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Highlights from 81st Annual Convention

Tuesday, July 30, 2013   (0 Comments)
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Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Highlights from the 81st Phi Iota Alpha National Convention 

San Juan, Puerto Rico – July 2013

Last week marked the 81st national convention for Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity, Inc. as they celebrated in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

This year the La Concha Resort hosted Brothers and their guests from all across the United States. The annual convention provided an opportunity for undergraduates and alumni from various induction classes and states across the nation to connect or reconnect with the organization.

The agenda included a UNICEF presentation, career and professional development workshops, Community Service at El Morro, a 5K, golf outing, and the awards banquet.

On Saturday the awards banquet was held to honor the philanthropic achievements of alumni and undergraduate chapters. This year’s guest speaker was Bro. Manuel Gaetán-Rivera, PhD, Class of 1955; President and Chief Executive Officer of MGR Enterprises, LLC, an international management-consulting firm based in Columbia, SC specializing in Strategic Planning and Marketing. Phi Iota Alpha also had the distinct honor of hosting several brothers of Fi Sigma Alfa as members of both boards discussed their long history together.

We would like to once again congratulate all of this year’s award recipients:

  • Undergraduate of the year: Cesar Ventura, Sigma – City University of New York
  • Alumni of the Year: Carlos Wilke, Beta – Stony Brook University
  • Management Team Member of the Year: José Soto – Northeast Governor
  • Philanthropic Excellence chapter of the Year: Zeta Chapter – Hofstra University
  • Chapter of the Year: Alpha Nu Chapter – University of North Texas

In addition 4 colonies were chartered as new chapters of Phi Iota Alpha:

  • Beta Alpha: Utica College 
  • Beta Beta: California State University, Long Beach
  • Beta Gamma: Florida International University
  • Beta Delta: Texas A&M Commerce

It was also announced that Phi Iota Alpha will be going to California for the 82nd anniversary.

See you all next year!


Since 1931, Phi Iota Alpha has set precedents for Latino Greek leadership in the global community. For over 80 years, Phi Iota Alpha has cultivated and inspired Latino men nationwide to become leaders of their communities across Latin America and the United States. Open to all men, this distinguished brotherhood includes many professionals and former presidents of Latin American countries. Today Phi Iota Alpha, the Oldest Latino Fraternity in existence, continues to lead as the preeminent Latino fraternal organization with chapters throughout the United States.

Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity, Inc. - The Oldest Latino Fraternity in Existence

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