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USD fraternity to raise funds for charities through Week of Service

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity, Kappa Pi Chapter at the University of South Dakota, is hosting “PIKE Week of Service,” April 10-17, to raise money and awareness for local and national charities.

Cycle for Life, PIKES in the Park and Change for Change are three programs that will help the PIKE fraternity raise money for leukemia and lymphoma research and local domestic violence shelters.

Cycle for Life is a national philanthropy event hosted by Pi Kappa Alpha in memory of Taylor Trudeau, a brother from the University of New Hampshire, who died after a year-long battle with lymphoma. Cycle for Life event participants will be able to take half hour spinning classes for $10 at the USD Wellness Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. beginning April 15, while the sixth annual PIKES in the Park is scheduled for 5 p.m., on Thursday, April 12 at Prentis Park in Vermillion. PIKES in the Park includes food, games and live music for a $5 cover charge. The fraternity’s newest fundraiser, Change for Change, is a weeklong event that will raise awareness and funds for local domestic violence shelters as Pi Kappa Alpha and local sorority members will live in boxes outside the Muenster University Center in efforts to collect clothing, toiletries and monetary donations for shelters in Sioux City, Iowa, and Sioux Falls, S.D., and Vermillion.

Students along with members of the community are encouraged to participate in all of these events. For more information, please visit the “PIKE Week of Service” on Facebook:!/pages/PIKE-Week-of-Service/237598772993937


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 202 undergraduate and 78 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 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

This material is available in an alternate format upon request. Please contact University Relations at 605-677-5759. If you are a person with a disability and need a special accommodation to fully participate in any university activity or event, please contact Disability Services at 605-677-6389 as soon as possible, but no later than 48 hours before the event, so that appropriate arrangements may be made.


Hanna DeLange
USD News