Archive for February, 2011


Monday, February 28th, 2011

Once a Pike, always a Pike.

When you became a Pike, you joined a lifetime network of 275,000 brothers. You can continue that association almost anywhere in North America by joining an alumni association or volunteering at the local level.


Pike Shaped You. Now You Can Shape Pike.

Local volunteer support is vital to the success and relevance of our Chapter and our Fraternity. Alumni mentors serve at all levels of the Fraternity. Alumni Advisory Boards, House Corporations, and Alumni Association volunteers play critical roles in making better men and adding to the lifelong experience of being a Pike.

volunteer support structure

Three Ways to Serve at the Local Level

Alumni Advisory Board

The creation and maintenance of an alumni advisory board is beneficial for the chapter and alumnus volunteers. For the chapter, it offers more perspectives and expertise than one alumnus could possibly provide. For alumni, it makes advising a much more manageable and enjoyable experience. An alumni advisory board consists of alumnus members who can offer the following:

  • Their professional expertise and support to the undergraduate chapter
  • Counsel and advice to chapter leadership
  • Assistance in the areas of academics, leadership, undergraduate recruitment, and financial management
  • A commitment to helping the chapter improve

House Corporation

If housing is a competitive factor on campus, the purpose of the house corporation and its volunteers is to achieve and retain competitive housing for the benefit of the chapter. This is best achieved through effective management and long-term planning.
House corporation volunteers come from all walks of life. However, it is ideal to have board members with corporate management and/or real estate related backgrounds. Above all, having a passion for providing premier housing for their chapter is a must.

Alumni Association

The easiest way for an alumnus member to stay involved with the Fraternity is to actively participate in a local alumni association. The creation and maintenance of a chapter-based association allows alumni to maintain contact with their brothers, their chapter, and their university.
Area based associations provide both social and professional networking opportunities in major metropolitan areas.
Our alumni associations stay  connected with other brothers through a variety of events hosted by the association (i.e. golf tournaments, Founders Day banquets, homecoming festivities, etc.).


For more information on volunteering for PIKE, download our PIKE Volunteer Prospectus  or email

  • Members

    Monday, February 28th, 2011


    Pi Kappa Alpha’s members strive to be Scholars, Leaders, Athletes, and Gentlemen, and they seek excellence in everything they do.  PIKE remains dedicated to developing men of integrity, intellect, success and high moral character, and to fostering a truly lifelong fraternal experience.

  • Anti-Hazing

    Monday, February 28th, 2011

    Each chapter of The Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity recognizes the Fraternity’s Standards, which include a standard of absolutely no hazing.

    Many have experienced hazing in high school, either as a new member of an athletic team, a school band or a school social group. Hazing is often glorified in movies, and can take many forms. The most serious is direct physical abuse, such as being paddled, to a milder form, such as push-ups, to subtler approaches, such as drinking games.

    Each chapter is aware that hazing is not acceptable conduct for any members to inflict upon one another and that no one should submit to any form of hazing as a condition of membership. Every member should refuse to participate in any hazing activity and, as importantly, should refuse to permit hazing being inflicted upon them.

    If a member is approached and asked to participate in an activity which may be considered hazing:

    • The member should refuse to participate in hazing; and
    • Know that such refusal will not place his membership in Pi Kappa Alpha at risk; and
    • Immediately report it to a chapter officer.

    The purpose in providing this information is not because any members intend to haze pledges. However, when there are several personalities in a chapter, there is a remote possibility that some individual may, on the spur of the moment, ignore the Chapter’s prohibition on hazing, and attempt a hazing activity with a pledge. Everyone should understand their rights and not be intimidated.

    Each member has a personal responsibility not to condone any sort of hazing.

  • Why PIKE?

    Monday, February 28th, 2011

    Become part of something bigger than yourself.

    Why do our members join?

    • Leadership opportunities
    • Personal development outside the classroom
    • Lifelong friendships
    • Alumni networking potential
    • Intramural sports that foster a competitive environment
    • Chance to mix with sororities and other campus organizations

    A Lifetime of Success

    This experience builds skills and relationships that last long after graduation. We find men who want to be the best at everything they do. In every measurable category for fraternities, PIKE ranks among the best.

    We challenge members to be pillars of integrity and beacons of success on their campuses and within their communities. By finding and recruiting the most outstanding men on campus, we create the ideal fraternal experience. All in all, being a PIKE is a lot of fun.


    Students enroll in college to get a quality education. The Fraternity places a strong emphasis on scholarship and on educating our members both inside and outside of the classroom. Through minimum GPA standards, mentor programs, educational programming, and Pike University events, members are equipped to excel academically.

    The best way to predict your future is to create it.

    Dr. Stephen R. Covey
    Utah, Alpha Tau ’50
    Author of “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People”

    The Pi Kappa Alpha Educational Foundation offers annually over $250,000 to our undergraduate members through 120+ national and local scholarship programs.

    Joe O’Shea
    Florida State, Delta Lambda ’04
    Rhodes Scholar and Student Body President


    PIKE is dedicated to developing men of integrity, intellect, and high moral character. We seek men that respect themselves, their peers, and their communities, as stated in our True Pike values.

    Character is definitely the most important attribute that a young man possesses.

    Bobby Bowden
    Samford, Alpha Pi ’49
    College Football Coaching Legend
    Former PIKE chapter president

    Members are encouraged to participate in community service and philanthropy opportunities presented by our chapters. PIKE believes that a commitment to service is a crucial part of personal development.

    Pikes also learn social skills and etiquette through membership development programs, as well as mixers and formals.


    PIKE provides an arena for developing leadership skills that will benefit members throughout their lives.

    I strongly benefited from the broad range of leadership experiences I received as president of my PIKE chapter.

    Jeff Taylor
    UMass, Theta Mu ’79
    Founder and Former CEO of

    Chapters are organized similar to a corporation, led by an executive team of undergraduates. The executive team oversees various committee chairs in the areas of finance, operations, recruitment, and continuing education to name a few. There are numerous opportunities to hone your leadership and management skills.

    By being a part of one of the largest fraternal organizations in North America, our members enjoy the opportunity to not only gain elite leadership experience while in college, but to network with our highly successful alumni in their post-graduate careers.

    Pike U is North America’s premier fraternal leadership training conference series with over 10 regional and international events every year. With curriculum rivaling the caliber of any corporate training program, Pike U develops principled leadership, management, and personal development in a way that prepares our members for success in life.


    PIKE believes athletic competition encourages young men to challenge each other and to perform at their highest levels. We seek men who push themselves to be great at everything they do.

    To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.

    Steve Prefontaine
    Oregon, Gamma Pi ’70
    Track and Field Hall of Fame

    We believe that through athletic competition, we build teamwork skills fundamental to success in the business world, bolster unity within the chapter, contribute to the physical and mental health of our members, and improve the quality of the overall college experience. Competition breeds excellence—in the classroom, on the playing fields, and in our daily lives.

  • Fraternity History

    Monday, February 28th, 2011

    The Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity was founded at the University of Virginia on March 1, 1868. At the time, the University of Virginia was the fifth largest school in the United States, and was considered the first truly American state university, because it was the first to be established totally free from religious control.

    It all started in Room 47 West Range when Frederick Southgate Taylor turned to Littleton Waller Tazewell, his cousin and roommate, for help in starting a new fraternity. Also present were James Benjamin Sclater, Jr., a schoolmate of Tazewell, and Sclater’s roommate, Robertson Howard. Those four men voted to add a fifth to their group and chose Julian Edward Wood. In addition, William Alexander, probably a friend of Sclater, was proposed for membership and admitted as a founder.

    The essence of the Founders’ vision for Pi Kappa Alpha can be found in its Preamble. A committee was first suggested by Brother William Alexander “to draw up a statement of the origin and the organization of the Fraternity.” The committee was composed of brothers Robertson Howard and Littleton Waller Tazewell.

    The resulting statement is now referred to as the Preamble.

    “For the establishment of friendship on a firmer and more lasting basis; for the promotion of brotherly love and kind feeling; for the mutual benefit and advancement of the interests of those with whom we sympathize and deem worthy of our regard; We have resolved to form a fraternity, believing that, thus we can most successfully accomplish our object.”


  • About Us

    Monday, February 28th, 2011


    Pi Kappa Alpha was founded in Room 47 West Range at the University of Virginia in 1868. Since then, it’s developed into an international brotherhood and become one of the largest fraternal organizations in the world.

    How? It’s simple. Pi Kappa Alpha has remained dedicated to developing men of integrity, intellect, success and high moral character, and to fostering a truly lifelong fraternal experience.

    Pi Kappa Alpha is composed of more than 275,000 lifetime members, 220 chapters and 150 alumni associations in North America. In the last 10 years, PIKE membership grew by 51% and maintains the largest average chapter size of North American fraternities. Between 2014 and 2016, Pikes raised over $4.5 million and contributed 600,000+ hours in community service.

    The Pi Kappa Alpha Foundation

    • Founded in 1948 as a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization for charitable, literary & educational purposes
    • Provides funding to the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity & its chapters for Pike University leadership programs, academic scholarships & chapter house facilities

    PIKE University

    • North America’s premier fraternal leadership program
    • Administers Pi Kappa Alpha’s leadership & educational programming through various international and regional conferences throughout the year
    • Grants more than $100,000 in Pike University scholarships each year



      PIKE; members are known as Pikes

      March 1, 1868

      Founded at the University of Virginia


      Chapters and Colonies across the United States & Canada

      Over 280,000 lifetime initiates & 16,000 undergraduate members

      Official Colors

      Garnet & Gold

      Official Flower


      Official Magazine

      Shield & Diamond


      37 employees and 12 chapter consultants

      Memorial Headquarters

      Located in Memphis, TN, the building is a memorial to brothers who gave their lives in the defense of their country and home to the International Fraternity and Foundation staffs