Chapter Name: Theta Phi
Colors: Lavender & Maroon
Symbols: Dove & Heart
Flower: Wild Purple Violet
Open Motto: "One Heart, One Way."
Sigma Kappa was founded at Colby College in Waterville, Maine; it was the first college in New England to admit women on an equal basis with male students. The first woman student was admitted in 1871, and for two years Mary Caffrey Low was the only woman student at Colby College. In 1873, four more young women from Maine, Elizabeth Gorham Hoag, Ida Fuller, Frances Mann, and Louise Helen Coburn were admitted to Colby and the five young women found themselves frequently together.
During the school year of 1873-74, the five young women decided to form a literary and social society. They were told by the college administration that they needed to present a constitution and bylaws with a petition requesting permission to form Sigma Kappa Sorority. They began work during that year with an eager glow of enthusiasm. Their purpose at the outset was that the sorority should become what it is now, a national organization of college women.
On November 9, 1874, the five young women received a letter from the faculty approving their petition. Thus, this date has since been considered our Founders' Day. Today, Sigma Kappa Sorority has over 152,000 collegiate and alumnae members, making a difference on campuses and in our communities worldwide.
The purpose of Sigma Kappa is to provide women lifelong opportunities and support for social, intellectual, and spiritual development by bringing women together to positively impact our communities.
Sigma Kappa’s values are personal growth, friendship, service and loyalty – Bound by a Promise. Our values are the accepted principles of our sisterhood and the core of the strength of our chapter. Sigma Kappa is one of the first national sororities to embrace the concept of a values-based recruitment. We are known for embracing the talents and achievements of members and participating in fun activities reflecting the values of our beloved sorority. Our chapter members are proud to share their leadership success, highlight their academic achievements, display the strength of their sisterhood, and showcase their commitment of time and energy to serve their campus and Chattanooga community. Sigma Kappa’s aim is to foster an atmosphere in which women will develop a deeper love and consideration for mankind, a more profound understanding of the purpose of life and a basic wisdom upon which to build their lives.
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Message from the President
My name is Lucy LaSuer, and it is an honor to serve as President of the Theta Phi Chapter of Sigma Kappa here at UTC. On behalf of my sisters, we are thrilled to welcome you to campus and look forward to meeting you very soon! UTC has an amazing Greek system, and we can’t wait to show you what a wonderful experience sorority life can bring to your college years.
Sigma Kappa was founded in 1874 by five young women attending Colby College in Waterville, Maine. They were the first and ONLY women allowed there at that time! Our founders formed a unique support system that we now know and love, Sigma Kappa. They were dedicated to bringing lifelong opportunities for social, intellectual and spiritual development to bring women together to positively impact our communities! Our chapter has thrived for over 22 years at UTC, providing a supportive environment of friends that will forever change your life. We are extremely proud to be nationally recognized as a “Chapter of Excellence” for our accomplishments within our campus, community and national organization.
My sisters live our values of friendship, service, personal growth and loyalty each day. I’m so very proud of the women that make up Theta Phi. Our members work extremely hard each year providing countless of hours of community service and demonstrating outstanding leadership and dedication to our various organizations on campus. The members of our chapter are the foundation to our success and all we achieve. They are so full of creativity and talents that continue to inspire and push me to be a better individual. The love we share as sisters in Sigma Kappa offers support and a positive atmosphere that will not fail you. My sisters have watched me individually grow, accomplish my goals, discover things about myself that I never thought were possible and always encouraged me every step of the way. The tears, laughter and joy we’ve experienced over the years make up our strong sisterhood that has forever bonded us together. I would not be the person I am today without these women in my life.
Sigma Kappa creates opportunities for women to become part of a worldwide sisterhood of successful, caring women. Because growth and friendship are important to women throughout their lives, the Sigma Kappa experience doesn't end with graduation. Our bond continues to bring us together over the years, to share experiences, serve others, and have fun! With Sigma Kappa, college is just the beginning of a sisterhood that will bring you happiness for a lifetime.
I am privileged to be a member of such a rewarding organization. I hope that you too get the same opportunity to find a home in our Panhellenic community. It's difficult to explain from the inside looking out, and difficult to see from the outside looking in. Sigma Kappa gives women the opportunity to grow and be better leaders, friends, sisters, and students.
This year is going to be amazing! We have so much to look forward to this upcoming semester and in the future! Our sisters look forward to meeting each of you, and we wish you the best of luck in your experiences at UTC! Go MOCS!
Sigma's Love and Mine,
Theta Phi President 2017
February 10, 1991
November 9, 1874
Gerontology (the study of aging), with a focus on Alzheimer's disease research and programs directed at improving the lives of older citizens; Inherit the Earth; Maine Seacoast Mission
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