“Be a brother. Live the values. Belong.” Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity National President Tracy Maddux issued this challenge as he outlined his vision for the Fraternity at the 54th biennial Supreme Chapter in Atlanta, Georgia.
From August 7-10, 2014, student Archon Kyler Halbert and member Aaron Finimore, along with alumni David Morgan, Sr.; Wes Breeden; David Morgan, Jr.; Lane Luckie and Nick Breaux played an active role in deciding the future direction of the fraternity, while celebrating its accomplishments.
During the convention, new legislation was adopted, national officers were elected, and members and alumni were recognized through resolutions and awards. The Beta Omicron Chapter student delegates were assigned to the Resolutions and Legislative committees during the Supreme Chapter legislative sessions.
On Friday, the Build America team completed their summer of service by arriving at the programming section of the Push America luncheon. Attendees also enjoyed a Braves baseball game and a weekend of sightseeing at Atlanta’s iconic landmarks and museums.
The collective efforts of the Beta Omicron Chapter were recognized with multiple national honors at the convention. NSU student members received the ‘Retention Excellence’ Award for achieving a new member retention rate of 90% or greater and the ‘Commitment to Continued Growth’ Award for meeting their recruitment goal for the academic year.
The Beta Omicron Alumni Chapter also received the Fraternity’s ‘Excellence in Engagement’ Award. Alumni President Lane Luckie was named the national Fraternity’s ‘Volunteer of the Year.’ Luckie and fellow alumnus Wil Adams were both named to the Fraternity’s inaugural ‘Thirty Under 30’ list, which seeks to recognize young alumni for their post-college achievements.
David Morgan, Sr. was recognized as a 2006 Pi Kappa Phi Hall of Fame inductee, as well as announced a nationwide version of his ‘Extra Mile’ Scholarship, which has successfully motivated and rewarded students at NSU since 2008. His commitment to lifelong brotherhood and generosity has helped launch the careers of countless Pi Kapps.
Friday evening, Morgan, Sr. and Wes Breeden participated in activities for the Nu Phi Society, a special designation for members who exemplify a life-long commitment to Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity, by supporting the Pi Kappa Phi Foundation. Breeden and Morgan are the only Beta Omicron Chapter initiates among the more than 130 members of the Nu Phi Society. Annually, Nu Phi Society members contribute more than $35,000 in unrestricted revenue to the Foundation.
Pi Kappa Phi headquarters staff members revealed the Fraternity’s aggressive six-year strategic plan, which creates new benchmarks for success and establishes a new level of commitment to our members across seven focus areas: student experience, alumni engagement, growth, chapter quality & support, branding & communication, funding, and governance. A new tag line, “Exceptional leaders. Uncommon Opportunities.” is at the center of a new branding campaign, which also features revised naming of educational offerings, symbols and logos.
The Fraternity also unveiled a new name for its philanthropy, Push America, which was founded in 1977. Beta Omicron Chapter alumnus Nick Breaux, director he Push America Dir. of Chapter Services, helped unveil the “Ability Experience.” The new identity strongly reflects the organization’s mission to use shared experiences to support people with disabilities and develop the men of Pi Kappa Phi into servant leaders. Breaux’s will work closely with students across the country to coordinate the name transition and support the philanthropy’s re-focused direction.
Between the many committee meetings and Supreme Chapter sessions where the fraternity’s business is conducted, the 54th convention included its traditional events like the Founders’ 5k, the Alumni Breakfast and the awards luncheon. Also included in the programming mix were several education opportunities, including an associate member institute, a symposium for alumni chapters and housing corporations, as well as a chapter advisor convocation.
In 2016, Pi Kappa Phi’s 55th Supreme Chapter will be held in Austin, Texas.
[Portions of this article were taken from the Star & Lamp Magazine.]