Hundreds of Pi Kappa Phi members gather in Austin for Supreme Chapter 55

Hundreds of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity students and alumni played an active role in deciding the future direction of the organization, while celebrating its accomplishments at the 55th Supreme Chapter.

July 28-31, 2016, Theta Pi Chapter members Shane Conway and Chase Miller traveled to Austin for the biennial convention. During the five-day event, new legislation was adopted, national officers were elected, and members and alumni were recognized through resolutions and awards.

Conway and Miller were assigned to the Chapter Quality & Resources and Growth committees during the Supreme Chapter legislative sessions.

Conway and Miller dining with former Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity Executive Director Greg Elam.

Conway and Miller dining with former Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity Executive Director Greg Elam.

In true Austin style, things kicked off Thursday with a live concert featuring Whiskey Myers at the iconic Austin City Limits. Throughout the weekend, participants explored Austin’s vibrant entertainment and culture, inspiring cuisine and stunning outdoor settings. The city, known as the Live Music Capitol of the World, is home to more than 250 music venues and a vibrant arts scene.

Theta Pi Chapter alumnus Martin McKown was recognized as a recipient of the Fraternity’s ‘Thirty Under 30’ award, a list which seeks to recognize young alumni for their post-college achievements.

The 2016 Build America team arrived during Saturday’s Service Before Self Luncheon, where Ability Experience CEO Basil Lyberg challenged student chapters to collectively raise one million dollars for people with disabilities in 2017. “We’re a leader in philanthropy and it’s time to show that to our peers. Let’s double our impact.”

Miller and Conway pictured outside the Texas State Capitol in Austin.

Miller and Conway pictured outside the Texas State Capitol in Austin.

Between the many committee meetings and Supreme Chapter sessions where the fraternity’s business is conducted, the 55th convention included its traditional events like the Ability Experience Challenges Two-Miler, Alumni Breakfast and the Leadership Luncheon. Also included in the programming mix were several alumni development opportunities, an associate member institute, a symposium for alumni chapters and housing corporations, as well as a chapter advisor convocation.

In 2018, Pi Kappa Phi’s 56th Supreme Chapter will be held in Chicago, Illinois.

[Portions of this article were taken from pikapp.org.]

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