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Pi Kappa Phi fraternity starts new chapter at Loyola

February 22, 2013

Pi Kappa Phi fraternity is set to begin a new chapter at Loyola University New Orleans this spring, the first new fraternity on campus in 20 years.

From Monday, Feb. 25 to Friday, March 8, Pi Kappa Phi Leadership Consultant Keenan Dollar will be on Loyola’s campus meeting with interested students who want to be founding fathers of the new fraternity.

Pi Kappa Phi fraternity was founded in December 1904 and over the past 100 years has established itself as a distinctive organization within the fraternity world. In fact, Pi Kappa Phi was among the first fraternities to outlaw hazing, the first to establish a summer student leadership program, and the only fraternity to establish and operate its own nonprofit organization.

A nationwide search for a new fraternity at Loyola took place late last year and included campus interviews and presentations.

“We received nine applications, selected three to interview on campus, and the expansion committee selected Pi Kappa Phi as the organization to expand to campus,” said Heather Roundtree, director of Loyola’s Co-Curricular Programs. “The fraternity stood out for a number of reasons including the strength of the national fraternity, strong alumni support including more than 600 local alumni, an established advisory council for the chapter, and innovative leadership, scholarship and risk management programs.”

The new fraternity’s members will be able to take advantage of leadership conferences, apply for more than $80,000 worth of scholarships, or even cycle across America for Pi Kappa Phi’s philanthropy, Push America.

“Starting a chapter of Pi Kappa Phi is an amazing opportunity for students to discover and develop their leadership abilities and to make a positive change in not only their campus community, but also in their own lives,” said Jonathan Conde, a founding father of Pi Kappa Phi at the University of South Florida.

“Anyone can join a fraternity, but building your own fraternity is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. From budgets to brotherhood, you make the decisions, you set the rules, you start the traditions. And along the way, you’ll also build lifelong friendships,” said Clint Carlisle, a founding member of his chapter at Louisiana Tech University.

For more information, contact Roundtree at 504-865-3622. Any men interested in hearing more about the opportunity to become a founding member should contact Keenan Dollar at 980-213-5542 or like the Pi Kappa Phi Facebook page.

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