The alumni of Pi Kappa Phi were named Volunteer of the Year for their commitment to The University of Virginia’s College at Wise and for working to strengthen ties to each other while supporting their College.
Vice Chancellor Bob Bragg presented the award and told the crowd gathered at the annual Benefactor’s Celebration that the alumni gathered eight years ago to celebrate the organization’s 30th anniversary.
“They shared stories about how their involvement in this Greek organization had positively benefited their lives and expressed the importance of the strong bonds built with one another,” Bragg said. “To celebrate and honor their brotherhood, they announced a newly endowed scholarship fund that they hoped to see eventually fully fund one or more active member’s tuition and fees.”
Bragg said alumni worked closely with advisors Mike Donathan and Travis Kennedy to begin the fund drive that would become known as the Pi Kappa Phi Alumni Hawpe-Donathan Scholarship.
“Although Mike Donathan wasn’t pleased to have his name attached to the fund, the alumni felt it was only fitting to honor someone who had given so many years developing a group of incredible young leaders,” Bragg said.
Kennedy and Donathan encouraged the alumni to formalize an alumni chapter known as the Pi Kappa Phi Epsilon Epsilon Alumni Chapter. The chapter meets regularly to connect with each other at a variety of socials and fundraisers.
“They have also raised funds for two additional scholarships, the Pi Kappa Phi Alumni Leadership Scholarship and the Pi Kappa Phi Alumni Chapter Joseph F. Hunnicutt Pepsi Scholarship,” Bragg added. “Members of Pi Kappa Phi alumni also serve on all three leadership boards of campus.”
Pi Kappa Phi Chapter Liaison and former Chapter President L.J. Boothe and current officers of the alumni chapter accepted the award.