Phiota Charters 8 new chapters at 79th Anniversary Convention
Monday, July 25, 2011
Posted by: Alberto Elvira
PHI IOTA ALPHA FRATERNITY, INC.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Bernie "Influente" Rebollar
Director of Marketing
Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Phi Iota Alpha Charters 8 new chapters at 79th Anniversary Convention
Miami, Florida -July 2011
On July 21, 2011 Phi Iota Alpha, the Oldest Latino Fraternity in existence, celebrated it's 79th Anniversary Convention in Miami, Florida. 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 200 members of Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity, Inc., from all over the country gathered together at the Miami Marriot Biscayne Bay for educational workshops, motivational speakers, celebrations, sun, surf, and community service.
Convention weekend was capped off with the annual convention banquet. The Keynote speaker was Bro. Tiberio Faria. Mr. Faria pledged for Phi Iota Alpha in 1955 at Lousiana State University. Bro. Tiberio was a member of the fraternity’s Board of Trustees from 2005 until 2007. He is a public Speaker, trainer, translator and editor, of bilingual publications in Spanish and English. His latest title is "Our Espanglish.” A book about the "Lingua Franca” of a very large part of the Hispanic community in the USA.
Highlights of the annual awards ceremony included:
- Undergrad of the Year: Rafael "Unido" Martinez, Alpha Epsilon - Cal State, Dominguez Hills
- Alumni of the Year: Peter "Incendio" Rojas, Alpha Iota - University of Massachusetts Amherst
- Chapter of the Year: Alpha Gamma Chapter - St. Johns University
In addition eight colonies were chartered as new chapters of Phi Iota Alpha:
- Alpha Nu: University of North Texas
- Alpha Xi: University of Texas, Austin
- Alpha Omicron: Texas State University
- Alpha Pi: Armstrong Atlantic State University
- Alpha Rho: Rutgers University, New Brunswick
- Alpha Sigma: Georgia Southern University
- Alpha Tau: University of California, Santa Barbara
- Alpha Upsilon: Lamar University
It was also announced that Phi Iota Alpha will be returning to it's Southern home of Louisiana in 2012. The 80th anniversary Phi Iota Alpha convention will be in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Our heartfelt thanks goes to our premier convention sponsor Verizon Wireless. Verizon Wireless was in attendance at the 79th Anniversary Convention held an interactive presentation on "Expansion and Awareness via Social Media." In addition Verizon Wireless phones and tablets were raffled off to convention attendees.
We also would like to thank the many vendors and presenters that came to this year's convention:
- Federal Bureau of Investigation
- United States Secret Service
- Metropolitan Life
- Verizon Wireless
- Greek Nation
- Sons of 31 LLC
- Inlet Wines LLC
See you all next year in the Big Easy!
Since 1931, Phi Iota Alpha has set precedents for Latino Greek leadership in the global community. For over 79 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