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President’s Letter

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

Texas Pikes are excited about the fall 2017 semester after returning from the summer break. The semester ahead includes our usual mix of philanthropy, athletics and brotherhood events.  The social calendar includes our always lively pre-football game tailgates before every home game (see map to new location for 2017) and continuing the Pike SWAMP Party tradition, this will be the 68th successive year that Pike SWAMP,  a major “build” party, has taken place. We will welcome our families for Parents Weekend in Austin the October 20-22 weekend as well.

We are very pleased that summer recruitment yielded 39 new men entering the Pike fraternity. We welcome these scholars, leaders and athletes from around Texas as well as Atlanta, Chicago and New York.  Pike pledgeship will acclimate these new brothers to UT and the fraternity, and our focus on academics and service during their college years.

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 several nonprofits in the fall, including Hurricane Harvey relief projects, and our own signature charity event, PikeFest, next spring.

Texas Pike standards are high, we received a number of 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 year running as one of the top 20 operating alumni boards in the fraternity. 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. 2400 Leon has been the site of many memories for more than 60 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 and his finance committee, construction committee chair Lee Zieben ‘95 and the committed alumni donor base for making this happen and look forward to joining the ribbon cutting in 2018.

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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