Dear Parents & Guardians,
Welcome to the Idaho Chapter of Pi Kappa Phi webpage! As a parent, you probably have a variety of questions about the Greek experience. We hope to provide you with useful information about Pi Kappa Phi at the University of Idaho.
For many of you, this is your first experience with higher education, and subsequently your first experience with fraternity life. For those of you familiar with fraternities, at the University of Idaho or in general, you may already be aware of many of the beneficial activities and programs offered. Assuming your son is interested in becoming a part of the greek community at the University of Idaho, we hope the experiences he enjoys will be among his most positive.
A quality fraternity life experience can provide your son with some of the most rewarding and memorable experiences in college. Many of the friends he will make as a result of this experience will be with him throughout his entire life—others will simply help shape the man your son is and will become.
Pi Kappa Phi members are leaders on campus. Academically and professionally, our men have demonstrated leadership in the classroom and in their chosen field of work. Your son can join a community of individuals who will shape the campus culture.
As you no doubt have already realized, you may have some questions. Being a new member of a fraternity (sometimes referred to as “associate” or “pledge”) is a scary term for some parents! The information surrounding the social atmosphere, costs, activities, and his eventual initiation into the fraternity post some very common questions for parents/guardians. It's not uncommon for parents to want specific questions answered, and we encourage and welcome you to contact us with questions. We've also listed many questions and answers below that may help you understand what Pi Kappa Phi at the University of Idaho is all about.
At any time during your son's journey through fraternity life, (not just his freshman year) he has questions or concerns, encourage him to speak with the chapter advisor, his alumni advisors or representatives from his Fraternity's National Office. There are various resources on campus to help your son perform at the very best level.
Congratulations on your son's achievements to this point, and any and all afterwards.
The Members of Pi Kappa Phi
Frequently Asked Questions by Parents:
What is Pi Kappa Phi?
Pi Kappa Phi is a group of individuals of similar interest bonded together by common goals and aspirations. These bonds are created through ritual in which members participate. Rituals are based on common principles such as honor, friendship, truth, and knowledge. Each member works to instill and support these ideals in other members through their everyday activities. Pi Kappa Phi is referred to as a Greek organization because the name consists of Greek letters that serve as a reminder of the values of the group. Fraternity is a name applied to all Greek organizations, but is usually specific to men's groups.
How do you Join Pi Kappa Phi?
This is a very nervous and exciting time as you prepare to send your son off to college. Pi Kappa Phi shares that nervous excitement with you because recruitment is the time Pi Kappa Phi welcome new members into their family and the Pi Kappa Phi community. Our current members organize a process of meeting people and making friends. This process is called recruitment. Recruitment introduces prospective members to the Pi Kappa Phi and gives unaffiliated students the chance to learn what makes Pi Kappa Phi a unique organization. Participating in recruitment provides students with the opportunity to meet members of the chapter. Students who wish to participate in the recruitment process are not required to join any organization.
What is involved in being a New Member?
New members all experience a period of orientation. During this time your son will participate in weekly meetings to learn about university activities and the chapter. Other events included leadership retreats, community service projects, and activities designed to build friendships among the new and the older members of the chapter.
How much time does being a member take?
Participating in any worthwhile activity always requires an investment of one's time. Participating in Pi Kappa Phi is like any cocurricular activity; it requires a time investment. The benefit of membership in the organization at UI is the opportunity for a well-rounded college experience that includes learning how to balance academics, work, campus involvement and social commitments.
What impact would Pi Kappa Phi membership have on my son's grades?
Students often find managing their time difficult when moving from the highly structured high school environment to the freedom of college. Pi Kappa Phi membership assists in that transition by offering scholarship programs that may include study partners, mandatory study hours, and time management workshops. Your son can also access the network of chapter members who already know how to use campus resources like the library, computer labs and academic advisors. Nothing, however, can take the place of a disciplined and academically focused person to ensure success in college.
Who's in Charge?
Pi Kappa Phi members elected to officer positions manage the day-to-day operations of the organization. These officers are assisted by members serving on committees and by alumni who act as advisors. In addition, fraternities are part of national or international organizations that offer support, advice and direction through paid professional staff and regional volunteers. As you can see a variety of individuals oversee the operations of Pi Kappa Phi. In addition, professional staff from the university are also employed to advise the Pi Kappa Phi organization.
What's the Cost?
Pi Kappa Phi is self-supported through dues charged to all members. In the first year of membership, a few one-time expenses are assessed. After these initial payments are made, your son's only expenses will be their regular dues. Pi Kappa Phi living usually includes lodging and is comparable to other housing options.