The Alpha Kappa Chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha was formed in 1905 in Rolla, Missouri. Through over 110 years of tradition, the fraternity has stayed faithful to its roots, despite the name of the university changing multiple times. Pi Kappa Alpha is the largest fraternity on campus, with around 150 members every year. Excelling in athletics, scholarship, and service, Alpha Kappa has remained one of the top Pike chapters in the nation for over a decade. Alpha Kappa has also won the Robert Adger Smythe award, the highest award given to Pike chapters, an incredible 26 times overall in its long history.
The men of Pi Kappa Alpha strive to be the best fraternity on campus, and have achieved significant success in their endeavors. Pikes have been all campus intramural champions for 18 of the past 19 years, and house varsity and club athletes from multiple sports. The average GPA of Pi Kappa Alpha is consistently above the all-men and all-Greek averages. The current chapter house was built in 2000, and an additional renovation in 2007 provided space for 104 members to live comfortably. Members are also highly encouraged to participate in multiple campus organizations outside of the house.
Leadership development is an important pillar of Pi Kappa Alpha and outside of campus involvement members grow these skills in taking various positions throughout the fraternity in addition to attending leadership summits put on by the International Fraternity. The fraternity members also give back to the community. Each year, Pikes provide over 10,000 hours of volunteer service in the Rolla and St. Louis areas. Philanthropy events such as the Pike Pig Roast and Out Till Midnight help raise money for organizations such as JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) and St. Jude’s Research Center.