The Pi Kappa Alpha International Fraternity – Kappa Pi Chapter, at the University of South Dakota, received the 2005 Board of Regents' Academic Excellence Award. The prestigious award is offered to one student organization per year, per state university. According to the fraternity's president, Frank Leibfarth, "Our cornerstones provide that we commit, excel, and lead in all aspects of university life. This award reinforces the fraternity's continual pursuit of excellence in scholarship."
University of South Dakota Assistant Vice President for Student Services and Dean of Students Terisa Remelias said, "It was my absolute pleasure to present the Academic Excellence Award to Pi Kappa Alpha on behalf of the Board of Regents of the University of South Dakota. The men of PKA are intelligent, respectful men who are deserving of this recognition. They are dedicated to academic success and achievement as evidenced by the scholarship and tutoring programs within their group. "These men are extraordinary leaders with promising futures," she said.
The fraternity members received one of the highest cumulative grade point averages on the campus and continued their commitment to academics through the P.I.K.E. Program� (Partners in Kids' Education), a mentoring program in the Vermillion Middle School.
The Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity is dedicated to developing gentlemen of integrity, intellect, and high moral character, along with fostering a truly lifelong fraternal experience. Pi Kappa Alpha will set the standard of integrity, intellect, and achievement for their members, host institutions, and the communities in which they live. More information about the fraternity can be found at www.usdpikes.org or www.pi kes.org.