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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 the spring 2022 semester. We had a great fall semester in Austin and despite the ongoing challenges of the pandemic, have seen 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 in its second year 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 102 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, social and service events. The semester ahead will include our back-to-school Pikes Peak winter-themed party. A March Dad’s Weekend followed by Mom’s Weekend in April are always semester highlights. Later spring we traditionally host a crawfish boil and plans are underway for a fun Texas Round-up weekend and spring formal to close out the semester.

Our fall ’21 new members are integrating nicely into the chapter as new initiates. These 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 102 years of Austin traditions. We welcome alumni rush referrals and interested students can register for rush on the Rush page of this website.

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. The most recently available UT Austin grade reports are from the spring 2021 semester where Pike averaged a 3.54 GPA (moving towards the highest reported 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 that spring semester.

Pike proudly engages in community service projects in Austin and on The 40 Acres. We were pleased to host a fundraising pancake supper in November benefiting the university-sanctioned student philanthropy TexasThon charity that raised more than $5,000. We are pleased to host another TexasThon fundraising pancake supper February. Pikes also volunteered in 2020-21 at the Central Texas Food Bank and the UT Outpost student 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, Pikes 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 and at the recent Chapter Executive Conference in January 2022 in Memphis. We are pleased our chapter received numerous awards including the Orians Chapter Excellence Award — for the eighth successive year — given to 20 top-performing national chapters, the Pike Scholarship Award, and Pike University awards. Our Alumni Advisory Board was recognized as one of the top 20 national operating boards for the eighth consecutive year. We look forward to a national meeting in summer 2022 in Louisville and are confident we will again earn awards and recognition for the chapter.

Moving into 2022 — our 102nd year on the UT Campus — promises 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.

Respectfully,
Nathan McDermid ’18
President, Texas Pikes

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