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President’s Letter

Welcome to the Beta Mu Chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity’s Web site.

Texas Pikes are enjoying summer 2017 after concluding a full spring semester of programming. The past semester included our usual mix of philanthropy, athletics, brotherhood and some great social events, such as the always fun Round Up Weekend, a new charity concert PikeFest and our spring formal in San Antonio.  We were pleased to host both Mom’s and Dad’s Weekends in Austin in the spring as well.

Summer means fraternity recruitment or “rush” for new men entering UT in fall 2017, or transferring in from other schools and seeking a fraternity to join.  Pike is one of 30 fraternities at Texas, and we look forward to meeting new men interested in our brand of academics, leadership and a vibrant social life.  Choosing a fraternity is an important life-long decision and we look forward to acquainting prospective members with Pike’s almost 100 year history at UT and demonstrating to the new members and their parents the value and benefits of fraternal life.

Texas Pike standards are high, we received a number of awards at Pike’s summer 2016 National Convention in New Orleans. For the third successive year Beta Mu received the Raymond L. Orians Chapter Excellence Award. The Orians Award is given to only 20 chapters, signifying Pike’s highest performing chapters. Our men also received the Best Alumni Relations Program Award; The Scholarship Award; The 100 Man Chapter Award; and an award for commitment to Pike University. The Beta Mu Alumni Advisory Board was also selected for the third year running as one of the top 20 operating alumni boards in the fraternity. We look forward to additional recognition at the upcoming July 2017 “The Academy” bi-annual meeting in Memphis.

Academics remain a priority at the Pike house. The overall Pike membership GPA is 3.2 per the University’s most recent semester rankings, placing our men amongst a cadre of eight fraternities, ranking from 6th through 14th, with 3.2 averages amongst the 30 IFC fraternities at Texas. And we will continue our deep engagement in community service in the school year ahead, with plans to support nonprofits like Texas Thon as well as other philanthropic work.

As always we thank our involved alumni for their commitment to Beta Mu Chapter. We are grateful to Allen Gump ’76 who hosted an informative Career Advisory Session for brothers interested in real estate careers in Dallas in January, along with five other alumni in the real estate field, And we were pleased to have another Career Advisory session led by Jeff Hickl ’98 focusing on careers in tax, accounting and business consulting in Austin in March. Our alumni are beginning to plan for Beta Mu’s Centennial celebration in March 2020 and are contemplating some exciting plans for a chapter house renewal and expansion in 2018. Please see the Alumni page of the Web site for more information on alumni engagement.

In 2017 Beta Mu Chapter celebrates her 97th year at The University of Texas at Austin. There has never been a time to have more pride in being an active member or an alumnus of Pi Kappa Alpha. We encourage Pikes, alums and friends to visit when in Austin.

Respectfully,

Zack Wagner ’14

President, Texas Pikes

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