The Academy 2019 Recap

USD fraternity receives the highest international award
for the seventh consecutive year during an international event in Memphis, TN

Memphis, TN — For the seventh straight year, The Pi Kappa Alpha (PIKE) Fraternity at the University of South Dakota has received The Pi Kappa Alpha International Fraternity’s most prestigious award – the Robert Adger Smythe Award on Saturday, August 3. With over 600 PIKES and guests in attendance, the USD PIKES were honored with this recognition during The Academy, a signature event of PIKE University, the fraternity’s educational arm.

The Smythe Award, named after Junior Founder Robert Adger Smythe, is presented once a year. Chapters who receive this honor have achieved academic excellence, contributed to their community through service and philanthropic events, distinguished themselves as leaders on campus, and lived by the values of the Fraternity. It is the fraternity’s preeminent honor. The Smythe Award recognizes the top percent of Pi Kappa Alpha chapters. There are more than 220 chapters in the United States and Canada.

During the 2018-19 academic year, the USD PIKES produced the following accolades:

Donated more than $41,850 to philanthropic causes, most benefiting local sick and injured children
Committed over 13,540 hours to community service
More than 40 PIKES were named Dean’s List Scholars at USD
Brothers received over $100,000 in scholarships
100% campus involvement amongst members
Held more than 60+ campus leadership roles
Athletics success through intramural sports
Nearly 70 USD PIKES attended PIKE University throughout the country (#1 internationally)

The Smythe Award honors the dedication and passion of young men who are committed to the motto of Scholars, Leaders, Athletes, Gentlemen – Pi Kappa Alpha’s cornerstones – while supporting the community and each other. Chapter president Logan Rahn, a third-year Business Marketing student from Sioux City, IA, is honored to be part of this brotherhood. “Being a PIKE at USD is an honor because of the men who belong to our chapter,” Rahn said. “Our fraternity enhances the college experience, and we would not have this success without the passion of our brothers, alumni, and advisors have for the chapter. It’s an honor to be a USD PIKE.”

The Smythe Award is based upon excelling in 16 areas of chapter operations: membership recruitment, chapter programming, scholastics, philanthropy, community service, member retention, member and new member education, athletic performance, management, risk awareness, campus involvement and leadership, community involvement, consultant vision analysis scores, and international involvement.

In addition to the Smythe Award, the chapter was bestowed the following top honors, respectively:

Raymond L. Orians Excellence Award, PIKE’s second-highest international honor
Chapter Alumni Advisory Board of the Year

Programming Award for International Fraternity Participation
PIKE University Highest Attendance
Top Attendance Award for The Academy
100% phi phi k a Club
25 man PIKE University Commitment