History

NATIONAL HISTORY

Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity was founded December 10, 1904 at the College of Charleston (SC).

Pi Kappa Phi (ΠΚΦ) is a national fraternity that began as the Nu Phi Society, meaning “non-fraternity,” at the College of Charleston, South Carolina. It started in opposition of a fraternity slate in elections. After losing the elections, the Nu Phi slate’s leaders joined together to found their own Greek letter fraternity on December 10, 1904.

The three founders were Andrew Alexander Kroeg, Jr., Simon Fogarty, Jr., and Lawrence Harry Mixson; accompanying them in their endeavor were A. Pelzer Wagener, Thomas F. Mosimann, Theodore “Teddy” Barnwell Kelly, and James Fogarty.

Pi Kappa Phi has become a nationwide brotherhood of more than 120,000 men at more than 180 college campuses across the country. For more information about the founding of Pi Kappa Phi, visit the national website.

LOCAL HISTORY

The Theta Pi chapter of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity, chartered December 1, 2007.

2007 – In February 2007, Pi Kappa Phi installed an associate chapter at the University of Texas at Tyler. Over the next several months, these students leaders came together to build a solid brotherhood through the formation of membership development programs, and hosting their first successful Push America fundraising event. The chapter also adopted a stretch of highway under the “Don’t Mess with Texas” program, and was recognized with many achievements within the entire Greek Community at UT Tyler.

Over the weekend of November 29 to December 1, 2007, the Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity chartered its 208th chapter, Theta Pi, on the University of Texas at Tyler campus. Thirty two men were initiated as founding fathers by the chartering teams from Beta Omicron (Northwestern State) and Eta Chi (Texas Christian). Past National Council member Jim Krucher, Beta Alpha (N.J.I.T.), served as chartering officer and was assisted by Regional Governor Dustin Alexander, Eta Rho (Texas State University). Pi Kappa Phi staff in attendance were Leadership Consultant, Derek Berger, Beta Xi (Central Michigan), and Senior Leadership Consultant Kyle Robinson from Gamma Iota (LSU).

The founding fathers were: Matt Beavers (Archon); Derek Nail (Vice Archon); Brandon Swilley (Treasurer); Bradley Kroll (Secretary); David Thompson (Warden); Noah Johnson (Historian); Nathan McCrary (Chaplain); Elijah Owens; Kyle Moseley; Josh White; Kerry Elliott; Ben Cartwright; Austin O’ Kelly; Carl Griffin; Skyler Dillingham; Martin McKown; Josh Woodring; Eric Walker; Matt Solimine; Matt Adam; Chris Marullo; David McAlpin; Rene Hernandez; Kaleb Nix; Justin Linnstaedter; Walter Green; Jimi Curry; and Troy Dawley. “When we received our charter, it was an outward sign of the chapter’s inward brotherhood,” said Matt Beavers.

In 2007, Rene Hernandez was the recipient of the UT Tyler Student Government Association ‘Extra Mile’ award at the Student Leadership & Service Awards.

Gregg Lassen was named the first chapter advisor of Theta Pi Chapter and served in that role until 2010.

2008 – The Theta Pi Chapter of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity was awarded the UT Tyler Greek Cup, given to the top Greek organization on campus. The purpose of the Greek Cup is to promote unity in the Greek community at UT Tyler and to enhance the level of leadership, scholarship, and service on campus through the spirit of healthy competition. David Thompson was named UT Tyler Greek Man of the Year. In 2008, Theta Pi Chapter received national recognition from Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity, earning the ‘Innovators Award’ for the most innovative Push America event.

2009 – Pi Kappa Phi was named the 2009 Greek Week champions at UT Tyler.

2010 – Pi Kappa Phi was named the 2010 Greek Week champions at UT Tyler.

Darin Szilagyi (Zeta Theta) was named chapter advisor in 2010 and served in that role until 2014.

2011 – Austin Castleberry was named Mr. UT Tyler during campus homecoming festivities.

2012 – Dylan Groce was named the 2012 UT Tyler Greek Man of the Year. Blake Bristow was named Mr. UT Tyler during campus homecoming festivities in October.

2013 – Dylan Groce was named the 2012 UT Tyler Greek Man of the Year. Pi Kappa Phi received the UT Tyler ‘Excellence in Service’ award. Michael Suarez was named Mr. UT Tyler at homecoming festivities.

2014 – On October 21, 2014, the Theta Pi Alumni Chapter was established and officially recognized by Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity.

Michael Suarez was the recipient of the Student Leadership & Service ‘Legacy’ award. He was also named 2014 UT Tyler Greek Man of the Year. Matt Smith was named Mr. UT Tyler during campus Homecoming festivities in October.

Jesus Maldonado, Matt Smith, and Jacob Van Der Schans were named recipients of the inaugural national David D. Morgan ‘Extra Mile’ Scholarship, which recognizes students who not only apply themselves in the classroom but also in life by going the “extra mile” in all they do.

Lane Luckie (Beta Omicron) was named chapter advisor.

2015 – Taylor Kemp was named the 2015 UT Tyler Greek Man of the Year.

Theta Pi Chapter members Jacob Van Der Schans, John David McPhail, and Shane Conway were named recipients of Pi Kappa Phi’s David D. Morgan ‘Extra Mile’ Scholarship. Van Der Schans was named Mr. UT Tyler at Homecoming festivities in October 2015.

2016 – At Pi Kapp College for Chapter Officers, Theta Pi Chapter received a Master Chapter Award for Campus Involvement, as well as the Branding and Communication Award.

Shane Conway was named the 2016 UT Tyler Fraternity Man of the Year and Jacob Van Der Schans received the UT Tyler ‘Legacy Award’ for serving as an example to future leaders on campus.

In June, an alumnus of Pi Kappa Phi at the University of Texas at Tyler was named among the National Fraternity’s ‘Thirty Under 30′ honorees. Martin McKown received the recognition, which seeks to recognize young alumni for their post-college achievements.

Sean Reinertson was named Mr. UT Tyler at Homecoming festivities in October 2016. In November, Shane Conway was hired by Pi Kappa Phi National Headquarters, serving as a leadership consultant.

2017 – At Pi Kapp College for Chapter Officers, Theta Pi Chapter received recognition as a Champion Master Chapter, as well as Most Improved in Scholarship and Most Improved GPA. Theta Pi Chapter member Danny Diep was named a recipient of Pi Kappa Phi’s David D. Morgan ‘Extra Mile’ Scholarship.

The following men have received the highest honor our chapter can bestow, the Mr. Theta Pi Award:

Year:

Mr. Theta Pi:

2008 Austin O’Kelly
2009 Nathan McCrary
2010 Brett Mariani
2011 Daniel Granvold
2012 Austin Castleberry
2013 Dylan Groce
2014 Charles Burroughs
2015 Taylor Kemp
2016 Jacob Van Der Schans
2017 Chase Miller

ALUMNI

Learn more about opportunities to remain involved in Pi Kappa Phi after graduating. Click the link above to learn more.

THETA PI CHAPTER ARCHONS

Learn about the leaders who have shaped our legacy of lifelong brotherhood. Click the link above to learn more.

THETA PI ROSE QUEENS

Learn about the special women close to the heart of the Theta Pi chapter. Click the link above to learn more.

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