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

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