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n behalf of the University of Tennessee Sorority and Fraternity Life, welcome to campus! We’re excited you are interested in joining our community. Here, sorority and fraternity life is nearly 140 years old, and our students benefit from a rich tradition of excellence, one that you too are sure to enjoy. We invite you to use The Greek Torch to catch a glimpse of just what sorority and fraternity life at the University of Tennessee is all about. We trust you’ll like what you see.


Sororities and fraternities are fully dedicated to the values of academic achievements. In order to facilitate this, organizations provide an environment in which each member can achieve academic success. Most chapters have specific scholarship programs that encourage each member to strive for academic excellence. Traditionally, the AllGreek GPA is higher than the All Undergraduate GPA at the University of Tennessee.

Leadership. No matter where you look

on the University of Tennessee campus, sorority and fraternity members are heavily involved in a variety of student organizations. Our members belong to organizations such as Student Government Association, UT Ambasadors Scholars, Resident Assistants, the Central Programming Council, Orientation Leaders, Student Alumni Associates, professional and honor societies, athletics, and many more.

Service. Sororities

and fraternities at the University of Tennessee spend thousands of hours and raise hundreds of thousands of dollars each semester for various charities. In addition to various chapter philanthropies, the entire sorority and fraternity community builds a Habitat for Humanity house as part of Greek Week activities during the Spring. In addition, the councils at the University of Tennessee partner with the Boys and Girls Club to host an Easter Egg Hunt and safe Trick or Treating for the children of the community.

Brotherhood & Sisterhood.

The social aspect of sorority and fraternity life provides many opportunities to meet new people and make friends. The tight-knit bond found in brotherhood and sisterhood is unlike any other, and you will find lasting friendship throughout the entire sorority and fraternity community.

Panhellenic Council. The Panhellenic Council

is the unifying, governing, and coordinating body of the 13 National Panhellenic Conference member groups at University of Tennessee. Serving as a liaison for sororities, other campus organizations and administration, Panhellenic Council is dedicated to facilitating the academic, social, and individual development of each sorority and its members. From community service to campus-wide involvement, Panhellenic women continuously make a difference at the University. Each year, our community continues to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars to benefit various philanthropies of sororities and fraternities, and volunteer for campus-wide fundraising events such as Relay for Life, Dance Marathon, and Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.

Four Councils... Interfraternity Council.

In the mid-1800s, men across the country recognized that important aspects of a well-rounded college education were lacking at institutions of higher learning. These men highly esteemed the values of brotherhood, leadership, scholarship and service. 140 years ago, men here at the University of Tennessee identified closely with these ideals and created the beginning of the University of Tennessee fraternity community. Today, there are 21 IFC fraternities at the University of Tennessee, comprising over 1600 members of the student body. The Interfraternity Council acts as a self-governing body of all these chapters and promotes the rewarding opportunities that each chapter offers.

National Pan-Hellenic Council.

The National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) is an international umbrella organization, founded May 10, 1930 at Howard University that is comprised of what are considered to be the Historically AfricanAmerican Greek letter organizations. Commonly referred to as the “Divine Nine� it represents the interest of four sororities, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, Zeta Phi Beta and Sigma Gamma Rho and five fraternities, Alpha Phi Alpha, Kappa Alpha Psi, Omega Psi Phi, Phi Beta Sigma, Iota Phi Theta. The National Pan-Hellenic Council at the University of Tennessee was founded in 2006. It consists of eight of the nine chapters. Members in these organizations are heavily involved in SGA, Boys and Girls Club and Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.

Multicultural Greek Council.

The Multicultural Greek Council at the University of Tennessee is comprised of five multicultural sororities and fraternities. Organizations in the council represents Latino and South-Asian based fraternities, as well as Latina and South-Asian based sororities. The council is united by their aspirations to increase awareness of their respective cultures, to serve the Tennessee community, and to maintain high academic standards. MGC also coordinates activities between the organizations through social, fundraising and community service events. Each organization has specific recruitment events that are separate from the formal recruitment process. For more information to join, please contact the individual organizations about the specifics of their process.

One Community.



Alpha Epsilon Pi Established at UT in 1953 Philanthropy: US Holocaust Memorial Museum

Chi Phi Established at UT in 1967 Philanthropy: Boys and Girls Club

Alpha Gamma Rho Established at UT in 1951 Philanthropy: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Delta Tau Delta Established at UT in 1924 Philanthropy: Adopt-A-School

Alpha Tau Omega Established at UT in 1872 Philanthropy: Jason Foundation

Beta Theta Pi Established at UT 1967 Philanthropy: Wounded Warriors

Farmhouse Established at UT in 1959 Philanthropies: Second Harvest Food Bank and Leukemia Lymphoma Society


Kappa Alpha Order Established at UT in 1883 Philanthropy: Muscular Dystrophy Association


Kappa Sigma Established at UT in 1880 Philanthropy: Military Heroes Campaign and American Cancer Society



Pi Kappa Phi Established at UT in 1931 Philanthropy: PUSH America

Lambda Chi Alpha Established at UT in 1927 Philanthropy: St Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Sigma Alpha Epsilon Established at UT in 1879 Philanthropy: Golden Gloves Charities Sigma

Phi Delta Theta Established at UT in 1963 Philanthropy: ALS Association

Sigma Beta Rho Established at UT in 2006 Philanthropy: SOS Children’s Village & Children International

Phi Kappa Psi Established at UT 1967 Philanthropy: Boys and Girls Clubs of America

Sigma Chi Established at UT in 1917 Philanthropy: Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

Phi Sigma Kappa Established at UT in 1925 Philanthropy: Habitat for Humanity

Sigma Nu Established at UT in 1921 Philanthropy: Camp Koinonia

Pi Kappa Alpha Established at UT in 1874 Philanthropy: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Sigma Phi Epsilon Established at UT in 1913 Philanthropy: East Tennessee Children’s Hospital


National Pan-Hellenic Council


Alpha Kappa Alpha Established at UT in 1970 Philanthropy: American Diabetes Association Alpha Phi Alpha Established at UT in 1976 Philanthropies: March of Dimes and Big Brothers Big Sisters Delta Sigma Theta Established at UT in 1975 Philanthropy:Educational Development Iota Phi Theta Established at UT 2011 Philanthropy: Iota Youth Alliance


How to join NPHC or MGC...


NPHC and MGC sororities and fraternities initiate new members through a membership intake process. Each group holds its process at its own specified and designated time. Undergraduate students who wish to affiliate with NPHC or MGC chapters must meet certain specific membership qualifications. These standards include academic achievement (2.3-2.5 gpa depending upon the organization), community service and good character. Each affiliate organization implements its own membership intake process that is developed by the National organization. To learn more about NPHC and MGC organizations visit theUniversity of Tennessee Sorority and Fraternity Office website.

Kappa Alpha Psi Established at UT in 1986 Philanthropy: Guide Right Program Omega Psi Phi Established at UT in 1971 Philanthropies: Charles R. Drew Blood Drive, College Endowment Fund Phi Beta Sigma Established at UT in 1979 Philanthropies: American Cancer Society and March of Dimes Zeta Phi Beta Established at UT in 1974 Philanthropy:March of Dimes

Multicultural Greek Council


Beta Chi Theta Established at UT in 2012 Philanthropy: World Diabetes Foundation Delta Phi Omega Established at UT in 2007 Philanthropy: Children’s Education and Literacy Lambda Theta Alpha Established at UT in 2001 Philanthropy: American Heart Association


Lambda Theta Phi Established at UT in 1975 Philanthropy: American Heart Association Sigma Sigma Rho Established at UT in 1998 Philanthropy: Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention



Alpha Chi Omega Nickname: Alpha Chi or A Chi O Colors: Scarlet Red and Olive Green Mascot: Golden Lyre Philanthropy: Victims of Domestic Violence Alpha Omicron Pi Nickname: AOPi Colors: Cardinal Red Mascot: Panda Philanthropy: Arthritis Research

Delta Delta Delta Nickname: Tri Delta Colors: Silver, Gold, and Cerulean Mascot: Dolphin Philanthropy: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Alpha Delta Pi Nickname: ADPi Colors: Azure Blue and White Mascot: Alphie the Lion Philanthropy: Ronald McDonald House

Chi Omega Nickname: Chi O Colors: Cardinal and Straw Mascot: Owl Philanthropy: Dream Connection, Read with Me Delta Gamma Nickname: Dee Gee Colors: Bronze, Pink, and Blue Mascot: Anchor Philanthropy: Service for Sight


Delta Zeta Nickname: Dee Zee Colors: Pink and Green Mascot: Turtle Philanthropy: Speech and Hearing Research, the Painted Turtle Camp


Kappa Delta Nickname: Kay Dee Colors: Olive Green and Pearl White Mascot: Lady Bug, Teddy Bear Philanthropy: Girl Scouts, Prevent Child Abuse America, Confidence Coalition


Phi Mu Nickname: Phi Mu Colors: Rose and White Mascot: Sir Fidel the Lion, Quatrefoil Philanthropy: Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, East TN Children’s Hospital Pi Beta Phi Nickname: Pi Phi Colors: Wine and Silver Blue Mascot: Angels and Arrows Philanthropy: Read. Lead. Achieve

ΚΚΓ ΣK ZTA Kappa Kappa Gamma

Nickname: Kappa Colors: Light Blue and Dark Blue Mascot: Key, Owl, Fleur-de-Lis Philanthropy: Reading is Fundamental, March of Dimes

Sigma Kappa Nickname: SigKap Colors: Maroon and Lavender Mascot: Penguin, Dove, Heart Philanthropy: Alzheimer’s Research

Zeta Tau Alpha Nickname: Zeta Colors: Turquoise Blue and Steel Gray Mascot: Crown and Strawberries Philanthropy: Breast Cancer Education and Awareness

We have a little... Homecoming.

Homecoming week is a very exciting week at the University of Tennessee. Sororities and Fraternities pair up to collaborate on the week’s events, giving members a chance to meet new people while participating in the events. Activities include a parade, Smokey’s Howl, a banner competition, and the Homecoming Queen Election.


All-Sing is a singing competion sponsored by All Campus Events (ACE) between many organizations on campus. Chapters have the option of pairing with other organizations or competing with their members only. This competition gives gifted singers a chance to show their talent and abilities. Sororities and fraternities have been participating in AllSing for the past 80 years.


Greek Week.

Greek Week is a Panhellenic, IFC, NPHC, and MGC planned event held every spring. The week includes events such as the All Greek Baseball Game, All Greek Worship, and blood drives. The Greek community teams up with Habitat for Humanity to build an entire house during Greek Week. The week incorportates all aspects of Greek Life into one exciting week of charity, worship, and fun!


For those Greeks who love to act, Carnicus is the event for you! Sponsored by All Campus Events (ACE), the skit based performance show is a campus wide competition many Tennessee students attend. This is one of the oldest traditions on campus, last year celebrating its 100th anniversary.

Sorority Recruitment Information The Panhellenic Executive Council, Recruitment Team, and the Recruitment Counselors (Gamma Chis) are an integral part of the recruitment process. Their purpose is to ensure that potential new members (PNMs) have a positive experience during recruitment week and will answer any question you may have. From the start of recruitment, a group of PNMs are assigned a Gamma Chi. Gamma Chis are sorority women who have disaffilated fom their chapters to assist during the recruitment process.

2012 Gamma Chis

August 18: Move-in day, recruitment orientation this evening following Welcome Week Kickoff August 19-26: Formal recruitment August 22: First Day of classes, no recruitment activities August 27: Bid Day

$80 before July 15 $95 After July 15 This fee includes the cost of transportation to and from Sorority Village, a T-shirt, lunch on Sunday, snacks and drinks throughout the week, and all publications received from Panhellenic. To register for recruitment visit

Recruitment this year will operate in two locations: the Panhellenic Building and Sorority Village. Transportation will be provided for PNMs. Recruitment will begin and end each day at the Panhellenic Building.

Letters of Recommendation A recommendation is a written reference by an alumna to her sorority chapter. The letter is an introduction about a PNMs academics, activities, and character. The responsibility of finding alumna to write letters of recommendation rests with the PNM. It is encouraged to obtain a letter for each organization. No more than one letter is needed per chapter. Letters of recommendation should be received by the Panhellenic Building no later than August 1, 2012.

Recommendation Tips

1. Decide who will write a letter of recommendation for

you. If you know a sorority alumna, ask if she would be willing to write a letter to her sorority on your behalf. 2.Provide the alumna who will be writing your letter of recommendation with two pictures and a copy of your resume. An already addressed and stamped envelope is also good to provide the alumna. 3. Contact the Panhellenic Council if you have questions, but keep in mind that Panhellenic does not monitor or track recommendation letters. They simply distribute them to the respective chapters. 4. Mail to: Panhellenic Building Attn: (Insert Sorority Chapter) 1531 W. Cumberland Ave. Knoxville TN, 37996

Legacy Information

A “legacy� is defined as a daughter, granddaughter, or sister of an initiated sorority member. Being a legacy of a chapter does not ensure the potential new member will receive a bid from that chapter, as each chapter has it’s own policy regarding legacies. Each potential new member is considered on an individual basis, and a legacy is no more obligated to join a particular sorority than the sorority is obligated to offer her a bid.

Special Thanks To:

INTERFRATERNITY COUNCIL 413 Student Services Bldg. Knoxville, TN 37996-0248 Phone: (865) 974-2236 Fax: (865) 974-0088

MULTICULTURAL & NATIONAL PAN-HELLENIC COUNCILS 413 Student Services Bldg. Knoxville, TN 37996-0248 Phone: (865) 964-3179 Fax: (865) 974-0088

PANHELLENIC COUNCIL 1531 W. Cumberland Ave. Knoxville, TN 37996-1504 Phone: (865) 974-6604 Fax: (865) 974-8241

For more information about Sorority & Fraternity Life at the University of Tennessee visit our website:

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