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USD Chapter Recognized with National Pi Kappa Alpha Award

Photo of PIKE fraternity members accepting award. The USD PIKE chapter was recognized as being in the top 10 percentile of PIKE chapters nationally.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota Pi Kappa Alpha chapter was recognized as being in the top 10 percentile of high performing chapters across the United States and Canada at the annual 2017 Pi Kappa Alpha Academy. The chapter was recognized with the Robert Adger Smythe Award—the highest undergraduate honor.

This marks the fifth consecutive year that USD PIKE has accepted the award. This year the chapter was recognized for an outstanding GPA of 3.12, 100 percent involvement in campus activities, contributing over 13,230 hours and $41,488 to community service and their philanthropy, and finishing first in intramurals.

The Smythe Award, named after Junior Founder Robert Adger Smythe, is given out 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.

USD PIKE was also recognized with the Raymond L. Orians Chapter Excellence Award. The Raymond L. Orians Chapter Excellence Award recognizes overall chapter excellence. Chapters that win this award are amongst the best on their campus and PIKE's most competitive chapters.

Additionally, the USD PIKE Alumni Advisory Board earned Alumni Advisory Board of the Year honors, recognizing outstanding mentorship to undergraduates.


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 84 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.


Hanna DeLange
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