FIU achieves prestigious First Scholars designation for its commitment to first-generation student success

Originally published March 16, 2023 on Written by Clara-Meretan Kiah Florida International University has once again been recognized for its commitment to the success of first-generation college students. FIU is one of 22 U.S. colleges and universities to be designated a First Scholars institution in 2023 by the Center for First-Generation Student Success, a national initiative […]

Endowment Establishes the Stephen M. Fain Medal

Originally published February 27, 2023 on Peter Fain remembers it well. Growing up in Kendall, he and his sister were on campus often with their father, Stephen Fain, an original member of the university’s faculty, hired before FIU even opened its doors to students. Over the years, they attended scores of events, walked the […]

Philanthropy Lifts the Disability Resource Center and Students it Serves

Many students face daunting challenges when they enter college: academic difficulties, financial problems, and major and career choices, just to name a few. Some students face additional challenges that require customized learning services and individualized attention. The Disability Resource Center (DRC) at FIU helps ensure that students with special needs have access to needed guidance […]

U.S. News & World Report ranks FIU’s online programs among the Top 50

Originally published January 24, 2023, on FIU landed at No. 49 for best overall online bachelor’s program among public universities in U.S. News & World Report’s 2023 rankings released today. Eight bachelor’s and master’s programs were in the Top 50. In the category of Best Online Program for Veterans, FIU ranked No. 31 among all public […]

Lee Caplin makes $10 million naming gift to Journalism & Media at FIU

FIU CARTA students
– By Heather Radi-Bermudez Florida International University and its Department of Journalism + Media, within the College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts (CARTA), today announced a $10 million naming gift from philanthropists Mr. and Mrs. Lee Caplin establishing the Lee Caplin School of Journalism & Media. The gift, one of the largest donations to a […]

Café Bustelo & Pilon announce $1.25 million gift to FIU Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management and FIU CasaCuba

Café Bustelo, FIU CasaCuba, FIU Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management and FIU Foundation executives and students from the FIU student club The Coffee Guild share a cafecito in celebration of $1.25 million dollar gift.
By Ivonne Yee-Amor Café Bustelo & Pilon, coffee brands in The J.M. Smucker Co. portfolio, have announced a $1.25 million gift to Florida International University benefiting student scholarships, the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management and the construction of FIU CasaCuba. The gift marks a deepening of the relationship between FIU and the brands. Café […]

Kenneth A. Jessell selected as FIU’s sixth president

Kenneth A. Jessell
Today the Florida International University Board of Trustees voted unanimously to name Kenneth A. Jessell the university’s sixth president. The selection of Jessell, who has served as FIU’s interim president since January, is pending confirmation by the Florida Board of Governors. “In Dr. Jessell we have found the best possible leader for FIU at this moment in […]

Longtime university supporter gives back to help save the bay

One of FIU's Institute of Environment buoys
By Kenneth Setzer MA ’97 Longtime FIU supporter Elliot Stone cares deeply about the health of the environment. The founder of Royal Castle Builders, LLC, Stone is a Miami native who sees the powerful, positive results of serving his community. That’s why when FIU’s Institute of Environment needed to add a buoy to its Biscayne Bay […]

Professor gives back to support first-generation scholarships, Fostering Panther Pride

In 2020, Professor Chang won the FIU Faculty Award for Teaching.
As a Panther, professor of criminology and a life-long learner, Rosa Chang ’99, ’21 believes in the transformational power of education so much that she’s making it a part of her legacy. By giving a part of her estate—a significant gift for FIU—Chang ensures that first-generation scholarships and Fostering Panther Pride, a vital college access program for […]