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.