FIU Foundation announces new board leadership and member

Florida International University has appointed four prominent South Florida leaders and FIU alumni to serve as officers on the FIU Foundation Board of Directors: Humberto “Burt” Cabañas, Adalio T. Sanchez, Andre L. Teixeira and Jill M. Granat. “We are grateful and excited to have these exceptional individuals lead our Foundation Board of Directors,” said Howard R. Lipman, CEO of […]

Business alumni leverage industry experience, FIU education to shift company focus to include pandemic response

Carlos Duart ’94, MS ’99 and Tina Vidal-Duart ’02, MIB ’04, president and executive vice president, respectively, of CDR Maguire, leveraged their contacts and industry experience to help advise and coordinate relief efforts on a major scale. When the COVID-19 pandemic struck, College of Business alumni Carlos Duart ’94, MS ’99 and Tina Vidal-Duart ’02, […]

Alumnus, FIU parent discusses family’s Panther legacy, why he gave to student emergency relief fund

Two-time alumnus Josue Raudales ’97, MS ’05 is a proud FIU Panther and an FIU parent, as well. Raudales was an international student from Honduras and a member of the Honors College during his time at the university. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from the College of Engineering & Computing and […]

A community of supporters bolsters South Florida hospitality industry

This story was originally published on 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 […]

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 […]

Alumnus David Burke ’78 posthumously awarded FIU Medallion

–By Clara-Meretan Kiah. Alexandra Pecharich contributed to this article. “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” –­Maya Angelou These words guided alumnus David Burke ’78 through life. Many remember the late hospitality executive, who passed in August […]

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. […]

Young alumnus’ gift lays foundation for media, technology institute

–By Sarah Hernandez for FIU News The average age of philanthropists is 65, but Steven Cruz, 28, is bucking the trend. In support of the FIU Next Horizon campaign, Cruz has announced a planned gift of $1.2 million to establish the Steven Cruz Institute for Media, Science + Technology within the College of Communication, Architecture […]

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 […]

Record number of students landed D.C. summer internships

As summer came to a close, FIU in D.C. bid farewell to a record-breaking number of interns. Sixty-three students from across the university spent their summer living and working in Washington, D.C. They worked in various organizations and federal agencies, including the Department of Commerce, Department of Energy, Booz Allen Hamilton and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. “It’s awesome to […]