Sigma Kappa

Chapter History

Chapter History



Theta Phi, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, was installed on February 10, 1991. Our chapter recently celebrated our 25th Anniversary with sisters that traveled from across the country.  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 sisters and have a loving appreciation of the gator. Since that time, Theta Phi, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, has proven to be an exemplary group of women who strive for success in service, leadership, and campus involvement. The women of Theta Phi, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, is a prominent chapter in the Panhellenic community and has been consistently recognized for their strong sisterhood, scholarship, leadership, campus involvement, and community service.

In 2006, the Theta Phi, ​University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, relocated into a Historic Fort Wood District, becoming the very first sorority in Tennessee to have a residential sorority home. As our chapter continued to flourish, it became apparent that it was time to begin the process of  building a home that would better meet the needs of our growing membership. We could not be more thrilled to announce that we will be  relocating to our third and final home this year!  Construction is underway, and our new home will give our chapter the needed space to continue to share meaningful experiences and continue to grow the sisterhood we cherish as members of Sigma Kappa. 

Theta Phi continues to exceed the standards of our national organization.  We are honored to have received the Founders Award two years in a row- as the top performing Sigma Kappa Chapter in the nation!  This award is presented to the collegiate chapter who has not only achieved a 3-star standards of excellence rating, but also has been recognized through other Sigma Kappa awards, and, in a fitting tribute to our five founders, has duly honored our Sigma Kappa ritual. 

In 2017, Theta Phi, ​was one of two chapters throughout the nation that was awarded 3 Stars for Standards of Excellence, 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 recently was awarded the Lillian Peterson Budd Award at Sigma Kappa's National Convention in 2018.  The Sigma Kappa Foundation honors the collegiate chapter with the most outstanding gerontology program and for their participation in both national and local gerontology activities with the elderly.

In 2017, Theta Phi received the Louise Helen Coburn Award for our outstanding programming and relations with area alumnae and  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

Recent National Awards

  • Standard of Excellence Award-  This is the highest achievement for SK collegiate chapters.  In 2017, we were one of only 2 chapters in the nation to receive a 3 STAR Standards of Excellence award. This achievement is a testament to how our chapter lives our values of friendship, service, personal growth, and loyalty. 
  • Sigma Kappa Founders Award- Sigma Kappa Chapter of the Year in  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 a grant from the Sigma Kappa Foundation in which we partnered 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.
  • Excellence in Recruitment Award-Honorable Mention- For exemplifying excellence in all aspects of recruitment.
  • Ruth Rysdon Miller Panhellenic Award-Honorable Mention- For our service to the Panhellenic Community
  • Frances Warren "Speed" Baker Award-Honorable Mention-For our contributions to our national magazine the Sigma Kappa Triangle

Recent Individual Membership Awards/Honors/Highlights:

  • Many of our members have received scholarships through the Sigma Kappa Foundation.  Recent recipients include Anna Martino, Jessica Bastianelli, Tarason Moore
  • Jessica Bastianelli was selected to represent UTC on Homecoming Court.  Tina Nguyen was crowned Homecoming Queen.
  • Ellie Coleman received the Proverbs 31 Scholarship.This is given to a Theta Phi each year by a husband in memory of his wife that was a proud member of Sigma Kappa. 
  • Chapter Awards- Shining Pearl- Kayley McComas; Academic Excellence Award-Emily Massengill;  Pearl New Member Award- Gina Schmid.; Ashley Ann Williams Award-Jacey Hoover; Sisterhood Award-Anna Martino; Shelby Ann Glisson Award- Alaysia Stevens.; Most Outstanding Member- Mary Beth Cook; Kymn Sherman Award- Anna McIntyre; Karen Hampton Excellence in Leadership Award- Halle Raines
  • Four members serve as UTC Orientation Leaders for 2018- Kayley McComas, Anna Martino, Ellie Davis, and another member that is currently disaffiliated as a Pi Chi for Recruitment 


Recent Community & Campus Honors:

  • 2015 Homecoming- Overall Champions- Sorority Division
  • 2016 UTC’s Student Government Awards:  Most Outstanding Community Service and Most Outstanding Contribution to Campus Life
  • 2016 Homecoming- Overall Champions- Sorority Division- 1st Place Banner, Field Games, 3rd Place in Step Show “American Horror Story”. Spirit Award.  
  • 2016 Greek Show Spirt Winners and Raised $ in memory of our sister, Shelby Glisson’s scholarship
  • 2017 Walk to End Alzheimer's Top Fundraiser
  • 2018 Greek Show- Sorority Division 1st Place "Willie Wonka"

Scholarship:  Theta Phi, ​is proud to have the 2nd highest GPA of all Panhellenic organizations.  In the Spring of 2018, our overall chapter GPA exceeded both the Panhellenic Average and the UTC Female Average.  Collectively we hold a chapter GPA of 3.241.

Community Service:  ​In the 2017/2018 academic year, Theta Phi, ​recorded nearly 8,000 community service hours, averaging 57 service  hours per member!

Theta Phi Chapter

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Recipient of the 2014 and 2015 Founders Award

Watch the announcement below from Sigma Kappa National Officers!