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USD PIKES receive highest international award for second consecutive year

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VERMILLION, S.D. — For the second consecutive year, the Pi Kappa Alpha (PIKE) Fraternity at the University of South Dakota was honored with the Pi Kappa Alpha International Fraternity’s most prestigious award – the Robert Adger Smythe Award. Additionally, the USD PIKES were also bestowed the following top honors: Raymond L. Orians Excellence Award and Chapter Alumni Advisory Board of the Year.
The USD PIKES received the awards last month at Pi Kappa Alpha’s 69th International Convention in Baltimore, Md. The Smythe Award is the highest international honor bestowed on the top percent of Pi Kappa Alpha chapters. There are nearly 230 chapters in the U.S. and Canada. The Smythe Award recognizes a chapter that has excelled and set the standard of excellence on their collegiate campus”and also internationally. During the 2013-14 academic year, the USD PIKES produced the following accolades:

  • Donated more than $31,500 for philanthropic causes
  • Dedicated over 11,140 hours to community service
  • Earned a chapter GPA of 3.023, with more than 35 men named Deans List scholars
  • 100 percent campus involvement amongst members
  • Hosted more than 60 campus leadership roles
  • Sent nearly 70 men to international events through PIKE University, Pi Kappa Alpha’s educational arm


The Smythe Award honors the work of young men who have committed to the meaning of Scholars, Leaders, Athletes, Gentlemen -“ Pi Kappa Alpha’s four cornerstones – while supporting the community and each other.

“œOur fraternity is filled with men who are dedicated not only to USD and the community but to our chapter,” said Pi Kappa Alpha chapter president Amos Meyer, who is a fourth year accounting major from Williams, Iowa. “œIt is an honor to be part of an organization of passionate, driven and dedicated men.”

The award is based upon excelling in 16 areas of operations: membership recruitment, chapter programming, scholastics, philanthropy, community service, member retention, member and new member education, athletic performance, management, risk awareness, campus involvement and leadership, community involvement, consultant vision analysis scores, and international involvement.

As a result of Pi Kappa Alphas success at USD and internationally, the chapters Alumni Advisory Board was named Alumni Advisory Board of the Year. Chapter advisor and chairman of the Alumni Advisory Board, Dzenan Berberovic (11 B.A.), is proud of Pi Kappa Alphas many achievements. œPIKE enriches the college experience in many ways. As an advisor, it’s humbling to see a group of young leaders so dedicated to USD, PIKE, the community, and each other.” Berberovic said. “œThank you to our Alumni Advisory Board for providing a great example that Pi Kappa Alpha is truly a lifelong experience.”

Additionally, the USD PIKES were also honored with the Raymond L. Orians Excellence Award, Pi Kappa Alphas second highest international honor. The chapter was also a finalist for several programming awards and earned Pi Kappa Alphas Scholarship Plate, PIKE University 25 Man Commitment, Excellence in International Fraternity Involvement, and International Work Day recognition, respectively.

A photo of Brent Olinger (a fourth year political science major from Emery, S.D.), Meyer and Berberovic is available for download at www.usd.edu/press/news/images/releases/PIKE_2014.jpg.

For more information about Pi Kappa Alpha at USD, please contact Meyer at (605) 987-7426 or by email at Amos.Meyer@coyotes.usd.edu.

About Pi Kappa Alpha -“ Kappa Pi chapter at the University of South Dakota
Pi Kappa Alpha’s four cornerstones are Scholars, Leaders, Athletes, Gentlemen. Founded in 1868, Pi Kappa Alpha stands strong on nearly 220 college campuses throughout North America. At the University of South Dakota, the Kappa Pi chapter is the fraternity’s 256th link. During the 2013-14 academic year, the USD PIKES boasted an active membership size of more than 90 men, and dedicated more than 11,140 hours of service to the community. The chapter also donated over $31,500.00 to philanthropic causes and achieved an active chapter GPA of 3.023, with more than 35 brothers receiving Dean’s List status. At USD, PIKES hold more than 60 campus leadership roles and 100 percent of members are involved in a student organization outside of PIKE. Learn more about the USD PIKES at www.USDPIKES.org, or by email: PIKES@usd.edu. Follow the PIKES on Facebook at www.facebook.com/USDPIKES, or www.twitter.com/USDPIKES.

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