Community Service Is A Core Value Of Local Sorority

Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Even the rain won’t stop these women from volunteering their time.
Even the rain won’t stop these women from volunteering their time.

The Theta Phi Chapter of Sigma Kappa Sorority at UTC successfully achieved one of their primary goals of giving back to the community over the past year.   The sorority, consisting of nearly 180 women, was honored to be named the organization with the “Most Outstanding Community Service” at the 2013 SGA Banquet.  This award is given to the campus organization that is dedicated to serving the University and the Chattanooga community.  

The Alzheimer’s Association and gerontology, the study of aging are two of the sorority’s national philanthropies.  This year, members held a Valentine’s Day party at the Life Care Center of Red Bank where residents enjoyed socializing with members as they delivered handmade to the residents.   This fall, Theta Phi volunteered with the local Alzheimer’s Association during their annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s by raising approximately $1,000, volunteering with registration, and assisting with activities during their annual events.  

“As we have added new elements to enhance our walk experience, our need for volunteers has increased significantly," said Cindy Lowery, vice president of Operations at the Alzheimer's Association.  "Our (yes we call them "ours") Sigma Kappa girls show up in force and do everything we ask of them and more. Our Chattanooga Walk to End Alzheimer's broke $100K for the first time in 2012 and doubled that to over $200K this year and they have been with us every step of the way.  We could not do it without them. They bring spirit, enthusiasm, compassion, fun and a lot of "woman" power to our event, as well as raising funds to support the cause and help find a cure." 

In October, the chapter held their Ultra Violet Week where members of the UTC community helped raise nearly $2,600 that was donated to the Sigma Kappa Foundation support Alzheimer’s disease research.  The week included events for students to participate in such as a softball tournament and a “Dove in Disguise” pageant.   

During their annual “Week of Giving,” chapter members gave back to the campus and local community in a variety of ways.  Cookies were delivered to professors and faculty members, members participated in a neighborhood cleanup, and fellow students were surprised on campus with homemade muffins and goodie bags.  Throughout the year sisters volunteered for many local events ranging from the American Heart Association’s Heart Ball to the American Suicide Prevention Association Walk.    

Jennie Sumrell, Theta Phi’s Advisory Board Chairman shared, “The women of Theta Phi know that an expectation of them as a member is to live our core value of service.  They make a tremendous impact on our community and work extremely hard each year to give back to others.  I’m beyond proud of what they have accomplished this year.” 

Closing out the year, members and local alumnae collected nearly 500 gifts to share with the Maine Sea Coast Mission and the Northside Neighborhood House for their holiday giving programs. "Our Santa's Workshop allows parents who have fallen on hard times to make the season brighter for their children," said Rachel Gammon, executive director of Northside Neighborhood House. "Thanks to the generosity of the women of Sigma Kappa, more parents will be able to provide their children with toys this year.” 

Theta Phi members have collectively given over 3,600 community services hours to the Chattanooga community during 2013 and donated over $9,700 to campus organizations, local community, and to the Sigma Kappa Foundation in support of their five national philanthropies. 

“I’m blessed to be part of an organization that is so deeply committed to community service, philanthropy projects, and civil engagement,” shared Vice President of Philanthropic Services of Theta Phi, Nicole Coppinger. “The Theta Phi Chapter of Sigma Kappa is much deeper than just a social organization.  We dedicate our four years in college to personal growth, friendship, loyalty, and service- preparing us to be valuable and engaged citizens in our future.”  

Theta Phi supports the Chattanooga Area Alzheimer’s Association at their annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s.
Theta Phi supports the Chattanooga Area Alzheimer’s Association at their annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

Virginia College Hosts Holiday Open House Dec. 6

Virginia College in Chattanooga will host a free Holiday Friends and Family Open House for staff, faculty, students and their families on Saturday, Dec. 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., to be held at the campus located at 721 Eastgate Loop Road. Attendees will learn about the educational opportunities available to Chattanooga-area students at Virginia College. Various ... (click for more)

Lee Student Presents At American Mathematics Society

Lee University student Jonathan Clark presented at the fall Southeastern Sectional Meeting of the American Mathematics Society. His presentation was titled “An Application of a Generalized Parameterization of Conic Sections.” Mr. Clark’s presentation took a closer look at the connection between the two- and three-dimensional definitions of conic sections. Using vector calculus ... (click for more)

Dog Saves Woman From Fire At Highway 58 Area

A homeowner reported that her dog saved her life early Friday morning. At 12:52 a.m. , the homeowner called 911 reporting a fire at 8411 Providence Road (Highway 58 area). The Highway 58 Volunteer Fire Department responded and arrived reporting a log cabin with flames coming through the roof. Firefighters worked quickly to contain the fire, but it was a challenge due to  ... (click for more)

Bradley County Police Investigating Shooting

The Bradley County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting that occurred in the area of Georgetown Road.  A BCSO officer was waved down at the intersection of 25 th Street and Peerless Road by the driver of a vehicle who told the officer a gunshot victim was inside. The officer followed the car to SkyRidge Medical Center. Several people soon arrived at the ... (click for more)

Don't Be Quick To Discard Common Core

Let's not be too quick to discard Common Core. A recent article in the Tennessean on  Sunday detailed Common Core successes the Kingsport, Tennessee school system.  I encourage you to read it.  The article also noted that Tennessee was recently ranked as one of the fastest improving states in education after implementing portions of the Common Core curriculum ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Our Tubman Goat-Roping

Every spring there comes a bright day on the ranch when the straw-boss decrees a goat-roping should take place. What really happens is the veteran cowboys arm the greenhorns with some lariats late in the afternoon and take them to the pen that holds some Billy goats. This is before they get into bigger beasts -- horses and cattle – yet what appears to be easy most certainly is not. ... (click for more)