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President’s Letter

Texas Pikes 150th logoWelcome to the Beta Mu Chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity’s Web site.

Texas Pike concludes a solid 2017 and we look forward to the new year 2018.  We are excited to celebrate the International Pike Fraternity’s 150th Anniversary of founding on March 1 with a Founders Day event in Austin on March 3. Pike was founded at the University of Virginia on March 1, 1868 and we are proud to be part of this special brotherhood of scholars, leaders, athletes and gentlemen.

Our 2018 plans include our usual mix of philanthropy, athletics and brotherhood events.  The spring social calendar includes our always lively Pikes Peak winter party, Round-Up Weekend and our spring formal. We will welcome our parents for Dads (March 2-4) and Moms (April 6-8) Weekends  as a follow-up to the terrific Parents Weekend this past October.

We are very pleased that fall 2017 recruitment yielded 35 new men entering the Pike fraternity. We welcome this great group of new members from around Texas as well as Atlanta, Chicago, Minnesota and New York.  We look forward to recruiting a spring 2018 pledge class as well.

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 year ahead. This past fall our service projects included work with the Capitol Area Food Bank and the Boy Scouts Capitol Area Council.  A fundraising pancake supper with Alpha Chi Omega raised $1500 with contributions going to the Austin Fire Department, Movember men’s cancer research and SafeAlliance.

Texas Pike standards are high, we received numerous awards at Pike’s summer 2017 national meeting, The Academy, in Memphis. For the fourth 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 Pike’s Scholarship Award; 100 Man Chapter Award; International Workday Award; and an award for commitment to Pike University. The Beta Mu Alumni Advisory Board was also selected for the fourth consecutive year as one of the top 20 operating alumni boards in the fraternity. Texas Pikes will send a sizeable contingent to the February Pike University regional leadership training in Dallas and we look forward to celebrating Pike’s 150th Anniversary Convention in Richmond, VA in summer 2018.

As always, we thank our involved alumni for their commitment to Beta Mu Chapter.  Fraternity research shows that higher performing chapters have engaged local alumni and we are grateful to our Alumni Advisory Board and all alums. 2400 Leon has been the site of many memories for more than 65 years of Pikes, yet we are very appreciative of the announcement of the Centennial Campaign for the new Pike House, chaired by John Rathmell ’76. We thank John, the finance committee, the construction committee and the committed alumni donor base for making this happen and look forward to joining the ribbon cutting in 2020, which is Beta Mu Chapter’s Centennial at UT Austin.

In 2018 Beta Mu Chapter celebrates her 98th 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,

Parker Morris ’14

President, Texas Pikes

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