Phiota Charters 5 new chapters at Convention
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Posted by: Jorge Girotti
PHI IOTA ALPHA FRATERNITY, INC.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jorge "Centinela" Girotti
Director of Marketing
Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Phi Iota Alpha Charters 5 new chapters at 80th Anniversary Convention
New Orleans, LA – July 2012
This week marked a milestone for Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity, Inc. as they celebrated their 80th national convention in New Orleans, Louisiana.
New Orleans has special significance in the history of the organization dating back to the 1929 convention of the Latin American fraternity Sigma Iota where it was decided to begin negotiations to merge with the Latin American fraternity Phi Lambda Alpha in the East. The negotiations resulted in the formation of Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity, Inc. on December 26, 1931.
This year the Hyatt French Quarter 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 by Verizon and Campuspeak, and the awards banquet.
On Saturday the awards banquet was held to honor the philanthropic achievements of alumni and undergraduate chapters. This years guest speakers was Bro. Capt. Peter Morales, U.S.M.C Class of 1989; Logistics Planner for Marine Forces South in Miami, Florida; Served tours in Operation Desert Storm, Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) and two tours in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Highlights of the annual awards ceremony included:
- Undergrad of the Year: Daniel Santos, Alpha Gamma - St. Johns University
- Alumni of the Year: Marlon Boutin, Alpha Alpha - Louisiana State University
- Chapter of the Year: Beta Chapter - Stony Brook University
In addition 5 colonies were chartered as new chapters of Phi Iota Alpha:
- Alpha Alpha: Louisiana State University
- Alpha Phi: Queens College
- Alpha Chi: Lewis University
- Alpha Psi: Rutgers University -Newark / NJIT
- Alpha Omega: Aurora University
Alpha Alpha was designated to the LSU chapter in recognition of our ancestral roots. The founding chapter of Sigma Iota, the first Latin American based Greek Lettered inter-collegiate fraternity in the United States at LSU was originally designated Alpha Alpha.
It was also announced that Phi Iota Alpha will be going to La Isla del Encanto. The 81st anniversary Phi Iota Alpha convention will be in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
This convention also marks the continued growth of the career expo for Fraternity members. We would like to thank the many vendors and presenters that came to this year's convention:
- United States Marine CorpsOfficers Candidate
- Federal Bureau of Investigation
- United States Drug Enforcement Administration
- Puentes New Orleans - Nonprofit serving NOLA Latino community
See you all next year in San Juan!
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