Omega Chapter Rechartered at the University of Kentucky

Omega Chapter Chartering Photo

The men of Omega Chapter gather for their chartering banquet.

Omega Chapter at the University of Kentucky was re-chartered on September 15, 2018 with 60 initiated members and 31 new members.

The expansion effort was overseen by expansion consultants Luke Ryan (Florida State, Delta Lambda ’12) and Graham Jewell (Rockhurst, Kappa Epsilon ‘13) in the spring semester of 2017. Pi Kappa Alpha was the 5th fraternity to join campus in as many semesters at the University of Kentucky. Typically, new fraternities on campus chartered around 45-50 members. In response, the colony set a goal to charter with 100 members.

In their first fall recruitment, the colony recruited 24 men and competed with other top fraternities on campus for new members. After implementing a 4-week new member education model, the colony then recruited a second class in the fall of 10 new members to place in the top-5 for fall recruitment. The colony chartered with a 3.27 grade point average, members involved in student government and several honor societies, and as the 5th largest fraternity on campus.

On Friday, September 14, 2018, 60 colony members were initiated by Theta Omicron (Indiana State University), Zeta Tau (Eastern Kentucky University), Kappa Zeta (University of Louisville), and Iota Delta (Rose Hulman Institute of Technology). The following day, Omega Chapter was officially installed on campus by International President Mark Dziatczak (Wayne State, Delta Nu ’91) and Bluegrass Regional President Allen Eskridge (Transylvania, Kappa ’91).

The Chapter Installation in Lexington was followed by a banquet attended by chapter members and their dates, University staff, and alumni. Assistant Director of Fraternity & Sorority Life Jenna Lowe spoke to colony members about the opportunity presented to them as they enter a new phase in their organization’s development. After remarks by the IFC President Nima Mahmoodi, Regional President Eskridge, and External Vice President Jacob Govea, the keynote address was delivered by International President Dziatczak. The keynote address took the form of a challenge to the newly initiated men to be leaders each and every day that they represent Pi Kappa Alpha as students, fraternity men, and as future alumnus members. The evening concluded with Chapter President Jacob Bruce announcing a campaign in cooperation with alumni for Omega Chapter to secure long-term housing on campus and building a vision for the future of Omega Chapter.

For more information contact the Pi Kappa Alpha Foundation at (901) 748-1948 or pikeinfo@pikes.org