The Importance of Being a Gentlemen
Pi Kappa Alpha is dedicated to developing men of integrity, intellect, and high moral character and to fostering a truly lifelong fraternal experience. Six exemplary gentlemen founded Pi Kappa Alpha in 1868 as a way to build friendships based on common values. Today we continue in their tradition by recruiting quality gentlemen – men that respect themselves, their peers, and their communities, as stated in our True Pike values.
Members of the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity are taught proper social skills and etiquette through membership development programs, and given the opportunity to practice these skills at social events such as conferences, meetings, and formals.
In addition to the social aspect of being a gentleman, members are strongly encouraged to participate in the numerous community service and philanthropy opportunities presented by our chapters. Pi Kappa Alpha believes that a commitment to service is a crucial part of developing as a young man.
Redefining the Meaning of Gentlemen
Above all else, Pikes are gentlemen. Each of our members must display the noble and exemplary qualities of a gentleman. As iron sharpens iron, so too does one man sharpen another. As brothers of Pi Kappa Alpha, we adhere strictly to this motto of improving each other and to redefine what it means to be both a Fraternity man and a gentleman in today’s world.
Producing quality gentlemen is the most important aspect of our Fraternity.
“Character is definitely the most important attribute that a young man possesses.”
– Bobby Bowden (Samford, Alpha Pi ’49), College Football Coaching Legend