VERMILLION, S.D. — For the third 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 on Saturday, August 1 at PIKE’s summer event, The Academy. The Smythe Award is the highest international honor bestowed on the top percent of Pi Kappa Alpha chapters. There more than 230 chapters in the United States 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 2014-15 academic year, the USD PIKES produced the following accolades:
- Donated more than $37,500 to philanthropic causes
- Dedicated over 12,000 hours to community service
- Earned a chapter GPA of 3.1, with more than 40 men named Dean’s List Scholars
- Numerous intramural championships
- 100% campus involvement amongst members
- Held more than 65+ campus leadership roles
- Sent 71 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. “PIKE brings out the best in others” said chapter president Nathan Christensen, who is a fourth-year Kinesiology and Sport Science major from Pipestone, MN. “It is an honor to be part of an organization of passionate, driven and dedicated men who are always looking to make a difference.”
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.
Additionally, the USD PIKES were also honored with the Raymond L. Orians Excellence Award, Pi Kappa Alpha’s second highest international honor. The chapter was also a finalist for several programming awards and earned Pi Kappa Alpha’s Scholarship Plate, PIKE University 25 Man Commitment, Excellence in International Fraternity Involvement, and International Work Day recognition, respectively.
For more information about Pi Kappa Alpha at USD, please contact Christensen at 507-215-5396 or by email at Nathan.D.Christensen@coyotes.usd.edy.
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 more than 230 college campuses throughout North America. At the University of South Dakota, the Kappa Pi chapter is the fraternity’s 256th link. During the 2014-15 academic year, the USD PIKES boasted an active membership size of more than 90 men, and dedicated more than 12,000 hours of service to the community. The chapter also donated over $37,500.00 to philanthropic causes and achieved an active chapter GPA of 3.1, with more than 40 brothers receiving Dean’s List status. At USD, PIKES hold more than 65 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