Theta Kappa Phi (TKP)

Theta Kappa Phi holds the distinction of being the first sorority on the Mountain for college women. Founded in January of 1977, at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, we were an original creation from the mind of the brilliant Marcia McFadden. She believed that women should be allowed partake in an social organization independent of a masculine presence. Sewanee admitted women to the University as fulltime students in 1969, and McFadden saw Theta Kappa Phi as a means to unite the women of the college and celebrate femininity, or as McFadden puts it, “to give women the opportunity to participate in other social and community activities that had formerly been unavailable to them.”

Today, Theta Kappa Phi continues to inspire a deep and abiding sense of relationship to the University, the Sewanee community, and each other; and to encourage in each of her sisters a passion for learning, a commitment to personal integrity, and a sense of social responsibility; and to promote true friendship among her sisters, to support and encourage each of them as she works to achieve her greatest potential as a student and as a woman.


Chapter Nickname: TKP

When Chapter was Founded at Sewanee:  January 1977

Motto:  “The Sisterhood of the Mountain: learning, living, leadership—forever together.”

Values:  Sisterhood, Leadership, Service, Community, and Respect

Philanthropy:  Community Action Committee (CAC)

Annual Programs: TKP Bi-Annual Clothing Sale for the CAC

Colors:  Light blue, marigold yellow, and white

Symbol: Teacup, the Lion


Minimum GPA Required for Membership: 2.0



Chapter Officers

Chapter President:  Aloise Phelps  -

Social Chair:   Mary Caroline Querbes  -

Rush Chair:  Perry Garrett -