USD Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity Again Receives Highest International Award

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For the third consecutive year, the Pi Kappa Alpha (PIKE) chapter at the University of South Dakota received the international fraternity’s most prestigious honor, the Robert Adger Smythe Award, as well as the Raymond L. Orians Excellence Award and Chapter Alumni Advisory Board of the Year.

The USD PIKES received the awards on Saturday, Aug. 1, at PIKE’s summer event, The Academy. The Smythe award is the highest international honor bestowed on the top percent of the 230 Pi Kappa Alpha chapters in the United States and Canada. It recognizes a chapter that has excelled and set the standard of excellence on their collegiate campus and also internationally.

During the 2014-15 academic year, the USD PIKES:

  • Donated more than $37,500 to philanthropic causes;
  • Dedicated more than 12,000 hours to community service;
  • Earned a chapter GPA of 3.1, with more than 40 men named dean’s list scholars;
  • Won numerous intramural championships;
  • Had 100 percent campus involvement among members;
  • Held more than 65 campus leadership roles;
  • Sent 71 men to international events through PIKE University, Pi Kappa Alpha’s educational arm.

“PIKE brings out the best in others” said chapter president Nathan Christensen, a fourth-year kinesiology and sport science major from Pipestone, Minnesota. “It is an honor to be part of an organization of passionate, driven and dedicated men who are always looking to make a difference.”


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 205 undergraduate and 73 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 17:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 17 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

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Michael Ewald
USD News