Pi Kappa Alpha was the first fraternity to be organized at Virginia Tech. The Epsilon chapter was established here on November 11, 1873. This makes Pi Kappa Alpha the oldest student organization on this campus. Shortly after being chartered, secret organizations were outlawed at Virginia Tech until the 1970’s.
In 1970, a long established and successful “Dance Club”, known as the VPI Cotillion Club, took a risk and chose to reinvent itself as a modern-day re-chartered chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha. The revival of Epsilon Chapter of PiKA seemed destined for Virginia Tech and for the ultimate benefit of the former Cotillion Club. Now, almost 40 years later, Brothers look back on that transition from Cotillion to PiKA as the best college experience in their lives. They shared a special Brotherhood in that new (but oldest) fraternity on campus. This generation of Pike at Virginia Tech is known colloquially as the “E2 (Epsilon 2) generation”. The fraternity enjoyed great success both at Virginia Tech and nationally, winning several Smythe Awards, the highest award possible for any chapter to receive.
Today, Epsilon Chapter continues as the leading men’s social organization on the Tech campus. It has the largest membership, and includes campus leaders, varsity and intramural athletes, scholastic achievers, Honors students, and always gentlemen. The chapter’s community service record is also among the best, with a tradition of raising significant funds to support the local volunteer fire department. Since being re-founded, Epsilon has won a Smythe Award every year… now amounting to a total of 13 straight Smythe’s (more than any other chapter in the nation).
Epsilon Pike is committed to always bettering ourselves, as we strive to uphold the values laid out for us by our Founders.