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n behalf of the University of Tennessee Sorority and Fraternity Life,
welcome to campus! We’re excited you are interested in joining our
community. Here, sorority and fraternity life is nearly 140 years old, and
our students benefit from a rich tradition of excellence, one that you too
are sure to enjoy. We invite you to use The Greek Torch to catch a glimpse
of just what sorority and fraternity life at the University of Tennessee is
all about. We trust you’ll like what you see.
Sororities and fraternities
are fully dedicated to the values of academic
achievements. In order to facilitate this, organizations
provide an environment in which each member can
achieve academic success. Most chapters have specific
scholarship programs that encourage each member to
strive for academic excellence. Traditionally, the AllGreek GPA is higher than the All Undergraduate GPA
at the University of Tennessee.
Leadership. No matter where you look
on the University of Tennessee campus, sorority
and fraternity members are heavily involved in a
variety of student organizations. Our members
belong to organizations such as Student Government
Association, UT Ambasadors Scholars, Resident
Assistants, the Central Programming Council,
Orientation Leaders, Student Alumni Associates,
professional and honor societies, athletics, and many
Service. Sororities
and fraternities at the
University of Tennessee spend thousands of hours and
raise hundreds of thousands of dollars each semester
for various charities. In addition to various chapter
philanthropies, the entire sorority and fraternity
community builds a Habitat for Humanity house as
part of Greek Week activities during the Spring. In
addition, the councils at the University of Tennessee
partner with the Boys and Girls Club to host an Easter
Egg Hunt and safe Trick or Treating for the children
of the community.
Brotherhood & Sisterhood.
The social aspect of sorority and fraternity life provides
many opportunities to meet new people and make friends.
The tight-knit bond found in brotherhood and sisterhood
is unlike any other, and you will find lasting friendship
throughout the entire sorority and fraternity community.
Panhellenic Council. The Panhellenic Council
is the unifying, governing, and coordinating body of the 13 National
Panhellenic Conference member groups at University of Tennessee.
Serving as a liaison for sororities, other campus organizations and
administration, Panhellenic Council is dedicated to facilitating the
academic, social, and individual development of each sorority and
its members. From community service to campus-wide involvement,
Panhellenic women continuously make a difference at the University.
Each year, our community continues to raise hundreds of thousands of
dollars to benefit various philanthropies of sororities and fraternities,
and volunteer for campus-wide fundraising events such as Relay for
Life, Dance Marathon, and Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.
Four Councils...
Interfraternity Council.
In the
mid-1800s, men across the country recognized that
important aspects of a well-rounded college education
were lacking at institutions of higher learning. These
men highly esteemed the values of brotherhood,
leadership, scholarship and service. 140 years ago,
men here at the University of Tennessee identified
closely with these ideals and created the beginning of
the University of Tennessee fraternity community.
Today, there are 21 IFC fraternities at the University
of Tennessee, comprising over 1600 members of the
student body. The Interfraternity Council acts as a
self-governing body of all these chapters and promotes
the rewarding opportunities that each chapter offers.
National Pan-Hellenic Council.
The National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) is an international
umbrella organization, founded May 10, 1930 at Howard University
that is comprised of what are considered to be the Historically AfricanAmerican Greek letter organizations. Commonly referred to as the
“Divine Nine” it represents the interest of four sororities, Alpha Kappa
Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, Zeta Phi Beta and Sigma Gamma Rho and
five fraternities, Alpha Phi Alpha, Kappa Alpha Psi, Omega Psi Phi, Phi
Beta Sigma, Iota Phi Theta. The National Pan-Hellenic Council at the
University of Tennessee was founded in 2006. It consists of eight of the
nine chapters. Members in these organizations are heavily involved in
SGA, Boys and Girls Club and Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.
Multicultural Greek Council.
The Multicultural Greek Council at the University of
Tennessee is comprised of five multicultural sororities and
fraternities. Organizations in the council represents Latino
and South-Asian based fraternities, as well as Latina and
South-Asian based sororities. The council is united by their
aspirations to increase awareness of their respective cultures,
to serve the Tennessee community, and to maintain high
academic standards. MGC also coordinates activities between
the organizations through social, fundraising and community
service events. Each organization has specific recruitment
events that are separate from the formal recruitment
process. For more information to join, please contact the
individual organizations about the specifics of their process.
One Community.
Alpha Epsilon Pi
Established at UT in 1953
Philanthropy: US Holocaust Memorial
Chi Phi
Established at UT in 1967
Philanthropy: Boys and Girls Club
Alpha Gamma Rho
Established at UT in 1951
Philanthropy: St. Jude Children’s
Research Hospital
Delta Tau Delta
Established at UT in 1924
Philanthropy: Adopt-A-School
Alpha Tau Omega
Established at UT in 1872
Philanthropy: Jason Foundation
Beta Theta Pi
Established at UT 1967
Philanthropy: Wounded Warriors
Established at UT in 1959
Philanthropies: Second Harvest Food
Bank and Leukemia Lymphoma
Kappa Alpha Order
Established at UT in 1883
Philanthropy: Muscular Dystrophy
Kappa Sigma
Established at UT in 1880
Philanthropy: Military Heroes
Campaign and American Cancer Society
Pi Kappa Phi
Established at UT in 1931
Philanthropy: PUSH America
Lambda Chi Alpha
Established at UT in 1927
Philanthropy: St Jude Children’s
Research Hospital
Sigma Alpha Epsilon
Established at UT in 1879
Philanthropy: Golden Gloves
Phi Delta Theta
Established at UT in 1963
Philanthropy: ALS Association
Sigma Beta Rho
Established at UT in 2006
Philanthropy: SOS Children’s Village &
Children International
Phi Kappa Psi
Established at UT 1967
Philanthropy: Boys and Girls Clubs of
Sigma Chi
Established at UT in 1917
Philanthropy: Children’s Miracle
Network Hospitals
Phi Sigma Kappa
Established at UT in 1925
Philanthropy: Habitat for Humanity
Sigma Nu
Established at UT in 1921
Philanthropy: Camp Koinonia
Pi Kappa Alpha
Established at UT in 1874
Philanthropy: Cystic Fibrosis
Sigma Phi Epsilon
Established at UT in 1913
Philanthropy: East Tennessee
Children’s Hospital
National Pan-Hellenic Council
Alpha Kappa Alpha
Established at UT in 1970
Philanthropy: American
Diabetes Association
Alpha Phi Alpha
Established at UT in 1976
Philanthropies: March of Dimes
and Big Brothers Big Sisters
Delta Sigma Theta
Established at UT in 1975
Iota Phi Theta
Established at UT 2011
Philanthropy: Iota Youth Alliance
How to join NPHC or MGC...
NPHC and MGC sororities and fraternities initiate new members
through a membership intake process. Each group holds its
process at its own specified and designated time. Undergraduate
students who wish to affiliate with NPHC or MGC chapters
must meet certain specific membership qualifications. These
standards include academic achievement (2.3-2.5 gpa depending
upon the organization), community service and good character.
Each affiliate organization implements its own membership
intake process that is developed by the National organization.
To learn more about NPHC and MGC organizations visit
theUniversity of Tennessee Sorority and Fraternity Office website.
Kappa Alpha Psi
Established at UT in 1986
Philanthropy: Guide Right
Omega Psi Phi
Established at UT in 1971
Philanthropies: Charles R.
Drew Blood Drive, College
Endowment Fund
Phi Beta Sigma
Established at UT in 1979
Philanthropies: American Cancer
Society and March of Dimes
Zeta Phi Beta
Established at UT in 1974
Philanthropy:March of Dimes
Multicultural Greek Council
Beta Chi Theta
Established at UT in 2012
Philanthropy: World Diabetes
Delta Phi Omega
Established at UT in 2007
Philanthropy: Children’s
Education and Literacy
Lambda Theta Alpha
Established at UT in 2001
Philanthropy: American Heart
Lambda Theta Phi
Established at UT in 1975
Philanthropy: American Heart
Sigma Sigma Rho
Established at UT in 1998
Philanthropy: Domestic Violence
Awareness and Prevention
Alpha Chi Omega
Nickname: Alpha Chi or A Chi O
Colors: Scarlet Red and Olive Green
Mascot: Golden Lyre
Philanthropy: Victims of Domestic Violence
Alpha Omicron Pi
Nickname: AOPi
Colors: Cardinal Red
Mascot: Panda
Philanthropy: Arthritis Research
Delta Delta Delta
Nickname: Tri Delta
Colors: Silver, Gold, and Cerulean
Mascot: Dolphin
Philanthropy: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Alpha Delta Pi
Nickname: ADPi
Colors: Azure Blue and White
Mascot: Alphie the Lion
Philanthropy: Ronald McDonald House
Chi Omega
Nickname: Chi O
Colors: Cardinal and Straw
Mascot: Owl
Philanthropy: Dream Connection, Read with Me
Delta Gamma
Nickname: Dee Gee
Colors: Bronze, Pink, and Blue
Mascot: Anchor
Philanthropy: Service for Sight
Delta Zeta
Nickname: Dee Zee
Colors: Pink and Green
Mascot: Turtle
Philanthropy: Speech and Hearing Research,
the Painted Turtle Camp
Kappa Delta
Nickname: Kay Dee
Colors: Olive Green and Pearl White
Mascot: Lady Bug, Teddy Bear
Philanthropy: Girl Scouts, Prevent Child Abuse
America, Confidence Coalition
Phi Mu
Nickname: Phi Mu
Colors: Rose and White
Mascot: Sir Fidel the Lion, Quatrefoil
Philanthropy: Children’s Miracle Network
Hospitals, East TN Children’s Hospital
Pi Beta Phi
Nickname: Pi Phi
Colors: Wine and Silver Blue
Mascot: Angels and Arrows
Philanthropy: Read. Lead. Achieve
Kappa Kappa Gamma
Nickname: Kappa
Colors: Light Blue and Dark Blue
Mascot: Key, Owl, Fleur-de-Lis
Philanthropy: Reading is Fundamental,
March of Dimes
Sigma Kappa
Nickname: SigKap
Colors: Maroon and Lavender
Mascot: Penguin, Dove, Heart
Philanthropy: Alzheimer’s Research
Zeta Tau Alpha
Nickname: Zeta
Colors: Turquoise Blue and Steel Gray
Mascot: Crown and Strawberries
Philanthropy: Breast Cancer Education and Awareness
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Homecoming week is a very exciting week at the
University of Tennessee. Sororities and Fraternities
pair up to collaborate on the week’s events, giving
members a chance to meet new people while
participating in the events. Activities include a
parade, Smokey’s Howl, a banner competition,
and the Homecoming Queen Election.
All-Sing is a singing competion sponsored by
All Campus Events (ACE) between many
organizations on campus. Chapters have the
option of pairing with other organizations or
competing with their members only. This
competition gives gifted singers a chance to
show their talent and abilities. Sororities and
fraternities have been participating in AllSing for the past 80 years.
Greek Week.
Greek Week is a Panhellenic, IFC, NPHC, and MGC planned
event held every spring. The week includes events such as
the All Greek Baseball Game, All Greek Worship, and blood
drives. The Greek community teams up with Habitat for
Humanity to build an entire house during Greek Week. The
week incorportates all aspects of Greek Life into one exciting
week of charity, worship, and fun!
For those Greeks who love to act, Carnicus
is the event for you! Sponsored by All
Campus Events (ACE), the skit based
performance show is a campus wide
competition many Tennessee students
attend. This is one of the oldest traditions
on campus, last year celebrating its 100th
Sorority Recruitment Information
The Panhellenic Executive Council, Recruitment Team, and the Recruitment Counselors (Gamma
Chis) are an integral part of the recruitment process. Their purpose is to ensure that potential new
members (PNMs) have a positive experience during recruitment week and will answer any question
you may have. From the start of recruitment, a group of PNMs are assigned a Gamma Chi. Gamma Chis
are sorority women who have disaffilated fom their chapters to assist during the recruitment process.
2012 Gamma Chis
August 18: Move-in day, recruitment
orientation this evening following Welcome
Week Kickoff
August 19-26: Formal recruitment
August 22: First Day of classes, no recruitment
August 27: Bid Day
$80 before July 15
$95 After July 15
This fee includes the cost of transportation to
and from Sorority Village, a T-shirt, lunch on
Sunday, snacks and drinks throughout the week,
and all publications received from Panhellenic.
To register for recruitment visit
Recruitment this year will operate in two locations: the Panhellenic Building and
Sorority Village. Transportation will be provided for PNMs. Recruitment will begin and
end each day at the Panhellenic Building.
Letters of
A recommendation is a written reference by an alumna to her sorority chapter. The letter is
an introduction about a PNMs academics, activities, and character. The responsibility of
finding alumna to write letters of recommendation rests with the PNM. It is encouraged to
obtain a letter for each organization. No more than one letter is needed per chapter. Letters of
recommendation should be received by the Panhellenic Building no later than August 1, 2012.
Recommendation Tips
1. Decide who will write a letter of recommendation for
you. If you know a sorority alumna, ask if she would be
willing to write a letter to her sorority on your behalf.
2.Provide the alumna who will be writing your letter of
recommendation with two pictures and a copy of your
resume. An already addressed and stamped envelope is
also good to provide the alumna.
3. Contact the Panhellenic Council if you have
questions, but keep in mind that Panhellenic does not
monitor or track recommendation letters. They simply
distribute them to the respective chapters.
4. Mail to:
Panhellenic Building
Attn: (Insert Sorority Chapter)
1531 W. Cumberland Ave.
Knoxville TN, 37996
Legacy Information
A “legacy” is defined as a daughter, granddaughter, or
sister of an initiated sorority member. Being a legacy of
a chapter does not ensure the potential new member
will receive a bid from that chapter, as each chapter
has it’s own policy regarding legacies. Each potential
new member is considered on an individual basis,
and a legacy is no more obligated to join a particular
sorority than the sorority is obligated to offer her a bid.
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Phone: (865) 974-2236
Fax: (865) 974-0088
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Knoxville, TN 37996-0248
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