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August 10, 2007

ULM Pikes win big again at international convention

A delegation of five University of Louisiana at Monroe students and their advisor returned from Pi Kappa Alpha’s 139th Leadership Academy with numerous awards to show for it…again.

Micah Pulliam, Bob Elliott, Joseph Beard, Andrew Norwood and Heath Hayes accompanied their advisor, Tommy Walpole, associate director of alumni relations.

The ULM fraternity won two awards in Alumni Relations for hosting their annual international work day at its two houses; they received one of these honors for having the most alumni of any Pike chapter attend the event.

The Pikes were recognized for having the most outstanding campus involvement program out of Pi Kappa Alpha’s 210 North American chapters. They were recognized for Scholastic Excellence after 70 members earned a fraternity grade point average of 3.0 the previous year.

The ULM association won their 12th award in 13 years for supporting the fraternity’s student educational foundation club at the 100 percent level. They won their 19th consecutive Chapter Excellence award for superior chapter proficiency.

They finished the convention by winning their ninth consecutive (and 14th in the last 16 years) Robert A. Smythe Award, recognizing the ULM Pikes’ place in the top one percent of all organization chapters in North America. This particular winning streak is currently the longest in the fraternity’s history, and the ULM Pikes are being chased by their competitors at Florida State, Nebraska, and Virginia Tech, each recipients of only seven consecutive Smythe’s.

The ULM Pikes finished the 2006-2007 academic year as the All-Fraternity and All-University Athletic Champions. They donated over 6,000 hours to local charities and were heavily involved in ULM activities while simultaneously achieving academic excellence.

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