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.”
Read more at www.PIKES.org.
For over 35 years, the Theta Omicron Chapter has been a leader in Greek life at Indiana State University. From our founding to the present, our proud history speaks for itself through high academic achievement and leadership at the University. With more than 1,500 initiates, Theta Omicron has influenced the lives of hundreds of men while creating life-long friendship in the process.
The Chapter was first colonized in the fall of 1978 by a group of men who desired to form a Fraternity based upon values and the professional development of its members. Edward Pease, an initiate of the Delta Xi Chapter at Indiana University, joined the men that on March 3, 1979 that established the foundation of what has become the best fraternity on Indiana State’s campus.
Through being a member of this fraternity at Indiana State University, college men can learn and develop important skills of integrity, intellect, success, and high moral character.
Achievements, Awards, and Honors
ACADEMICS (Fall 2016)
- Academic Leader Among All Fraternities
- Pi Kappa Alpha – GPA 3.06
- All Undergraduate Male Average 2.76
- 7,543 Hours of Community Service
- Raised $26,191
- ISU Center for Community Engagement Certificate of Recognition – recognition as a Sycamore Service Challenge Winner
- First (Overall 2016)
- 1st Place Overall Fraternity Division Award Winner
- 1st Place Homecoming Pairing Division Award
- 1st Place Sycamore Sync (Dance Competition) & Parade Walking Unit
- 1st Place Homecoming Float: Best Use of Materials, Best Use of Color, Best Use of Animation, Best of Theme, and Technical Merit
- 1st Place Trike Race
- President’s Cup Recipient – Fraternity of the Year – 12th Year in a Row
- Excellence in Leadership Development
- Excellence in New Member Education
- Excellence in Chapter Management
- Excellence in Alumni Relations
- Excellence in Community Service & philanthropy
- Excellence in Academic Development
ΠΚΑ INTERNATIONAL FRATERNITY AWARDS (2016)
- Chapter Excellence Award
- 25-Man Award – Pike University Conference Attendance
- Scholarship Plaque (for GPA over 3.0)
- Level 3 – Recruitment Award
- International Workday Recognition
- 8th Consecutive Smythe Award
- 26 total Smythe awards, most in ΠΚΑ history