About Texas Pikes

Pike was founded at U.T.- Austin in 1920. We have experienced years of tradition as a social fraternity engaging in leadership activities and athletics while stressing academic achievement. As with other clubs and membership organizations in a large university setting, being a part of Pike enhances the undergraduate experience while building lifelong friendships.

  • Pike founded at The University of Virginia in 1868. In 2018 we celebrated Pike’s 150th Anniversary of founding!
  • International Fraternity has 240 Chapters with more than 280,000 Members initiated.
  • Beta Mu Chapter, University of Texas was founded in 1920: we marked our Centennial presence at Texas by opening a new Chapter House in August 2020 on the site of the previous longtime House.
  • Beta Mu Chapter has Initiated 3,000 Members since its founding, making it the 6th largest Chapter in all Pi Kappa Alpha in terms of total initiates.
  • Beta Mu Chapter has 125 Active Members.
  • Beta Mu is also the 8th largest active undergraduate Pike Chapter today based on 2018 membership.
  • Beta Mu Chapter supports a number of philanthropies including Dell Children’s Hospital, the Boy Scouts and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, amongst others.

2021-2022 Officers and Hometowns:

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Nathan McDermid

President

Austin

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Grant Hiskes

External Vice President

Chicago, IL

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Ted Howard

Internal Vice President

Austin

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Davis O’Brien

Social Co-Chairman

Plano

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Wilson Welch

Social Co-Chairman

Dallas

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Grant Astin

Treasurer

Philadelphia, PA

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Aven Williams

Secretary

Fairfield, CT

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Michael Brill

Sergeant at Arms

New York, NY

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VACANT

Philanthropy Chairman

Texas Pikes Philanthropy Support

Volunteerism, philanthropy and community service are important values to Pi Kappa Alpha. Each pledge class has volunteer hour goals, and the entire chapter endeavors to raise money throughout the year for meaningful charities and causes.

Volunteer Man Hours: 2,000
Raised: $20,000.00

The pandemic in 2021 made philanthropy events more challenging but Pikes did support the Central Texas Food Bank with a canned food drive and we were pleased to partner with Texas Interfraternity Council in hosting two blood drive collections for central Texas blood bank We Are Blood. The Pike House was also an official UT Healthy Horns COVID-19 Proactive Community Testing site for neighboring students and faculty throughout most of spring 2021.

In 2020 we held a canned food drive benefitting the UT’s Outpost student food pantry; supported the Texas Exes’ neighborhood empowerment service day “The Project,” restoring a Baptist Church in a blighted Austin neighborhood; and, we delivered lunch as a gesture of thanks to the UT Austin Police Department during the spring Covid-19 incident.

In recent years our community service has also supported these organizations: A E Phi/ZBT’s childhood cancer research basketball tourney; Austin Firefighters Foundation; Autism Speaks; The B+Positive Foundation; Boy Scouts of America Charity Skeet Shoot staffing roles; Dell Children’s Cancer Center – Texas Thon Pancake Suppers and Dance Contest; Movember men’s cancer research initiative; SafePlace; Sharing America’s Marrow leukemia/bone marrow match; Sigma Chi Fight Night; assisting in set up and break down of the state’s largest charity garage sale for The Settlement Home of Austin; an evening profit dedicated to Pike’s Trudeau Cycle for Life Cancer Research by Chipotle; and, Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority’s Pink Ribbon Campaign for Breast Cancer Awareness.

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Texas Pike is a high performing chapter, consistently winning numerous awards from the International Pike Fraternity at summer conventions. Beta Mu has earned the prestigious Raymond L. Orians Award and our Alumni Advisory Board has been named Board of the Year, both highest awards recognizing the chapter operations and our alumni programming, for seven years running.