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President’s Letter

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

As Texas Pikes move into the 2018-19 academic year we look forward to another year of brotherhood, service and accomplishment, highlighted by Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity’s 150th anniversary in 2018.

We are pleased to welcome 33 new members to Pike this fall.  The new pledge class hails from many Texas communities as well as California, Georgia, North Carolina, New York, and further afar  – London and Singapore. At  Pike’s 150th Convention in Richmond in late July our chapter received numerous awards including the Orians Chapter Excellence Award — for the sixth 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 sixth consecutive year.

Pike’s academic record continues to excel with an active members’ average GPA of 3.23 (Spring 2018 university records) tying Pike with six other fellow UT fraternities in the 3.2+ range for tenth place ranking of the 25 UT fraternities.  Pike proudly engages in community service projects in Austin and on The 40 Acres.  This past school year we hosted a pancake supper benefiting Austin’s Safe Alliance with the Chi Omega sorority, and a fundraising pizza dinner benefiting an Austin first responder-related foundation and Autism Speaks with the AXiD sorority.  Pikes also volunteered at the Capital Area Food Bank, a Boy Scout corporate skeet shoot fundraiser and helped raise money through the Texas IFC’s Movember men’s cancer research project and Round Up Weekend which benefited the B+Positive Foundation for pediatric cancer research. We’re pleased that Pike’s Landon Hackley is Vice President, Philanthropy with the Texas Interfraternity Council.

On the fall social front, our brothers will enjoy a terrific series of football tailgates, the 69th annual Swamp party, the always fun Texas-Oklahoma weekend football trip to Dallas, Winter Semi-Formal, along with many smaller mixers and gatherings.  Our Moms Club hosted and organized a fantastic Parents Weekend Parents in September which included a Friday evening dinner and casino games and a Saturday tailgate before the Longhorns/TCU game. Moms (April) and Dads Clubs (March) will hold their own fun weekends in the spring as well.

The Beta Mu alumni capital campaign continues to progress with $4.2 million in commitments towards a $5 million goal that should be reached by year-end 2018.  We are very pleased that the new Pike house construction will begin at the end of this school year, in May 2019, and plans are underway for temporary quarters to continue the Pike brotherhood and activities during the year of the construction.

In 2018 Beta Mu celebrates her 98th year of continuous operation at the University of Texas. 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 when in Austin.

Respectfully,

Garrett Beirne ’15

President, Texas Pikes

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