Part of our responsibility as Pikes is to care for and to make a commitment to those who are less fortunate than ourselves. Advancing philanthropic interests is a part of Pi Kappa Alpha’s mission and such interest is promoted throughout the collegiate experience and beyond.
Volunteering our services to the community in several different ways is important to our mission as a fraternity. In an attempt to help others, the Iota Gamma Chapter and its individual brothers have supported local philanthropic activities.
Kent Estes Memorial Golf Tournament
15th Annual Kent Estes Memorial Golf Tournament
When: April 27th, 2019
Where: Awarii Dunes
Cost: $400/team, $100/person
Registration: CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
Dr. Kent Estes was passionate about many things, including his three sons and the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Each of his sons, Erik, Aaron and Luke, attended UNK and were members of the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity. Kent saw how the fraternity impacted its members, the campus and the community, and believed strongly in its values.
Kent received his Bachelor of Science from Nebraska Wesleyan University in 1968. He went on to earn his Master’s Degree from Kearney State College in 1972, and his Doctorate in Education (EdD) from the University of Northern Colorado in 1987. Kent began teaching at Kearney State College (which later became UNK) in 1975 in the Department of Counseling and School Psychology, where he served for more than 20 years as the Department Chairman.
Later in life, Kent fought a difficult battle with Leukemia. During his time as a cancer patient, he lived by the motto; “I know I’m sick, but do I have to act like it?” His positive outlook throughout this time was an inspiration to all who came in contact with him.
The Estes family now awards three annual scholarships in honor of Kent; one to a student in the Counseling and School Psychology department, one to a student-athlete, and one to an active member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity.
Since the inaugural event in 2005, our chapter has hosted the Kent Estes Memorial Golf Tournament, donating all proceeds to the Kent Estes Memorial Fund.
“Be kind; everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”
Susan G Komen- Central Nebraska Race for the Cure
The Susan G Komen organization brought the Race for the Cure to Central Nebraska for the first time in 2011. The event is annually hosted on UNK’s campus. Iota Gamma saw an excellent opportunity to join an amazing cause. We have participated in the Race for the Cure each year. In 2o12, we paired with the ladies of the Alpha Phi Sorority. Together, we raised over $7.700 (#1 donations) and had 82 participants (#1 team size).