A community of supporters bolsters South Florida hospitality industry

–For FIU News For alumna Heather De La Torre and her husband Jesus, owners of Jr’s Gourmet Burgers in Miami Springs, business is a family affair. The “mom-and-pop” restaurant celebrates its 10-year anniversary this year, and the couple thinks of their small, close-knit staff as kin. But, like many restaurants nationwide, the COVID-19 pandemic dealt […]

FIUstrong: Providing emergency relief for students during the pandemic

The university is raising funds for students suffering financially during the health crisis. –For FIU Magazine When FIU student Gabriella Llaña lost her job during the pandemic, she feared she might lose her apartment, too. Living alone, she wasn’t sure how she would afford rent. With support from the FIUstrong disaster relief initiative, the university […]

FIU expands 3D-printed PPE initiative to local fire-rescue departments with gift from alumnus, President’s Council member

FIU’s College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts has expanded its initiative to produce 3D-printed personal protective equipment (PPE) for those on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Supported by a gift from FIU President’s Council member Angela Martinez and FIU alumnus Raul Chavez ’80, the college 3D-printed 1,000 protective face shields for local fire-rescue departments. […]

Richard Brilliant MS ’93: Helping Students Chart a Course for Success

–By Clara-Meretan Kiah for FIU News As part of the Next Horizon “crew,” Richard Brilliant MS ’93 plays an integral role in the university’s comprehensive fundraising campaign. He and his employer, Carnival Corporation, have for years helped pilot the ship at the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management, where they have contributed expertise and […]

A Festival Raises Millions

The 19th annual edition of the Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by Capital One (SOBEWFF®) will take place February 19 – 23, 2020. For information and to order tickets, visit the festival website. Hosted by Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, the Food Network & Cooking Chanel South Beach […]

A Lifetime of Support for FIU Becomes a Family’s Legacy

Jenna Bilodeau knew she wanted to be a neurologist after helping nurse her father back to health when he suffered a brain injury in 2015. But what the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine student probably didn’t know back then was just how much a devoted couple of FIU supporters she’d never before met had impacted […]

Planning Ahead

Planned gifts allow donors to optimize their impact at FIU, while directing their philanthropy toward a tailored need. Van Chesnutt ’78, who made a planned gift to create a scholarship fund, moved to Seattle shortly after graduating from FIU and spent 20 years with Boeing before leaving and founding Means to an End, an information […]

The Spirit of Giving Begins at Home

Since the first class graduated from FIU in 1974, alumni have dedicated themselves to bolstering the Panther community through philanthropy and service. In fact, in 1981 the FIU Alumni Association supported FIU’s first four-year scholarship, which was awarded to the first accepted freshman when the university transitioned from a two-year to a four-year institution. Today, […]

Meet Our Students and Grads – Wisdom Offor '18 and Ruthmara "Ruthie" Corzo Ph.D. '18

Completion Scholarship Gave Wisdom Offor ’18 a Boost For some seniors, just a few hundred dollars could mean the difference between completing their course load and graduating on time, or never finishing their degree. Nationally, approximately 15 percent of college students drop out with 75 percent of their credits completed, mainly for financial reasons. But […]