Faithful Sisters, Since 1852

about Phi Mu

To practice day-by-day love, honor, truth.
Thus being true to the meaning, spirit and reality of Phi Mu.

Our History

Phi Mu Fraternity was founded at Wesleyan College in Macon, GA, in 1852. Originally founded as a literary club named the Philomathen Society, we are the second oldest sorority in the nation.

For over 170 years, our sisterhood has provided social opportunities, a support network and personal enrichment resources to the women who have joined Phi Mu.

The Kappa Chapter was established at the University of Tennessee Knoxville in 1908. As one of the oldest active chapters of Phi Mu, we’re proud of our letters and our traditions.

Mission Statement

Founded in 1852, Phi Mu is a women’s organization which provides personal and academic development, service to others, commitment to excellence and lifelong friendship through a shared tradition. Phi Mu promotes vibrant living, encouraging members to achieve their personal best.

Our National Headquarters

Located in Peachtree City, GA, just south of Atlanta is our National Headquarters which is home to both Phi Mu Fraternity and Phi Mu Foundation. The building also houses our leadeship training center, offices and conference room space, library, and museum.

Phi Mu Foundation

An organization providing Phi Mu members and friends an opportunity to give back to Phi Mu through charitable, tax-exempt gifts. 

Our Values & Beliefs

At the heart of Phi Mu is our creed. Adopted in 1916, it provides the basis for the Phi Mu member experience & what it means to be a noble woman.

To lend to those less fortunate a helping hand.
To think of God as a protector and guide of us all.
To keep forever sacred the memory of those we have loved and lost.
To be to others what we would they would be to us.
To keep our lives gentle, merciful and just,
Thus being true to the womanhood of love.

To walk in the way of honor, guarding the purity of our thoughts and deeds.
Being steadfast in every duty small or large.
Believing that our given word is binding.
Striving to esteem the inner man above culture, wealth or pedigree.
Being honorable, courteous, tender,
Thus being true to the womanhood of honor.

To serve in the light of truth avoiding egotism, narrowness and scorn.
To give freely of our sympathies.
To reverence God as our Maker, striving to serve Him in all things.
To minister to the needy and unfortunate.
To practice day by day love, honor, truth.
Thus keeping true to the meaning, spirit and reality of Phi Mu.

National
Insignia

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Our Greek Letters

These are the letters for both “Phi” and “Mu.”

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Our Badge

The Phi Mu Badge is a uniquely shaped shield of gold overlaid with a black shield bearing the two bonds, three stars, hand clasping a heart and the Greek letters.

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Our New Member Pin

The Phi Pin (or New Member pin) is a black and gold shield with the Greek Letter “Phi.”

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Our Flower

The Rose Carnation

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Our Symbol

The quatrefoil is Phi Mu’s symbol. The quatrefoil is a very unique shape and can be traced back to early European design.

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Our Coat of Arms

The coat of arms consists of a red shield supported by two lions, our mascot. The shield includes the Phi Mu badge and under it is Phi Mu’s open motto, Les Soeurs Fideles, “the Faithful Sisters.” Above the shield is the crest, the lighted lamp of knowledge in gold.

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Our Mascot

Lions have always been a part of our history and are also shown on our Coat of Arms. Our mascot, which we affectionately call “Sir Fidel,” is a name adapted from our open motto, Les Soeurs Fideles. Sir Fidel was created in 1973.

Our Executive Committee

Reid Cassity

Reid Cassity

President

Hometown: Knoxville, TN 

Major: Marketing, Collateral in International Business, Minor in Graphic Design

Favorite Phi Mu Memory: I loved going to the sisterhood retreat my freshman year and getting to know the older girls in my sorority. I love the community we have. The time we spent there with no phone service really bonded us all and created so many new friendships! Phi Mu has brought me my closest friends, and I am so grateful for it!

Lauren Lawson

Lauren Lawson

Vice President of Recruitment

Hometown: Atlanta, GA 

Major: Supply Chain Management, Collateral Marketing, Minor in Hospitality, Retail, & Tourism Management

Favorite Phi Mu Memory: My favorite Phi Mu memory is Carnation Ball! Everyone had the best time together and regardless of everyone having their own dates, all Phi Mus had the best time together! Especially on the dance floor!

Katie McKissock

Katie McKissock

Provisional Member Director

Hometown: Nolensville, TN

Major: Psychology

Favorite Phi Mu Memory: My favorite Phi Mu memory has been living in the house! Having the opportunity to live with 40 girls has been the biggest blessing. I have made friendships that will last for a lifetime, and I wouldn’t change it for the world!

Sophie McElhaney

Sophie McElhaney

Philanthropy Chairman

Hometown: Murfreesboro, TN 

Major: Child & Family Studies – Community Outreach

Favorite Phi Mu Memory: Running back home for the second time, but as a Gamma Chi on August 2021 Bid day! It made me fall in love with Phi Mu all over again and really made me realize why I chose this amazing sisterhood 💖

Torie Laney

Torie Laney

Social Chairman

Hometown: Milton, GA 

Major: Anthropology

Favorite Phi Mu Memory: I have so many happy and memorable moments with my friends in Phi Mu, but one of my favorites would be this past year living in the house. One night about 14 of us jumped into 3 different cars and went to see a new movie together at the AMC theater. We all got food before and ordered huge tubs of popcorn. We had the whole theater to ourselves, and we’re laughing and yelling the whole movie reacting to different scenes. On the way home, we blasted Taylor Swift’s All Too Well on the highway around midnight. I will never forget this night because I distinctly remember feeling so content. I truly have had such a good time living in the Phi Mu house this semester, and have become closer with so many people I wouldn’t of expected.

Drew Duncan

Drew Duncan

Academic Chairman

Hometown: Knoxville, TN

Major: Pre-dental Concentration with a major in Forensic Anthropology and minors in Spanish and Biology

Favorite Phi Mu Memory: My favorite Phi Mu memory is all of work week this past fall! I loved getting to know people that I had previously not gotten to meet due to my freshman-year experience with COVID. After work week, I felt so much closer to everyone and like I had bonded with so many girls in the chapter. It made me so excited for recruitment and all the new members we were about to welcome!

Maddie Heyob

Maddie Heyob

Treasurer

Hometown: Columbus, OH

Major: Finance

Favorite Phi Mu Memory: Living in the phi mu house has been one of the best memories of my college experience so far!! I got to live with my best friend since freshman year, form friendships with so many girls in my pledge class, & Mama Les made me feel so loved!!

Shelby Coppock

Shelby Coppock

First Vice President

Hometown: Hendersonville, TN

Major: Business Management

Favorite Phi Mu Memory: Running home on bid day! I know this is cliche but it has always been my favorite. Running home to Phi Mu after a stressful week of recruitment was the best feeling ever!

Julia Mondelli

Julia Mondelli

Honor Chairman

Hometown: Nashville, TN

Major: Business Management with a Collateral in Marketing

Favorite Phi Mu Memory: Living in the Phi Mu House my sophomore year was the best decision I could have ever made. I was able to spend time with so many girls in my pledge class that I did not really know before. I am especially thankful for meeting my best friends, and now roommates, by living in the house. Some of my favorite memories from living in the house was the yummy food, watching movies in the TV room, studying in the Exec room, and hanging out with our awesome House Mom, Mama Les!

Maddie Vanderhoofven

Maddie Vanderhoofven

Second Vice President

Hometown: Lenoir City, TN 

Major: Marketing with a collateral in International Business and minor in Event Planning and Design

Favorite Phi Mu Memory: When I was going through recruitment, my sister was a Gamma Chi, and I got to share my experience with her. She was not in the house, so her best friend talked to me during Preference Round, and she made me feel so welcome and comfortable. I knew then Phi Mu was the place for me.

Ava Gaydos

Ava Gaydos

Panhellenic Delegate

Hometown: Atlanta, GA

Major: Business Analytics with a concentration in Marketing

Favorite Phi Mu Memory: The sisterhood retreat to Lydia Brewster’s house in the mountains when we were all freshman or working with Sophie Mac and hanging with friends during Relay for Life.

Addisyn Fox

Addisyn Fox

Corresponding / Recording Secretary

Hometown: Franklin, TN

Major: Psychology

Favorite Phi Mu Memory: I love the energy of recruitment and work week. Everyone is together getting to know our sisters better and dressing up for fun themes. It is an exhausting week, but I became so much closer to the girls and met people from other pledge classes!

Emory Creager

Emory Creager

Director of Harm and Risk Prevention

Hometown: Hendersonville, TN 

Major: Marketing

Favorite Phi Mu Memory: Living in the house has been my favorite Phi Mu memory. Getting to live day in and day out with the most amazing sisters who continue to challenge, encourage, and uplift me has been the biggest blessing. I wouldn’t trade the time I’ve gotten to spend with them for the world!