The History of the Gamma Chapter of the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity at The College of William And Mary in Virginia

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The Gamma Chapter of the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity was created at the College of William and Mary in 1871.


There were several connections between the Alpha Chapter and students at the College that contributed to the establishment of Gamma at the College of William and Mary.

  1. Fergus R. Graham, a member of the Alpha chapter, and Robert Washington Goode, a student of William and Mary were childhood friends from St. Louis. These two worked out the details for extending the fraternity to William and Mary.
  2. Frederick Southgate Taylor who was generally considered the leader among the Founders of the Fraternity, had been a student at William and Mary before attending the University of Virginia.
  3. Taylor’s cousin, William Colden Dickson, was initiated at Alpha during the 1869-1870 session. Taylor and Dickson were both from Norfolk, Virginia and had mutual friends attending the College.


This picture of the original charter was taken in 1982 by Robert Swann. The charter has since been lost.

The Gamma chapter was designated and installed February 27, 1871 through the work of:

  1. Fergus Graham (Alpha)
  2. Frederick Southgate Taylor (Alpha)
  3. William C. Dickson (Alpha)
  4. Robert W. Goode (Gamma)

Founder Frederick Southgate Taylor conducted the installation.

The five members who were granted the charter by Alpha were:

  1. Robert Washington Goode
  2. Zacharias Hofheimer
  3. Robert Morton Hughes
  4. Robert Strachnan Jones
  5. John Trowe Wilkins

It was the only active chapter of the fraternity besides Alpha. The Beta Chapter at Davidson College was inactive due to a ban by the College.

There were less than 100 students at the College when Gamma was established.

The 1st page of a letter R.S.Jones composed from Williamsburg in 1871. Photo by R.Swann
The 2nd page of a letter R.S.Jones composed from Williamsburg in 1871. Photo by R.Swann
This is a close-up shot of the signature. Photo by R.Swann

Early Years

College Closure & Rechartering

Gamma initiated two more men before the end of the 1871 session. Additionally, they initiated 1 to 3 men per year for the next six years until 1877. From 1878 to 1888, the College of William and Mary was closed for a ten year period because of post-war depression and other hardships. Gamma was inactive during the Colleges closure and remained inactive until a temporary revival in 1894 and another one in 1897 that has held to the present day.

"December 28, 1894, the chapter was revived with the following charter members; William Hardy Arthur, John Garlick Campbell, John Andrew Hardy, Thomas Macon Robertson, and Walter Henderson Robertson. This chapter, however, initiated no initiates, for reasons unknown, so in the Fall of 1895 it again became inactive. Largely through the efforts of Charles Washington Coleman, of Alpha, a second revival was had another charter issued on October 1, 1897, the charter members being; Royal Randolph Claiborne, Charles Higdon Lambert, John Lloyd Newcomb, George Leroy Stevens, Reynolds Hankins, and Charles Nash Williams. Since 1896 a scholarship at William and Mary to one member of this chapter has been given by Robert Morton Hughes, of Norfolk, Va." Register of the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity, p. 98 ,compiled in 1916 by Grand Histographer John Graham Sale

The 1894 revival was attempted because of the interest of Frederick Southgate Taylor, the Hughes brothers, and Dr. George A. Hankins.

"The fact that this chapter initiated only fourteen men in seven years is explained partly by the small enrollment at William and Mary, but chiefly by the fact that like all of the early chapters of Pi Kappa Alpha, Gamma was very conservative, perhaps ultra-conservative. " "We must remember, however that in the days of all these early Pi Kappa Alphas, unusual emphasis was rightly placed on congeniality and character. In order to gauge a prospective pledge by these two qualifications, they felt that a goodly amount of time must elapse before they could determine whether he would measure up to the fraternity's ideals and standards." The 1934 edition of the History of Pi Kappa Alpha by Freeman Hansford Hard (Iota).

Notable Early Initiates

Of the first nineteen initiates at least nine are known to have had notable careers.

  • "James Murray Ambler and William Samuel Crittenden Walker were both elevated to the bench, one becoming a Supreme Court judge and the other a circuit judge of their respective states, Maryland and Virginia."
  • Robert Morton Hughes was a preeminent admiralty lawyer and served nation in a variety of ways. Robert served as the Supreme Councilor of the Fraternity for some time and was a delegate to the first two conventions in 1871 and 1876. He attended several others. Additionally he was on the state Board of Education and was chairman of the Board at the College.
  • Floyd Hughes, Roberts brother, was also an admiralty lawyer. "Floyd Hughes served as the Grand High Councilor, Supreme Councilor, and Grand Councilor, and is surpassed only by Smythe and Arbuckle in the length of time he served Pi Kappa Alpha as a grand officer. His official service amounts to about fifteen years.” --The History of Pi Kappa Alpha, pp. 66-70
  • William Patton Kent was a successful diplomat and for a time served as United States minister to China.
  • Zacharias Hofheimer was an assistant district attorney in Chicago.
  • Beverly Bland Munford was a well-known author and legislator.
  • Cary Breckenbridge Wilmer was a professor at Sewanee.

Early Conventions

An informal convention was held by George J. Lyell and James Alston Cabell of Alpha and Robert M. Hughes and Robert Strachan Jones of Gamma to discuss governance issues during the winter break of 1871.

"These four gathered informally in a room of the famous old Ford's Hotel (long since torn down) in Richmond, Virginia, probably on December 28, 1871, and there discussed at length the problems of the fraternity. No officers were elected, no committees were appointed, and no minutes were kept, but none the less the meeting was unusually important. A precedent was established for inter-chapter relations and for equality among the chapters, They discussed the ritual and probably made needed changes in it to make it more impressive. The principles and secret words of the Fraternity were explained to the new Gamma representatives by the delegate from Alpha, who had them more or less direct from some of the Founders." --The History of Pi Kappa Alpha, pp.73-76
In The Oak: A History of {I Kappa Alpha, which appeared in 1980, author and historian Jerome V. Reel, Jr. (Eta & Delta Mu), of Clemson University, questions the account of an 1871 Convention advanced by Freeman Hansford Hart (Iota) in his 1934 History. "Earlier histories mention a Richmond convention held in 1871, but no record survives, nor is there any identification that Alpha issued a call. On the other hand, Alpha did issue a call in 1874 that resulted in a Christmas convention. The 1871 meeting either was a chance gathering or an early misreading of the records. In either case, the 1874 meeting was the first official convention." "Four chapters, William and Mary, VPI and Tennessee along with Alpha, were existing. The William and Mary chapter proposed a convention. Alpha called it for the Christmas season of 1874. Six delegates represented three chapters (The Tennessee chapter sent no delegates). Appropriately, Frederick Southgate Taylor was the presiding office. Robert M. Hughes of William and Mary served as secretary. Much work was accomplished. The constitution was read and amended in three regards: first, a person who had been a member of any other fraternity was never eligible for membership in Pi Kappa Alpha; second, the terms of office were to be at the discretion of the chapter; and third, alumni clubs were to be established and alumni were to be requested to pay voluntary dues.� Work was done on the ritual. Already, patterns of thought in Pi Kappa Alpha, patterns that addressed uniqueness of membership, some autonomy and alumni responsibility were formed. It is also important that from the earliest years, and with concurrence of at least one of the founders, the continual improvement of the form of the ritual was an ongoing concern." --The Oak: A History of Pi Kappa Alpha, pp. 34-35

Gamma figured prominently in Pi Kappa Alpha's next convention, hosted by Epsilon at Montgomery Yellow Sulphur Springs, near Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College, in August of 1876.

"The call for the convention spoke of it as our second convention.� The purpose was suggested as two-fold: a discussion of the Constitution, which would not be too long, and a pleasant reunion of the Fraternity at large, by which alone our bonds of fellowship can be tightened and the prime objects of the Fraternity developed. In the event the invitation could not be accepted, the recipient was asked to send a few words of encouragement in our labors, or of advice on any subject connected with the welfare of the fraternity. The letters would be read before the brothers in convention assembled. Delegates came to the convention from only three chapters, Alpha, Gamma, and Epsilon, all of the others being inactive at the time. In addition to the delegates most of the actives and some of the alumni from Epsilon attended. Very little is known of the proceedings of this Sulphur Springs Convention, except that it was a gala gathering of Pi Kappa Alpha at the height of the season of a popular summer resort in the Virginia Mountains. Robert M. Hughes, who had been a delegate at the Richmond Convention in 1871, was active in this second gathering, and composed for it the first Pi Kappa Alpha song, which was officially adopted by the convention on August 12th. If any minutes of the convention were kept, they have long since disappeared from the records." --The History of Pi Kappa Alpha, pp. 82-83

History of Gamma Chapter Housing


"'Castle Dango' or the 'Tin Castle', as it was called by the University students of those days, was a rather large (large in fact as compared with the local dwellings of that time), red brick dwelling on top of a hill about a half a mile from campus. The name or names used for it indicate that the students had associated with it some measure of the mysterious, and next to the cavern or a haunted house it promised an almost ideal location for secret meetings. Several other secret societies or fraternities were using the place for their meetings and, in the spirit of interfraternity good feeling that has developed so rapidly in recent years, they had probably suggested indirectly that a place can be found for the new fraternity. The owners of the 'Castle' seem to have rented it primarily as a secret meeting place for fraternities and the Pi Kappa Alphas were able to find a room on the second floor suitable for their purposes. On meeting nights one or more of the members of the chapter, according to Robert M. Hughes, Gamma and Alpha, would go out on the East Lawn, a portion of the campus, and give the call of the locust. Usually an answer would be given by a member of the West Range, another portion of the campus. This locust call was the rallying cry and, accordingly, the Pi kappa Alphas assembled from various directions. Then together, with one or more of them carrying the little square chain-handled lantern of the time, if the night required it, they would make their way to the railroad tracks close by, then down the track a short distance and up the hill to the “Castle.” If any one of them came late, he was examined through and auger hole in the door and required to give a countersign agreed on at a preceding meeting." From Hart's The History of Pi Kappa Alpha (1934)

Off-Campus Housing

1st House: 221 Richmond Road

221 Richmond Road. Unknown Date.

Gamma Chapter's first chapter house was probably the large white frame house which it occupied in 1912, located at 221 Richmond Road. This is a reasonable assumption because the chapter house did not gain momentum until the early 1900s. Pi Kappa Alpha's first chapter house was established at Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C. in 1899 to house Nu Chapter.

CV Spratley

At the turn of the century, according to C.V. Spratley (Gamma, 1899), no William and Mary fraternities had a house of their own. We met most anywhere we could find a place to go. I was initiated in upstairs of the Peninsula Bank and Trust Company, which was a building right opposite the old courthouse on Duke of Gloucester Street. My fraternity brothers were friends of a man named Phillips, who was the president and cashier of that bank, and let us have a room for it. . . We'd meet in one of the rooms of one of the boys. . . Didn't have any fraternity room, hall, chapel, or lodge. The early gatherings of the re-founded chapter likely took place in either the old Taliaferro building or the Brafferton, as these two dormitories houses most of Gamma's members. From Hart's The History of Pi Kappa Alpha (1934)

As of 2006, the large white house where PiKA lodged in 1912 still stands at 221 Richmond Road, although the large front porch and deck have long since been replaced by a more modest colonial entrance. William Hansen Deierhoi resided here during 1912, his senior year at the college. On May 14, 1982, Robert Swann spoke with Mr. Deierhoi and he recalled the housing situation in those days.

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"They had a rented house. In fact, all the chapters at that time were in rented houses out around in the vicinity of the college. . . . It was a house owned by a Spencer. . . . I lived in the Brafferton just one year and that was my junior year, and then in my senior year, I lived in the Chapter House. . . . That year I was also doing student teaching, so I didn't really become completely involved in the affairs of the Fraternity. That year, we lost our Chapter House. The boys got noisy there on a Saturday, I think it was. The neighbors complained and the faculty closed up our house. . . . I don't know when we got it back because that year I graduated. I guess the boys had been doing some drinking. . . . The faculty then had a hearing, called the different ones in there, and they called me in, too, and they asked me if I had been involved in this racket. . . . I was in the clear. It just happened that that afternoon I was out on the athletic field watching the team practice, so I didn't know what was going on in the fraternity house. I wasn't at all uneasy about the faculty investigation. But whatever information they got caused then to close shop, close the house. And as I say, I don't know whether the fraternity got back the next year."

Mr. Deierhoi recalled that Gamma Chapter had no housemother at the time. "We were on our own,"� he remembered, "and that's why we got out of bounds every now and then."

W.H. Deierhoi from 1912 Colonial Echo

2nd House: Location Unknown

Unknown Location, 1913

The following two years, 1913-1914, found Gamma Chapter in a smaller white frame house. It's precise location is unknown, but it very likely stood in the area now occupied by Merchant's Square. It was probably removed when Rockefeller began restoring Williamsburg to its 18th Century appearance. It is pictured at right in a 1913 photograph.

3rd House: 221 Richmond Road (again)

Gamma spent the years 1915 and 1916 entertaining at 221 Richmond Road. Below is an account of "Pre-Lenten Festivities" which took place there in February, 1915, as reported in the February 16, 1915 edition of The Flat Hat:

"On Saturday night, the 6th, after the first championship basketball game, the Pi Kappa Alphas entertained the opposing quints — Randolph-Macon and William and Mary. In addition to the two teams and the members of the P.K.A. Chapter, a large number of young ladies from town and students were present. Plain 'good-time chatting' was the 'long suit,' but this was very pleasantly interspersed with 'all join-in' songs led by Miss Elizabeth Macon and Pipe Wright. The refreshments served by the Chapter goats also increased the general good feeling. After a most pleasant evening the crowd left the Chapter House just on the stroke of twelve."

4th House: 416 Scotland Street

By 1921, brothers of Gamma resided in this large, white, Victorian house, still standing at 416 Scotland Street (S.W. corner of Scotland and North Henry Streets). This was the PiKA House for at least four years.

416 Scotland St From a 1922 Colonial Echo.
416 Scotland St. Circa 1982

5th House: 303 Richmond Road

By 1926, Pi Kappa Alphas lived in the house pictured below. Now remodeled almost beyond recognition, it stands at 303 Richmond Road and is operated by the college as Thiemes House.

303 Richmond Road in 1927
303 Richmond Road in 1982

6th House: 205 Richmond Road

205 Richmond Road

From 1933-1938, Gammas lived in this brick and stucco house, still standing at 205 Richmond Road. Today it is operated by the college as Bozarth House.

7th House: Unknown Location

Unknown Location

For a brief period in 1939, this large, wooden house of unknown location was the Pi Kappa Alpha House.

8th House: Griffith House

Griffith House

In the fall of 1939, Gamma moved to the one and one-half story brick house shown here as it appeared in 1940. It stands on the south side of Francis Street, across Boundary Street from Hunt Hall. Today it is owned and operated by Colonial Williamsburg and is known as Griffith House.

9th House: 221 Richmond Road (again)

Pi Kappa Alpha was housed at the Griffith House until February of 1942, when the brothers moved back to the house at 221 Richmond Road, conveniently close to Sorority Court. This house, the scene of this 1942 rush party, was the last off-campus residence Gamma Chapter was to have.

On-Campus Housing

In late 1942 or early 1943, the Darden Report appeared, spelling the end of off-campus housing for fraternities at William and Mary. In a 1975 interview, H. Westcott Cunningham comments on the fraternity situation when he was a student in the early 1940’s:

"The whole picture of fraternity in those days is a difficult one to define, so difficult, in fact, that word all over the country at that point was that fraternities were pretty undemocratic institutions. This even got into the hands of the governor of Virginia, who at that time was Colgate Darden. I remember Governor Darden coming to campus and sitting in the President’s House with a group of us (representatives of the student body and the women’s student government association). At that time, as you know, the fraternities owned their own houses; the sororities’ houses were owned by the college, so there was no concern about the ownership of the sorority houses. But Governor Darden definitely—he was a fraternity man himself, too—felt that fraternities at William and Mary should not own their homes, that they were not to own the houses. Subsequently things worked out that the William and Mary fraternities were forced to sell those houses which they had occupied for many years. All of us were interested when Colgate Darden became president of the University of Virginia not too long afterward to see whether or not fraternities would go from the Charlottesville campus. As you know, they never did go. In some ways I guess it was probably a good idea economically that the fraternities did sell their houses. I say that for one reason, or two reasons, perhaps: first of all it bailed a lot of them out of some pretty severe financial difficulties…, and secondly as the war set in it would have been pretty difficult for any fraternity to have maintained a house through those war years because everybody was gone… After the war when we returned to the campus, fraternities were for the first few years placed in dormitory sections so that people in a fraternity group would be quartered near one another and not spread all over the campus. But that got to be some- thing of a tempest in a teapot just before the war when the Darden Report was made."

Commenting on the Darden Report in 1975, Colgate Darden said:

"Oh they got awful mad, awful mad about that. That's a long story, and a lot of it I've forgotten, except I know they got very mad. I had belonged to a fraternity when I was at the University of Virginia, and I'd also affiliated with my chapter at Columbia when I was up there in law school. I thought that the fraternity idea of breaking a student body up into small groups had much to recommend it. But they got to be too small and they got to be too dominating in the control of politics in the institution, and I thought too exclusive of other students to a point where it was injurious. So I set in motion a plan to break them up into living quarters separate from the houses and let them have clubrooms. They'd have to go back into the student body, then they could come back for their meetings. Of course, they got out here and yelled and hollered all over the state that I was abolishing them. Well, it never occurred to me to really abolish them; I never thought they were worth worrying about much one way or another, although I had enjoyed at the University of Virginia my membership in a fraternity. Some of the closest friends I had were made there; they �re mostly dead now; I just had a feeling that if the students were back out amongst the student body it would be a more wholesome situation. And we finally got them to build the lodges down at William and Mary."

During the summer of 1943, the final large group of males left the campus to go to war. The chapter lost four men in World War II: Russell M. Cox, Mathew Crawford, John W. Easley, and Robert B. Mattson. When the brothers returned in 1946-1947, rush was conducted in the basement of Old Dominion until September of 1948, when the long awaited lodges became a reality.

Lodge 6

Lodge 6

Pi Kappa Alpha occupied Lodge 6 until fall of 1968. Lodge 6, the Pika Lodge, as it appeared in 1950. It stands on Gooch Drive near Crim Dell.

Unit D

Unit D

The chapter claimed Unit D in the newly completed Fraternity Complex. The yards of the Fraternity Complex were still muddy from construction when this picture of unit D was taken in 1968.

In 1981, under the fiscal leadership of ThC Ted Fauls, Gamma Chapter's House Corporation became firmly established to insure that the Chapter would never be homeless again.

"Unit D remained the PiKA house at William and Mary until the winter of 1994 when we were given an eviction notice for Christmas. As in 1912 and 1943, the Gamma chapter was forced out the place it called home. The problem stemmed from an annual (brothers/shakes only) Christmas party held on the first Friday during fall finals. As in 1912, once again, the college would hold hearings for Gamma chapter. These hearings, headed up by Deb Boykin and Dean Disque, questioned all involved and lasted over eight hours. Although the party got out of hand, no one could have predicted the actions the Office of Residence Life would take. Finding that the chapter held an “illegal” party during finals, destroyed college property, and served alcohol to those who were underage, the Office of Residence Life used its power to force Gamma out of Unit D. It was obvious that PiKA was being used as an example for the rest of Fraternity Row to “tighten up.” Student support for PiKA was very strong, culminating in a march of 2,000 people from Unit D to the Campus Center. Once at the Campus Center, the Gamma President, Robert (Bobbin) Tuleya, addressed the chanting crowd and handed in an official appeal to ORL. However, the administration was determined and the chapter was given until the end of the year to get out of Unit D." Mark Decker, Pledge Educator 1997

Lodge 2

In 1995 Pi Kappa Alpha moved back to the lodges, this time occupying Lodge 2. Lodge 2 was also the house for the 1996-1997 year.

Pleasants Hall, Floor 2

The spring of 1997 brought good and bad news for the brothers of Gamma chapter. Firstly, ORL had decided to return the status of protected housing to its brothers and we were given our new home in Pleasants Hall, 2nd floor. Unfortunately, a minor incident before the ruling once again placed the PiKAs on social probation for the fall of the '97 school year. Feeling the pressure of the administration, the brothers developed a strict policy of all social activities during the fall. It was also at this time that a revamping of the fraternity objectives, goals, and functioning of the chapter committees was instituted. Determined to once again become a positive force in the campus community and to re-establish our report with the administration, the PiKAs of Gamma chapter essentially rebuilt the operational foundations of the chapter. During the fall of '98, the brothers of Gamma increased their efforts to fortify its place in the history of Pi Kappa Alpha. Social activities were run flawlessly, committees continued to increase their productivity, and periodic evaluations of each office were conducted to affirm progress. During the semester, a visit from a chapter consultant decorated Gamma with marks of excellence. In addition, the chapter achieved status within the William and Mary community. Gamma was now not only the largest fraternity on campus, but also held the highest GPA. --Derek Drake, Pledge Educator 1998

Unit H

Unit H in 2004.

The chapter was housed on Fraternity Row in Unit H from 1999-2006. This house was lost due to a technicality with the office of Residence Life. The current brothers turned in a housing roster that contained 5 individiduals who did not pay their housing deposits on time.

The Unit H location was again claimed by Pi Kappa Alpha in 2007 and is now the current house of the fraternity.

Notable Gamma Alumni

F. Anderson Morse

F. Anderson Morse was elected International President on August 7, 1994, at the International Convention in Tarpon Springs, Florida. No man could have been more prepared than Morse to assume the leadership of the Fraternity. Morse had served for two consecutive terms as National Vice President on the Supreme Council, having first been elected at the 1990 Convention in Chicago. Prior to that, he served for ten years as Founders Regional President. Equally important, Morse had the perspective of the local volunteer, gained through his service as a Founder and officer of the Gamma chapter House Corporation and Gamma Alumni Association, his years as Chapter Advisor to the Gamma chapter, his involvement with the Washington D.C. Alumni Association, and the countless hours he spent working directly with chapters and colonies in the Founders Region. These experiences gave Morse a deep appreciation for the breadth of responsibilities and opportunities that come with election to International President, and the honor that comes with being one of the few members lucky to be chosen to serve Pi Kappa Alpha in such a capacity. By profession, F.A. Morse is a senior Vice President for Riggs National Bank in Washington D.C., and was recently made the director of a new banking group, the Community Sales Division. He has worked and lived in the Washington D.C. area his whole career, and he has given much time to the community. His latest endeavor was the creation of the Capital Area Mortgage Partnership, a group working to make home ownership and home buyer education more attainable for low and moderate income people in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. Morse will step down as International President at the International Convention in Kansas City this August.” --Shield & Diamond. June 1996,

During Morse’s term in office:

  1. The International Alumni Association was created.
  2. 26 chapters were installed (more than 10% of all chapters in 128 year history).
  3. 3 chapters were re-chartered.
  4. The 250th chapter was chartered at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte.
  5. Sabre & Key Honor Society was established.
  6. He was married to Beth Wiggins.

Other Notable Alumni

Lieutenant Henry L. McCorkle (Zeta)
Only PiKA killed in the Spanish-American War.
George Loyal Gordon (Gamma)
Only member killed in WW1
Clovis Moomaw (Pi)
Presumed to be the first PiKA to die in WW1, killed in Argonne
Harold William Zipp (Gamma-Beta)
Assistant Chief Engineer with Spearman Aircraft Company who designed the B-29
Hugh Haynie (Gamma)
Award winning cartoonist, Louisville Courier Journal
Mark Kennedy
Founder of Iota, 1885
Augustus Washington Knox (Alpha)
First Initiate of PiKA, May 1, 1868
Jon Stewart (Gamma)
Comedian, MTV Personality, talk show host


This section will contain the history of the various Gamma Philanthropy events. Can someone fill this stuff in?

Wiffleball World Series

In support of the Muscular dystrophy association, in 1991 pika began a new philanthropy which was established as the Wiffleball World Series. Within a short time the popularity of the event was not comparable to any other philanthropic events on campus; to many alums (both pikas and non-pikas) it was seen as the spring semester homecoming (usually one of the first weeks in April). The night before the event Alums were traditionally greeted with a much anticipated festiv Tex Mex dinnerthat was made by Butch Reinke, a proud pika-alum-parent. In 2003 Pika chose to support brother Jim Reilly, who had perished in the attacks of 911, by making a 5 year pledge of $1000 a year to a scholarship erected in his name through the College of William and Mary. Beer Garden Sales, Team sign ups, and annual donations raised by the brothers are the primary sources of fundraising.

Gamma Gazzette

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Notable Chapter Historical Items

PiKA Bar

In 1980 Robert Swann constructed a new bar for Unit D. The bar moved with PiKA from this year on and was still in use as of this 2007 submission.

Original Bar in Unit D
Close-up of plaque on Unit D bar.

Fraternity Songs

Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity Song

Let us raise, brothers, our sweet strains sweetly flowing

Let the sweet incense of love of zeal

Rise at the shrine of our brotherhood, showing

Deeper than words the devotion we feel.

Meet the Hearty grasp of hands

Taken of the holiest bond

Ever round hearts twined with brotherly love,

Then for what we most prize

Let the glad notes arise

Pi Kappa Alpha, her flag flaunt above!

Whilst our hearts swell with youth’s buoyant fancies,

Whilst the world tempers our minds with its strife.

Till the last sunbeam of old age scarce dances

Over the waves of ocean life,

May we in our zeal ne’er flag

Ne’er in the devotion lag

Which our Fraternity ever is due;

Heart e’er heart responds

Long last our sacred bonds

Pi Kappa Alpha, united and true!

--Robert Morton Hughes

Annual Membership Pictures


Historical Group Pictures