Pictured above (left to right): Brothers Cameron Hardin, Stefan Slavov, Zachary Hodge, and Brady Culver
August 4th, 2013 Memphis, TN Our brothers attended The Academy held from Aug. 1-4th at the historic Peabody Hotel in downtown Memphis, TN . This convention held every two years and put on by Pi Kappa Alpha Nationals offers practical chapter programming for attendees and presents awards recognizing outstanding chapter achievements.
Omega Chapter received their 2nd consecutive Raymond L. Orians Chapter Excellence Award, recognizing overall chapter excellence. The chapters that win this award are among the best on their campus and some of Pi Kappa Alpha’s most competitive chapters. Additionally, Omega received the 100+ Chapter Award for maintaining a chapter of 135 men, the Scholarship Award for maintaining a GPA over 3.0 for the past year.
Some of the many sessions our brothers attended were aimed at improving Omega’s recruitment, risk management, public relations, and new membership education programs. The skills and information gained from this weekend will be brought back to the chapter and implemented in order to further help Omega chapter achieve its mission of developing Scholars, Leaders, Athletes and Gentlemen and offering the true collegiate fraternal experience.
Furthermore, brothers listened to keynote speeches about leadership from prominent PIKE alumni like David Greenberg (President and CEO, Greenberg Capital LLC) and Gary Shorb (Methodist Healthcare President and CEO). The Academy and similar PIKE University events give chapter members the opportunity to meet such alumni and develop a network of friendships to utilize in future personal and professional success.
The Omega Chapter of The Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity was founded at the University of Kentucky in 1901 and has initiated more than 2,000 members. In addition to the accomplishments at the University of Kentucky, The Pi Kappa Alpha International Fraternity has maintained the largest average chapter size of any inter/national fraternity for most of the past 20 years, and through its members has donated millions of hours and dollars to philanthropic causes and community organizations across North America.
“Pi Kappa Alpha’s mission is to develop men of integrity, intellect, and high moral character and to fostering a truly lifelong fraternal experience.”