Beta Chapter of Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity Inc

The oldest existing Latino fraternity

Chapter history

Familia

In the fall of 1986, at Stony Brook University, seven determined young men decided that there was a great need for an organization that would serve as an academic, cultural, and social support group similar to their friends and families at home. After extensive research, they came across a brotherhood at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY.

An interest grew in the hearts of these men after discovering that Phi Iota Alpha would be instrumental in helping them establish a union that would provide a strong sense of identity and a historical background that they could reflect on. They met with the brothers, one of which was the President, Hermano Felipe "Flip" Morales. Together they discussed the terms of their entrance into the brotherhood.

In January of 1987, the brotherhood had grown with the induction of "Los Intocables." In February of that year they petitioned the Inter-Fraternal Council for membership. On March 9th, 1987, through their hard work and dedication as well as that of other distinguished brothers of RPI, the Beta Chapter became established.

Pioneers

The Chapter was responsible for opening the doors for many of the Latino organizations currently functioning at the university

The Beta Chapter of Phi Iota Alpha became the first Latino Greek letter organization granted recognition at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. The Chapter was responsible for opening the doors for many of the Latino organizations currently functioning at the university. Two such organizations are the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and Hispanics in Medicine, which later became Minorities in Medicine.

Obstacles

Unfortunately, due to changes within the fraternity and a series of events in the Beta chapter, the chapter closed its doors in the spring of 199l, for an indefinite period. This was deemed in the best interest of the organization.

In 1994, four brothers, Hermano Dennis "Latino Dinamico" Camacho, Hermano Moises "Inca Manco" Goimet, Hermano Javier "Coraje" Ramirez, and Hermano Peter "El PRO" Morales saw that it was time for the chapter to return to its rightful status. Together they began formalizing the means of reactivating the chapter, and succeeded in forming a strong interest group that would lead generations to come. One year later, a group was established along with the eventual absorption of the members of the fraternity formally known as Balaam Mu Tau (BMT), which declared itself defunct during meetings with Phi Iota Alpha that same year.

A series of petitions and proposals were made to the Inter-Fraternal Council and to the National Executive Board of Phi Iota Alpha, but due to a conflict of interest the group never reached its goal, only to be postponed for some later time.

Our kingdom reconquered

In January of 1996, continued efforts to reactivate the chapter was spearheaded by Hermano Elisamuel "Falcón" Rivera, AKA Sam, and Hermano José "Peleador" Salcedo, who were students at Stony Brook University after having transferred from SUNY College at Old Westbury.

We’ve had our struggles, but one thing has remained clear: our determination and passion to serve the community has never dimmed

Hermanos Falcón and Peleador repeatedly met with the student activity administration to regain recognition of chapter status. It was not until the spring semester of 1997 that they organized a group of young men that would take on the roles of leadership and demonstrate their determination to become a part of Phi Iota Alpha and officially reestablished the Beta chapter at Stony Brook. The legacy continued growing in membership with the induction of five strong men, Los Reconquistadores de Nuestro Reino: "Napoleón," "Oro," "Añejo," "Precioso," and "Acelerado," who took their place among the leaders of Phi Iota Alpha on March 3, 1997. Since then, several more lines have been inducted into the Beta Chapter. We’ve had our struggles, but one thing has remained clear: our determination and passion to serve the community has never dimmed. We have and will always strive to do our best for each other, our communities, and ourselves.