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Chapter History

Brief History of the Delta Chapter of Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity, Inc. University at Albany, SUNY

The history of Delta Chapter began in the fall of 1987. Five young men set out to create a legacy of perseverance, will and power. This group of young men and four other individuals later to pledge in the fall of 1988 were the founding fathers of the Delta Chapter. Once they crossed into the realm of Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity, Inc. they worked collectively, efficiently, and diligently to make this chapter one of the most prestigious and distinguished chapters within the brotherhood, earning its nickname Distinguished Delta. These men took initiative within the college community to promote higher education, community service, a social atmosphere for our people, and a voice for the Latinos not only on this campus but in the Capital Region in general. …..For 23 years now, this chapter has held numerous events for its community, and has worked to bring various Latinos as well as Latino organizations together on this campus. Delta Chapter has contributed much to the Albany community. Brother Adam Ortiz created the first Latino Greek Council. Brother Jose Maymi created the National Latino Colligate Conference. Brothers; Jermaine Peña, Wander Falette, Rafael Curbelo, and Roselio Arias started a new philanthropy of Sickle Cell Anemia and created the 1st Sickle Cell Anemia Ball in Spring 2005. Through its efforts, Delta has successfully established itself on this campus for many years and continues to provide activities to meet the needs of the Latino community.