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President’s Letter

Texas Pikes 150th logoWelcome to the University of Texas at Austin Pi Kappa Alpha (Beta Mu chapter) website.

As Texas Pikes close out the 2017-18 academic year we reflect on a remarkable year of accomplishment, highlighted by the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity’s 150th anniversary.

For the summer ahead we are focused on recruiting for our fall pledge class of new members.  The rush team, led by Cole Martinez, will be traveling throughout Texas as well as hosting info sessions in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and Miami for new UT students and their parents.  We look forward to the Pike 150th Convention in Richmond in late July.  At last year’s Convention in Memphis, our chapter received numerous awards including the Orians Chapter Excellence Award — for the fifth 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 fifth consecutive year.

In the past school year, Beta Mu chapter initiated 40 new brothers between our fall and spring pledge classes and graduated 30 seniors between December and May graduations.  As the new president, I thank my predecessor Parker Morris and the outgoing officer team for a job well done.  I’m proud to serve with our new officer team and we are planning a great school year of Pike brotherhood in fall 2018 and spring 2019.

Pike’s academic record continues to excel with an active members’ average GPA of 3.245 tying Pike with six other fellow UT fraternities in the 3.2+ range for tenth place ranking of the 26 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 IFC.

On the social front, our brothers enjoyed a terrific series of football tailgates, the 68th annual Swamp party, the always fun Texas-Oklahoma weekend football trip to Dallas, a lively Round Up weekend and formals at the end of each semester, along with many smaller mixers and gatherings.  Our Moms Club hosted and organized a fantastic Las Vegas-themed Parents Weekend Parents in October.  The Parents Weekend silent auction raised $8,000 for scholarships.  And the Moms (April) and Dads Clubs (March) held their own fun weekends earlier in the spring.

Our alumni hosted 150th celebration Founders Day cocktail parties in Houston and Dallas in March.  Brother Jim “Mattress Mack” Mcingvale ’70 was presented with our first “Generosity of Spirit” award for his always magnanimous support of the Houston community but especially following the devastation of Hurricane Harvey.  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 January, Pike alumni co-founded the Fraternity Alumni Council of Texas, which represents 22 of the 26 UT fraternities.  FACT is uniting alumni advisers on messaging and programming to ensure all fraternities are properly focused on academics and service, and importantly, elevating health and safety/risk management following disturbing incidents at other colleges.  We look forward to FACT’s leadership and it’s important liaison work with the University administration.

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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