Writer: Sara Giboney
KEARNEY – The Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity Iota Gamma chapter at the University of Nebraska at Kearney has been recognized as one of the nation’s top chapters for the 27th consecutive year.
The fraternity won the Raymond L. Orians Excellence Award at PIKE University, the Pi Kappa Alpha International Fraternity’s annual Academy and Awards Ceremony in Memphis, Tenn., hosted Aug. 2-10.
The UNK chapter also received the PIKE International Programming Award for finishing first of all Division III schools as defined by International Fraternity Participation and Athletics.
Also at the conference, Pi Kappa Alpha received a scholarship plate in recognition of exemplary academic achievements, the International Work Day Award and the Level III recruitment Recognition for increasing their initiates by 20 percent.
Pi Kappa Alpha won the 25-Man Commitment Award for sending more than 25 men to PIKE University events and the 100 percent Phi Phi Kappa Alpha Club Award. One hundred percent of all Pi Kappa Alpha members must donate to the Phi Phi Kappa Alpha Club to receive the award.
PIKE members Ryan Figgins of Omaha and Brock Shuler of Plattsmouth were recognized as Garnet Level members for their attendance and contribution at PIKE University events.
The Iota Gamma Chapter of the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity was chartered at UNK in 1986.
In the past year, the chapter contributed nearly $20,000 to nonprofit organizations. Pi Kappa Alpha organizes a haunted house, which benefits the food bank in Kearney. This fall, the fraternity will host PIKE Spike, a co-ed volleyball tournament at the Big Apple Fun Center.