Monday, May 21, 2012
The International Fraternity in cooperation with Methodist University is pleased to announce the newest colony of Pi Kappa Alpha. Pi Kappa Alpha recently completed an Expansion Project (March 26th through April 23rd) recruiting and pinning 62 men to be future Founding Fathers of PIKE at Methodist University. Expansion Consultants Nate Summerfield and Nevin Folino were on campus as the professional staff coordinating the project.
Methodist University is a private liberal arts school located in Fayetteville, NC. In the past five years, Greek Life has started gaining traction at MU. PIKE will be the third fraternity chapter on campus, along with Lambda Chi Alpha and Kappa Sigma. Our expansion to Methodist grew out of unique quasi-interest group that made the project a great opportunity for PIKE expansion.
In Spring 2011, two students separately approached the Director of Student Activities about their interest in starting a chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha. Both men had friends at other campuses in PIKE, and both men were prominent leaders at Methodist. The first student was a captain on the MU Soccer Team, and the second student was the Student Body President. At the urging of their Student Activities Director, the men contacted our Headquarters staff with their interest in starting PIKE at MU. The men were encouraged and instructed to follow our interest group model.
One year later, the men had gained substantial interest from Methodist students and, upon staff inspection, were approved for a professional expansion project. This unique opportunity presented certain concerns, but the quality of campus leadership in the interest group coupled with Methodistâs resounding support of Greek Life expansion made the project a superb option for PIKE.
In addition to leading PIKE at Methodist to becoming a chartered Chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha, these colony members will lead Methodist in a number of other ways. The colony includes 24 Varsity athletes competing for six Monarch Athletics programs, representatives of 26 campus student organizations, six ROTC Cadets, the current and most recent student body presidents, and five military veterans.