One of the keys to Pi Kappa Phi’s strong legacy at Purdue has been our ongoing alumni support. Omega alumni have supported the chapter not only financially, but also with their time and talents. The Omega Chapter is supported by a dedicated board of alumni and passionate housing corporation members.
Pi Kappa Phi continued to set the standard for achievement among the 41 Interfraternity Council members at Purdue during 2020.
Fall 2020 statistics:
- No. 1 in philanthropic dollars raised at $46,097, more than four times the second-place finisher of $10,058.
- No. 2 in size at 133 total members.
- No. 7 in cumulative GPA at 3.21
- No. 16 in semester grades with a 3.19 average GPA. The fraternity average was 3.17 and the all-men’s average was 3.13
- One of 8 chapters with a 100% reporting compliance with Purdue.
Individually, Pi Kappa Phi had 75 percent of its chapter members earn a 3.0 or higher in the fall 2020. Eleven had a 4.0 last semester and 60 members earned dean’s list and/or semester honors.
Among the nearly 200 Pi Kappa Phi chapters nationwide, Omega was No. 2 in Ability Experience fund-raising in 2020 with $18,452, which included on-campus programming/fund-raising and alumni support.
Spring 2020 statistics:
- No. 1 in philanthropic fund-raising with $73,563, almost double the closest competitor’s $40,708.
- No. 1 in service hours with 2,430, more than half again the second highest chapter that had 1,534 hours.
- No. 2 in chapter size at 166 members. The largest chapter had one more member, 167. The average Interfraternity Council chapter size was 75 members.
- No. 11 in average GPA at 3.14. The top chapter was Sigma Phi Epsilon had a 3.43 average GPA, but it had only 14 members. The all-male average was 3.03 and the all-IFC average was 3.02. Only 3 of the Top 15 chapters had 100 members or more, with Pi Kappa Phi having nearly 50 percent more members than either of the other 2. Six of the chapters that ranked above Pi Kappa Phi had fewer than 50 members averaged into their GPAs.
At the conclusion of the Fall 2020 semester, the chapter had 132 members, who averaged a 3.32 GPA. In the Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 semesters it ranked as follows:
• No. 4 and No. 9 in academic achievement with 3.18 and 3.14 average GPAs.
• No. 1 and No. 6 in philanthropy dollars raised with $84,828 and $7,120 respectively.
• No. 1 and No. 7 in service hours.
After the Fall 2020 initiation Omega has had 2,197 initiates, third best among all Pi Kappa Phi chapters.
In 2020, we received the R.B. Stewart award for excellence, an award reserved for the top IFC chapter at Purdue. This marked the 10th time in 13 years the chapter has received this prestigious award.
Also in 2019, the Purdue chapter received an North America Interfraternity Conference Award of Distinction as one of the top five chapters in the nation (among all fraternities, not just Pi Kappa Phi) out of 6,000 fraternity chapters nationwide.
The chapter has actively worked hard to earn its award winning status. Pi Kapps has been consistently ranked Top 10 in grades among all Purdue fraternities.
The Omega chapter also continues to actively give back to the community. In 2017, Omega became the first chapter ever to have double-digit riders three consecutive years for the Journey of Hope, a summer-long, cross-country ride for The Ability Experience. Since 1991, the chapter has had 82 riders and crew in the national event.
Since 2008, we also have brothers volunteer in the special needs classrooms of Lafayette-Jefferson high school. This paired with our annual events such as the Arktoberfest, halloween party for local adults with disabilities, a Spring Prom for people with disabilities, War of Roses, and the David R. Feltner Memorial Bike-A-Thon allow us to proudly call our brothers campus leaders in service.
Mr. Pi Kappa Phi
Few chapters find themselves fortunate enough to have an alumni brother awarded Mr. Pi Kappa Phi, the highest award bestowed nationally upon a Pi Kapp. The Omega alumni to win the award were Greg Linder in 2013 and David Lane in 2015.
Gregory Linder (2013)
Greg (Omega 951) also served on the chapter housing and was instrumental in the rebuilding of the house during the late ’80s. He also served for more than 25 years on the board of directors for Pi Kapp Properties.
David Lane (2015)
David (Omega 835) has served as president of Pi Kapp Properties, was national president during the 2004 centennial, and headed the Omega chapter’s fund-raising efforts for rebuilding the house after the 1987 fire.
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