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Monday – Aug. 19, 2013

- The Northern Kentucky University Eta Rho chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha International Fraternity has reached a new level of success by claiming the organization’s 2013 Smythe Award.

The award is the highest chapter award the fraternity presents. At the end of the academic year, Pike chapters are graded by the national organization on things such as community service, chapter GPA, alumni involvement and financial management. The Smythe award is then given to only five percent of the organization’s North America chapters.

“It was our ultimate goal and we finally reached it!” said exercise science major Quentin Dunn, who is president of the Eta Rho chapter. “It was a lot of hard work and dedication, but it all paid off. Pike’s four pillars are vital to our success in and outside of Pike. They stand for scholars, leaders, athletes and gentlemen. They are like our four legs to a table, knock one out and we fall down. We had exemplified all four pillars to the utmost, which is how we took home the big award.”

Matt Werner, a business management major and Pike internal vice president, said for him and his 72 Eta Rho brothers, being part of the organization means something special. “Pi Kappa Alpha is dedicated to developing men of integrity, intellect and high moral character and to fostering a truly lifelong fraternal experience,” he said. “In my last four years of Pike, I would say I could be found hanging out with brothers at least four out of the seven days of any given week. Whether that’s through brotherhoods, community service or philanthropy events, it seems I'm always around Pikes!”

Dunn said the chapter isn’t about to rest on its laurels. “As a fraternity, [the Smythe Award] gives us a sense of accomplishment,” he said. “It lets us know that at this point in time we are at the top, one of the best Pike chapters in the nation. Now we are even more motivated to take it to the next level and continually win the Smythe.”

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