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Kean University Latino Fraternity Celebrates Its Founding Father
UNION, NJ - When alumnus Gus Garcia ’80 was a student at Kean University (then Kean College), he was one of the most involved and active members of his class, from both a social and political standpoint. While the Cuban-born businessman enjoyed many successes during his college days, his self-proclaimed biggest achievement came early-on during his freshman year, when he founded Lambda Theta Phi, the first national Latino fraternity, which celebrated its 35th anniversary with a recent reception on the University’s main campus.
The reception was attended by more than 60 dignitaries including U.S. Senator Robert Menendez; fraternity brothers from throughout the region including current national board member Byron Bustos; as well as multiple Kean faculty members and administrators. Also during the reception, Garcia, who also serves as founder and president of Florida-based civil rights organization Garcorp International, announced the fraternity’s funding of three scholarships for deserving Kean students.
"I founded many organizations but my greatest accomplishment was founding Lambda Theta Phi," says Garcia. "This fraternity taught me about the values of brotherhood and community with my fellow Latinos, as well as the importance of networking with and learning about others. That doesn’t change the fact that more than 35 years later, I am still completely overwhelmed with how far my simple idea has come. I am grateful to Kean University for nurturing it as much as they have done and allowing us to flourish!"