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Phiotas Raise $1,500 in Twenty Minutes for Scholarship

Posted By Phiota.info Administrator, Wednesday, January 13, 2010

PHI IOTA ALPHA FRATERNITY, INC.

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Omar Lopez

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Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

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Phiotas Raise $1,500 in Twenty Minutes for Scholarship

Troy, New York - October, 2009

Fundraiser exceeded expectations to the delight of the brothers and guests attending Phi Iota Alpha's Alpha Chapter Alumni Reunion.  Despite harsh economic times, fundraiser yields over $1,500 for scholarships. 


Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute students and alumni were able to raise enough money to not only fund the scholarship they currently offer to other students but were also able to resurrect another scholarship that Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity, Inc. had previously subsidized.

While celebrating the 25th year of the revival of the Alpha chapter, the undergraduate brothers of Phi Iota Alpha held a fund-raiser for the scholarship called, the Troy "Curacão" Memorial Scholarship.  The fundraiser did so well that the brothers are now able to offer another scholarship they had previously presented over 10 years ago.

Gilberto Diaz, the President of the Alpha Chapter Alumni Association said "It is important we help the community around us, especially during these trying economic times."  Fellow alumni and other esteemed guests responded to the call. By the end of the twenty minute fundraiser at their celebration dinner, Mr. Diaz returned to the podium to announce the grand total of $1,516.  This announcement was followed by additional news, which most at the event were also surprised to hear; Due to the success of this recent fundraiser, the chapter will be able to bring back another scholarship they once offered, the Jose "Coco" Podadera Scholarship.

As a result, the Phi Iota Alpha, Alpha chapter will now be able to offer two different scholarships to the RPI community.  Details of the scholarships will be posted on the fraternity chapter's website, www.phiota.net, when they become available.

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Phiota Awarded for Outstanding Leadership

Posted By Phiota.info Administrator, Wednesday, January 13, 2010

PHI IOTA ALPHA FRATERNITY, INC.

council@phiota.org - 9322 3rd Avenue Suite 412 Brooklyn, New York 11209

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Press Contacts:

Omar Lopez

Director of Marketing

Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

http://www.phiota.org/press.php

casal5@hotmail.com


Phiota Awarded for Outstanding Leadership

Bentonville, Arkansas - October, 2009


Rafael Arciga, was awarded the Young Community Leader award for his involvement in the community and for serving as a role model for the youth at the 11th Annual Heroes de Corazon ceremony October 15, 2009.

Arciga received the award in conjunction with his fraternity's own award for serving the community of Northwest Arkansas, whose combined efforts with other organizations in the community gave way to the award.

"More than anything, this award is for me to continue being motivated, to keep working toward the needs of the community and to try and help those peers who might not have the same access to education," Arciga said.

The winner of Young Community Leader award is a man or a woman less than 30 years old who has given unselfish and extensive service to the Hispanic and/or Latino community, and is considered a "rising star" within the Hispanic and/or Latino community, according to the award committee.

Arciga, 23, is a founding member of Phi Iota Alpha at the University of Arkansas and immediate past president for the chapter. Arciga and seven other men founded Phi Iota Alpha in Fall 2007, establishing it as the first and only Latino fraternity in the state of Arkansas. Arciga also serves as the Deputy State Director for Young Adults for the League of United Latin American Citizens, AmeriCorps Promise Fellow at the University of Arkansas, Education chair for the Arkansas Citizens First Congress and is part of the Board of Director for Legal Aid of Arkansas.

The event was sponsored by Walmart and its Hispanic/Latino Associate Resource Group (HLARG) and was also part of the closing celebration for this year s Hispanic Heritage month.



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Phiota named "Hot Latino 25 under 25"

Posted By Phiota.info Administrator, Wednesday, January 13, 2010

PHI IOTA ALPHA FRATERNITY, INC.

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Omar Lopez

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Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

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Phiota named "Hot Latino 25 under 25"

MyLatinovoice.com has named Steven "Spaniard" Garza of AH Chapter UTSA one of their "Hot 25 under 25."


San Antonio, Texas - September, 2009

From MyLatinovoice.com:

"Spanish Mexican American Steven Garza isn't your average fraternity guy. As a member of Phi Iota Alpha at the University of Texas at San Antonio, he works with various organizations including American Red Cross Campus Club, the Hispanic Student Association, Multicultural Greek Council and is actively involved with university committees, including the University Diversity Month Planning Committee. He has also committed to taking a lead role in assembling and student-chairing the Latino Heritage Month Planning Committee. With so much on his plate, he still makes time to help his fraternity expand to other universities."

In addition to being one of the "Hot 25 under 25" Steven was named Phi Iota Alpha's 2009 Undergraduate of the Year.

Steven also currently serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the Phiota! Phi Iota Alpha's quarterly magazine.

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Phiota becomes youngest LULAC state director

Posted By Phiota.info Administrator, Wednesday, January 13, 2010

PHI IOTA ALPHA FRATERNITY, INC.

council@phiota.org - 9322 3rd Avenue Suite 412 Brooklyn, New York 11209

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Press Contacts:

Omar Lopez

Director of Marketing

Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

http://www.phiota.org/press.php

casal5@hotmail.com


Phiota becomes youngest LULAC state director

Arkadelphia, Arkansas - September, 2009

Alejandro Aviles became the youngest state director in the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) on Saturday when he was tapped for the position by the group's Arkansas chapter. Aviles, 27, is a founding member of Phi Iota Alpha at the University of Arkansas and a current student at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service.

In his position, Aviles will direct the efforts of Arkansas's seven LULAC councils across the state that advocate for civil rights and the advancement of opportunities for the more than 150,000 Latinos in Arkansas. He will also represent the state on LULAC's nation board.

"I look forward to securing key partnerships with organizations, state agencies and public officials essential to advancing our mission and whose charge for serving the public can be enhanced by our membership's input and dedicated service," Aviles said.

Aviles, who is in his third semester at the Clinton School, recently returned from his International Public Service Project in Chetumal, Mexico, where he worked with the Mexican Commission for Refugee Aid.

A native of Fayetteville, Arkansas, he also serves on the board of the Arkansas Public Policy Panel and the University of Arkansas Chancellor's Council of Diversity.

He is also founding member of Phi Iota Alpha at the University of Arkansas and has done extensive volunteer work as a steering committee member for the Arkansas Citizens First Congress and as a member of the Arkansas Task Force on Latino & Hispanic Affairs, appointed by then Governor Mike Huckabee.

"The Hispanic community is not immune to our nation's struggles in the economic crisis and employment woes," Aviles said. "LULAC recognizes special disadvantages faced by them in educational attainment and immigration reforms. We hope to continue our work in Arkansas to decrease these gaps."


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Phiota becomes Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Public Policy Fellow

Posted By Phiota.info Administrator, Wednesday, January 13, 2010

PHI IOTA ALPHA FRATERNITY, INC.

council@phiota.org - 9322 3rd Avenue Suite 412 Brooklyn, New York 11209

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Press Contacts:

Omar Lopez

Director of Marketing

Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

http://www.phiota.org/press.php

casal5@hotmail.com

Phiota becomes Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Public Policy Fellow

Washington, DC - September, 2009

Andres Olivio has been named a named a Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Public Policy Fellow assigned to the Office of Congressman Jose Serrano.

Andrés Olivo graduated from Nu Chapter (Boston/Northeastern University) with a B.A in Political Science.

At Northeastern University he was involved with the Latin American Student Organization (LASO). While Andrés served as secretary on LASO's executive board, the group won Northeastern University's Organization of the Year Award. Other accomplishments of his include being a La Comunidad en Acción Scholarship recipient and volunteering at Early Education Centers at school and around the Greater Boston Community. Andrés is also a brother of Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity, Inc. As a senior at Northeastern University, the Latino Student Cultural Center recognized many of Olivo's accomplishments by presenting him with several awards.

Andrés' professional experience includes working with the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Consumer Affairs, and the Regional Employment Board of Hampden County.

After completing his CHCI Public Policy Fellowship, Andrés hopes to attend graduate school in public administration to further strengthen his skills as a government professional.

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Phiota co-authors book chapter on the history of Latino/a fraternities and sororities

Posted By Phiota.info Administrator, Wednesday, January 13, 2010

PHI IOTA ALPHA FRATERNITY, INC.

council@phiota.org - 9322 3rd Avenue Suite 412 Brooklyn, New York 11209

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Press Contacts:

Omar Lopez

Director of Marketing

Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

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casal5@hotmail.com

Phiota co-authors book chapter on the history of Latino/a fraternities and sororities


Tallahassee, Florida - April, 2009

Dr. Juan "Varadero" Guardia and colleague Dr. Susana M. Muñoz, a member of Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Inc., have written the first book chapter on the history of Latino/a fraternities and sororities. The book, Brothers and Sisters: Diversity in College Fraternities and Sororities, discusses the origins and backgrounds of diverse fraternities and sororities, including Black, Asian, Latino/a and Native American. In addition, it also addresses multicultural, gay, and religious organizations as well.

Juan and Susana's chapter, "Nuestra Historia y Futuro (Our History and Future): Latino/a Fraternities and Sororities," covers the early activism and foundation of Latino student organizations, the history of Latino/a fraternities and sororities, interview excerpts with fraternity and sorority founders, including Tiberio C. Faría, former Phi Iota Alpha trustee and member since 1956, and current research on Latino/a fraternities and sororities.

Below is more information on the individual book chapters.

  • 1. From the Beginning: A History of College Fraternities an Sororities
  • 2. Links, Legacies, and Letters: A Cultural History of Black Greek-letter Organizations
  • 3. Asian Americans in Sororities and Fraternities: In Search of a Home and Place
  • 4. Nuestra Historia y Futuro (Our History and Future): Latino/a Fraternities and Sororities
  • 5. Preserving and Creating Traditions: A Native American Emergence in Greek Organizations
  • 6. Multicutural Fraternities and Sororities: A Hodgepodge of Transient Multiethnic Groups
  • 7. Challenging the Heterosexual Model of Brotherhood: The Gay Fraternity's Dilemma
  • 8. Praising God and Maintaining Tradition: Religious Diversity within Fraternities and Sororities
  • 9. Rushing the Wall, Crossing the Sands: Cross-Racial Membership in American College Fraternities & Sororities

Brothers and Sisters: Diversity in College Fraternities and Sororities, edited by Craig L. Torbenson and Gregory S. Parks with a forward by Edward G. Whipple, is published by Fairleigh Dickinson University Press. Pre-order available at Target.com and Amazon.com. Street date: May 30, 2009

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Phiotas named Hispanic IT Executive Council's 100 Most Influential Hispanics in Technology

Posted By Phiota.info Administrator, Wednesday, January 13, 2010

PHI IOTA ALPHA FRATERNITY, INC.

council@phiota.org - 9322 3rd Avenue Suite 412 Brooklyn, New York 11209

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Omar Lopez

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Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

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casal5@hotmail.com


Phiotas named Hispanic IT Executive Council's
100 Most Influential Hispanics in Technology

Detroit, Michigan - January, 2009

Today officials from HITEC (the Hispanic IT Executive Council) unveiled its first annual HITEC 100 list which recognizes the nation's top Hispanic executives and rising stars within information technology in the previous year. This year's 100 were selected out of more than 300 nominations by an independent four-member panel of judges.
The 2009 HITEC 100 were selected based on a criteria that evaluated their individual achievements in the industry, professional level, scope of responsibility, position held in their companies, as well as their involvement in boards and diversity initiatives.
This groundbreaking list is the most comprehensive list of successful and visionary Hispanic information technology leaders in the United States.
Among those named were four members of Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity:

100 Most Influential Hispanics in Technology

Alberto "Demasiado" Elvira Fall 1993 SUNY Oswego
David "Dragon" Yong Spring 1994 RPI

Hispanic Rising Stars in Information Technology

Felderi "Cibao" Santiago Spring 2000 RPI
Hansel "Muñeco" Baez Spring 2002 RPI
"We are extremely proud of our brothers making the HITEC 100. Our fraternity has a strong tradition of working in engineering and technology since the 19th century," said Executive Director Jason Nicolau. "From the building of the Panama Canal to todays high technology enviroment, Phi Iota Alpha has always been at the forefront of technological change."

A full version of the 2009 HITEC 100 can be viewed at www.hitecglobal.org

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Phiota receives Doctoral Research Award at AFA Annual Meeting

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Phiota receives Doctoral Research Award at AFA Annual Meeting

Cincinnati, Ohio - November, 2007

Dr. Juan "Varadero" Guardia's dissertation "Nuestra identidad y experiencias (Our identity and experiences): Ethnic identity development of Latino fraternity members at a Hispanic Serving Institution" received the inaugural Richard McKaig Outstanding Doctoral Research Award sponsored by the Center for the Study of the College Fraternity. Dr. Guardia completed his dissertation in 2006 at Iowa State University in Ames.

Brother Guardia has this to say about his award. "I am excited about the award and that research on Latino fraternities and sororities is being supported and recognized by higher education faculty and administrators."

The Richard McKaig Outstanding Doctoral Research Award is made possible by a grant from the Fraternity Executives Association. It recognizes an outstanding doctoral dissertation completed by an individual recently completing her/his doctorate. The recipient receives a $1000 cash award and additional recognition at the annual meeting of the Association of Fraternity Advisors. An abstract of the winning dissertation will be printed and distributed by the Center. The purpose of the Richard McKaig Outstanding Doctoral Research Award is to encourage and support the study and dissemination of high quality research on the role of the fraternity and sorority in higher education. The award is meant to recognize students at the doctoral level who show promise in the field of student affairs.


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Phiota becomes Fulbright Scholar

Posted By Phiota.info Administrator, Wednesday, January 13, 2010

PHI IOTA ALPHA FRATERNITY, INC.

council@phiota.org - 9322 3rd Avenue Suite 412 Brooklyn, New York 11209

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Press Contacts:

Omar Lopez

Director of Marketing

Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

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casal5@hotmail.com


Phiota becomes Fulbright Scholar


Washington, D.C. - May 2007


A member of Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity, Inc. was awarded a U.S. Fulbright scholarship.

Andres "Distraccion" Carter a recent graduate of the A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture & Urban Planning at the University of Michigan, was awarded a grant to conduct research on the role of architecture in the shantytowns and favelas of Brazil through the U.S. Fulbright Program.

A New York native, Mr. Carter has made various trips to Brasil. It was there that Mr. Carter developed an interest in the impact of architecture and design in developing nations.

Mr. Carter will join the ranks of more than 279,500 "Fulbrighters," 105,400 from the United States and 174,100 from other countries, that have participated in the Program since its inception sixty years ago. The Fulbright Program awards approximately 6,000 new grants annually. Thirty-six Fulbrighters have been awarded Nobel Prizes. The U.S. Fulbright program remains one of the leading scholarship programs in the United States.

Sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Fulbright Program provides funding for students, scholars, teachers, and professionals to undertake graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools. The flagship international educational program sponsored by the U.S. Government, the Fulbright Program is designed to increase mutual understanding between the peoples of the United States and the people other countries.


Since 1931, Phi Iota Alpha has set precedents for Latino greek leadership in the global community. Through the past 78 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.



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Phiotas Receive Awards at National Conference

Posted By Phiota.info Administrator, Wednesday, January 13, 2010

PHI IOTA ALPHA FRATERNITY, INC.

council@phiota.org - 9322 3rd Avenue Suite 412 Brooklyn, New York 11209

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Press Contacts:

Omar Lopez

Director of Marketing

Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

http://www.phiota.org/press.php

casal5@hotmail.com


Phiotas Receive Awards at National Conference


Orlando, Florida - April 2007


Two members of Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity, Inc. received national awards at the American College Personnel Association (ACPA)/National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Joint Conference held in Orlando, Florida from March 31-April 4th.

Brother Dennis "Latinodinamico" Camacho received the ACPA Latin@ Network's Community Advancement Service Award. This award is given to an outstanding practitioner in the field of Student Affairs who has made significant contributions to the Latina/o community on their campus or in the greater community. The award was established to honor members of the Latin@ Network who promote and have made significant contributions to the advancement of Latinas/os on their campus, the community, or in higher education.

Brother Dr. Juan "Varadero" Guardia was one of five national recipients of the ACPA Annuit Coeptis Emerging Professional Award. The Annuit Coeptis Award honors three senior professionals and five emerging professionals at a dinner where there can be wide-ranging discussion and exchange about professional issues. The dinner carries on a tradition established by Professor Philip A. Tripp and Ursula Delworth who dearly loved to challenge his contemporaries and junior colleagues in a spirit of personal and professional sharing, high good humor and thoughtful intellectual debate. The Latin phrase, annuit coeptis, reflects Dr. Tripp's and Dr. Delworth's optimism for the future of the profession by suggesting that "He has smiled upon that which we have begun."

ACPA is the leading student affairs Association that advances student affairs and engages students for a lifetime of learning and discovery. ACPA has nearly 8,000 members representing nearly 1,500 private and public institutions from across the U.S. and internationally. In addition, members include companies and organizations who are engaged in the campus marketplace. Our members include graduate students enrolled in student affairs/higher education administration programs as well as faculty who are teaching and researching in this area to student affairs professionals from entry level to senior student affairs officers.

NASPA is the leading voice for student affairs administration, policy and practice and affirms the commitment of student affairs to educating the whole student and integrating student life and learning. With over 11,000 members at 1,400 campuses, and representing 29 countries, NASPA is the largest professional association for student affairs administrators, faculty and graduate students. NASPA members are committed to serving college students by embracing the core values of diversity, learning, integrity, service, fellowship and the spirit of inquiry.


Since 1931, Phi Iota Alpha has set precedents for Latino greek leadership in the global community. Through the past 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.



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