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President’s Letter

Welcome to the University of Texas at Austin Pi Kappa Alpha (Beta Mu chapter) website.

Texas Pikes are enjoying fall semester 2021. We’re pleased to be gathered back in Austin after summer and despite the ongoing challenges of the pandemic, and seeing a “somewhat” return to “normal” for university classes as well as for our fraternity brotherhood and operations.  Pikes will continue to observe university and local guidance on pandemic limitations and remain proactive to best manage the impacts of COVID-19 on the Pike house and the UT community.

We are truly enjoying the new fraternity house and are grateful to the many Pike alumni donors who have made the new house possible. We are already creating new memories and are proud of 101 uninterrupted years of brotherhood and service in the UT Austin community.

For the semester ahead we look forward to an active, yet subdued semester with our usual mix of academic, brotherhood and service events, and several smaller gatherings/social events, including football pre-game tailgates at the Pike house.  Fortunately, the Pike family has remained largely safe during the national emergency and we wish everyone good health and safety as the pandemic shows signs of receding.

We are pleased to have another excellent fall pledge class onboarding through our new member development program now.  The 32 new members hail from across Texas towns like Abilene, Austin, DFW, Houston and San Antonio, as well as Chicago, Connecticut and South Carolina. Pike will have a spring 2002 pledge class – we always look forward to meeting new UT Austin students interested in being a part of Pike’s 101 years of Austin traditions. We welcome alumni rush referrals and interested students can register for rush on the Rush page of this website.

We enjoyed a well-attended September Pikes Parents Weekend and look forward to Alumni Weekend on October 16.  Texas-Oklahoma Weekend is always a highlight of the semester, with many brothers and dates traveling to Dallas to attend the State Fair and the Red River Rivalry game.

Pike Sweethearts

Pike continues its tradition of naming Pike Sweethearts. The nineteen newly elected 2021-22 Sweethearts include AXOs (pictured here receiving a Pike rose from Pike pledges), as well as ADPi, APhi, DG, KD and Theta sororities. We appreciate the Sweethearts’ friendship and support of Pike.

We are proud of our academic performance as a chapter.  Our actives in Spring 2021 carded – per UT Austin grade reports — an average 3.54 GPA, with the highest GPA of the 20 IFC fraternities at 3.72.  The All Men’s university average is 3.48 GPA. More than one-third of our members hold a 3.75 GPA or higher, and five brothers earned perfect 4.0s in fall 2020 semester.

Pike proudly engages in community service projects in Austin and on The 40 Acres. We have a fundraising pancake supper set for early November benefiting the university-sanctioned student philanthropy Texas Thon. Pikes have also volunteered in 2020-21 at the Central Texas Food Bank. And we look ahead to reengaging post-COVID with more service projects. In recent school years, we’ve hosted in concert with sorority co-sponsors, a pancake supper benefiting Austin’s Safe Alliance, and a fundraising pizza dinner benefiting the Austin Fire Department’s foundation and Autism Speaks. For several years running, we have staffed a Boy Scout corporate skeet shoot fundraiser and we participate in the Texas Interfraternity Council’s Movember men’s cancer research project.

The International Pike Fraternity did not hold its usual summer convention in 2020 nor 2021 but did confer awards via a virtual ceremony.  We are pleased our chapter received numerous awards including the Orians Chapter Excellence Award — for the eighth successive year — given to only 20 top-performing national chapters, Pike Scholarship Award, and Pike University awards. Our Alumni Advisory Board was recognized as one of the top 20 national operating boards for the seventh consecutive year. We look forward to a rescheduled national meeting in summer 2022 in Louisville and are confident we will again earn awards and recognition for the chapter.

I am honored to serve as Beta Mu’s president for the school year ahead.  Our 101st and 102nd years on the UT Campus promise to be filled with brotherhood, leadership development, community service and academic excellence. There has never been a time to have more pride in being an active or alumnus of Pi Kappa Alpha. We encourage Pikes, parents, and friends to visit us when in Austin.

Nathan McDermid ’18
President, Texas Pikes

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