes, sent by KAΘ and ΠΒΦ; the cabbages sent by XΩ, KΔ, and ZTA; and the oranges sent by AΔΠ. The men’s fraternities sent 500  pounds of sugar. The boys’ and girls’ dormitories were asked to assist in providing the food, and they responded by  sending oranges, potatoes, and canned vegetables. Townspeople voluntarily donated nuts, butter, and cabbage.

In order to have funds to buy the other desirable foods, the Women’s City Panhellenic entertained with a benefit bridge in November. Mrs. Sam Myers, Oklahoma B alumna, was in charge of the bridge, which was held at the largest hall in town donated by the American Legion. The city of Stillwater furnished the lights and the gas company donated the gas. The prizes were furnished by the stores, each contributing one prize. Good prizes such as turkeys, baked hams, linen, hose, vanities, $2.50 worth of cleaning, $2 worth of beauty parlor work, and $2 worth of tickets to the picture show were among the gifts. They made $60 with which Mrs. Myers bought Christmas candy, beef roasts, two loaves of bread, and a peck of apples for every family.

The list of needy families was secured from the United Charities, who usually supply these baskets of food; but this year they were glad to have the money to use as a shoe fund. Besides this list, a number of hungry college boys who were ‘batching’ in attics were helped.

About fifteen girls volunteered to sack and sort the food during the vacation. Then Saturday at one o’clock assisted by Boy Scouts, they loaded the cars and trucks. With three or four girls on each truck and two in each car the food was distributed.

l-t-r: Velma Bishop, Chi Omega; Jean Bullen, Kappa Alpha Theta; Kathryn Grover, Chi Omega; Bernadine Brock, Chi Omega; Thena Goble, Phi Omega Pi; Corabell Corbin, Pi Beta Phi; Mary katherine Thatcher, Kappa Alpha Theta; Bernice Wilcox, Kappa Alpha Theta; Mary Mullendore, Pi Beta Phi; Ruth Fleming, Pi Beta Phi; Bee Pitts, Kappa Alpha Theta; Margaret Thatcher but not that Margaret Thatcher!), Kappa Alpha Theta; Mryna Wilcox, Kappa Alpha Theta; Geraldine Ray, Chi Omega

l-t-r: Velma Bishop, Chi Omega; Jean Bullen, Kappa Alpha Theta; Kathryn Grover, Chi Omega; Bernadine Brock, Chi Omega; Thena Goble, Phi Omega Pi; Corabell Corbin, Pi Beta Phi; Mary katherine Thatcher, Kappa Alpha Theta; Bernice Wilcox, Kappa Alpha Theta; Mary Mullendore, Pi Beta Phi; Ruth Fleming, Pi Beta Phi; Bee Pitts, Kappa Alpha Theta; Margaret Thatcher (but not that Margaret Thatcher!), Kappa Alpha Theta; Myrna Wilcox, Kappa Alpha Theta; Geraldine Ray, Chi Omega

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Hazing Hath No Charms #NHPW16

It’s National Hazing Prevention Week. This year it began on September 21. My twitter feed is full of “These hands don’t haze” memes. It’s not a coincidence that the week happens when many students are assimilating into Greek-letter organizations. Hazing has no place in any organization, but getting that message out to the rank and file members is not easy, especially if all those members know about an organization is what they’ve seen in the media or in embellished stories from older members.  Membership and chapter culture changes each year, too, adding an extra challenge to it all.


Hazing, according to the definition on, is “any action taken or any situation created intentionally that causes embarrassment, harassment or ridicule and risks emotional and/or physical harm to members of a group or team, whether new or not, regardless of the person’s willingness to participate.”

Hazing is not exclusive to GLOs. Professional sports teams have been known to haze rookies. Colleges and universities once supported class rivalries and potentially dangerous competitions were held between classes. My alma mater, Syracuse University, had its Salt, Cane, Flour, Orange, and Snow Rushes.

College customs were much discussed in the Greek-letter organization magazines of the early 1900s. The December 1905 Delta Upsilon Quarterly contained this report on the Syracuse chapter’s activities, “The Flour rush and Salt rush were held as usual and furnished the same amusement to the spectators and the same exhibition of class spirit as heretofore, the former being won by the freshmen and the latter by the sophomores.”

Salt Rush 1903

Salt Rush, Syracuse University, 1903


Gamma Phi Beta’s Alpha Chapter outlined some of Syracuse’s traditions in the November 1906 Crescent of Gamma Phi Beta, “Class distinction is impressed upon the ‘Freshie’ by a flour rush and a salt rush; in the Spring he retorts by an extraordinary ‘parade’ and a moving ceremony, in which the ‘Freshies’ bury their hated green caps which they have been forced to wear all the year.”

According to a chapter report in the January 1911 Alpha Phi Quarterly, “At the beginning of each college year the men have a series of rushes which include the salt rush, flour rush, the football rush, and later the snow rush. Only the underclassmen participate in these and everyone is glad to see the freshmen win as they usually do. The freshmen form at the foot of Crouse Hill, and the sophomores at the top. Then they rush at each other, throwing bags of salt or flour as the case may be, and the sophomores try to prevent the freshmen from reaching the top of the hill. Wrestling matches follow the rushes. The men usually escape with a few cuts and bruises but these, of course, are marks of honor.”

Snow Rush

Snow Rush, Syracuse University

This excerpt from a 1930 Onondagan yearbook gives more details,  “The Flour Rush, which took place on September 28 (1929), was a victory for the freshmen who stormed the Irving Avenue side of Crouse College with bags of flour and completely routed the sophomores with their fire hose. Boxing and Wrestling matches followed. A tie rush was scheduled between the halves of the St. Lawrence game, but this was called because of the mud. The Salt rush which followed soon after was a chance for revenge for the men of ‘32, and they took advantage of it.”

These traditions died out by the early 1940s. Inter-class rushes were not confined to Syracuse; they were part of campus life on many other campuses. Salt Rushes took place at other upstate New York schools including St. Lawrence University and Colgate University. This may have been because, Syracuse supplied much of the country’s salt.  Cane Rushes in which freshmen and sophomores sparred over possession of a cane were commonplace at schools all over the country.

Sigma Nu, co-sponsor of the #40Answers campaign which precedes National Hazing Prevention Week, was founded by three cadets at the Virginia Military Institute after the Civil War. Hazing was rampant in the institution, “the system of physical abuse and hazing of underclassmen at VMI led to James Frank Hopkins, Greenfield Quarles, and James McIlvaine Riley to form the ‘Legion of Honor’ which soon became Sigma Nu Fraternity.” Whenever I hear of a hazing incident involving Sigma Nu, I wonder if those involved failed to make the connection between the founding of their organization and the transgression done by their own chapter.

The bottom line is that hazing has absolutely no place in today’s GLOs. The future of all of our organizations is at stake. That, choir, is the sermon for today.

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@BettieLocke Meet @PrezCoolidge

Bettie Locke, the force behind the founding of Kappa Alpha Theta in 1870, is on the run this week. On Thursday, September 22, 2016, the Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay will wind its way through Putnam County from 5-8 p.m. Putnam is the Indiana county in which DePauw University is located.

In 1867, DePauw was known as Indiana Asbury University when Bettie Locke (Hamilton) became the first woman to enroll at the school. In 1870, she along with three other women founded Kappa Alpha Theta.

Running in honor of Bettie Locke Hamilton is Kerri Hemmelgarn, the CEO of Kappa Alpha Theta’s Alpha Chapter at DePauw.

The four Kappa Alpha Theta Founders

The four Kappa Alpha Theta Founders


@BettieLocke is Kappa Alpha Theta’s twitter account.  @PrezCoolidge is apparently Calvin Coolidge’s twitter account. And he liked my tweet. Day made.


The change of address form Grace Coolidge sent Pi Beta Phi after leaving the White House.

The change of address form Grace Coolidge sent Pi Beta Phi after leaving the White House. It’s one of my favorite items on display at Pi Phi’s HQ. Photo by friend Susan Bruch.

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Monday GLO Musings

Hazing Awareness Prevention Week begins today. Sigma Nu’s #40Answers campaign preceded it. I have something I am writing for Hazing Awareness Prevention Week, but it’s still in the early stages. Hopefully, it will appear later this week.


It’s Founders’ Day for Iota Phi Theta. Founded  on September 19, 1963 at Morgan State College (now University) in Baltimore, during the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s. Its 12 founders were a little older than traditional college age students.  Iota Phi Theta’s founders are Albert Hicks, Lonnie Spruill, Jr., Charles Briscoe, Frank Coakley, John Slade, Barron Willis, Webster Lewis, Charles Brown, Louis Hudnell, Charles Gregory, Elias Dorsey, Jr. and Michael Williams. The Upsilon Chapter at Southern Illinois University was founded on December 14, 1974 and it was the fraternity’s first foray into the midwest. 

Iota Phi Theta has an Eternal Sweetheart, Audrey S. Brooks. An employee in the office of the Registrar at Morgan State, Brooks “was a vital resource to Iota Phi Theta and many, many times she was able to assist the Brothers in the early growth and development of the Fraternity.  It is interesting to note that Ms. Brooks also had a vested interest in Iota Phi Theta’s success because her son, Bro. Wesley Jennings (4 Alpha 64), was a member of Iota Phi Theta’s first Pledge line!” She chose the yellow rose as the fraternity’s flower. During her lifetime, she attended many Iota Phi Theta events. After her death in 2003, she was honored with the title “Eternal Sweetheart.”


Audrey S. Brooks


Alpha Phi was founded on September 18, 1872, at Syracuse University. Alpha Phi celebrates Founders’ Day on October 10. Alpha Phi was the first of the Syracuse Triad, the three NPC organizations founded there. Gamma Phi Beta followed Alpha Phi on November 11, 1874. Alpha Gamma Delta was founded on May 30, 1904.

An alumna of the Alpha Chapter of Alpha Gamma Delta, Sarah Harvey Short, Ph.D., Ed.D., R.D., was recently profiled in a Daily Orange article. I remember taking one of Dr. Short’s classes when I was a Syracuse undergraduate. Back in those dark ages, she was on the forefront using computers in her classes. They were big honking computers and we used them to take quizzes. That she is still in the classroom is an indication of how much she loves teaching. She is an #amazingsororitywoman!


 I spent the last few days being surrounded by Pi Phi Friends and Leaders for Life. It was Officers’ Workshop and it took place in St. Louis. Mari Ann Callais, Ph.D., spoke to us on Saturday morning. She had us singing, dancing, and thinking. There was much fun and laughter, too.

Dr. Mari Ann Callais

Dr. Mari Ann Callais

A trip to Pi Phi’s Headquarters in St. Louis took place on Saturday evening. Executive Director Juli Willeman is on the steps.

HQ tour at the Pi Beta Phi Officers Workshop

HQ tour at the Pi Beta Phi Officers Workshop

It was really our pre-party to the upcoming 150th celebration happening in St. Louis in June 2017. Could those 12 young women who founded the organization on April 28, 1867 have ever envisioned what life is like in 2017? I think not, but the sincere friendship that was so important to them in 1867 is alive and well in 2017.

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Miss America 2017 on Alpha Tau Omega’s Founding Day

It’s September 11, and Miss America 2017 will be crowned tonight. See for the list of sorority women who will be competing. I’ll be live blogging it.

Today, too, a day to honor those who were killed on that awful morning in 2001. In 1865, 151 years ago, three young Virginia Military Institute cadets who had seen up close and personal the ravages of war during the Battle of New Market founded Alpha Tau Omega. It was the first fraternity formed after the Civil War.

Otis Allan Glazebrook (Photo courtesy of VMI Archives)

Otis Allan Glazebrook (Photo courtesy of VMI Archives)

Could those three founders, Otis Allan Glazebrook, Alfred Marshall, Erskine Mayo Ross, have envisioned the world of 2016? Likely not. Today, we are so connected to our electronic devices. Greek-letter organizations have websites. While a website performs a public relations function, to highlight the things the GLO does and as a way to keep its membership informed, they are much more than that. Manuals and printed materials that were once sent in the mail are available on the website, including the organization’s magazine.

Those of a certain age can think back to the early 1990s. The use of the internet as a social tool was in its infancy. On October 4, 1994, Alpha Tau Omega began its on-line presence. The ATO Forum included message, library and conference sections. The announcement in The Palm gave this information, “ATO Forum and CompuServe services are available 24 hours a day/seven days a week. Subscribers have access to over 2000 business and professional resources, hundreds of libraries and periodicals. CompuServe Electronic Mail Service is the largest in North America and is accessible from 135 countries.”

The cost for a subscription to CompuServe’s basic service and the ATO Forum was $11.95 per month. Alumni who were already CompuServe subscribers could receive the ATO Forum for an additional $3 per month. The fraternity provided one membership to each chapter.

Alpha Tau Omega’s pioneering efforts were rewarded. In 1995, Alpha Tau Omega was the recipient of a Computerworld/Smithsonian Award for Information Technology in the field of government and non-profit for pioneering computer communications.


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September 11th, the Fraternity and Sorority Members Who Perished

Fifteen years is a long time. A toddler then likely now has a driver’s license. Fashions that were spot on then seem a little outdated. The 2001 composite in any random fraternity or sorority house probably has been rotated into the basement or the back hallway. Do today’s college freshman have any sense of how earth shattering that day was? In the blink of an eye, lives were cut short and hearts were broken. Plans were crushed and futures changed.

I put together a list of the members of Greek-letter organizations who perished in the events of September 11, 2001 with some help from others. I cross-checked information and determine the proper spelling of names; I noted college affiliations when they were available. If there are additional names, corrections, etc., please let me know.

Let us not forget their names. As Oscar Hammerstein wrote in Carousel “As long as there is one person on earth who remembers you, it isn’t over.” Let us not forget their names.

I’ve listed the men’s social organizations alphabetically by fraternity name. The women’s organizations follow after that. The list closes with honorary and professional Greek-letter organizations and local fraternities.

Men’s Social Organizations

Alpha Delta Phi

Jeremy Glick, University of Rochester

Alpha Epsilon Pi

Morton H. Frank, Syracuse University

Barry Glick, Randolph Macon College

Steven Goldstein, University of Michigan

Joshua Rosenblum

Andrew Zucker


Alpha Phi Delta

Christopher Mozzillo, St. John’s University

Robert Tipaldi


Alpha Tau Omega

J. Robinson “Rob” Lenoir, Duke University

Craig Lilore, Gettysburg College

Peter Ortale, Duke University


Beta Theta Pi

Ryan A. Kohart, University of North Carolina

Frederick Kuo, Jr., Carnegie Mellon University

Jon A. Perconti, Rutgers University

Lt. Colonel Karl W. Teepe, University of Illinois

Todd Weaver, Miami University 


Chi Phi

Michael Horn, Binghamton University


Chi Psi

Mark Bingham, University of California – Berkeley

Robert Schlegel, Washington and Lee University

Michael Tanner, Cornell University

Adam White


Delta Chi

Jaycery M. DeChavez

Patrick F. Tierney, University of Arizona

M. Blake Wallens, Cornell University


Delta Sigma Phi

Bart Ruggiere, University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh


Delta Kappa Epsilon

David O. Campbell, Rutgers University


Delta Phi

Edward R. Pykon, Lehigh University


Delta Tau Delta

Brian Cummins, University of Colorado

Kevin D. Marlo, University of Pittsburgh

Christopher Todd Pitman, Duke University


Delta Upsilon

Thomas Duffy, Union College

Ron Fazio

Aaron Jeremy Jacobs, Colgate University

Charles Zion


Kappa Alpha Order

Robert Maxwell, University of Texas at Arlington

Christopher D. Mello, Princeton University

David Suarez, Pennsylvania State University


Kappa Alpha Psi

James D. Debeuneure, Johnson C. Smith College

Eddie Dillard


Kappa Delta Rho

Bradley Fetchet, Bucknell University

Mark Ryan McGinley,  Bucknell University


Kappa Sigma

Fredric Gabler, Cornell University

Jeffrey Brian Gardner, Rutgers University

Andrew H. Golkin, Hobart College

Richard B. Madden, Denison University

James Robert Paul, University of Kentucky

William P. Tselepis, Jr., University of Illinois


Lambda Chi Alpha

Donald A. Delapenha, Baldwin-Wallace College

Chris Dincuff, Villanova University

Robert Higley II, University of Connecticut

Todd R. Hill, University of Massachusetts

Robert Hymel, University of Louisiana, Lafayette

Justin J. Molisani, Jr., Lycoming College

Jarrold Paskins, University of Nebraska – Omaha

Dean Thomas, University of Pittsburgh

Ken Walsh, Bloomsberg University of Pennsylvania


Phi Delta Theta

Swede Chevalier, Cornell University

Thomas R. Clark, University of Richmond

Terence Gazzani, Bentley College

Donald T. Jones, University of Richmond

Mike LaForte, Syracuse University

Edward “Ted” H. Luckett, Ohio Wesleyan University

Sean P. Lynch, Cornell University

A. Todd Rancke, Duke University

Robert  Andrew “Andy” Spencer, University of Maryland


Phi Gamma Delta

Steve Glick, Northwestern University

William Godshalk, University of Alabama 

Rajesh Mirpuri, University of Vermont 

Charles Murphy, Syracuse University

Michael Pescherine, Penn State University 

Michael San Phillip, University of Pennsylvania


Phi Kappa Psi

Douglas M. Cherry, Ohio Wesleyan University

Michael “Desi” McCarthy, University of Buffalo


Phi Kappa Sigma

Kevin Reilly, SUNY Oneonta

Stephen G. Ward, University of Maine

Brent Woodall, University of California – Berkeley


Phi Kappa Tau

Peter Mardikian, Ohio State University

Philip Parker, Muhlenberg College


Phi Kappa Theta

Robert J. Ferris, Ohio State University


Phi Mu Delta

Robert LeBlanc, University of New Hampshire


Phi Sigma Kappa

Andrew Fredericks, Union College


Pi Kappa Alpha

John Grazioso, Florida Institute of Technology

James Brian Reilly, College of William and Mary

Joshua Rosenblum, University of Colorado

Davis G. “Deeg” Sezna Jr., Vanderbilt University

John “Eddie” Willett, University of Missouri


Pi Kappa Phi

Joseph Peter Anchundia

Peter Apollo

Edward Thomas Keane

Leo Russell Keene, III


Pi Lambda Phi

James Lee Connor, College of William and Mary

John A. Ogonowski, Lowell Technical Institute

Scott Vassel, Fairleigh Dickinson University


Psi Upsilon

Lee Adler, Kenyon College

Brandon Dolan, University of Rochester

Alexander Steinman, Union College

Richard Woodwell, Dartmouth College


Sigma Alpha Epsilon

Dennis Cook, Villanova University

Michael Davidson, Rutgers University

Michael B. Finnegan, University of Richmond

Major Wallace C. Hogan, Valdosta State University

Eamon McEneaney, Cornell University

James Andrew O’Grady, University of California – Los Angeles

Robert A. Rasmussen, North Dakota State University


Sigma Alpha Mu

Nicholas C. Lassman

Laurance M. Polatsch, University of Michigan

Gregory D. Richards, University of Michigan

Scott H. Saber, SUNY Lehigh

Brian J. Terrenzi, SUNY Oneonta

Scott J. Weingard, University of Michigan

Brian P. Williams, Columbia University


Sigma Chi

Don Adams, Fairleigh Dickinson University

Terence E. “Ted” Adderley, Jr.,  Vanderbilt University

Kevin Cleary, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Keith Eugene Coleman, Bucknell University

John Hart, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Aram Iskenderian, Jr., University of Rochester

Glenn D. Kirwin, University of Virginia

Stephen LaMantia, Roanoke College

Todd Douglas Pelino, Colgate University

David Eliot Retik, Colgate University


Sigma Nu

Peter Christopher Frank, University of Delaware

James Andrew Gadiel, Washington and Lee University

Michael Scott Lamana, Louisiana State University

Karl Trumbull Smith, University of Delaware


Sigma Phi

Ceasar Augusto Murillo, University of Vermont


Sigma Phi Epsilon

Paul Acquaviva, Rutgers University

Daniel Afflitto, St. Joseph’s University

Thomas W. Hohlweck, Jr., Kentucky Wesleyan College

Monty Hord, University of Nebraska

Christopher Larabee, University of Arizona

Terry M Lynch, Youngstown State University

Gregory Malone, Lehigh University

Gregory Milanowyicz, St. Joseph’s University

Joshua S. Reiss, University of South Carolina


Tau Delta Phi

George John Stauch


Tau Epsilon Phi

Todd Reubin


Tau Kappa Epsilon

Douglas A. Gowell, University of Lowell

Steven D. Jacoby, Shippensburg University

Michael J. Mullin, SUNY Oneonta

Sgt. Major Larry L. Strickland, University of Washington

John C. Willett, Rockhurst University



Theta Chi

Craig M. Blass, James Madison University

Mark A. Brisman, SUNY Albany

Scott Coleman, Colgate University

John Farrell, West Virginia Wesleyan College

J. Nicholas Humber, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Gary Lutnick, Rider University

Mark E. Schurmeier, Wake Forest University

William C. Sugra, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Jon C. Vandevander, Lycoming College

Patrick A. Versage, Wagner College


Theta Delta Chi

Michael J. Simon, Hobart College



Alok Metha, Colorado State University


Zeta Beta Tau

Joseph Aron

Joseph A. Della Pietra

Jason Jacobs, Syracuse University


Zeta Psi

Dennis Cook, Villanova University

Michael Davidson, Rutgers University

Gopal Varadhan, New York University


 Women’s Social Organizations

Alpha Chi Omega

Kathy Nicosia, Bowling Green State University


Alpha Kappa Alpha

Sarah Clark


Alpha Delta Pi

Lynn Edwards Angell, Auburn University

Lauren Catuzzi Grandcolas, University of Texas

Cathy Salter, University of Cincinnati


Alpha Phi

Kristy Irvine Ryan, University of Dayton


Delta Delta Delta

Alysia Burton Basmajian, College of William and Mary

Kirsten Thompson Christophe, Michigan State University

Jeannine Damiani-Jones, Villanova University

Mary Lou Hague, University of North Carolina

Ann Campana Judge, Ohio Wesleyan University

Bonnie Shihadeh Smithwick, Bucknell University


Delta Gamma

Melissa Candida Doi, Northwestern University


Delta Phi Epsilon

Shari Kandell, Syracuse University

Gabriela Waisman, Queens College


Delta Sigma Theta

LTC Karen Wagner


Delta Zeta

Alicia Titus, Miami University

Melissa Vincent, SUNY Oswego


Kappa Delta

Kelly Booms, Miami University

Colleen Supinski, Susquehanna University


Kappa Kappa Gamma

Jen Kane, Villanova University

Jean Roger, Penn State University

Kaleen Pezzutti, Cornell University

Norma Lang Steurle, Carnegie Mellon University


Pi Beta Phi

Melissa Harrington Hughes, Dickinson College

Catherine MacRae, Princeton University

Mary Alice Shehan Wahlstrom, Ohio State University


Sigma Delta Tau

Michelle Renee Bratton, SUNY Oswego


Sigma Sigma Sigma

Alisha Levin, Hofstra University



Honorary, Service and Professional Fraternities

I am almost certain there are more than these few who belonged to these organizations. These are the ones I found while looking for other information. If you have knowledge of others, please let me know.

Alpha Phi Omega

Shawn E. Bowman, Jr. SUNY Albany


Delta Sigma Pi  (Coeducational Business Fraternity)

Kelly Booms, Miami University (Ohio)

Marni Pont-O’Doherty, New York University

Sandra Teague, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Amy Toyen, Bentley College


Omicron Delta Kappa Society

Paul Ambrose, Marshall University


Phi Beta Kappa

Christopher Ciafardini, University of Colorado

Local fraternities

James Patrick Berger, Zeta Rho, Villanova University. Zeta Rho became the Kappa Zeta Chapter of Sigma Nu.

James J. Kelly, Delta Kappa Tau, SUNY Geneseo

Jeff LeVeen, Phoenix House, Dartmouth. Phoenix House had been Phi Gamma Delta.

David Pruim, Emersonian, Hope College

Francis J. Skidmore, Jr., Kappa Sigma Phi, Duquesne University

(This list was cobbled together using the lists of September 11, 2001 victims information as well as the information on Hank Nuwer’s website which was compiled in the days immediately after the tragedy,  Jon Williamson’s list published in the Summer 2002 Kleos of Alpha Phi Delta, and the list currently on the NIC website. I thank them all.)


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R.I.P. @PhiPsiArchives and a Kappa Delta Is Interred at Arlington

At the Fraternity and Sorority Archives Conferences, Phi Kappa Psi’s Historian, Michael H. McCoy, “Mike” to us, was an elder statesman. Yet, he was up on the latest in social media and he shared his knowledge freely and with great glee. He, along with his protege, Timothy Tangen, attended all four of the biennial conferences held at the University of Illinois. Mike passed away on Wednesday, September 7.

Mike’s love of Phi Psi history came through in his tweets @PhiPsiArchives. At one of the conferences, I asked Timothy how he came to serve as archivist and he related the story of meeting Mike when he spoke at University of Minnesota-Duluth chapter’s initiation. Timothy was one of the initiates. Mike, Timothy said, was the force behind Phi Psi’s museum and archives. He was a staunch advocate for hiring Timothy to oversee the archives as a full-time employee.

At Phi Psi’s 2014 Grand Arch Council, Mike was awarded the fraternity’s Medal of Honor. the highest award  given to a member. He was honored for his dedication and passion for Phi Psi history and his efforts in seeing it preserved.

Mike used social media to promote Phi Psi’s history and he was a pro at it. I learned so much about the fraternity’s history by reading the links on his twitter posts. My sincere condolences go out to Mike’s family and his Phi Psi brothers. I am certain Mike’s legacy will live on as he now becomes part of Phi Psi’s lore.

Meeting of the History & Ritual Committee at the 2016 @phipsigac. You’re part of our History now committee members.

Mike is on the left in the front of the room.


On Wednesday, September 7, the same day that Mike McCoy died, Elaine Danforth Harmon was finally laid to rest in Arlington Cemetery. She died in April 2015 at age 95. When the request to follow her wish and have her buried at Arlington was denied, her family went on a mission to have it fulfilled.

Harmon was initiated into the University of Maryland chapter of Kappa Delta. During her senior year, she received her pilot’s license through the Civilian Pilot Training Program. The program had more than 25,000 applicants and Harmon was one of the 1,800 who were accepted into it. Of those, 1,074 graduated from the program.

The contributions of those 1,074 WASPs were largely neglected over the years. They were not provided post-service financial benefits and were not eligible for military burial honors. In 1977, after much lobbying by former WASPs, veteran’s benefits were afforded to them. A de facto Army ruling in 2002 gave the women the opportunity to be buried in Arlington. That ruling, and attending many interments at Arlington led to Harmon’s wish to be laid to rest there. However, in 2015, citing a lack of available space, the ruling was quietly overturned by John McHugh, who was then the Secretary of the Army. 

Harmon’s family, led by her granddaughter, Erin Miller, an attorney, began a campaign, including a petition. Due to their efforts, the right for the women to be interred at Arlington was restored. Less than 100 of the 1,074 WASPs are still living.


Elaine Danforth (Harmon)

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Fraternity and Sorority Members in the 2016 Paralympic Games

The 2016 Paralympic games have begun. Please let me know of others who should be on this list.




Alex Hendricks, Tau Kappa Epsilon, Ashland University


Evan Ryan Austin, Pi Kappa Phi, Indiana State University


Tatyana McFadden, Phi Sigma Sigma, University of Illinois – Gold medal 2012, four medals in 2008, two medals in 2004.  SHE WON 4 GOLD AND 2 SILVER IN RIO!

Trischa Zorn-Hudson. Kappa Delta, University of Nebraska was blind from birth. A  Paralympic swimmer, she hsr 55 medals (41 gold, 9 silver and 5 bronze). It makes her the most successful athlete in the history of the Paralympic Games.

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Congratulations Grace Burgess, Alpha Gamma Delta on Winning Talent!

Miss America 2017 will be chosen on September 11, 2016, but the contestants have been in Atlantic City and the preliminaries competitions are underway. Yesterday, two preliminary winners were named. Cierra Jackson, Miss District of Columbia, took the swimsuit competition honors, winning  a $1,000 scholarship. Alpha Gamma Delta Grace Burgess, Miss Tennessee, won the talent competition. She sang Desperado, the song made popular by The Eagles. She will receive a $2,000 scholarship. Burgess is an initiate of the University of Memphis chapter of Alpha Gamma Delta.


Grace Burgess, Miss Tennessee, Alpha Gamma Delta

A list of the sorority women competing in Miss America 2017 can be found at I do my best to compile the list, but if I’ve missed anyone, please let me know.


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