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August 6, 2009

ULM’s Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity come out on top following international convention

The Eta Omicron Chapter of the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity returned to the University of Louisiana at Monroe as big winners again, following their participation in the Pi Kappa Alpha International Convention.

The chapter garnered several accolades during the convention in Memphis, Tenn., including:

• The Robert Adger Smythe Award for being among the top one percent of Pi Kappa Alpha Chapters in North America. This is the group’s 11th consecutive win and its 16th time in the last 18 years to bring home the top award.

• The Raymond L. Orians Chapter Excellence award, acknowledging the chapter’s overall excellence for the 23rd consecutive year in a row.

• The International Work Day Award for participation in that program. Each year, Pi Kappa Alpha chapters in North America host a work day at their facilities and invite alumni and parents to participate.

• Recognition for 100 percent participation in the undergraduate donor club sponsored by Pi Kappa Alpha’s Educational Foundation.

• Finalists in the Pledge Education Program, following last year’s best in the fraternity.

• Recognition for best rated Athletic Program in Pi Kappa Alpha, as well as the best Public Relations Program.

In addition, Tommy Walpole, ULM’s Associate Director of Alumni Relations, was named as Pi Kappa Alpha’s most outstanding chapter advisor. Walpole celebrated his 25th year advising the ULM Pi Kappa Alpha chapter this past spring.

Pi Kappa Alpha has 220 chapters and colonies across North America. The fraternity was chartered at ULM in 1972 and last year was named the ULM Fraternity of Excellence Winner, the ULM Organization of the Year for the seventh time in the nine-year history of that award, Greek Week Champions, and All-University Athletic Champions.

Its 80 members finished the Spring 2009 semester with a 2.99 overall grade point average.

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