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Three-peat: UT fraternity receives top honors

For the third consecutive year, the Epsilon Epsilon chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha (PIKE) at The University of Toledo has received the Robert Adgar Smythe Award.

The Smythe Award is given to the top 10 percent out of the 220 chapters of the fraternity in the United States and Canada.

Members of the UT Epsilon Epsilon chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha received the Smythe Award for the third year in a row. The honor is given to the top 10 percent of chapters. Posing for a photo were, from left, Mitchell Wiese, Isaiah Ingram, Michael Peachock, Ross Kammerer (kneeling), UT alumnus Jeff Farris, Blake Miller, UT alumnus Michael Hericks, Jarrett Brayer and UT alumnus Jared Mayo.

Members of the UT Epsilon Epsilon chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha received the Smythe Award for the third year in a row. The honor is given to the top 10 percent of chapters. Posing for a photo were, from left, Mitchell Wiese, Isaiah Ingram, Michael Peachock, Ross Kammerer (kneeling), UT alumnus Jeff Farris, Blake Miller, UT alumnus Michael Hericks, Jarrett Brayer and UT alumnus Jared Mayo.

“The Robert Adgar Smythe Award is the highest award the international fraternity offers,” said Brandon Alves, executive board member of the Epsilon Epsilon chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha. “It is given to those chapters that show the utmost excellence in all areas of fraternity life, including academics, community service, philanthropy, athletics, campus involvement and recruitment.”

The fraternity has been honored with this award 10 times out of the last 14 years.

Alves believes the Epsilon Epsilon chapter was chosen because it continues to excel in a variety of areas.

“Our chapter was awarded this honor because our members continue to push our chapter to be better year in and year out,” Alves said. “Since I have been a member of PIKE my first semester freshman year, I have seen this chapter grow in every way possible.”

The fraternity is involved with RockeTHON, where members have been the top fundraising team for several years; UT’s club baseball team, which some of the members of PIKE founded; and the annual Fireman’s Challenge, which raises money for the Toledo Fire & Rescue Foundation.

“Giving back to the community is something that’s very important to us because we all consider ourselves blessed to attend such a fine institution as The University of Toledo,” Alves said. “Serving the community around us is our way to give thanks for allowing us to earn our education in such a great place and city.”

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