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About Pi Kappa Phi

Fraternity History

Founded December 10, 1904, Pi Kappa Phi (ΠΚΦ) is the fastest growing fraternity according to North-American Inter-fraternity Conference (NIC); we are a social fraternity, but a secretive society. Here at the University of Houston, Pi Kappa Phi’s main focus is to build better men. We go to school for a reason and a purpose. This reason/purpose is to graduate in four to five years according to your respectful major.  For the past two years 80% of the young gentlemen deciding to pledge Pi Kappa Phi made over a 3.0 that semester. People sometimes wonder about the time commitment; it’s like taking another class for school, but how it helps you learn time management at an early stage in your college career will only better prepare you for your future. Throughout this four to five year journey you will be deeply involved on campus, taking leadership positions in the chapter, classes, and family. We also know that everyone needs time to kick back and relax, so we keep a well balanced social calendar with plenty of opportunities to spend time with brothers, alumni, faculty, and the sororities on campus.

Pi Kappa Phi – C.L.A.S.S.

C.L.A.S.S. Character, Leadership, Achievement, Scholarship, and Service; this one acronym embodies what we are all about: preparing and training men to recognize their full potential and leave college ready to become an integral member of society.

We all face choices every day. And the choices we make can affect the rest of our lives. Choosing the right fraternity is an important decision—one that will have a profound impact on your days as a student and in your life as a leader.
Pi Kappa Phi’s founder’s exemplified leadership in the classroom, on the athletic field, in campus politics, and within the community.

Leadership

Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity was founded to further create leadership opportunities—by men who made the choice to lead.

Mission Statement

“Redefining fraternity as a lifelong brotherhood of leaders” and “We will lead” is the mission and vision of Pi Kappa Phi, and the Beta Nu chapter is built around those cornerstones of the fraternity.

Pi Kappa Phi – Beta Nu Chapter at the University of Houston

History

Pi Kappa Phi was originally founded at U of H on February 2nd, 1956. However, three years later in 1959, the charter was revoked for lack of members.

The chapter lay dormant for 40 years.

In the spring of 1998 the expansion committee for the Inter-fraternal Council at the University of Houston made a recommendation to the council as a whole to expand the Fraternity system. Letters of interest were sent out to Fraternities that were not currently present at the University. Fraternities interested in colonizing or re-colonizing at the school replied with a letter of proposition to the Inter-fraternal Council. The expansion committee narrowed down the prospects and recommended the council vote to bring a Pi Kappa Phi chapter back to Houston.

By January 1999 national recruiters were sent by the national headquarters to recruit men on campus to re-charter the dormant chapter. The three men attended campus activities, campus organization meetings, and took all the appropriate measures to ensure that Pi Kappa Phi was properly registered as an official campus organization. Informational meetings were held at the University Center twice a week to inform prospective members about the history of the Fraternity, the programs it offered, and the re- chartering father process.

By February 24th, 1999, the recruitment process led by the National Consultants was over, and seventeen men participated in the sub-ritual of pre-initiation. The first meeting of the Beta Nu Associate chapter took place that evening at the Caribbean room in the University Center.

After many struggles and hardships, the work finally paid off, and the Beta Nu Chapter of Pi Kappa Phi was re-charted on November 10th, 2001.

In the decade that has followed that historic day, the chapter has become competitive in all aspects of fraternal life. Intramurals, social, recruitment, and GPA have all been focal points for the young chapter as it tries to exude all facets of being men of C.L.A.S.S. (Character, Leadership, Achievements, Scholarship, and Service). The chapter has also focused on supporting the University of Houston, supporting the athletics as well as the traditions of homecoming and Fiesta.

Pi Kappa Phi enjoyed a progressive beginning and it is that dedication which helps Pi Kappa Phi become a leading fraternity in the United States. Pi Kappa Phi has initiated over 100,000 brothers and is the fastest growing fraternity in the country. Pi Kappa Phi is the only national fraternity who has created and supports its own outreach project, Ability Experience.

Pi Kappa Phi & Ability Experience

Ability Experience is a non-profit organization, was founded by members of Pi Kappa Phi in 1977 and remains the exclusive service learning project of the Fraternity, with the purpose of instilling lifelong service in our members and serving people with disabilities.

Ingenuity has allowed for Ability Experience to develop premier programming for Pi Kappa Phi undergraduates and alumni. What started out as construction of a therapeutic play unit has evolved into nationally recognized cycling events and construction projects that work collectively to promote a greater understanding of people with disabilities.

Members of Pi Kappa Phi have raised nearly $8 million dollars in support of the projects and programs of Ability Experience as well as donated thousands of man hours to renovate facilities that serve people with disabilities across the country. New projects are on the horizon. There are funds to be raised and new Pi Kappa Phi members to educate so they can effectively expose millions of Americans to the mission of Ability Experience.

The mission of Ability Experience: We use shared experiences to support people with disabilities and develop the men of Pi Kappa Phi into servant leaders.

Join Today

If you are considering to go Greek, or even curious what Pi Kappa Phi is all about feel free to contact any brother and come out to our events, as next Pi Kappa Phi opens our doors to potential new brothers in the house.