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USD Fraternity Receives Highest Award During International Event

A group photo of the USD PIKES, the fraternity. They hold the awards they received. The PI Kappa Alpha (PIKE) fraternity at USD received the Robert Adger Smythe Award for the 7th year in a row.

VERMILLION, S.D. – For the 7th consecutive year, the Pi Kappa Alpha (PIKE) fraternity at the University of South Dakota has received the Pi Kappa Alpha International Fraternity’s most prestigious award – the Robert Adger Smythe Award – on Saturday, Aug. 3. With over 600 PIKES and guests in attendance, the USD PIKES were honored with this recognition during The Academy, a signature event of PIKE University, the fraternity’s educational arm.

The Smythe Award, named after Junior Founder Robert Adger Smythe, is presented 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. It is the fraternity’s preeminent honor. The Smythe Award recognizes the top percent of Pi Kappa Alpha chapters. There are more than 220 chapters in the United States and Canada.

During the 2018-19 academic year, the USD PIKES produced the following accolades:

  • Donated more than $41,850 to philanthropic causes, most benefiting local sick and injured children
  • Committed over 13,540 hours to community service
  • More than 40 PIKES were named Dean’s List Scholars at USD
  • Brothers received over $100,000 in scholarships
  • 100% campus involvement amongst members
  • Held more than 60+ campus leadership roles
  • Athletics success through intramural sports
  • Nearly 70 USD PIKES attended PIKE University throughout the country (#1 internationally)

The Smythe Award honors the dedication and passion of young men who have committed to the meaning of Scholars, Leaders, Athletes, Gentlemen – Pi Kappa Alpha’s cornerstones – while supporting the community and each other.

Chapter president Logan Rahn, a third-year business marketing student from Sioux City, Iowa, said he is honored to be part of this brotherhood.

“Being a PIKE at USD is an honor because of the men who belong to our chapter,” Rahn said. “Our fraternity enhances the college experience, and we would not have this success without the passion our brothers, alumni and advisors have for the chapter.” 

In addition to the Smythe Award, the chapter was bestowed the following top honors, respectively:

  • Raymond L. Orians Excellence Award, PIKE’s second-highest international honor
  • Chapter Alumni Advisory Board of the Year
  • Programming Award for International Fraternity Participation
  • PIKE University Highest Attendance
  • Top Attendance Award for The Academy
  • 100% phi phi k a Club
  • 25 man PIKE University Commitment

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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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