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Office of Sorority & Fraternity Life
Congratulations on your decision to come to Rocky Top! We’re glad that
you’ve decided to call the University of Tennessee, Knoxville home, and we’re so excited about your interest in our thriving Greek community. The transition to college is an exciting time in a student’s life. This new chapter brings with it many opportunities, challenges, and rewards and participating in sorority and fraternity life is a great way for students to begin forging life-long friendships. Membership in a fraternity or sorority offers students a unique opportunity to have a balanced college life with a focus on academic excellence, brotherhood/sisterhood, leadership development, service, and responsible social interaction. Our community, which is celebrating 149 years at Rocky Top, includes more than 5,300 students with a variety of interests and majors from all walks of life and represents 24% of the undergraduate student body. Membership also offers students the opportunity to make lasting connections with individuals with similar ideals and common purposes. As the Office of Sorority & Fraternity Life, we strive to support student success and amplify the Volunteer experience. The Office of Sorority & Fraternity Life engages students and chapters through advocacy and community-wide dducation, supporting diversity and inclusion, empowering students, educating members on health and wellness, and building meaningful partnerships and collaboration. Our four governing councils, in conjunction with the Office of Sorority & Fraternity Life, co-sponsor speakers addressing the topics of hazing, sexual misconduct, bystander intervention, diversity, and education around alcohol + other drugs. Annual programs include Bystander Intervention Training, the Greek Leadership Summit (GLS), the Health & Safety Summit, Meeting in the Middle, the Cross-Council Exchange, and many others. Our community is very active, but the best part of any Greek community are the students that it’s comprised of; and that’s where you come in. As you begin looking through this guide, you will notice specific chapters with an asterisk (*) next to their names - these are chapters that have had University sanctions within the last five years. For more information on these sanctions, please visit our website (gogreek.utk.edu) and go to the Community Conduct page. While on our website, you can also find other helpful resources as you begin your journey here at UT. Thanks again for your interests in Sorority & Fraternity Life at the University of Tennessee Knoxville. We can’t wait to meet you.
John Keith Director
Jennifer Pierce Thomas Associate Director
Chris Hawkins Assistant Director
John Keith Director, Office of Sorority & Fraternity Life
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Hunter Carlheim Coordinator
Table of Contents 4
Benefits of Membership
Fraternal Excellence Awards & Alumni Hall of Fame
Philanthrophy & Service
Circle of Sisterhood
Requirements & Expectations
Defining Greek Life
Welcome from the 4 Councils
Where we are
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MEMBERSHIP Community One of the most important aspects of joining a
sorority or fraternity is the bond of sisterhood and brotherhood. It is often said that we have many chapters, four councils, but it is one home sweet home. This community within sorority and fraternity life creates a sense of belonging and unity within members of each chapter as well as the overall population within the community. Joining an organization will open connections to the thousands of active members on campus as well as the hundreds of thousands of alumni all over the world. Membership does not stop after graduation! Your membership experience continues for life through mentoring, advising, alumni clubs, homecoming events, or other gatherings on a local or national level.
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Personal Growth Another important aspect of joining a sorority or fraternity is becoming a better person through values based education, connections, service, and leadership. Chapters have the opportunity to support their members holistically through their collegiate journey while preparing them for life after graduation. Within our community, members have the ability to grow their intellectual, emotional, social, physical, creative, and leadership potentials.
Networking The top priorities for any college student is school
and employment after graduation. By joining a chapter, you are also joining an international organization that has alumni all over the world. Through chapter engagement and relationship building, students can learn about shared experiences, industry knowledge, and opportunities that can lead to internships/co-ops that result in full-time employment!
Service Being a Volunteer means something special at Rocky Top. All of our chapters have local and national partner organizations that their members donate time and resources toward. Over the last five years, our chapters have donated over 40,000 hours of service on average per year and nearly 1.5 million dollars toward philanthropic causes such as the Ronald McDonald House, Repair the World Fund, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, Live Like Lou Foundation, Sexual Assault Center of East Tennessee, Wounded Warrior Project, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Feeding America, and the Huntsman Cancer Institue to name a few.
Social Our community at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville provides a wide selection of social activities and programs for its members. These events include sisterhood and brotherhood events, social events between other organizations, tailgates during football weekends, or exploring areas around Knoxville with friends! Beyond this, our members take part in campus-sponsored activities and traditions like Homecoming, Carnicus, and All-sing. Friendship and siblinghood is a foundational item to all of our chapters; we work hard to promote positive and healthy relationships within each chapter and the community!
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NATIONALLY Sororities and Fraternities Nationally • Are the largest and most visible values-based organizations on college campuses. • Have the most successful leadership development programs for college students. • Have over 750,000 undergraduate active members that occupy 12,000 chapters at 800 college campuses. • Provide over 10 million hours of volunteer service and raise over 7 million dollars for charitable causes and organizations each year. • Own and manage over $3 billion in student housing facilities. • Total 9 million alumni members across all continents.
AT UT Sororities and Fraternities at UT • Date back to 1872 when the first fraternity was founded. • Make up 24% of the undergraduate population. • Provide over 450 leadership opportunities to members through chapter and council executive boards, committees, and community leadership positions. • Consistently earns a higher average semester GPA than the university’s undergraduate average GPA (3.31 vs. 3.19 in Fall 2020). • Were home to 16 Torchbearers, the highest honor for a graduating senior, in the last five years! • Averages 40,876 hours of community service through the Jones Center for Leadership and Service annually. • Have raised and donated $1.48 million to local and national charitable causes since 2016. • Occupy 31 facilities with ~1,100 residents. • Hold positions and are vital pieces in organizations such as Student Government Association, VolThon, University Ambassadors, All Campus Events, ROTC, Student Athletics, Chancellor’s Honors Program, Ignite, Leadership Knoxville Scholars, and many others!
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Fraternal Excellence Awards & Alumni Hall of Fame The Office of Sorority & Fraternity Life embraces the key values of scholarship advancement, relationship building, diversity, personal development, and communication with the annual Fraternal Excellence Awards. These awards recognize outstanding chapters and individual students, faculty, staff and alumni leaders and advisors for embracing these principles. Key awards of distinction involve Chapter of the Year, Chapter President of the Year, Sorority & Fraternity Life Person of the Year, New Member/Neophyte of the Year, and Advisor of the Year to name a few. In 2020, the inaugural class of inductees to the Sorority & Fraternity Life Hall of Fame showcased their service to the university, their chapter, and their profession.
Fraternal Excellence Award Winners Chapter of the Year: Beta Upsilon Chi (IFC), Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity, Inc. (MGC), Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. (NPHC), and Sigma Kappa (Panhellenic) Chapter President of the Year: Andrew Granger (Beta Upsilon Chi, IFC), Nadia Powell (Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., NPHC), and Hannah Socci (Delta Zeta, Panhellenic) Sorority & Fraternity Life Person of the Year: Matt Cosgrove (Alpha Tau Omega, IFC), Gabriela Cruz (Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc., MGC), Te’lor Allen (Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., NPHC), and Rachel Summers (Delta Gamma, Panhellenic) New Member/Neophyte of the Year: Brooks Barber (Beta Theta Pi, IFC), Lillie Mai (Delta Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc., MGC), and Frannie Pawlowski (Delta Zeta, Panhellenic) Advisor of the Year: Doug Craig (Alpha Gamma Rho, IFC), Jerica Jackson (Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., NPHC), and Mary Kathryn Oliver (Alpha Omicron Pi, Panhellenic)
OSFL Inaugural Hall of Fame Class 2020 INDUCTEES
Yvonne Ayers Pi Beta Phi
Ann Baker Furrow Alpha Delta Pi
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
Sam Furrow Phi Delta Theta
Charlie Morgan Phi Sigma Kappa
Alpha Tau Omega
Daniel C. Wheeler Alpha Gamma Rho
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SERVICE Sorority and fraternity organizations are known for their philanthropic and service values within local and national communities. Since 2016, our members have completed over 190,000 hours of community service and have raised $1.48 million toward local and national philanthropies. The Knoxville area frequently benefits from partnerships with our organizations! Donating time and raising funds are one aspect of service driven membership, but chapters continuously raise awareness for causes meaningful to their members, chapter, and/ or national organization. For example, our Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI) chapter raised over $25,000 for the Testicular Cancer Society after one of their brothers was diagnosed with stage 3-C testicular cancer while our Delta Gamma chapter raised money for their national philanthropy, Service for Sight, which was founded by Delta Gamma!
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Sorority and Fraternity Life Partnerships and Initiatives: ALS Association Alzheimer’s Association The Arthritis Foundation Big Brothers Big Sisters Breast and Ovarian Cancer Awareness The Butterfly Fund Camp Koinonia Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention Dream Connection East Tennessee Children’s Hospital Feeding America First Book Fisher House Foundation Five-Point Programmatic Thrust Girl Scouts of America Habitat for Humanity Huntsman Cancer Institute It’s On Us Knox Area Rescue Ministries (KARM) Knoxville Center for the Deaf The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Live Like Lou March of Dimes
Men’s Health Awareness Mental Health Awareness National Urban League Orthopedic Research Prevent Child Abuse America Read>Lead>Achieve Reading is Fundamental Red Cross Repair the World Fund Ronald McDonald House SeriousFun Children’s Network Service for Sight Sexual Assault Center of East Tennessee St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital Starkey Hearing Foundation Swim 1922 Taylor Trudeau Cycle for Life Tennessee School for the Deaf Testicular Cancer Society THRIVE United Service Organizations Victims of Domestic Violence Wounded Warrior Project
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The mission of the Circle of Sisterhood Foundation is to uplift women and girls from poverty by reducing the barriers that prevent access to education worldwide. The Circle of Sisterhood works to reduce these barriers by engaging sorority women around the country in this collaborative global humanitarian effort to help fund the building of schools and by providing grants to nonprofits across the world that work to support access to education for girls.
At the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, the Panhellenic Council takes this mission seriously and has been a strong advocate and supporter of the Foundation since its inception. Through various fundraisers and campaigns, the Panhellenic Council together has funded two complete school builds, one in Haiti and the second in Senegal, and has funded three $10,000 grants benefiting nonprofits such as Exodus Refugee International.
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Succeeding in the classroom is important for every member in our sorority and fraternity community. Most of our organizations have minimum GPA requirements for joining and for remaining a member in good standing. Our organizations offer academic support such as study hours, study groups by majors, junior and senior mentorship, and connections to alumni for opportunities such as internships and practicums. The sorority and fraternity community consistently has a higher average GPA than those not affiliated with a fraternity or sorority and we are proud to keep that tradition going.
3.31 avg. Greek GPA
avg. undergraduate GPA* *Fall 2020
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Honoring the top 5% of Greek leaders and scholars at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Order of Omega is a leadership honor society for members of sorority and fraternity organizations. Founded September 1, 1988, the Kappa Epsilon Chapter of Order of Omega recognizes upperclassmen who have exemplified high standards in the areas of scholarship, leadership, involvement within their respective organization, on campus, and within the local community. Members share the common goal of recognizing and supporting the many outstanding student leaders at their institution. This chapter has initiated over 2,000 members of the Volunteer family.
Greek Leadership Course Each spring semester, members at every level of leadership from all four councils join together to focus on developing their skills in the context of the sorority and fraternity experience. This course focuses on Leadership Development Theory, Student Leadership Challenge, current issues in the fraternal landscape, and StrengthsQuest. This is a 2-credit hour course that can be applied to the University’s Leadership minor or used as a general elective.
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EXPECTATIONS of membership
Joining a sorority or fraternity carries a financial commitment. This covers the cost of participaction in chapter activities, dues and fees to the international organization, insurance, and housing costs for organizations with chapter facilities. The amount varies by chapter, and each organization will have different options for payment including payment plans or scholarships. Payment can also be collected as a one-time fee, semesterly, or monthly payments. New members can expect to pay more for their first semester of membership because of national initiation fees and other one time costs. Depending on the organization, your dues can cover social activities, sister/brotherhood events, apparel, meal plans, and housing.
All participants in the recruitment or intake process for the four councils must be undergraduate students enrolled at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Students taking part in The Volunteer Bridge Program are not eligible to participate in recruitment/intake until they are fully enrolled at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville their sophomore year. Whereas the Panhellenic Council may not establish a GPA to participate in formal sorority recruitment, chapters make membership selections based on high school or most recent college GPAs. Typically, Panhellenic requires at least a 3.0 GPA. In some rare instances, exceptions are made. Multicultural Greek Council (MGC) and National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) fraternities and sororities require at least 12 hours of completed course work and a 2.5 GPA in order to be considered for membership. The Interfraternity Council suggests a minimum 2.75 GPA for all students participating in recruitment, but selection and requirements are determined by each individual chapter. Once initiated, all members of chapters are held to an academic standard determined by each chapter’s bylaws.
TIME & PARTICIPATION New members and active members have the ability to make their experience more impactful by taking on leadership roles, serving on committees, running for elected positions in their chapter or council, or many other opportunities. These are all options to go above and beyond; however most chapters will require a minimum level of participation to be an active member. These requirements will depend on the chapter, but most will hold weekly meetings for new and active members, ritual ceremonies, and philanthropic/service projects throughout the semester. Events are planned in advance so as to allow time to study, work, and uphold other commitments! Sorority and fraternity involvement is just one aspect of our members’ collegiate experience; so always remember that you are a student first.
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FAQs WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE 4 COUNCILS? There are four governing councils that oversee the 45 sororities and fraternities at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. These governing bodies promote the well-being and interests of their chapters through accountability, programming, and advocacy. • Interfraternity Council (IFC) represents 18 international men’s fraternities. • Multicultural Greek Council (MGC) oversees six culturally or ethnically based sororities (3) and fraternities (3). • National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) is composed of eight historically black sororities (4) and fraternities (4). Also known as the “Divine 9,” Tennessee is home to eight of the nine NPHC organizations. • Panhellenic Council (Panhellenic) includes 13 international women’s sororities and organizations. CAN A STUDENT ONLY JOIN IN THE FALL? Students join our community year-round! Whether you are a first-semester student, transfer student, or upperclassmen, membership in a sorority or fraternity is not limited to a specific year or semester. Not all chapters will take classes of new members each semester, so seeking information on social media, the Office of Sorority & Fraternity Life, or current members will
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better prepare you for joining at your own time. Chapters will typically take at least one new class per academic year, but common recruitment and intake periods will take place at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters. The Interfraternity Council promotes 365 recruitment, where chapters can continuously recruit new members throughout the year. DO WE NEED LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION? Letters of recommendation are extra credit when it comes to joining a Panhellenic organization. They are not required, and, while some organizations don’t accept them at all, each organization has their own policies around who can write them, where they should be submitted, and how they should be submitted. Contact the organization, ask the Office of Sorority and Fraternity Life, or check out the organization’s national website for more information. Letters of recommendation are not needed for IFC recruitment. Some NPHC or MGC organizations may require a letter of recommendation, but interested students can find that information during their interest or informational meetings. HOW DOES SOMEONE MOVE IN EARLY FOR RECRUITMENT? Only one of our four councils hosts recruitment before the semester begins, Panhellenic. For the fall semester, moving into University Housing requires
students to make an appointment to move in. Those that are registered for Panhellenic Primary Recruitment by July 16th are guaranteed an early move-in appointment from Sunday, August 8th – Tuesday, August 10th. Those registered after July 16th are still eligible for early move-in appointments as they are available, however spots will not be guaranteed. For more information about the move in process, visit the University’s Housing website (housing.utk.edu) and be sure to check your UTK email regularly. IS LIVING IN A HOUSE REQUIRED? Each chapter is different because not all chapters have facilities. However, the chapters that do have chapter houses, most will have live-in requirements for new members or chapter officers. This is determined by the chapter, and should be something that you ask during recruitment! There are currently 31 facilities occupied by sororities and fraternities at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Living in a chapter house provides many of the same advantages as on-campus living in the other residence buildings on campus. Houses can range in the number of occupants, as well as the number of single, double, and triple rooms. Houses are seen as the central meeting location for sisterhood/brotherhood events, recruitment, and meetings. Chapter houses can be found in Sorority Village, Fraternity Park, 20th Street, Melrose Place, or off campus on Lake Avenue or 21st Street.
WHAT ABOUT HAZING? According to the Student Code of Conduct, Hazing is “any intentional or reckless act, on or off university-controlled property, by one student, acting alone or with others, which is directed against any other student, which endangers the mental or physical health, safety, or welfare of that student, or which induces or coerces a student to endanger their mental or physical health, safety, or welfare.” Hazing is not tolerated by the university and is in direct violation of the Office of Sorority & Fraternity Life as well as council, chapter, and inter/national organziation’s bylaws. Additional information surround identifying, acting on, preventing, and reporting hazing can be found here: hazingprevention.utk.edu HOW CAN FAMILIES BE INVOLVED IN THE SORORITY OR FRATERNITY LIFE PROCESS? Family members should be there to support their student while in college. One of the most important aspects to supporting your student through navigating sorority and fraternity life is empowering them. Empower them to do their research on the chapter/organization, ask questions, keep an open mind, and talk openly about what they are excited for as well as what is making them nervous. Not all families have a background in fraternal organizations, so reach out to the Office of Sorority & Fraternity Life, the chapter advisors, or the inter/national organization’s headquarters. Once your student is a member, there are many other ways to be involved such as parent’s clubs, family weekends, newsletters, and other events!
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Defining Greek Life ACTIVE: an undergraduate member who has been initiated into life-long membership. BADGE/PIN: worn by new or active members to designate that they are joining or a part of a specific organization. BID: an invitation to a potential new member to join a sorority or fraternity. BIG SISTER/BROTHER: an older member of the chapter who serves as a role model and mentor to a new member or “little sister/brother.”’ CBFO: culturally-based fraternal organizations CHAPTER: the name applied to the local organization of an inter/national fraternity or sorority. CROSSED: the process of completing the intake process and becoming a full member of a chapter. DIRTY RECRUITMENT: when a chapter violates a recruitment policy such as, but not limited to, promising membership before a bid is given, extending a bid too early, recruiting with alcohol, pressuring a potential new member to accept a bid, or speaking poorly of another organization. FAMILY: the connected bigs and littles in a chapter which makes a family tree dating back each semester or year. FIJI ISLAND: the open area in Fraternity Park where many chapters host philanthropy events and gatherings. FORMAL OR PRIMARY RECRUITMENT: a designated membership recruitment time period during which a series of organized activities are held by each fraternity/ sorority and governed by Panhellenic or IFC. FRATERNITY PARK: the location of 13 fraternity houses located in the south area of campus near The Rock. GREEK LIFE: also known as “Sorority & Fraternity Life,” Greek Life refers to sororities and fraternities because of their history as Greek-lettered organizations. Because not all of our chapters use or publicize Greek letters, we use “sorority and fraternity life.” INTERFRATERNITY COUNCIL (IFC); the governing body of the men’s fraternity system at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
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INITIATION: the inter/national ritual ceremony through which new members learn the full meaning of their organization, promise to uphold the standards of the organization, and receive life-long membership. INTAKE: the period of education before initiation when MGC/ NPHC new members learn the history and traditions of their organizations.
INTEREST MEETING: a meeting for potential new members to receive information about and meet members of an MGC/ NPHC organization. LEGACY: a potential new member who is the sibling, child, nephew/ niece, or grandchild or an active member or alumni of a fraternity or sorority.
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LINE/SHIP: a group of new members in a specific MGC/ NPHC chapter (within a specific semester).
MULTICULTURAL GREEK COUNCIL (MGC): the governing body of the multicultural sorority and fraternity system at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
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NATIONAL PAN-HELLENIC COUNCIL (NPHC): the governing body for the eight historically, but not exclusively, African-American fraternities and sororities (“Divine Nine”) at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
NEOPHYTE/NEO: a term used for new members of an MGC/NPHC organization. NEW MEMBER: a student who has accepted a bid or invitation for membership into a fraternity or sorority, but has not been initiated. NEW MEMBER PRESENTATION: an event where newly initiated members of an MGC/NPHC organization perform step routines and reveal themselves to the public after their intake period. PANHELLENIC COUNCIL (Panhellenic): the governing body of the women’s sorority system at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. POTENTIAL NEW MEMBER (PNM): a student who is interested in becoming a member of a Greek organization. SORORITY VILLAGE: the location of 14 sorority facilities located west of campus across from Alcoa Highway. STEPPING OR STEP SHOW: a tradition of NPHC organizations where routines are performed. A series of complex, synchronous and precise rhythmic movements, typically performed to songs or chants created by member organizations. STROLLING: precise and synchronized movements performed in unison by members of culturally-based fraternities and sororities.
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4 Council Presidents
We’re so excited for you to join us on Rocky Top! As you prepare to begin a new chapter in your life, we would like to encourage you to consider participating in sorority or fraternity recruitment/intake. The University of Tennessee, Knoxville sorority and fraternity life community is proud of its history and equally excited about the future! To ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all, the university holds many expectations for all students and organizations. Specifically, the university expects students to follow: all university policies and procedures, all state and local laws, and all policies of the inter/national organizations. Each semester, students in our community are provided with training and information on policies to include mental health, alcohol, drugs, sexual misconduct, hazing, bystander intervention, as well as leadership, service, and many others. Likewise, our community and the university have strict no-hazing policies and hold individuals/organizations accountable for their actions. Though we have 45 chapters and 4 councils, we are one community that succeeds when we work together for the health, safety, and betterment of our members. Sororities and fraternities on Rocky Top are looking for individuals who will contribute to their organizations, the campus, and the greater Knoxville area. Being a Volunteer and a member of one of our 45 organizations means that you balance scholarship, service, leadership, social, and sisterhood/brotherhood. Taking on membership in a chapter gives you a life-long membership that will continuously give back to you if you invest in it. If you choose to participate in recruitment/intake you’ll learn more about the impact that our nearly 150 years on campus have had on the community, including the influential alumni, student leaders, history of philanthropic donations and acts of service, traditions, and history of being pioneers and change makers. In fact, in the last five years, we’ve seen multiple Torchbearers, Student Government Association presidents, NFL draft selections, donations of over $1.4 million to local, national, and international charities, and over 40,000 hours of service every year. Making our University and community better for those who come after us is truly what being a Volunteer is all about. The recruitment or intake process for students interested in sororities and fraternities within each council is outlined in this publication. We invite you to find your home here at Rocky Top and within our community! Take your time to find the perfect fit for you and remember to always ask questions. Being a member of a sorority or fraternity will make your time in Knoxville more enjoyable! Be sure to utilize the Sorority & Fraternity Life website (gogreek.utk.edu) and our social media as a resource. For additional information, please feel free to contact any one of us - the Four Council Presidents. Go Vols, Go Greek!
Will Rice Interfraternity Council President
Diego Lourenco Multicultural Greek Council President
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Abigail Saulsberry National Pan-Hellenic Council President
Hadley O’Hara Panhellenic Council President
RECRUITMENT & INTAKE INFORMATION
Each sorority and fraternity at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville is an emerging or established chapter of a international organization. These organizations are typically private, single-sex organizations and are recognized by the university to distinguish them from other fraternal organizations and/or Registered Student Organizations (RSOs). Students interested in participating in recruitment or intake should first and foremost learn about the process, research the organization, and most importantly, the expectations. Each chapter will have a threshold of requirements to be eligible for membership, such as a minimum high school or college GPA. • Recruitment: the organization of the recruitment process is coordinated by the Panhellenic Council and Interfraternity Council (IFC), but the membership selection practices and procedures are determined by each of the chapters individually. Formal recruitment for these two councils takes place in the beginning of the fall semester. IFC will also sponsor a recruitment in the beginning of the spring semester. • Continuous Open Bidding & 365 Recruitment: Panhellenic chapters take part in what is known as Continuous Open Bidding (COB), outside of formal recruitment. This process is heavily organized by the chapters participating, and not all 13 of the chapters will take part. Outside of IFC’s fall and spring recruitment, chapters practice 365 recruitment. This is the practice of recruiting year-round and is the sole responsibility of the chapter to organize; again, this practice is not required for all chapters. • Intake: dates for the intake process of each chapter within the Multicultural Greek Council (MGC) and National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) are determined by each respective chapter. Typically, chapters will advertise and host informational meetings for students to attend. Please note, the process of sorority and fraternity recruitment/intake is referred to as a mutual selection process. This means that there is no guarantee for membership, and each selection process is determined by the respective organization. The university, Office of Sorority & Fraternity Life, and the governing councils cannot interfere with selection processes or final decisions. The Sorority & Fraternity Life Health & Safety Orientation takes place in two formats. This module is required to be completed for all new members of the Panhellenic and IFC community. Potential new members will receive a link in their registration confirmation emails for a Canvas module. MGC and NPHC neophytes will complete a health & safety meeting with the Office of Sorority & Fraternity Life. This module and meeting will cover key health and safety issues facing college students (e.g. alcohol, drugs, hazing, mental health, and sexual misconduct) and important supporting resources and offices on campus.
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The Interfraternity Council (IFC) at UT is composed of 18 active men’s fraternities. The IFC community is over 145 years old, and is proud of its strong tradition of having quality men’s fraternities. Many of the IFC fraternities receive annual awards from their national or international organizations for being among the best in the nation with their programming, academics, philanthropy, and leadership development. The mission of the IFC is to develop men who lead with integrity, encourage a high level of scholarship, support the development of each chapter, promote a sense of community, and strive to set a standard of excellence for ourselves and others at UT. Active Chapters: Alpha Epsilon Pi Alpha Gamma Rho* Alpha Tau Omega* Beta Theta Pi* Beta Upsilon Chi* Delta Kappa Epsilon* FarmHouse Kappa Sigma*
President: William Rice, Alpha Gamma Rho
Executive Vice President: KC Fretwell, Alpha Tau Omega
Vice President of Administration: Jesse Daniel, Phi Kappa Tau
Vice President of Health & Safety: Ryan Seamons, Sigma Alpha Epsilon
Vice President of JudicialAairs: Thomas Sogard, Sigma Phi Epsilon
Vice President of Recruitment: Jackson Hoppe, Kappa Sigma
Vice President of Scholarship & Community Service: Hayden Nicholson, Beta Upsilon Chi
Health & Safety Chairman: Hunter Hopkins, Kappa Sigma
Lambda Chi Alpha* Phi Delta Theta* Phi Gamma Delta* Phi Kappa Psi* Phi Kappa Tau Pi Kappa Alpha* Sigma Alpha Epsilon* Sigma Chi* Sigma Nu* Sigma Phi Epsilon*
Not Pictured: Judicial Board Chairman: Ryan Jernigan, Alpha Gamma Rho Chapters with an asterisk (*) next to their names are chapters that have had sanctions within the last five years. For more information on these sanctions, please visit our website (gogreek.utk.edu) and go to the Com munity Conduct page (gogreek.utk.edu/community-conduct-history/).
Recruitment Chairman: Caden Kelly, Alpha Gamma Rho
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Vice President of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Michael Rodriguez, Beta Upsilon Chi
Advisor: Hunter Carlheim, Office of Sorority & Fraternity Life Coordinator
Recruitment The chapters in the Interfraternity Council at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville take part in three different styles of recruitment: formal (fall), informal (spring), 365 (year round). Fall Recruitment is a formal recruitment. Registered potential new members (PNMs) will spend a week getting to know every chapter in the IFC. Throughout the week at the beginning of the semester, you will spend time with the chapters you want to get to know more about. At the end of the week, formal bids will be given out. All active chapters participate in this recruitment. Spring Recruitment is an informal, or less structured, style of recruitment. Registration is still required, but not all chapters will participate. Similar to fall, there will be an IFC sponsored week of activities at the beginning of the semester, but there will be an extended period of time after the sponsored events where PNMs and chapters will have the ability to get to know each other outside of recruitment events. Each chapter sets their own bid day. 365 Recruitment is on-going. Every chapter in the IFC believes in continuous recruitment throughout the year. This means that chapters can recruit new members throughout the semester without someone going through fall or spring recruitment. Not all chapters will extend bids throughout the year, but a majority of chapters will create relationships with PNMs before they sign up for recruitment. Relationship building is the best way to determine which chapter is the best fit for someone going through recruitment. After a bid has been distributed, new members will complete an educational process, typically referred to as “new member education,” that usually lasts 6-8 weeks. After the completion of all education, initiation for each chapter will take place where all new members become active members within the organization. Some chapters will initiate within a short period of time after their bid day and continue education of all active members throughout their time as an undergraduate.
Fall 2021 IFC Recruitment Dates Registration Opens: May 15
Brotherhood Round: August 23-24
Registration Closes:August 18
Preference Round: August 25
Orientation: August 18, 2021
Bid Day: August 26
Welcome Round: August 19-20
Beginning of 365 Recruitment: August 27
Meet the Chapters Round: August 21-22
New Member Orientation Module due: September 30
Follow IFC on Instagram @UTKIFC or contact the IFC Recruitment Team at IFCRecruitment@utk.edu Jackson Hoppe, Vice President of Recruitment ior Caden Kelly, Recruitment Chairman
Recruitment Captain Each registered PNM will be assigned a Recruitment Captain and a GroupMe group chat. This Recruitment Captain and n? questio group chat is meant for PNMs to ask questions, get updates, and communicate with other PNMs going through recruitment.
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The Multicultural Greek Council (MGC) at UT is composed of 6 culturally-based sororities and fraternities. The council is united by their aspirations to increase awareness of their respective cultures, to serve the UT community, and to maintain high academic standards. MGC also coordinates activities between the organizations through social, fundraising, and community service events. Each organization has national philanthropies in the areas of literacy for children, school mentoring and tutoring, domestic violence awareness, and others. MGC hosts many events in the fall and invites anyone who is interested to attend. The primary purpose of the MGC is to unite its member organizations in order to share ideas and resources, promote mutual respect and equality, provide a support network for involved students, and collectively accomplish goals set forth by the council members. Organizations: Delta Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc. Lambda Phi Epsilon International Fraternity, Inc. Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc. Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity, Inc. Sigma Beta Rho Fraternity, Inc. Sigma Sigma Rho Sorority, Inc.
President: Diego Lourenco
Director of Programming: Gaby Cruz
Vice President: Gabe Godish
Treasurer: Edgar Hernandez
Secretary: Pritisha Ishver
Event Coordinator: Abby Srisavath
Historian: Alexis Sarawan
Council Liaison: Emmett Hincapie
Not Pictured: AcademicOcer: Kalpaj Kotta
Council Liaison: Rue Patel
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Advisor: Chris Hawkins, Office of Sorority & Fraternity Life Assistant Director
Membership Intake • Each MGC organization accepts potential new members through a new member education process. Some MGC organizations start off with a series of events known as Rush or Recruitment Week and others host Informational or Interest Meetings. • Rush/Recruitment is an informal week of educational, social, and service-related activities to get to know members and learn more about one organization of interest. At the end of an organization’s rush week, they extend opportunities to selected individuals who meet the requirements of MGC and its national organization to pursue membership. Informational Meetings allow for individuals to find out general information about said organization and Interest Meetings are formal meetings for those who are interested in moving forward with membership. • After recruitment/intake, there is a period of membership education that can vary in length depending on the MGO, but will last no longer than eight weeks. Following this period, members will initiate into their organizations (often referred to as “crossing”) and participate in some sort of “reveal” or “new member presentation” in which members are recognized and unveiled to the university community.
Fall 2021 MGC Intake Important Dates Meet the Greeks: August 18, 2021 Misconceptions and Stereotypes: August 25, 2021
If you have questions: Follow MGC on Instagram @UTKMGC MGC President: email@example.com
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The National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) at UT is composed of eight historically African American sororities and fraternities. These organizations live by the values of culture, academic achievement, diversity, community service, leadership, and lifetime brotherhood and sisterhood. NPHC organizations are committed campus leaders that produce and engage in educational and social activities. They are active in philanthropic and community service events such as Boys and Girls Club, Big Brothers Big Sisters, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital,, food drives, coat drives, and more. NPHC also hosts various events such as NPHC Community Service Week, Meet the Greeks, and other sponsored programs. NPHC was granted charter at Tennessee in 2007, but chapters have been represented on campus since 1970. Organizations: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Council of Presidents Members
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.* Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
NPHC President: Abigail Saulsberry
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Ayssa Moore
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Dariana Martre
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Lazarius Alexander
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Kelan Hulon
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.. Allana Tate
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Adejah Mack
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. Anthony Tom
Not Pictured: Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. Rahul Nandwani
Chapters with an asterisk (*) next to their names are chapters that have had sanctions within the last five years. For more information on these sanctions, please visit our website (gogreek.utk.edu) and go to the Com munity Conduct page (gogreek.utk.edu/community-conduct-history/).
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Advisor: Chris Hawkins, Office of Sorority & Fraternity Life Assistant Director
Membership Intake • NPHC, “Divine 9-D9,” sororities and fraternities initiate new members through an membership intake process. This engagement starts either with an informal, Informational Meeting and/or formal, Interest/Rush Meeting. An Informational meeting is generally an informal meeting to learn more information about said organization. An Interest/Rush Meeting is the formal event in which members attend who are interested in joining an organization. Each sorority or fraternity holds their process at their own specified time within a given fall or spring academic term. • After the initial meeting, potential new members (or aspirants) are asked to complete a membership application and show proof that they have achieved the organization’s minimum standards for academics, community service, and leadership. Typically, this includes being a full-time undergraduate student with 12-26 credit hours completed, at least a 2.5 GPA, and 30 hours of community service. • Following the submission of an application, interviews and selections will take place. After intake, there is a period of membership education which can vary in length depending on the organization, but usually lasts no longer than eight weeks. Following this period, members will initiate into their organizations (often referred to as “crossing”) and participate in some sort of “reveal” or “new member presentation” in which members are recognized and unveiled to the University community.
Fall 2021 NPHC Intake Important Dates Meet the Greeks: August 18, 2021 Misconceptions and Stereotypes: August 25, 2021
If you have questions: Follow NPHC on Instagram @UTKNPHC NPHC President: firstname.lastname@example.org
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The Panhellenic Council, or “Panhellenic,” at Rocky Top is composed of 13 women’s sororities. The Panhellenic community is more than 110 years old and rich with history. The Panhellenic community lives out its core ideology: “promote the positive, develop women and create an environment of unity and fairness.” The Panhellenic Council strives to develop women through the relationships they make, the leadership skills they gain, the challenge of academics, and the philanthropic/community service experiences in which they participate.
Active Chapters: Alpha Chi Omega Alpha Delta Pi Alpha Omicron Pi* Chi Omega* Delta Delta Delta* Delta Gamma*
President: Hadley O’Hara
Delta Zeta* Kappa Delta*
Vice President of InternalAairs: Teesha Brown
Vice President of Recruitment: Madeline Dillmon
Vice President of Recruitment Counselors: Reagan Stanfill
Vice President of Public Relations: Kelly Peters
Vice President of Administration: MereLove Meyers
Vice President of P|hilanthropy & Community Service: Caroline Touliatos
Kappa Kappa Gamma Phi Mu* Pi Beta Phi Sigma Kappa* Zeta Tau Alpha
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Vice President of Member Development: Mallory Stubervielle
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Chapters with an asterisk (*) next to their names are chapters that have had sanctions within the last five years. For more information on these sanctions, please visit our website (gogreek.utk.edu) and go to the Com munity Conduct page (gogreek.utk.edu/community-conduct-history/).
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Follow Panhellenic on Instagram @UTKPanhellenic Panhellenic Vice President of Recruitment: UTKRecruitment@gmail.com Vice President of Scholarship: Haley Tes
Advisor: Jennifer Pierce Thomas, Office of Sorority & Fraternity Life Associate Director
What to wear
Panhellenic sororities offer many opportunities for membership throughout the year. The most opportunities for membership happen during Primary Recruitment, which typically occurs near the beginning of the fall semester. Students not interested or unable to participate in Primary Recruitment may also have opportunities throughout the fall and spring semesters to join a Panhellenic organization through the Continuous Open Bidding (COB) process. It is important to note that not all Panhellenic chapters will participate in COB.
Go Greek night of recruitment allows you to get to know more about sorority life here at UT and allows you to get to know each of the chapters we have on campus. This introduction night is casual so you can dress like it! We will be providing you a T-shirt to wear and because it’s over Zoom, feel free to wear whatever bottoms you want!
Philanthropy and Service Round
During this round of recruitment, you will learn about the philanthropic organizations and foundations that each of our chapters support on a national and local level. You’ll get to learn about causes near and dear to our members’ hearts and opportunities to be involved in raising awareness and funds for these organizations.
For the Panhellenic Council, COB can happen all year long in both the fall and spring semesters. These COBs are membership invitations extended by individual Panhellenic organizations to interested women. Not all Panhellenic organizations may be eligible for COBs based on the total chapter membership. Completing the recruitment registration process is the first impression that PNMs can make on a chapter. Take your time, answer all of the required sections, and ask questions if you need assistance. Recruitment gives PNMs the opportunity to visit and get to know all of the chapters while the chapters get to know you. This is a mutual selection process where during the course of formal recruitment, you will select your top chapters that you want to continue to learn more about while the members of the chapters will do the same with all of the PNMs attending their events. PNMs and chapters will attend a bid day where those who receive bids will discover which chapter they will have the opportunity to join.
Dress should be cute-casual! Think floral printed skirts or cotton shorts and a blousey, flowing top, or your favorite casual romper! For shoes, consider platform or flat dressy sandals, or a pair of white sneakers. Remember, this round is two nights so be sure to have two outfits!
The sisterhood round is your opportunity to see what it is really like to be a member of the chapters, and it is a great time for you to ask more specific questions about sisterhood! The dress for this night should be a little nicer than the previous. A dressy romper or jumpsuit, sundress, or longer skirt are all great options. Wedges or heeled sandals are great shoe options to consider!
After bid day, new members will take part in a new member education process that will last 6-8 weeks. After the completion of the new member program, initiation takes place where members are provided with access and benefits of full membership into the organization.
Preference night is when you meet with your top chapter choices and is the last night of recruitment! You’ll see a more serious side of the organizations, including revealing some rituals and having conversations about what the chapter means to current sisters personally. Be sure to dress to impress! Consider wearing a nice dress or jumpsuit, like one you’d wear as a wedding guest or to graduation. You’ll also want to consider heels or dress flats as your shoe choice.
Fall 2021 Panhellenic Recruitment Dates Registration opens: May 15
Philanthropy & Service Round: August 13-14
Priority Registration closes: July 16
Sisterhood Round: August 15
Priority registration move-in: August 8-10
Preference Round: August 16
Registration closes: August 8
Bid Day: August 17
Orientation: August 11
New Member Health & Safety Module Due:
Go Greek Round: August 12
Bid Day is a very exciting day to celebrate! You’ll want to be comfortable on this day as you’ll want to be able to properly celebrate with your fellow sisters! You’ll want to wear shorts or leggings and your favorite Tennessee T-shirt, as well as some comfortable shoes!
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WHERE WE ARE: Maps of Greek Housing
1. Delta Zeta 2. Kappa Kappa Gamma 3. Pi Beta Phi 4. Alpha Delta Pi 5. Sigma Kappa 6. Kappa Delta 7. Alpha Omicron Pi 8. Zeta Tau Alpha 9. Phi Mu 10. Delta Delta Delta 11. Chi Omega 12. Alpha Chi Omega 13. Delta Gamma 14. Sorority Village Center & Alpha Kappa Alpha
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1. Beta Upsilon Chi 2. Phi Kappa Psi 3. Sigma Alpha Epsilon 4. Alpha Tau Omega 5. Sigma Chi 6. Pi Kappa Alpha 7. Sigma Nu 8. Pi Kappa Phi (suspended) 9. Sigma Phi Epsilon 10. Phi Gamma Delta “FIJI” 11. Alpha Gamma Rho 12. Delta Tau Delta (suspended) 13. Beta Theta Pi
1. FarmHouse 2. Kappa Sigma 3. Phi Delta Theta 4. Phi Kappa Tau
For a more detailed & interactive map, please visit:
at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Specificchapterswithanasterisk(*)next to their names are chapters that have had sanctionswithinthelastfiveyears.Formore information on these sanctions, please visit our website(gogreek.utk.edu)andgotothe Community Conduct page (gogreek.utk.edu/ community-conduct-history/).
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Alpha Chi Omega Delta Pi Chapter
National Founding Date: 1885 Local Founding Date: 1961 Symbol: Golden Lyre & Red Carnation Colors: Scarlet Red & Olive Green Nickname: Alpha Chi, A Chi O Fall Term GPA: 3.39
@utkaxo @utkaxo facebook.com/UTKAXO utkalphachiomega.com
At the Delta Pi chapter of Alpha Chi Omega, we focus on highlighting the unique personality each woman brings to our chapter along with embracing the fact that you can and should, unapologetically be yourself. We know that the friendships we make in this house will last a lifetime and will give us a home no matter where we find ourselves. Alpha Chi Omega cultivates a place for personal growth, where you will develop lasting friendships and build the base for successful leadership skills that can be used during your collegiate years and beyond. As women of Alpha Chi Omega, we strive to brand ourselves as real, strong, women. We’re devoted to being the greatest versions of ourselves while bringing out the greatest versions of each other. We take pride in the fact that we are a sisterhood full of open minded, full hearted, and fun women!
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Alpha Delta Pi PANHELLENIC COUNCIL
Alpha Kappa Chapter
National Founding Date: 1851 Local Founding Date: 1920 Symbol: Diamond & Alphie the Lion Colors: Azure Blue & White Nickname: ADPi Fall Term GPA: 3.52
At Alpha Delta Pi, we are a sisterhood of friends, a family of individuals, and a home away from home. We embrace every woman’s uniqueness, we encourage and support each other’s goals and dreams, and we value character above all else. Founded in 1851 at Wesleyan Female College, Alpha Delta Pi was the first secret society for women.
@ADPiTennessee @adpitennessee utk.alphadeltapi.org
One of the strongest aspects of this sorority is the fact that every single woman is celebrated by being her full self, and it is an absolute joy to be able to see these women grow together into confident leaders. Not only have these women grown as individuals, but they have also pushed each other to grow. We are full of genuine, passionate, courageous, and hilarious women.
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Alpha Epsilon Pi Psi Deuteron Chapter
National Founding Date: 1913 Local Founding Date: 1949 Symbol: Lion Colors: Blue & Gold Nickname: A-E-Pi Fall Term GPA: 3.10
@AEPi @aepiutk facebook.com/aepiutk aepiutk.com
Alpha Epsilon Pi was founded to provide opportunities for the Jewish college man seeking the best possible college and fraternity experience. We have maintained the integrity of our purpose by strengthening our ties to the Jewish community and serving as a link between high school and career. Our brotherhood is filled with members from across the United States, from differing backgrounds, studying various academic disciplines. We come together as brothers to celebrate one another and our collective accomplishments as a fraternity. We are constantly excelling our involvement on UT’s campus as well as in the Greek community. Not only are we enjoying time with our brothers, but also enriching the local and global community to the best of our ability through philanthropy and service. AEPi is a lifelong commitment, and we pride ourselves on our academic achievement, philanthropy, community service, leadership development, and social involvement.
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Alpha Gamma Rho* INTERFRATERNITY COUNCIL
Alpha Kappa Chapter
National Founding Date: 1904 Local Founding Date: 1951 Symbol: Sickle & Sheaf of Wheat Colors: Dark Green & Gold Nickname: AGR Fall Term GPA: 2.92 Through outstanding leadership, the Alpha Kappa chapter continuously ranks among the top AGR fraternities in the United States. AGR has been “making better men” for more than 100 years. Members of AGR get the best of both worlds because we are a social and professional fraternity. We make sure to have a great time, but grades and character development are also at the top of our list. We are proud to say that we neither haze nor make new members pledge. In AGR, each member joins right away with the same rights and responsibilities as any other brother in the chapter. Outside of class, AGR participates in Homecoming and many other philanthropy events. In recent years, the AGR Alpha Kappa chapter has won first place in Homecoming in four out of the past six years.
@RipRamUTK @agrutk agralphakappa.com/home
Our largest philanthropy event is called Water Wars where we donate on average $10,000 to St. Jude’s. One of the huge traditions that the Alpha Kappa chapter holds is being in charge of Smokey, the mascot for the University of Tennessee. Members of our AGR chapter have the privilege to run him across the field on game days. At the end of each spring semester, we put on a special event called Parent-Founder’s Day where we hand out over $50,000 worth of scholarships to our members that are funded by our amazing alumni.
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Alpha Kappa Alpha Zeta Delta Chapter
NATIONAL PAN-HELLENIC COUNCIL
National Founding Date: 1908 Local Founding Date: 1970 Symbol: Ivy Leaf & Tea Rose Colors: Salmon Pink & Apple Green Nickname: AKA Fall Term GPA: 3.51
@prettyzd1908 @prettyzd1908 dzaka1908.com
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. was founded in 1908 at Howard University. The purpose according to the 16 founders was “to encourage high scholastic and ethical standards and unity among college women, while helping alleviate social issues concerning girls and women, and to be of service to all mankind.” The sorority has flourished into a globally impactful organization of nearly 300,000 college-trained members, bound by the bonds of sisterhood and empowered by a commitment to servant-leadership. The Zeta Delta chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Sorority, Inc. was chartered at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 1970 by 15 trailblazing women. AKA was the first African American Greek letter organization on campus. Zeta Delta celebrated its 50th chartering anniversary in 2020. Zeta Delta prides itself on producing scholars, campus leaders, torchbearers and even Homecoming queens as it brings the international program of service to life on campus and in the greater Knoxville community.
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Alpha Omicron Pi* PANHELLENIC COUNCIL
National Founding Date: 1897 Local Founding Date: 1902 Symbol: Panda & Jacqueminot Rose Colors: Cardinal Red Nickname: AOPi Fall Term GPA: 3.52
Alpha Omicron Pi is a national organization of women with shared values that inspire others to be the best version of themselves! We are strong, courageous, and ambitious. We have servant hearts and a passion for helping those around us. AOPi celebrates our friendships across badges with a commitment to relationships built on mutual respect and trust, and through our core values of friendship, leadership, service, character, dignity, scholarship, and college loyalty. The Omicron chapter at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville has just about 300 sisters. Our beautiful home sits at the top of Ann Baker Furrow Blvd. and houses about 50 members. We host weekly chapter meetings, chapter dinners, and various chapter events. Our women are involved in countless organizations outside of Greek life from Campus Ministries to Volthon and Student Ambassadors to Volteam. We encourage each sisters’ passions outside of AOII and all over campus. We pride ourselves on our commitment to academics and have remained a top three house on the GPA scale for the last five years.
@UTKAOII @utkaoii facebook.com/UTKAOII utk.alphaomicronpi.org
We work diligently throughout the year to raise money for our national philanthropy, the Arthritis Foundation and our local philanthropy, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Some of our favorite fundraising events include the Annual AOPi Barbeque - the longest standing philanthropy event at UT, and our Strikeout Arthritis kickball tournament. We frequently engage in programs and events that further develop our AOPi Culture Principles: accountability and ownership, collaboration, engagement, innovation, and open and honest communication. Alpha Omicron Pi membership creates a bond like no other. This sisterhood extends far past our four years as collegiate women, lasting a lifetime.
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Alpha Tau Omega* Pi Chapter
National Founding Date: 1865 Local Founding Date: 1872 Symbol: Heraldic Cross Pattee Colors: Azure Blue and Old Gold Nickname: ATO Fall Term GPA: 3.09 @UTK_ATO @ato.utk
The Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity began in 1865 to unite the north and south in a brotherhood based on eternal and immutable principles. To this day, the Pi Chapter of the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity is the longest continuously active chapter here at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. We continue to be passionate about creating a brotherhood as strong as any that can last a lifetime. The Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity House can house up to 45 people. Our house is located at 1812 Fraternity Park Drive, right on the corner. We stand proud of our house, and the members who have and will walk through it. Currently, we have one of the highest GPA’s on campus. Our Fall 2019 initiates had the highest GPA of any fraternity on campus. Since our partnership with the East Tennessee Children’s hospital, we have donated thousands of dollars through various philanthropic events. Our members are committed to academic excellence, serving our community, and building upon the longest standing brotherhood at UT.
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Beta Theta Pi* INTERFRATERNITY COUNCIL
Delta Kappa Chapter
National Founding Date: 1839 Local Founding Date: 1967 Symbol: Dragon Colors: Light Pink and Light Blue Nickname: Beta Fall Term GPA: 3.07
@UTKBeta Beta Theta Pi was founded in 1839 by eight earnest young men at Miami University. Nationally, we consist of 118 active chapters and 20 colonies with 10,000 current undergraduate students and a total of 210,000 members. The Tennessee Delta Kappa chapter has initiated 682 members since we were chartered in 1967. We are in the process of building a new house on campus. We continue to develop men of principle for a principled life here at the University of Tennessee.
@beta_utk facebook.com/BetaUTK utkbeta.org
We are a social fraternity with many opportunities for leadership and professional development. Our chapter works hand in hand with the Sexual Assault Awareness Center of Tennessee.
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Beta Upsilon Chi* Alpha Zeta Chapter
National Founding Date: 1985 Local Founding Date: 2012 Symbol: Chalice & Dove Colors: Purple and White Nickname: BYX Fall Term GPA: 3.36
@TennBYX @tennbyx facebook.com/tennbyx tennbyx.org
Beta Upsilon Chi (BYX) exists to establish brotherhood and unity among college men based on the common bond of Jesus Christ. BYX is more than a four-year experience, it is a lifelong brotherhood that extends to over 35 chapters and 2,000 members across the nation. BYX aims to develop men spiritually, socially, and academically. The Alpha Zeta Chapter of Beta Upsilon Chi at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville was founded in 2012 and joined the IFC in 2018. The Alpha Zeta chapter has excelled since its founding, having one of the fastest and most sustainable growths in BYX history. Today, BYX has grown to over 100 members, who are highly engaged in the UT and Knoxville community. BYX proudly supports its local philanthropy, Knox Area Rescue Ministries (KARM) through service hours and fundraisers to help fulfill KARM’s mission of “restoring lives in Jesus’ name” for the homeless of Knoxville. In its young existence, the Alpha Zeta chapter has excelled on and off campus, receiving many awards and recognitions, most notably: 2016 Homecoming Champions, 2018 BYX Chapter of the Year, 2020 IFC Chapter of the Year from the University of Tennessee, and 2020 IFC Chapter President of the Year from the University of Tennessee. BYX has also achieved the highest GPA every year since joining IFC, currently touting a chapter-wide 3.36 GPA.
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Chi Omega* PANHELLENIC COUNCIL
National Founding Date: 1895 Local Founding Date: 1900 Symbol: Owl & White Carnation Colors: Cardinal & Straw Nickname: Chi O Fall Term GPA: 3.57
The first chapter of Chi Omega was founded at the University of Arkansas in 1895. What was once a group of just five founders has become the largest women’s fraternal organization in the world. Our beloved Pi chapter of Chi Omega here at the University of Tennessee was founded in 1900 making us the first sorority to be established on UT’s campus. Since then, our chapter has grown to almost 300 members! Chi Omega’s national philanthropy is Make-A-Wish, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to creating and granting life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. The money the Pi chapter raises goes to Dream Connection, a local version of Make-A-Wish that partners with East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. Together, this semester alone, we raised a total of $24,060.80 for the children’s dreams to be granted!
@ChiOmega_Pi @utkchiomega facebook.com/ChiOmegaPi utkchiomega.org
We are forever committed to our six founding purposes: friendship, personal integrity, service to others, academic excellence, community and campus involvement, and personal and career development. Our members are from different backgrounds and walks of life, and we all strive to use these purposes in our everyday pursuits. In addition to all of this, our bond established in our sisterhood is what holds us together.
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Delta Delta Delta* Delta Sigma Chapter
National Founding Date: 1888 Local Founding Date: 1923 Symbol: Dolphin & Pansy Colors: Silver, Gold, & Blue Nickname: Tri Delt, Tri Delta Fall Term GPA: 3.49
@UTKtridelta @trideltautk facebook.com/DeltaDeltaDeltaAtTennessee
Delta Delta Delta is an assembly of college women who strive to be brave, bold, and kind in all facets of our lives. We are passionate about empowering each other to become the best versions of ourselves while committing to help women live, learn, and lead with purpose, for a lifetime. Our chapter is composed of diverse women who have united in shared values, sisterhood, love, and respect. Tri Delta is a place where you can authentically be yourself and belong to something bigger while always being supported by sisters who are doing the same. Throughout the year, we work hard to raise money for our national philanthropy, St. Jude Children’s Hospital, and our local philanthropy, East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. Some of our fundraising events include Sincerely Yours Letting Writing, Chili Night, and our annual Game Day Tailgate. We are proud to announce that this year we have raised over $75,000 for St. Jude. The Delta Sigma chapter at the University of Tennessee has over 280 sisters. Our members are involved in many organizations on campus such as Leading Women of Tomorrow, Student Government Association, and VolThon, just to name a few. Our sisterhood extends beyond campus life. Whether we are participating in sisterhood events or rituals, we are always developing our strong sisterhood. We possess an unbreakable bond that extends and develops after graduation.
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Delta Gamma* PANHELLENIC COUNCIL
Gamma Alpha Chapter
National Founding Date: 1873 Local Founding Date: 1947 Symbol: Hannah Doll, Anchor, & Delta Gamma Cream Rose Colors: Bronze, Pink, & Blue Nickname: DG, Dee Gee Fall Term GPA: 3.44
Established at the University of Tennessee in 1947, Delta Gamma women have always aimed to foster high ideals of friendship, to promote educational & cultural interests, to create a sense of social responsibility, and to develop the finest qualities of characters in our sisters.
@deltagamma @utkdg acebook.com/deegeeutk
The Gamma Alpha chapter has over 250 sisters and each year 30 sisters live in the chapter house, located in Sorority Village. Our house serves as our location for chapter meetings, sisterhood events, and a place for sisters to socialize.
Delta Gamma’s national philanthropy is Service for Sight, however the Gamma Alpha chapter also supports Knoxville’s local non-profit Club Vibes. Both of these philanthropies raise awareness and benefit those with visual impairment. Each year the Gamma Alpha chapter hosts Anchor Splash, our main philanthropy event, where we raise thousands of dollars that goes toward Service for Sight and Club Vibes.
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Delta Kappa Epsilon* Lambda Tau Colony
National Founding Date: 1844 Local Founding Date: 2013 Symbol: Rampant Lion Colors: Navy, Crimson, & Gold Nickname: Deke (DKE) Fall Term GPA: 2.96
@UTKDKE @dkeutk facebook.com/UTKdekes
Delta Kappa Epsilon truly embodies our motto of being “Gentleman, Scholars, and Jolly Good Fellows.” We believe that being a gentleman is one of the most important things a man can become. Treating others with respect, having confidence in yourself, and being courteous in any situation we may face, is how we build ourselves as gentlemen. We also pride ourselves in academics, where we have joint study sessions, helpful class resources, and high academic standards. Being the best person you can be not only helps the chapter succeed, but it empowers our community and university. As a smaller chapter, we pride ourselves on our brotherhood; it is the driving force behind everything we do. Regardless of the differences between us, we come together as one fraternity in order to stick to our main goals. At the end of our experience, we become better men who are prepared for the next chapter in our lives. Overall, Delta Kappa Epsilon at UT is a diverse group of gentlemen that come together to be bonded for life. We represent ourselves, our families, our fraternity, and our university to the best of our abilities. You’ll see us having fun, studying, and being involved in the community, but no matter where you see us, we’ll always be bettering ourselves by becoming gentlemen, scholars, and jolly good fellows.
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Delta Phi Lambda MULTICULTURAL GREEK COUNCIL
Tennessee Associate Chapter
National Founding Date: 1998 Local Founding Date: 2020 Symbol: Butterfly Colors: Navy Blue & Silver Nickname: DFL, DPHiL Fall Term GPA: 3.36
Delta Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc. chartered on March 21, 2020 at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with seven charter members. Our chapter made history as being the first Asian-Interest, not Asian exclusive, sorority in the entire state of Tennessee. Our sorority’s mission is to advocate for Asian awareness, empower women leaders through our values-based programs, raise osteoporosis awareness through our partnership with American Bone Health, and forge Everlasting Sisterhood® through our diverse shared experiences.
@utkdphil facebook.com/UTK-Delta -Phi-Lambda-Sorority -Inc-110740007261641/
During the summer before our chapter was active on campus, we raised $1,237 for Rebuild the Block, a GoFundMe for Black owned small businesses. During the first semester as an active chapter, we were number one for highest sorority GPA in MGC and third highest in the entire council of MGC. As a new Greek lettered organization on campus, we were able to cross two lines of newly initiated members; our active house grew from seven to 14. As the only Asian-Interest sorority on campus, we deeply feel the drive to improve and advocate the lives for our fellow Asian Americans. We hope that our time on campus influences lives as well as give the strength to young women to become the true dedicated female leaders they are.
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Delta Sigma Theta Mu Zeta Chapter
NATIONAL PAN-HELLENIC COUNCIL
National Founding Date: 1913 Local Founding Date: 1975 Symbol: Elephant Colors: Crimson & Cream Nickname: Deltas Fall Term GPA: 3.32
The Mu Zeta chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority,Inc. was chartered on the campus of the University of Tennessee - Knoxville in 1975 by 19 mesmerizing women. Since the chapter’s resurgence in 2019, Mu Zeta has continually held the highest chapter GPA in the council, and put on the most programs. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is an organization of college educated women whose mission is to be committed to the constructive development of its members and to public service with a primary focus on the Black community.
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Delta Zeta* PANHELLENIC COUNCIL
Beta Lambda Chapter
National Founding Date: 1902 Local Founding Date: 1933 Symbol: Turtle & Killarney Rose Colors: Rose & Green Nickname: DZ, Dee Zee Fall Term GPA: 3.42
Delta Zeta’s vision is to unite members with sincere and lasting friendship, empower each other in the pursuit of knowledge, and promote the moral and social development of our members. Delta Zeta is founded on six core values: friendship, belonging, community, generosity, curiosity, and empowerment. The Beta Lambda chapter has over 280 members who reflect our core values each day through their thoughts, words, and deeds. Our members are encouraged to hold leadership positions within Delta Zeta, Panhellenic, and the University of Tennessee. Throughout the year, we provide opportunities for our members to grow socially, morally, and intellectually. These opportunities include social engagements, academic workshops, diversity and inclusion programs, and philanthropic events.
@DZUTK @dztennessee facebook.com/Delta-Zeta-at-Tennessee-321558107880401
Our philanthropic passion as Delta Zeta sisters is ‘speech and hearing’. Our national philanthropy is the Starkey Hearing Foundation, and our local philanthropy is Tennessee School for the Deaf. We work closely with the Tennessee School for the Deaf to raise awareness on campus about the deaf community and culture. Each semester, our chapter comes together to host events to donate money in support of these incredible organizations.
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National Founding Date: 1905 Local Founding Date: 1959 Symbol: Sickle & Sheaf Colors: Green, Gold, & White Nickname: N/A Fall Term GPA: 2.83
@UTFarmHouse @farmhouse_tennessee facebook.com/TennesseeFarmHouse-173545839354109
Farm House is an international fraternity founded in 1905 with the objective to build the Whole Man through four-fold development: Intellectually, Spiritually, Socially/Morally and Physically. We came to the University of Tennessee in 1959 and are proud to be Volunteers. We embody this volunteer spirit by working to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. We are men who support each other and we would love to have you join us.
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Iota Phi Theta NATIONAL PAN-HELLENIC COUNCIL
Theta Zeta Chapter
National Founding Date: 1963 Local Founding Date: 2012 Symbol: Centaur & Yellow Rose Colors: Charcoal Brown & Gilded Gold Nickname: Iota Fall Term GPA: N/A
In 1963 at Morgan State College, now Morgan State University, 12 students founded Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc., and established the following purpose: “The development and perpetuation of scholarship, leadership, citizenship, fidelity, and brotherhood among men.”
Today, Iota Phi Theta consists of over 250 chapters located in 40 States, the District of Columbia and the Republic of Korea. We were founded at the University of Tennessee in 2012. We work to embody the Volunteer spirit by supporting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
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Kappa Alpha Psi Mu Rho Chapter
NATIONAL PAN-HELLENIC COUNCIL
National Founding Date: 1911 Local Founding Date: 1986 Symbol: Diamond Colors: Crimson & Cream Nickname: Kappa Fall Term GPA: 2.90
@murhonupes @murhonupes facebook.com/murhonupes
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. was founded in 1911 on the campus of Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana by 10 illustrious men. At the time, these African American students battled racism and overcame obstacles while attending a predominantly white institution. The fraternity’s motto is “Achievement in every field of endeavor’’ and is embodied by its members. The Mu Rho chapter Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. was chartered at UT in 1986. We serve UT’s campus and the Knoxville community with philanthropic events and many other community service events. We have built a strong relationship with our alumni brothers, and they serve as a networking pool. Our members are annually recognized for their academic achievements and awards such as Torchbearer, Extraordinary Campus Leadership & Service, Chapter of the Year, and more. Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. emphasizes academic and personal achievement while building an irreplaceable brotherhood. As the fraternity continues to grow and flourish, we look to add new brothers that align with our objectives.
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Kappa Delta* PANHELLENIC COUNCIL
Alpha Epsilon Chapter
National Founding Date: 1897 Local Founding Date: 1925 Symbol: Teddy Bears & White Rose Colors: Olive Green & Pearl White Nickname: KD, Kay Dee Fall Term GPA: 3.43
Kappa Delta is committed to inspiring each one of our members to reach their full potential by providing opportunities for leadership, service, and academic excellence. We believe that by instilling confidence in our members and encouraging them to reach beyond their grasp, they will have the ability to accomplish amazing things during their collegiate years and beyond. The goals we set for ourselves and for each other prepare our members to enter the professional world as confident, well-rounded young women. Our chapter is unique for having two philanthropies, Girl Scouts of the USA and Prevent Child Abuse of America. We love getting to be hands-on with the Girl Scouts and instilling confidence in them from a young age and being able to support PCAA. Each day we work to create a greater and better Kappa Delta as we strive for that which is honorable, beautiful, and highest.
@UTKKappaDelta @utkkd facebook.com/KDUTK utk.kappadelta.org
We pride ourselves on excellence in academics, leadership, community involvement, and social activities; but most importantly we cherish the lifetime friendships that we have created through Kappa Delta. We support, encourage, challenge, empower, and above all love one another. This strong sense of sisterhood that is so critical during college does not end upon graduation. KD is for a lifetime!
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Kappa Kappa Gamma Epsilon Lambda Chapter
National Founding Date: 1870 Local Founding Date: 1967 Symbol: Owl, Key, & Fleur-de-lis Colors: Sky Blue & Sea Blue Nickname: Kappa, KKG Fall Term GPA: 3.43
@KKGUTK @kkgutk facebook.com/kkgutk utk.kappa.org
Kappa Kappa Gamma is a national organization that was founded in 1870 at Monmouth College. Six women began this sisterhood in hopes of forming an organization that would uphold high academic values and personal goals. In 1967 the Epsilon Lambda Chapter was founded here at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville where we continue to welcome more women into our sisterhood every year. Our 200+ current sisters have created a very welcoming and relaxed environment that continues to evolve. We as a chapter are here not to limit you, but to help you grow. We are so proud to say our chapter does not utilize any extra fines or fees throughout our members’ time in Kappa. We also recognize that the responsibilities of our sisters as students come before sorority and social life. We take pride in our sisterhood as we emphasize from the start of recruitment into alumni status the importance of creating life-long bonds with those around us. Our chapter is often complimented on the variety of friendships we have among active members of all ages, breaking down barriers between grades. We extend this value of friendship into our Panhellenic community and beyond here at UT. These relationships are strengthened through our involvement in campus organizations and events. We are a group of passionate, driven women from assorted backgrounds who come together to empower one another to become their best selves.
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Kappa Sigma* INTERFRATERNITY COUNCIL
National Founding Date: 1869 Local Founding Date: 1880 Symbol: The Star & Crescent Colors: Scarlet, White, & Emerald Green Nickname: Kappa Sig Fall Term GPA: 3.11
@KappaSigma_Lambda utkappasigma.com Kappa Sigma, commonly known as Kappa Sig, is a social fraternity founded at the University of Virginia in 1869. Kappa Sigma is one of the five largest international fraternities with currently 318 active chapters and colonies in North America. We were founded at the University of Tennessee in 1880 and are active participants in on-campus activities. Kappa Sigma is focused upon the Four Pillars of Fellowship, Leadership, Scholarship, and Service. As a values-based men’s fraternity, Kappa Sigma strictly forbids hazing and fosters meaningful college experiences by offering progressive membership development and pledge education. We believe the Kappa Sigma Fraternity will better your college experience and opens the door for opportunities unlike any other organization.
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Lambda Chi Alpha* Epsilon Omicron Colony
National Founding Date: 1909 Local Founding Date: 1932 Symbol: Cross & Crescent Colors: Purple, Gold, & Green Nickname: Lambda Chi Fall Term GPA: N/A
@UTKLXA @utklambdachi facebook.com/UT-Lambda-Chi-AlphaFraternity-163440917044630/
In January 1927 a group of UT engineering students interested in intramurals formed Zeta Tau Lambda. In 1930, the group petitioned Lambda Chi Alpha for a charter. The 14th General Assembly of Lambda Chi Alpha granted the charter, and the Epsilon Omicron Chapter of Lambda Chi Alpha was installed at UT on March 19, 1932. Since that date, the Epsilon Omicron chapter has initiated over 2,450 brothers. Lambda Chi Alpha Epsilon Omicron returned to UT as a colony in Spring of 2021, and is planning to charter in Spring of 2022. The philanthropy of our local colony is Second Harvest Food Bank. Our legendary philanthropic event, Watermelon Bust, is planned for a historic return during the upcoming Spring semester. Our seven core values: loyalty, duty, respect, service and stewardship, honor, integrity, and personal courage — provide a moral compass for our brotherhood and differentiate us from others. Through these pillars, we strive for the ideal of perfect brotherhood.
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Lambda Phi Epsilon MULTICULTURAL GREEK COUNCIL
Tennessee Associate Chapter
National Founding Date: 1981 Local Founding Date: 2020 Symbol: Dragon Colors: Royal Blue & White Nickname: LPhiE, LFE Fall Term GPA: 3.13
Lambda Phi Epsilon International Fraternity, Inc. was founded in 1981 and has grown to over 70+ undergraduate and graduate chapters, making it the largest Asian-interest fraternity in the world.
Lambda Phi Epsilon at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville is the first Asian-interest fraternity in the state of Tennessee. We focus on building leaders who can become respective figures in their communities. Bridging the gap between Asian American communities and their affiliation with other organizations. Our five tenets of a Volunteer Lambda include: servant leadership, respect, hard work, excellence, and confidence. These are tenets that we have put together for our active chapter to push for the betterment of each individual. Our national philanthropy is the National Marrow Donor Program also known as Be The Match. This program is the global leader in bone marrow transplantation and connects patients with their donor match. We hold this event annually every November. All proceeds are donated to Be The Match.
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Lambda Theta Alpha Gamma Gamma Chapter
MULTICULTURAL GREEK COUNCIL
National Founding Date: 1975 Local Founding Date: 2001 Symbol: Pearl, Shell, & Moon Colors: Burgundy & Gray Nickname: LTA, Lovely Lambda Ladies Fall Term GPA: 3.44
Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc. was founded in 1975 and has grown to over 175 undergraduate and alumnae chapters all over the U.S. and Puerto Rico. We were established as an academic sorority with the focus of actively integrating into the social, political, and community service arena to cater to the educational advancement of the Latina woman. We are Latin by tradition, not by definition, so all are welcome to learn more about joining LTA! Our principles are unity, love, and respect. As members of the Gamma Gamma chapter, we strive to host events that center around social, cultural, and educational programs. Our national philanthropy is St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and on a local level, we work with non-profit organizations serving the Knoxville community, including Centro Hispano and McClung Museum. In 2020, the Gamma Gamma chapter was awarded MGC Chapter of the Year, MGC Innovative Program of the Year, and MGC New Member of the Year. We look forward to getting to know you, and we can’t wait to see you at our next event!
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Lambda Theta Phi MULTICULTURAL GREEK COUNCIL
Gamma Gamma Chapter
National Founding Date: 1975 Local Founding Date: 2002 Symbol: N/A Colors: Brown & White Nickname: Lambdas Fall Term GPA: 3.22
Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity Inc. was founded in 1975 as the first Latin fraternity founded in the United States. Lambda Theta Phi is a non-profit service/social fraternity emphasizing Latin unity and the celebration of Latin culture. We are not Latino exclusive, we focus and celebrate all cultures and pride ourselves in our diversity. Since our founding Lambda Theta Phi has established chapters in every region of the country at both the undergraduate and professional level.The goals and objectives of the fraternity are to promote brotherhood, maintain a standard of learning, develop character, respect character and to practice chivalry. Lambda Theta Phi has set to accomplish these goals through responsible political and social action.
Throughout the year, our brothers are actively performing community service, promoting our culture, participating in educational workshops, collaborating with other student organizations, and enjoying social programs. As a result, the brothers of Lambda Theta Phi are developing their organizational, communication, and leadership skills, all while pursuing a diploma. Lambda Theta Phi prides itself in the strength of its brotherhood and we believe that united there is nothing we cannot accomplish because “in unity there is strength”. We are excited to meet anyone who is interested in learning more about our organization!
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Omega Psi Phi* Iota Beta Chapter
NATIONAL PAN-HELLENIC COUNCIL
National Founding Date: 1911 Local Founding Date: 1970 Symbol: Lamp Colors: Royal Purple & Old Gold Nickname: Omega Fall Term GPA: 2.89
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. is the first international fraternal organization founded on the campus of a historically black college. In 1911, Omega Psi Phi was founded inside the Science Building, later renamed Thirkield Hall, at Howard University. From the initials of the Greek phrase meaning, “friendship is essential to the soul,” the name Omega Psi Phi was derived. That phrase was selected as the motto. Manhood, scholarship, perseverance and uplift were adopted as cardinal principles. The Iota Beta chapter was founded at the University of Tennessee in 1970.
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Phi Beta Sigma NATIONAL PAN-HELLENIC COUNCIL
Kappa Chi Chapter
National Founding Date: 1914 Local Founding Date: 1979 Symbol: The Dove Colors: Royal Blue & Pure White Nickname: Sigma Fall Term GPA: 2.91
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity was founded at Howard University in 1914 by three young African-American male students. The founders, Honorable A. Langston Taylor, Honorable Leonard F. Morse, and Honorable Charles I. Brown, wanted to organize a Greek letter fraternity that would truly exemplify the ideals of brotherhood, scholarship, and service.
The Founders deeply wished to create an organization that viewed itself as “a part of” the general community rather than “apart from” the general community. They believed that each potential member should be judged by his own merits, rather than his family background or affluence without regard to race, nationality, skin tone, or texture of hair. They desired for their fraternity to exist as part of an even greater brotherhood which would be devoted to the “inclusive we” rather than the “exclusive we”. From its inception, the founders also conceived Phi Beta Sigma as a mechanism to deliver services to the general community. Here, at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, the Kappa Chi chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., charted in 1979, continues to follow the example of our esteemed founders and brothers all over the nation by upholding our fraternal principles of Brotherhood, Scholarship, and Service and our fraternal motto, “culture for service and service for humanity,” to create a better community and a better world.
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Phi Delta Theta* Tennessee Gamma Chapter
National Founding Date: 1848 Local Founding Date: 1963 Symbol: Owl, White Carnation, & Pallas Athena Colors: Azure Blue & Argent White Nickname: Phi Delt Fall Term GPA: 2.66
@utphideltatheta @utkphidelt facebook.com/utphideltatheta/
Phi Delta Theta is a multi-national fraternity that was founded at Miami University in Ohio, in 1848. Nationally, they have the largest average chapter size out of all IFC Fraternities and have ambitious goals to expand to even more college campuses. Phi Delt has active chapters at almost all SEC schools, and connections are plentiful throughout the country. At the University of Tennessee, Phi Delt has expanded from 20 members to over 80 in the past two years and is continuing to grow their close-knit brotherhood with the assistance of strong alumni support and events that are hosted across campus. The Phi Delt house is currently located off-campus only one block away from Cumberland Avenue, and positioned in close proximity to residence halls – making for easy access for new students interested in joining the chapter. Leadership opportunities are plentiful in the chapter, as there are 22 positions and numerous out-of-state paid conferences to attend as an undergraduate student.
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Phi Gamma Delta* INTERFRATERNITY COUNCIL
Kappa Tau Chapter
National Founding Date: 1848 Local Founding Date: 1890 Symbol: The Snowy White Owl, The Black Diamond with a White Star Colors: Royal Purple Nickname: FIJI, Phi Gam Fall Term GPA: 3.08
The Kappa Tau chapter of Phi Gamma Delta, known as “FIJI,” has done tremendous over the past year. In the Fall, we added 20 new brothers. We also just added 15 new brothers in the Spring semester. For community service, we partnered with South Coast Pizza and picked up trash in the surrounding area. Regarding philanthropy, we have raised a total of $30,000 towards testicular cancer research, in honor of our brother Nick Pell. We also hosted our annual graduate brother event, Pig Dinner. We had roughly 160 brothers in attendance, showing our graduate brothers have extensive involvement in the well being of our chapter.
@VolsPhiGam @tennesseefiji tennesseefiji.com
Since fall of 2019, we have grown from a total of 51 active brothers to 107, and we are proud that we have reestablished ourselves as a responsible and relevant fraternity on campus. We look forward to a regular semester this fall, and we can’t wait to increase our numbers even more.
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Phi Kappa Psi* Tennessee Epsilon Chapter
National Founding Date: 1852 Local Founding Date: 1967 Symbol: Jacqueminot Rose Colors: Cardinal Red & Hunter Green Nickname: Phi Psi Fall Term GPA: 2.67
@phipsitenn @phipsiutk facebook.com/TNPHIPSI
Phi Kappa Psi was founded in 1852. They formed this fraternity under “the great joy of serving others.” We at the Phi Kappa Psi chapter of University of Tennessee try and embody these ideals and go above and beyond the Volunteer spirit. We have been on campus since 1967 and have been a staple of Greek life ever since. We are known for being a close and tight knit group of young men striving for excellence in both academics and character. We pride ourselves on being a family rather than a fraternity. We are open to young men from all walks of life and backgrounds, and strive to create an inclusive and inviting atmosphere. No matter who you are or what you like, you’ll always find someone at Phi Psi who is right there with you. Every day we challenge ourselves earnestly to be better men than we were the day before and encourage our brothers with leadership, responsibility, and accountability to mold our brothers into tomorrow’s leaders.
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Phi Kappa Tau INTERFRATERNITY COUNCIL
Delta Kappa Chapter
National Founding Date: 1906 Local Founding Date: 2019 Symbol: N/A Colors: Harvard Red & Old Gold Nickname: Phi Tau Fall Term GPA: 2.99
@utkphitau Phi Kappa Tau was founded in 1906 and is a leadership organization dedicated to transforming men of character into men of distinction. The mission of Phi Kappa Tau is to champion a lifelong commitment to brotherhood, learning, ethical leadership, and exemplary character. At the Delta Kappa chapter, we have a unique tradition of utilizing these four core values in shaping our legacy.
Over 3 million children in America are faced with the challenge of fighting serious illness everyday. At Phi Tau they know that serious illnesses know no geographical, social, or economic bounds. This is why they are dedicated to providing an unforgettable experience to children living with serious illnesses at no charge to them or their families through SeriousFun Children’s Network. Phi Tau prides itself on our diversity values by seeking members that do not think alike, but rather originate in different places throughout the U.S and bring their unique and diverse points of view to encourage scholarly learning based on these different perspectives.
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Phi Mu* Kappa Chapter
National Founding Date: 1852 Local Founding Date: 1908 Symbol: Sir Fidel the Lion Colors: Rose & White Nickname: N/A Fall Term GPA: 3.48
@PhiMuKappa @phimuutk facebook.com/phimutennessee utk.phimu.org
Phi Mu was founded in 1852 in Macon, Georgia, and first installed at the University of Tennessee in 1908. As the Kappa chapter, we are proud to be the longest standing Phi Mu chapter in the nation. Our sisterhood and philanthropic ambitions aim to make an impact on both our campus and the Knoxville community, and develop our members into the bright young women they are. Our national philanthropy is Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Locally, we support East Tennessee Children’s Hospital through year-round fundraising and volunteer efforts. Our goal is to make an impact on the lives of sick children by brightening their days and alleviating some of the financial burden that is placed on their families. We are humbled to have a room in the Hematology and Oncology Clinic named after our chapter due to reaching our fundraising goals last year! Phi Mu’s sisterhood is another element of our organization that we are extremely proud of. The best part is that each Phi Mu woman has over 200 sisters cheering her on with every goal she works to accomplish. Our core values are love, honor, and truth, and we work to exemplify those words in everything that we do. You can often find us having movie nights at our house, going to UT sporting events, attending group fitness classes, or participating in Greek events together to strengthen and celebrate our sisterhood. Phi Mu is a home away from home for many, and a place where we can come together and authentically celebrate the women that we are. We work hard to stick to the mission of providing our sisters with personal and academic development through service and shared tradition. Each of our members brings something unique to our sisterhood, and we truly would not trade it for the world!
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Pi Beta Phi PANHELLENIC COUNCIL
Tennessee Gamma Chapter
National Founding Date: 1867 Local Founding Date: 1948 Symbol: Angels and Arrows, Wine Carnation Colors: Wine & Silver Blue Nickname: Pi Phi Fall Term GPA: 3.22
Pi Beta Phi is an international fraternity for women striving to enhance the collegiate experience and to take the friendships we make with us for a lifetime! We stay true to our six core values of integrity, lifelong commitment, honor and respect, personal and intellectual growth, philanthropic service to others, and sincere friendship. As the first fraternity for women, modeled after the male fraternal structure, we work to honor the courage of our twelve founders by empowering all women to achieve their full potential.
@UTKPiPhi @utkpiphi facebook.com/Pi-Beta-Phi-at-the-University-of-Tennessee-111567152355518/
The Tennessee Gamma chapter of Pi Beta Phi was founded at the University of Tennessee Knoxville in 1948. Since then, we have grown to a chapter of over 250 women! No matter if it is at a philanthropy event, cheering on the Vols in Neyland, or in the classroom, the Pi Phi’s at UT are working to enrich the lives of others and contribute to the betterment of society, as Friends and Leaders for Life! Tennessee Gamma is our home away from home, full of women from across the country with different backgrounds and experiences. Our chapter is the place where we come together to learn from each other, and support each other during our time as collegiates and throughout our lives.
Pi Beta Phi is committed to literacy efforts through our international philanthropy, Read>Lead>Achieve. This cause has been important to Pi Beta Phi since 1911 when early Pi Phi’s learned of the literacy challenges in East Tennessee and built a settlement school in a small town that we know today as Gatlinburg. Pi Phi’s efforts in Gatlinburg helped shape it into the city it is today, and Pi Beta Phi Elementary is now a part of the Sevier County school system. Today, we enact literacy efforts through hands-on reading programs with local Knox County elementary schools! The University of Tennessee | GREEK LIFE 2021 | 63
Pi Kappa Alpha* Zeta Chapter
National Founding Date: 1868 Local Founding Date: 1874 Symbol: Lily of the Valley, Oak Tree, & White Horse Colors: Garnet & Gold Nickname: Pike Fall Term GPA: 3.00
@utkpikes @utkpikes facebook.com/UTKpikes websites.omegafi.com/omegaws/ pikappaalphaut
Pi Kappa Alpha was founded here on UT over 150 years ago and has grown to become one of the largest fraternities on campus. We are an ever-growing chapter that teaches young men to be the best they can possibly be. We teach ideals of brotherhood, leadership, and academic excellence to shape our members into the young men we strive for them to be. We are active in campus events such as intramurals, homecoming, and philanthropy events. Not only are we active in them, but we win. We challenge every member to be active in our chapter and promote them to become leaders not only in our fraternity, but in other clubs, honors fraternities, or other campus jobs. We pride ourselves on educating our new members to be knowledgeable men who know the history and traditions of our fraternity through our new member process. We foster the ideals of “S.L.A.G.” into this process and educate our new members to embody these ideals. This saying stands for Scholars, Leaders, Athletes, and Gentlemen. These four pillars show who a true Pike really is, and is something we strive to be every day. Whether it be in the classroom, on the sports field, or in the community, Pikes prove to be successful men who are dedicated to the ideals we hold ourselves to.
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Sigma Alpha Epsilon* INTERFRATERNITY COUNCIL
Tennessee Kappa Chapter
National Founding Date: 1856 Local Founding Date: 1879 Symbol: Lion Colors: Royal Purple & Old Gold Nickname: SAE Fall Term GPA: 3.13
@SAETNKAPPA Sigma Alpha Epsilon was founded in 1856 at the University of Alabama under the creed of the True Gentleman. As brothers we strive to reach the highest standards of friendship, leadership, scholarship, and service.
Founded on campus here at the University of Tennessee in 1879, brothers on campus continue to challenge one another to become better not just academically but also within the community. With 182 brothers involved with the Tennessee Kappa chapter as of 2021, SAE is one of the largest fraternities on campus, and, therefore, creates a brotherhood unlike any other. John Moseley—former national president of SAE and dean of students at UT—once elegantly remarked that Tennessee Kappa was “the brightest jewel in Minerva’s crown,” and to this day, brothers continue to keep that legacy. The bond of Sigma Alpha Epsilon runs deep and extends nationwide, as the teachings of strong convictions, focused principals, and the strength to do the right thing that have defined brothers since 1879 will far exceed one’s collegiate years.
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Sigma Beta Rho Alpha Delta Chapter
MULTICULTURAL GREEK COUNCIL
National Founding Date: 1996 Local Founding Date: 2012 Symbol: King Cobra Colors: Red, Black, & Green Nickname: Sig Rho Fall Term GPA: 3.28
@SigRhoUTK_AD @utksigrho facebook.com/SigRhoUTK
Sigma Beta Rho is the nation’s premier multicultural fraternity. Founded in 1996 at the University of Pennsylvania, we span over 50 universities with over 3,000 members nationwide. Our high standard of performance and maintaining the integrity of the values of our fraternity have contributed to our being one of the fastest growing fraternities of our kind. Central to our efforts in Sigma Beta Rho are our pillars: service to our society, our bond of brotherhood, and remembrance of our origins. Our mission is to cultivate a global leadership network, founded in brotherhood, and impassioned by service to each other and our world. This applies not just to accepting and celebrating the cultural, racial, sexual, and other differences that characterize our membership, but to an understanding of brotherhood beyond the ranks of our own organization – not just Greek unity, but humanity as a whole. This is imagined as an ideal for which we strive.
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Sigma Chi* INTERFRATERNITY COUNCIL
Beta Sigma Chapter
National Founding Date: 1855 Local Founding Date: 1917 Symbol: The White Cross Colors: Blue & Old Gold Nickname: Sig Fall Term GPA: 3.28
Sigma Chi is an international fraternity that is one of the largest and oldest fraternities in North America. Sigma Chi was founded in 1855 in Miami, Ohio, and it currently has 237 active undergraduate chapters. While we all come from different backgrounds, we are all grounded in enhancing the leadership abilities of men by refining their character through the framework of friendship, justice, and learning. The Beta Sigma colony at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville was founded in 1917 and has a rich history of serving our campus, local community, and even the country. The Significant Sigs award is the General Fraternity’s highest honor, and Beta Sigma is home to 35 Significant Sigs. Our alumni include, but are not limited to, US Senators, US Congressmen, Mayors, CEOs, a National Championship Winning Coach, and a College Football Hall of Famer. Since beginning the rechartering process in 2019, Sigma Chi has amassed over 140 members, all of which are dedicated to being leaders on campus. Our chapter is heavily involved across campus, in SGA, Ambassadors, varsity athletics, intramurals, and so much more.
@SigmaChi_UTK @utksigmachi facebook.com/SigmaChiUTK sigmachiut.org/home
In Sigma Chi, we strive to be leaders of men, and this is made evident through our actions. Our chapter hosts Derby Days, which is our annual philanthropy event to raise money for the Huntsman Cancer Institute. We endeavor to hold ourselves to a higher standard and improve our community. Overall, our goal is to develop principle-based leaders that understand how to make a positive influence on the world.
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Sigma Gamma Rho Mu Beta Chapter
NATIONAL PAN-HELLENIC COUNCIL
National Founding Date: 1922 Local Founding Date: 1991 Symbol: Yellow Tea Rose & The Poodle Colors: Royal Blue & Antique Gold Nickname: S G Rho Fall Term GPA: 2.76
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. was founded in1922 on the campus of Butler University and was notably the only historically black sorority founded on a predominately white institution. The magnificent Mu Beta chapter was founded on the campus of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in, 1991. Sigma Gamma Rho is a sorority devoted to enhancing the quality of life for women and their families in the US and globally. The Mu Beta chapter is a dedicated group of young women who strive to cause impact on the aspects of leadership development, education, and health awareness. Our chapter strives to instill our sorority’s motto “Great Service, Greater Progress” in all aspects of our involvement. We push ourselves to embody a true sister who focuses on our academic achievements and acts of service.
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Sigma Kappa* PANHELLENIC COUNCIL
Alpha Delta Chapter
National Founding Date: 1874 Local Founding Date: 1921 Symbol: Heart & Dove Colors: Lavender & Maroon Nickname: Sig Kap Fall Term GPA: 3.27
The Alpha Delta chapter of Sigma Kappa has been at the University of Tennessee since 1921, making us 100 years old! Our chapter is full of smart, free spirited and spunky young ladies. Our values are personal growth, friendship, loyalty, and service; all of which shine through in each of our members. Our chapter was awarded 2020 Panhellenic Chapter of the Year thanks to our amazing members and executive council. On top of that, we won the ACE Cup through All Campus Events and won many awards through our national headquarters.
@UTKSigKap @utksigmakappa facebook.com/utksigkap utk.sigmakappa.org
One of the things that makes Sigma Kappa so special is the diversity among our chapter. We have members from almost all 50 states, and several foreign countries. This creates a very welcoming atmosphere for all potential new members. We are also very grateful to have our own Sigma Kastle. Our chapter house located in sorority village houses 41 girls every year. Philanthropy is something that our women are extremely passionate about. Our chapter is unique in that we support five main philanthropic and community service based organizations. Fun fact, our five philanthropies spell out S.I.G.M.A. They include: Sigma Kappa Foundation, Inherit the Earth, Gerontology, Maine Seacoast Mission, and Alzheimer’s Disease research. We partner with a multitude of local and national organizations in order to raise money, care for our environment, put smiles on the faces of those in adult care facilities, send resources to isolated island communities, and stand with those fighting to find an end to Alzheimer’s disease.
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Sigma Nu* Epsilon Eta Chapter
National Founding Date: 1869 Local Founding Date: 1921 Symbol: Knight’s Helmet, White Rose, Crossed Swords, & Coiled Serpent Colors: Black & Gold Nickname: Snu Fall Term GPA: 3.02
@UTKSigmaNu @utksigmanu volweb.utk.edu/~sigmanu
The Epsilon Eta chapter of Sigma Nu is a 130+ man chapter that operates under their three pillars of love, honor, and truth. They have been on UT’s campus for 100 years now, and they have historically hosted many social, philanthropic, and brotherhood events. They organize a philanthropy event every year titled Snake Daze that raises money for Camp Koinonia, which is a camp for individuals with disabilities.
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Sigma Phi Epsilon* INTERFRATERNITY COUNCIL
Tennessee Alpha Chapter
National Founding Date: 1901 Local Founding Date: 1913 Symbol: Golden Heart Colors: Purple & Red Nickname: Sig Ep Fall Term GPA: 3.10
@TNAlpha Sigma Phi Epsilon was established at the University of Tennessee in 1913. We complement a man’s education by delivering a premier student experience in one of the most formative times of his life. Our philanthropy is East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. SigEp revolutionized the fraternity movement in 1991 by unveiling the Balanced Man Program (BMP), a concept of single-tiered membership and continuous development that begins the day a brother joins. Through the BMP program, you’ll learn life skills to become a better and balanced man. We currently stand at 85 active members with one of the largest alumni bases in the country.
@utk_sigep facebook.com/UTKSigEp tnalpha.com
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Sigma Sigma Rho Eta Chapter
MULTICULTURAL GREEK COUNCIL
National Founding Date: 1998 Local Founding Date: 2010 Symbol: Black Mare & White Rose Colors: Blue, Black, & Silver Nickname: Sig Sig Rho Fall Term GPA: 3.53
Sigma Sigma Rho Sorority Inc. is a multicultural sorority in the MGC. We are based around South Asian culture and want to provide students with a safe space. We were founded at UT in 2010.
We are committed to our philanthropy, Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention, and do everything we can to help better the community around us. Our letters stand for sisterhood, society, and remembrance.
One mind, one soul, one purpose, one love.
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Zeta Phi Beta NATIONAL PAN-HELLENIC COUNCIL
Pi Epsilon Chapter
National Founding Date: 1920 Local Founding Date: 1974 Symbol: White Dove Colors: Royal Blue & Pure White Nickname: Zeta Fall Term GPA: 3.19
The prestigious Pi Epsilon chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. was chartered at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville in 970 by eight zealous women. Since then, the organization has continued to follow through on its principles of Ssholarship, service, sisterhood, and finer womanhood.
@piepsilonzetas @piepsilonzetas facebook.com/utk.zetas
This chapter has gone on to win awards such as 2020’s OSFL Chapter of the Year and 2020’s Innovative Program of the Year for their “We’ve Got the BlueZ” program, targeting mental health, President of the Year, and more. They are dedicated in their pursuit of being an intentional community conscious organization, as their five trailblazing sorority founders imagined in 1920.
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Zeta Tau Alpha Tennessee Zeta Chapter
National Founding Date: 1898 Local Founding Date: 1904 Symbol: Five-Pointed Crown, Strawberry, & White Violet Colors: Turquoise Blue & Steel Gray Nickname: Zeta, ZTA Fall Term GPA: 3.42
@UTKZTA @utkzta facebook.com/utkzta utk.zetataualpha.org
Sisterhood, love, and friendship. These are the words that come to mind when our members think of Zeta Tau Alpha. Although the ZTA experience begins in college, it extends far beyond four years. The ZTA experience is made up of many parts. Sisters are connected to a large network of over 257,000 women, which provides countless opportunities throughout your membership and beyond. The bonds of friendship that are formed in both collegiate and alumnae chapters last a lifetime. Women develop leadership skills by taking on responsibility both within ZTA and in their communities. The fraternity and ZTA Foundation support members’ growth through educational programming and opportunities to serve others and promote breast cancer education and awareness. Members of ZTA are encouraged to follow their passion, and their sisters are there to support those goals. Explore our website to find out more about ZTA, our chapter, upcoming events, and our philanthropy. The ZTA experience is truly a unique and special one!
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The guide to sorority and fraternity life at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. To download The Torch, visit https://tiny.utk.edu/OSFL