Updated September 19, 2018
Theta Sigma Chapter of the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity was established on April 5, 1980. Our “Tradition of Excellence” is based on service to our university, our community and our fraternity. The men of Theta Sigma, including approximately 700 alumni, are proud of our journey together and excited about our future.
Our chapter was founded by three men who were already brothers of Pi Kappa Alpha: Robby Davis Sisco, William Terrence Williams (both from Theta Delta Chapter, Francis Marion University) and a Winthrop faculty member, Dr. Joseph E. Krebs (Gamma Omega Chapter, University of Miami). The first organizational meeting was held on February 25, 1979. Following a very successful rush, the Student Government Association granted a charter to the local fraternity known as Alpha Kappa Pi. Alpha Kappa Pi, with a membership of 19 distinguished men now known as the Founding Fathers of Theta Sigma, became a colony of the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity on May 3, 1979. The colony immediately focused on achieving the goals necessary to become a chapter, which included becoming a 40-man chapter, completing numerous community service projects, and expanding our impact across the campus. National Inspection was conducted on February 10, 1980. Members of the Beta (Davidson College), Xi (University of South Carolina), and Theta Delta (Francis Marion University) chapters conducted the installation of the chapter on April 5, 1980 – only eleven months after colonization.
The Pi Kappa Alpha colony was the first fraternity at Winthrop to have a house. On July 16, 1979, the colony signed a lease agreement for the house at 238 Oakland Avenue. From August 1983 until June of 1986, Theta Sigma’s second home was at 360 Park Avenue. The chapter then moved to its permanent home at 1055 Park Avenue Extension. The property was purchased in 1996, and the Chapter House completely renovated during the summer of 1996. The hard work and thousands of man hours poured into the 1996 renovation by dozens of brothers, alumni, and friends, resulted in the 1997 International Chapter House of the Year Award. To this day, Pi Kappa Alpha is one of the only Greek Organizations at Winthrop University to own their own chapter house. Thanks to the support from the active chapter, the loyalty of our alumni and the dedication of the Theta Sigma Housing Corporation, we continue to work to maintain our house.
Theta Sigma has continued to prosper and contribute to Winthrop University. Pikes have held membership in every on campus organization for which we are eligible, and we have been represented in every men’s sport on campus. In 1980, Theta Sigma won its first National Chapter Excellence Award, and has continued to be competitive in receiving this prestigious award for almost 40 years. Theta Sigma has claimed Pi Kappa Alpha’s highest award of excellence, the Smythe Award, on two occasions, in 1993 and 1995.
The honor that comes in receiving multiple awards is only one way to measure our success as a chapter. Theta Sigma will never settle for awards we have won in the past; our goal today remains the same now as it was in 1980. We invite you to join us as we continue building our “Tradition of Excellence” and strive to be “Scholars, Leaders, Athletes and Gentlemen.”