On July 17, 2010 Phi Iota Alpha, the Oldest Latino Fraternity in existence, celebrated it's 78th Anniversary Convention in Dallas Texas. Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity, Inc. is the oldest intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity, established for Latino Americans in the United States. It was founded December 26, 1931 at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York.
Over 150 members of Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity, Inc., from all over the country gathered together at the historic Adolphus Hotel in Downtown Dallas for educational workshops, motivational speakers, celebrations, and community service.
Convention weekend was capped off with the annual convention banquet attended by brothers in matching belt buckles. The Keynote speaker was State Representative Roberto R. Alonzo of the Texas House of Representatives.
Roberto R. Alonzo is serving his fifth term as a Texas State Representative in the 80th Texas Legislature (2007-2009) having been elected in November 1992 to start his first term during the 73rd Regular Session in 1993. State Rep. Alonzo serves House District 104 in the Legislature, which is in southwest Dallas including primarily the communities of Oak Cliff, Cockrell Hill, northeast Grand Prairie, North Oak Cliff, and Arcadia Park. When he was first elected, Rep. Alonzo made history by becoming the first Mexican American from North Texas elected to the Legislature.
Highlights of the annual awards ceremony included:
- Undergrad of the Year: Jorge "Mesiah" Santos, Alpha Gamma Chapter - St. Johns University
- Alumni of the Year: Aaron "Caton" Palacios, Tau Chapter - Baylor University
- University of the Year: Florida State University, which is now The AM Chapter of Phi Iota Alpha.
Sunday's National Phiota Football Tournament was won by the local team of brothers from the University of North Texas.
Since 1931, Phi Iota Alpha has set precedents for Latino greek leadership in the global community. For over 75 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