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USD fraternity receives highest international award

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota Pi Kappa Alpha (PIKE) Fraternity was honored earlier this month at the fraternity’s summer PIKE University event, The Academy, in Memphis, Tenn. with the Robert Adger Smythe Award, Pi Kappa Alpha International Fraternity’s most prestigious honor.

The Smythe Awards honor the top percent of 225 chapters and colonies in the United States and Canada and recognizes a group of young men who have committed to the meaning of Scholars, Leaders, Athletes, Gentlemen – Pi Kappa Alpha’s four cornerstones, and to the idea of always being there to support one another and put each other in a position to succeed.

“Our chapter is filled with men who are dedicated not only to USD and the community, but to our chapter,” said Pi Kappa Alpha Chapter President Trenton Karlson, who is from Canton, S.D. “These awards show what a group of brothers banded together can accomplish in the community and internationally.”

The Smythe Award is based upon excelling in 16 areas of operation: 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 score, and international involvement.

In addition to earning the Fraternity’s most prestigious honor, the USD PIKES also received the Fraternity’s second highest award, the Raymond L. Orians Chapter Excellence Award. A photo of the USD PIKES with the Robert Adger Smythe Award is available for download at

For more information about Pi Kappa Alpha at USD, please contact Karlson at (605) 987-7426 or by email at


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, Knudson 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.

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Hanna DeLange
USD News