Kennesaw State’s Mu Beta Chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha wins national top chapter recognition

(Left to right) Mu Beta Chapter Executive council Members: President Collin Denhard. Brad…

Georgia (Aug 10, 2015)

(Left to right) Mu Beta Chapter Executive council Members: President Collin Denhard. Brad DeLee, Andrew Mcinerney and Foster Green.

 
KENNESAW, Ga.  (Aug. 10, 2015) — Kennesaw State University’s Mu Beta Chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha International Fraternity won national recognition as one of the top 10 percent high-performing chapters across the United States and Canada. The chapter was recognized with the Robert Adger Smythe Award — the highest distinction a chapter can earn during the bi-annual Academy held at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis.

The Smythe Award, named after junior founder Robert Adger Smythe, is awarded once a year. Chapters earning this distinction achieved success in multiple areas including academic excellence, community service and philanthropy, campus leadership, and athletic excellence. While achieving program success they also exemplified the core values of the fraternity and demonstrated consistent positive contributions to their campuses and communities.

“This was a huge accomplishment for our chapter as we have only been chartered for three years now,” said Mu Beta Chapter President Collin Denhard. “This year we had a tremendous effort by all of our guys. We wanted to not only better our lives, but also the lives around Kennesaw and the community.

“Everyone came together as one and put all of our talents together to be the best that we could be. The numbers that we achieved would not have been possible if it weren't for the work from every single brother of ours.”

This marks the first year the Mu Beta Chapter has won the award. This year the chapter was recognized for superior retention rate of new members, contributing over 3,250 service hours and $34,100 to community service and philanthropy, 90 percent campus involvement and placing second overall in intramural athletics. 

The Academy is one of nine PIKE University events held annually across the continent with over 3,500 annual participants. PIKE University is the combined banner for all Pi Kappa Alpha leadership programs and educational curriculum. The mission of PIKE University is to develop and provide educational programs aimed at fostering leadership, management and personal development skills in order to prepare college men for success in life.

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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 100 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive university with more than 32,000 students from 130 countries. In January 2015, Kennesaw State and Southern Polytechnic State University consolidated to create one of the 50 largest public universities in the country. 

—Robert S. Godlewski

KSU Fraternity and Sorority Life

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A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its approximately 38,000 students. With 13 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status, and one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.

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