Workforce development program prepares lifelong learners for new career path

–By Ashley Mielke for FIU News Josue Carisma dedicated more than half of his life to the sales industry, leveraging a high school diploma to support his family. After more than 20 years in the industry, he realized there was nothing left for him to achieve and no room for growth. “After a while, I […]

Annual alumni reception breaks attendance record, raises awareness for Next Horizon campaign

A record number of alumni and friends of FIU came out to the Alumni Association Annual Cocktail Reception this year to celebrate their alma mater, learn about the university’s future and explore its innovative research programs. Six-hundred guests flocked to the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, a new site for the event, on May 16. […]

Looking to the Next Horizon: Landmark campaign to "change the face of this institution"

–For FIU Magazine FIU is pushing boundaries. University researchers are saving species on the verge of extinction. They are helping families with children who have ADHD. In the face of sea level rise and devastating natural disasters, they are working to create sustainable infrastructure for Miami and other coastal areas. And in a firmly digital […]

Workforce development program bolsters underserved populations, feeds growing construction industry

For Devan Blackman, FIU’s Engineering Center has come to feel like a second home. There’s a 5-foot-by-5-foot wooden “house” there that she and her classmates built and wired for electricity with their bare hands – something she’d never envisioned herself doing up until eight months ago. But the little project house holds a deeper meaning […]

Sedano's Supermarkets supports student food pantry

Sedano’s Supermarkets recently donated $6,000 in support of the student food pantry at FIU. The pantry, open to all currently enrolled students, is supported entirely by donations and has grown in demand considerably. Since opening its doors in 2014, the pantry has seen a 700 percent increase in visits. Located at both MMC and BBC, the pantry has […]

At annual breakfast, FIU scholars meet the donors making their dreams attainable

Mechanical engineering sophomore Patricia Garcia is on the fast-track to success. By the time she entered FIU as a freshman, she had already completed a full-time, summer research internship at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. She then spent last summer in Massachusetts Institute of Technology research labs working on engineering 3D skeletal muscle for applications in the […]

Businessman Harvey Gedeon and family to support female, Haitian students studying STEM, economics at FIU

Businessman and philanthropist Harvey Gedeon and his family have made a $25,000 donation to Florida International University to establish the Rosita Gedeon Endowment Fund. Named in memory of Mr. Gedeon’s mother, the scholarship endowment will support female, Haitian, undergraduate students pursuing degrees in the fields of economics and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) who […]

University launches Next Horizon: The Campaign for FIU with community celebration

A little rain didn’t stop FIU in its pursuit of the Next Horizon! On Saturday, Jan. 26, the FIU Foundation, Inc. hosted a community-wide celebration in the Graham Center to commemorate the public launch of Next Horizon: The Campaign for FIU. With a goal to raise $750 million, this landmark campaign is the university’s largest […]

On 30th anniversary of Armenian earthquake, alumnus and donor recognized by ambassador for service as disaster responder

On December 7, 1988, a magnitude-6.8 earthquake rocked Armenia, leaving 25,000 dead (with estimates ranging as high as 50,000) and hundreds of thousands homeless. In an unprecedented move, the Soviet Union, of which Armenia was then a member, called for help from the international community in the wake of the disaster. Days later, alumnus Raul […]

Top FIU benefactor inducted into Inventors Hall of Fame

Decades ago, Dr. Herbert Wertheim turned his early ideas for inventions into prototypes using Maxwell House coffee cans as chemistry beakers. An optometrist and the founder and CEO of Brain Power Inc., he was the first
 to discover and produce ultraviolet light dye absorbers for eyeglass lenses, an innovation that has helped millions avoid cataracts […]