Best Fraternity – Pikes win second year in a row
Pi Kappa Alpha, Zeta Eta chapter, was recently voted Best Fraternity, making this their second consecutive win for Best of UALR.
This award for the Pikes makes one of many for the fraternity in 2012, according to president Trey Gibeault and recruitment chair Stephen Hay.
The most prestigious of the awards was the Harvey T. Newell award given to the chapter for growth in the areas of recruitment, 1,500 hours of community service last spring and the highest fraternal GPA. The fraternity has experienced tremendous growth over the past year, from eight to about 34 active members, and an additional 23 recently pledged.
The Pikes have been recognized with a scholarship and recruitment award and were given the homecoming spirit award 2011-2012 along with the individual spirit award for the second year in a row for showing the most support for UALR, according to Gibeault. Hay said the Pikes advocate heavy participation in all UALR sporting events.
The fraternity, Hay said, is engaged in off-campus events as well. The Pikes recently sponsored 11 runners in the Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure to support breast cancer awareness on Oct. 20, and will be attending Silent Sunday, a charitable event providing proceeds to technology programs for the Arkansas School for the Deaf on Oct. 28. They are also champions in their league’s flag football tournament and will be playing in the regional tournament in Fayetteville.
For any onlooker, the Pikes are an accomplished fraternity, which Gibeault and Hay both attribute to recruiting, and the results speak for themselves. Hay also said, “We pride ourselves on being competitive” and that the organization offers an academic accountability matched with the feeling of brotherhood, whose purpose is to “enhance the collegiate experience by providing the opportunity to be involved.” SLAG, the Pikes’ acronym for scholars, leaders, athletes and gentlemen is what the members strive to be. Trey echoes the Pikes’ mission statement by saying “We are dedicated to developing men of integrity, intellect, and high moral character into fostering a truly lifelong fraternal experience.”