Jason Saltzman named vice chair of enterprise growth for the FIU Foundation Board of Directors

Jason Saltzman, entrepreneur, investor, author, and a member of the Florida International University Foundation Board of Directors, has been named vice chair of enterprise growth for the FIU Foundation Board of Directors. He will lead the new Corporate Enterprise Growth Initiative, created to adapt to the shifting philanthropic landscape and help ensure the Foundation’s continued […]

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 […]

NeighborhoodHELP: The job of helping our community goes on despite COVID-19

–By Ileana Varela for FIU News When she opened the door and saw the two women standing there looking like a hazmat crew—face mask, face shield, gown, gloves—Nelly Iturregui couldn’t help but laugh. “She said, doctora? Then she put her hand to her mouth and started giggling. We all laughed,” said Jessica Oliveira, a physician assistant […]

Hospitality employees give thanks for financial help during pandemic

–By Ivonne Amor for FIU News Alex Kuk couldn’t stop smiling when the mailman dropped off his mail. In the stack of letters and bills addressed to his restaurant, Temple Street Eatery in Fort Lauderdale, was a ray of hope in the form of a check from FIU. “Literally, I think we were just jumping […]

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 […]

Wertheims Make $10 Million Gift to Enhance Performing Arts at FIU

–By Sissy Garland for FIU News Dr. Herbert and Nicole Wertheim have announced a $10 million naming gift to the FIU School of Music, part of the College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts (CARTA). The gift, which will establish several new programs that will elevate the school’s global distinction and identity, is the largest […]

University breaks ground on second phase of Green School building

–By Amy Ellis for FIU News Pointing to three flags waving in the breeze just a short distance behind him, FIU President Mark B. Rosenberg reflected back on the first groundbreaking event at the university in 1971. United Nations Secretary General U. Thant was the guest of honor that day and he spoke about the important […]

Miami Marlins Foundation surprises student with first-generation scholarship

As the Graham Center pit filled with Miami Marlins staff, local media, FIU baseball players, FIU cheerleaders and photographers ready to surprise Ana Ribeiro with a first-generation scholarship, the junior unknowingly walked right past it all. After a quick meeting at the scholarship office, Ribeiro learned she needed to head back to the Graham Center […]

Recent grad creates Global Learning scholarship in memory of her brother

–By Isabel Gamarra for FIU News For Danielle Lyn, Global Learning was the most meaningful experience at FIU. It gave her a space to talk to others; a passion in life; and a community of like-minded individuals who were committed to making the world a better place. “Global Learning pushed me to try an array […]