Awards and Recognition
2018 Greek Awards Banquet
Each year the University of Tulsa's Office of the Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services and the Office of Student Affairs host an All Greek Awards Banquet to recognize the achievements of the Greek Community and award chapters and individuals for outstanding achievement during the previous year.
In 2018 the Gamma Upsilon chapter of PIKE and its members took home several awards this year including:
The Circle of Excellence Award: This is the highest award any chapter can receive from the University. This award is given to recognize a fraternity and a sorority for exemplary contributions to both the TU community and the greater Tulsa community. Chapters are evaluated and awarded points in four different categories:
Leadership & Character
Philanthropy & Community Involvement.
This award was created in 2009 and PIKE has won 6 of the 10 years since (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2018)
In addition to the Circle of Excellence the chapter also garnered a majority of the individual awards for 2018:
Outstanding New Initiate: DJ Lienhard
Outstanding Scholar (Business): Matt King
Outstanding Scholar (Health Sciences): Jacob Su
Outstanding Scholar (Engineering & Natural Sciences): Matthew Wells
Outstanding Senior: James Hunter
Outstanding Interfraternity Council (IFC) Delegate: Stephen Mayo
Greek Man of the Year: Matthew Wells
Accepting the chapter's Circle of Excellence Award and Point of Excellence for Leadership and Character.
President Andy Ernst
Other On Campus Awards
In addition to the All Greek awards, PIKE has accumulated a number of other on campus awards and recognition over the years including:
Top 10 Freshmen: Awarded annually to top ten freshman based n their achievements during the first year of their time at TU. (Clay Moyer, 2017-'18)
Jess Choteau Outstanding Seniors: Awarded to top ten seniors on basis of academic, philanthropic, and leadership merit. (Matthew Wells, 2017-'18)
The Medicine Wheel: TU's highest philanthropic honor (Won 3 times)
Chi Omega Sing Champions: Winners of the annual instrumental and vocal competition (Won from 2017 - 2019)
Overall Intramural Champions: Given to team that has accumulated the most points based off performance in all sports and competition over the year. (Won last 9 years in a row)
DG Lipsync Champions: Winners of annual philanthropic dance competition. (Won from 2008 - 2014)
Robert Adger Smythe Excellence Award
The Robert Adger Smythe Excellence Awards recognize overall chapter superiority and prominence. The chapters that win this award are top on their campus and the “best of the best” among all of Pi Kappa Alpha. This is the highest award that any chapter of the Fraternity can receive. The award is based upon excelling in 16 areas of operation, including: academics, community service, campus involvement, athletics, management, health and safety, new member education, and alumni relations.
The Gamma Upsilon Chapter's recent excellence has not gone unnoticed and has won the coveted Smythe Award 9 times.
2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2013, 2014, 2018, 2019
The chapter won its 8th after the very successful 2018-2019 school year at the 151st Convention in Richmond, Virginia at the end of July.
The Robertson Award
The Robertson Award is given to one exemplary graduating senior PIKE every year along with a $2500 scholarship. The scholarship honors the memory of Brother Jenkins M. Robertson (Clemson, Eta Alpha ’71), who was a beloved advisor of Epsilon Chapter at Virginia Tech. Epsilon Chapter alumni generously funded this endowed scholarship in Brother Robertson’s memory. Today, a volunteer alumni committee selects each year’s recipient based off of academic achievements, chapter leadership, and community engagement among other criteria.
Gamma Upsilon has had two recipients of this award in recent years:
Benjamin W. Quick, 2010: During his time at TU, Ben served as President of the Gamma Upsilon Chapter among other positions. Outside of PIKE he was involved with University Ambassadors, Presbyterian Leaders and Scholars, and created an organization with fellow PIKE, Ryan Staebell, called Students Acting on Poverty. He graduated with a degree in Biochemistry with a Pre-Medicine focus. He continued his education at the University of Kansas School of Medicine and graduated his residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center in June of 2018.
Ben will be staying in the Kansas City area as an Internal Medicine Physician.
Caleb A. Lareau, 2015: While at Tulsa, Caleb served as Treasurer and several other positions within the Gamma Upsilon Chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha, Chief of Staff of our Student Association, and a volunteer focusing on bone marrow transplant recognition through a NOVA fellowship. He also gave a TEDx talk discussing sources of motivation as an athlete and scholar, which coincides with overcoming insecurities. Caleb graduated with dual majors in Mathematics and Biochemistry.
Currently he is pursuing a Ph.D. in Biomedical and Biological Sciences at Harvard Medical School. His research on genome editing via CRISPR/Cas9 has been published in Forbes.