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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 excited about the fall 2022 semester. We had a great spring semester and summer in Austin with a “largely return to normal from the pandemic” for university classes as well as for our fraternity brotherhood and operations.

We are truly enjoying the new fraternity house, as we begin its third year of occupancy are grateful to the many PIKE alumni donors who made the new house possible. We are creating new memories and are proud of 102 uninterrupted years of brotherhood and service in the UT Austin community. We look forward to welcoming alumni and families to Alumni Day October 15. November is PIKE Mentoring Month and we appreciate our Alumni Association working with us to host a Career Advisory Session during November.

We look forward to an active semester ahead with our usual mix of academic, brotherhood, social and service events. We are very excited to welcome a new member class of 41 young men. The semester social calendar includes tailgates surrounding football season, our traditional Texas-Oklahoma road trip, SWAMP Party and several philanthropic projects.

Our fall ’22 new members are integrating nicely into the chapter. These new members hail from across Texas towns like Austin, DFW, Houston, San Antonio and Waco, as well as Colorado, Illinois, Louisiana, Virginia, London and Bogota. PIKE will also have a spring 2023 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.

Texas Pikes have been forming friendships on the UT campus for 102 years. These fall 2021 initiates are a big part of the Beta Mu brotherhood.

We are proud of our academic performance as a chapter. The most recently available UT Austin grade reports are from the spring 2022 semester where PIKES averaged a 3.349 GPA (we were in a cadre of 13 fraternities in the 3.4 GPA, with highest reported GPA of the 22 IFC fraternities at 3.56). More than one-third of our members hold a 3.75 GPA or higher, and six 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 both semesters of the last school year benefiting the university-sanctioned student philanthropy TexasThon charity that raised more than $10,000 combined. Pikes also volunteered in 2020-21 at the Central Texas Food Bank and the UT Outpost student food bank. 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.

At the International PIKE Fraternity’s Convention in Louisville in July our chapter received numerous awards including the Orians Chapter Excellence Award — for the ninth successive year — given to 20 top-performing national chapters, the PIKE Scholarship Award, and PIKE University awards. We were honored with the PIKE House of the Year Award. Our Alumni Advisory Board was recognized as one of the top 20 national operating boards for the ninth consecutive year.

The remainder of 2022 — our 102nd proud 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.

Nathan Howard ’19
President, Texas Pikes

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