Alpha Omicron-Southwestern University

Alpha Omicron History

Pi Kappa Alpha began at Southwestern with the initiation of Claudius Mayo Singleton, Merle Thomas Waggoner, Samuel Austin Grogan, Omer Ogden Mickle, James Marvin McGuire, Glenn Dee Chapman, and Adrian Lee Voight on November 12, 1910. Together, they held the first local chapter meeting on January 6, 1911. By 1933, Alpha Omicron had only seven active members. Toward the end of that same year, the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity ceased to exist at Southwestern University. Some time later, Kenneth Bass, with the help of faculty and other students, inaugurated a local fraternity called Pi Chi. Pi Chi desired to become part of a greater national fraternity and on June 2nd, 1945, fifty men met in Room 9 of the old Mood Hall to discuss that possibility. On January 16th, 1948, the Beta Mu chapter from the University of Texas and Beta Zeta from Southern Methodist University gave rebirth to Alpha Omicron, the Mother Chapter of Texas. Since that time, Alpha Omicron has consistently been an outstanding chapter, winning six Smythe Awards (1966, 1986, 1988-90, 1992) and Southwestern University Organization of the Year in 2007, the first Greek organization to do so.

Alpha Omicron Today

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Today the Alpha Omicron Chapter is 48 men strong. Our active membership includes multiple Political Science, Business, Economics, History, and International Studies majors as well as majors in Religion, Classics, Psychology, Computer Science, Sociology, and Accounting. Our brothers are active in around 20 different organizations on campus, from Student Congress and Student Foundation to the Financial Analyst Program and Operation Achievement, in many cases holding officer-level leadership positions in those organizations. The current Student Body President and Vice-President, Honor Code Council President and Vice-President, Student Foundation Vice-Chair and Planning Chair, and the captains of the Track and Lacrosse teams are Pikes. In addition, members of our chapter participate on multiple varsity level teams, including soccer, lacrosse, track and field, cross country, tennis, baseball and basketball.