PiKA has shaped all of our lives in some way, whether it was getting our first taste of leadership, meeting our future spouses at a dance or where we first met our best friends. As you look back at those days, we hope you cherish them as much as we do — and that we can count on you to keep the fraternity alive for future generations.

So far, 20 donors have given $3,540 to our 2019-20 annual fund, which began on July 1, 2019. We’re aiming for a monetary goal of $25,000 this year. If you’ve already made your contribution, thank you! You can find your name under the Honor Roll tab on our website


Undergraduate Update

Undergraduate UpdateBeta Pi Attends the Academy

On August 1-4, 2019, a three-man delegation representing Beta Pi attended The Academy, PIKE University’s annual officer leadership training program, at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee. The three undergraduate members to attend were Kaden Stenger, Ronak Bhagia, and Jae Chung, all Beta Pi ’19.

The purpose of The Academy is to provide undergraduate members of Pi Kappa Alpha with the necessary training to succeed in the daily operation and leadership of the undergraduate chapters. Pi Kappa Alpha is widely recognized as having the most comprehensive and finest educational programs of any fraternity or sorority in the United States.

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Chapter Eternal

Chapter EternalBrother David T. Jones, Beta Pi '60, Penn '63

It is with great sadness to report the death of David T. Jones, a life-long brother of Beta Pi chapter who truly exemplified our motto, “Once a Pike, always a Pike”.

Brother Jones joined PiKA and was an active member during the years PiKA went from being an afterthought on Penn’s campus to one of the largest and most diverse memberships of all fraternities at Penn. The brotherhood of his years set the groundwork for Beta Pi being a force on campus, in a brand- new chapter house, and later earning the Smythe awards in the 70’s. He maintained a long list of life-long friendships with his Beta Pi brothers, including Dr. Howard Myers ’59, Peter G. Kutra Jr. ’60 (deceased in 2009), John Eldred ’63, J. Conrad Bosley ’61, and William C. Gipe ’59.

After graduation in 1963, David continued to attend Penn’s Homecoming and particularly Founders Day. He attended Founders Day annually until he was too ill to attend this year. Even as his health failed him, the importance of PiKA remained in his mind, by virtue of his thoughtful annual donation to the Beta Pi Alumni Association (Beta Pi AA) and the mention that he was a PiKA in the stunning summation of his considerable life-time achievements set forth in his obituary. The full extent of a life-time of accomplishments can be found in his obituary that you can access with this link.

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