Spring semester of 2010 marked the beginning of a new era for Greek life at Columbus State University. Kenneth Wade Dickert, formerly a student of the University of Alabama, enrolled at Columbus State to complete the remainder of his undergraduate coursework. Upon arriving at CSU, Wade saw that Greek life lacked an organization that he had found to be an integral part of his social and professional development. In taking an active role in advancing the interests of Pi Kappa Alpha, Wade then began recruiting young men that exemplified the same core values required to become a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha International Fraternity- Scholars, Leaders, Athletes, and Gentlemen.
Since then, these young men have worked hard to establish the foundation of what will become greatest and longest lasting fraternal legacy of Columbus State University. Members constantly look to each other for support in solving the complexities of building a colony of Pi Kappa Alpha. There have been and will continue to be many hours invested in maintaining and improving our organization, our community relationships, our academic success, and our professional and social development.
These men will be known as the founding fathers of one of the newest chapters of the Pi Kappa Alpha International Fraternity. The work, time, dedication, and sacrifices required for such an accomplishment cannot be expressed in words. However, each member realizes and embraces the rewards and benefits that come with such sacrifice. Every man continues to live the values of Pi Kappa Alpha while taking an active role in campus life at Columbus State University. Our members exemplify scholarship by placing academics first and maintaining the highest standards of scholastic achievement. We exemplify leadership through structured fraternity-level training, active involvement in other student organizations, and the encouragement of success of our successors. We exemplify athleticism by being actively involved and competitive in intramural and club sports. Lastly, we continue to exemplify the characteristics of true gentlemen by actions of courtesy, gentility, and chivalry. Together the pillars of Pi Kappa Alpha, known as S.L.A.G., provide each and every member an essential road map and a constant reminder about not only talking about the values of the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity, but living and breathing these values each and every day, for men of PIKE know that actions speak louder than words and so we would prefer to act out our values and have those around us do our talking for us.
The road in which the Colony has traveled over the years in reaching for its charter has been filled with ups and downs, just like any organization that survives for an extended period of time. Many members have come through the door, and yes some of them walked back out, yet those that stayed, stayed because they realize the potential of what Pi Kappa Alpha could bring into their life. Each and every member of the Pi Kappa Alpha colony as Columbus State University carries out their own meaning of S.L.A.G. on a daily basis and the men involved have not once given up on the opportunity to bring about a new chapter right here at CSU.
And so now the year is 2014, and we have entered our last semester of colony status. We have compiled and submitted a formal petition to our National Headquarters and now that it is under review all we need to do is tie together a few loose ends and if our petition, hard work, dedication, and the drive to become brothers of the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity convince our National Headquarters that we are ready to carry on the full responsibilities of being an active and productive chapter of the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity, then we will be granted our long awaited dream of receiving our charter so we can ensure that our legacy of PIKE will live on for a long time at the Columbus State University.
Once A Pike, Always A Pike!