Why attend PIKE U?
The Fraternity’s dedication to personal development and academic success is supported through positive interaction at the chapter level and the Fraternity’s implementation of educational programming under the PIKE U umbrella that provides student members access to important opportunities for the development of leadership and management skills and personal enrichment that helps to undergrad lifelong success.
Florida Southern College
All the members of my chapter who attended a PIKE U event were able to bring back not only new knowledge to make the chapter more efficient, but with new ways to improve chapter morale and motivation. By applying the new founded skills to our chapter, we went from being a contender to the champion, earning us the title of best chapter on campus.
My advice for first time PIKE U attendees? Make the most of it. If you come with a group, split up and attend different sessions you are passionate about. Then, bring back all the knowledge and passion back to your chapter. Also, no matter if you are alone or in a group, never be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and ask questions.
University of Texas at Arlington
Eta Upsilon Chapter
As a young chapter, we can’t emphasize enough how much the lessons we were taught have shaped our programming and mindset.
Also, PIKE U allowed us to network, which has inspired our previous and current leaders to always be willing to try new ideas. Attend every session.
Your first goal should be to improve yourself and your chapter. These events are designed to be instructive and fun, but it is up to you to strike that balance and get the most out of PIKE U.
Kennesaw State University
Mu Beta Chapter
I was given the opportunity to hear Brother Reel’s seminar on the secrets and history of our amazing fraternity. After his speech, I had the privilege to speak with him in more depth about the importance of ritual and his experience in our fraternity. Now, having a deeper understanding of our ritual, I have strived to live the True Pike experience every single day just a Brother Reel.
After attending several PIKE U events, I have been able to form relationships with MHQ staff, as well as, brothers from around the world. By creating these relationships, our chapter has had access to numerous beneficial resources. Since we started utilizing the resources, our chapter has become Indiana University’s 2014-2015 IFC Chapter of the Year.
Indiana University - Bloomington
Delta Xi Chapter
The closing ceremony of the Baltimore Convention was surreal. That was my first time seeing that many people from all over the world come together as brothers. I will never forget the pride I felt for being a part of such an awesome brotherhood.
PIKE U had a huge impact on our Colony in the chartering process. We were struggling with recruitment with only 18 members. In the last year I’ve been to four PIKE U events, bringing back new tools and resources each time to my Colony. We finished the year with 42 men and submitted our petition to charter. The benefits of PIKE U speak for itself.
Bridgewater State University
Colony at Bridgewater State University
After all the programming at the Academy, I had an incredible experience connecting with some of my brothers from chapters all over the nation. The camaraderie through the fraternity was very apparent, and I established connections that grew into friendship to last a lifetime. Really pay attention to the information being provided to you because it can be used in your day to day life, both personally and professionally. Go in knowing where your chapter stands, as well as, where you want it to go, and you’ll learn the necessary skills to reach success.
University of North Texas
Epsilon Delta Chapter
There is nothing better than wearing that gold sash at graduation. Wearing your cap and gown signifies graduating from college which is a huge individual accomplishment, but what that gold sash represents is graduating from something much bigger than a single university. To me it signifies fulfilling my undergraduate commitment to Pi Kappa Alpha on both a chapter and national level. As a leader you can have all the internal motivation to do great things but what Pike U provides is the tools and direction to put that motivation to its best use. What I learned at Pike U provided me knowledge and connections that will continued to help me become a better brother, a better leader, and a better man. I strongly recommend all brothers to aim for that gold sash, both by participating in local Pike U events and at least once making the voyage to Pi Kappa Alpha headquarters in Memphis.
Iota Beta Chapter ‘07
PIKE University is one of the best solutions to apathy among members, rejuvenating guys and giving them a role in the chapter. PIKE U reinforces that a clear vision for your chapter will help you maintain excellence. Creating chapter goals early so that everyone has a clear idea of what you need to accomplish throughout the semester and year.
McNeese State University
Lambda Upsilon Chapter
My first summer as an active member attending The Academy. Our chapter was fortunate enough to earn our sixth consecutive Smythe award. This reaffirmed why our chapter works so hard every year, not only for a sense of accomplishment, but also for building leadership qualities and character. All of our members attend at least one PIKE U summit within their first year of membership. This has shown to increase pride in the fraternity and increase the dedication to the International Fraternity post graduation.
Missouri University of Science & Technology
Alpha Kappa Chapter
[PIKE U] allows my chapter to understand what is out there and the opportunities that can be achieved…considering nothing bad can truly come out of an educational conference with your Brothers across the nation. [PIKE U helped me with] personal development. By attending PIKE U, one can achieve many concepts and educational tools. I have caught myself applying that knowledge to my daily activities. [There are] countless concepts learned from PIKE U that I refer back to and am so thankful I do.
Epsilon Upsilon Chapter