Pi Kappa Alpha (sometimes called Pike, PiKA, or Pi Kap) is a Greek social fraternity with over 220 chapters and colonies and over 250,000 lifetime initiates in the United States and Canada. The fraternity was founded at the University of Virginia on March 1, 1868 by Robertson Howard, Julian Edward Wood, James Benjamin Sclater Jr., Frederick Southgate Taylor, Littleton Waller Tazewell Bradford and William Alexander. On March 1 1869, exactly one year after the Alpha Chapter at the University of Virginia was formed, the Beta Chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha was founded at Davidson College. After almost a decade of decline, Pi Kappa Alpha was 're-founded' as part of the Hampden-Sydney Convention, held in a student room of old Cushing Hall at HampdenSydney College. The four delegates to the Hampden-Sydney Convention are referred to as the Junior Founders. It was at this convention that the fraternity defined itself as belonging to 'the South.'
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