Sigma Kappa

Chapter History

Chapter History

The Theta Phi Chapter of Sigma Kappa was installed at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga on February 10, 1991. During our chapter's installation, we received a tremendous amount of support and encouragement from the Beta Tau chapter of University of Florida. This is why many of our sistersand have a loving appreciation of the gator. Since that time, the Theta Phi Chapter has proven to be an exemplary group of women who strive for success in service, leadership, and campus involvement. The Theta Phi chapter is a prominent chapter in the Panhellenic community and has been consistently recognized as a top recruiting chapter on campus. In 2006, the Theta Phi chapter relocated into a Historic Fort Wood District, becoming the very first sorority in Tennessee to have a residential sorority home. Since then, our chapter has grown so large, that our cherished sorority home could no longer hold all of our members. In order to accomodate our growing membership, we are very excited to announce that we will be embarking on a new adventure to relocate and build a new sorority house!  We have begun construction and our new home will give our chapter the needed space to continue to share our amazing experiences of sisterhood we cherish as Sigma Kappas. 

Theta Phi exceeds the standards of our national organization and was on of two chapters throughout the nation that was awarded 3 Stars for Standards of Excellence  in 2017, recognizing our accomplishments for the 2016 year. This is Sigma Kappa's most prestigious collegiate award and is presented to those chapters who meet all of the Sigma Kappa minimum standards and above. These standards include high performance in areas such as: membership, financial management, philanthropy, scholarship, public relations, ritual, recruitment, leadership, new member education, alumnae relations, and campus involvement.  Theta Phi also the recipient and honored to receive the Founder's Award in both 2015 and 2016.  This award is given to the top performing Sigma Kappa chapter in the nation!  We also recently received the Louise Helen Coburn Award for our outstanding programming and relations with area alumnae.  We are truly grateful for the talented women that make up our chapter and the alumnae volunteers and advisors that support our endeavors to accomplish such great things in the Chattanooga community and beyond.

2016 National Three Star Award Announcement

2016 Chapter Highlights

 Recent National Awards:

  • 3 STARS Standard of Excellence Award.  This is the highest achievement for SK collegiate chapters.  One of only 2 chapters in the nation to receive this honor. This achievement is a testament to how our chapter lives our values of friendship, service, personal growth, and loyalty.  We’ve received this honor year after year. 
  • Sigma Kappa Founders Award- Chapter of the Year 2014 and 2015-Each year our national organization chooses one Sigma Kappa Chapter across the nation that exceeded our standards and excelled in every aspect of sorority life from recruitment, public relations, campus involvement, service, and programming.
  • Gold Circle Foundation Award for donating over$10,000 in support of our national philanthropies.
  • 1874 Grant Recipient- Received grant in which we will partner with UTC’s Nursing Department and other community organizations to host a Health Fair for underprivileged children in the Chattanooga area to educate them about mental, physical, and emotional health.
  • Honorable Mention in Panhellenic Award and for contributions to our national magazine-Sigma Kappa Triangle

Individual Membership Awards/Honors/Highlights:

  • Many of our members have received scholarships through the Sigma Kappa Foundation.  Recent recipients include Jessica Bastianelli, Jessica Tedder, Tarason Moore
  • Jessica Bastianelli was selected to represent UTC on Homecoming Court
  • Ellie Coleman received the Proverbs 31 Scholarship.This is given to a Theta Phi each year by a husband honoring his wife that was a Sigma Kappa. 
  • Chapter Awards- Shining Pearl- Victoria S.; Academic Excellence Award-Emily M; Pearl New Member Award- Alaysia S.; Ashley Ann Williams Award-Courtney K; Sisterhood Award-Anna M and Linnea.; Shelby Ann Glisson Award- Julia S.; Most Outstanding Member- Kristen Martin; Kymn Sherman Award- Gabby Mullin

Recent Chapter Honors:

  • UTC’s Student Government Awards: Sigma Kappa won Most Outstanding Community Service and Most Outstanding Contribution to Campus Life in 2016.
  • 2016 Homecoming- Overall Champions- Sorority Division- 1st Place Banner, Field Games, 3rd Place in Step Show “American Horror Story”. Spirit Award.   2015 Overall Homecoming Champions
  • 2017 Greek Show “Jungle Book”. 2016 Greek Show- 2016 Greek Show Spirt Winners and Raised $ for Shelby Glisson’s scholarship


  • Our chapter’s cumulative GPA is over a 3.0 
  • Nearly 75 women were on the Dean’s List Spring of 2017 Last Semester 

Theta Phi Chapter

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Recipient of the 2014 and 2015 Founder's Award

Watch the announcement below from Sigma Kappa National Officers!