Brian Breittholz named new FIU AVP for alumni relations

–By Clara-Meretan Kiah and Todd Ellenberg for FIU News Brian Breittholz is FIU’s new associate vice president for alumni relations and chief alumni officer. Breittholz, an accomplished higher education leader with a wealth of experience in alumni relations, development, student affairs and communications, joins FIU after serving seven years as Cleveland State University’s (CSU) assistant vice president for alumni affairs and executive […]

Memorial scholarship endowment will honor life of Public Policy and Administration faculty member Dr. Donna Comrie

Dr. Agatha Caraballo ’02, Ph.D. ’12, an associate teaching professor in the Department of Public Policy and Administration, recently made a planned gift to FIU to establish a memorial scholarship in honor of her late friend, Dr. Donna Comrie Ph.D. ’13, a fellow FIU alumna and popular adjunct faculty member. Dr. Comrie was an educator, […]

Investment in the Next Horizon continues with recent gifts to FIU

Following a record-breaking fundraising year, the FIU Foundation is grateful to share some of the more recent investments made in the university’s Next Horizon: Bank of America awarded FIU $1,000,000 to help minority students successfully complete the education and training necessary to enter the workforce after graduation. The grant will help scale a pipeline program […]

Program fosters change, embraces people with developmental disabilities

FIU Embrace provides research-based holistic care, a wealth of resources and a strong support system for people with developmental disabilities and their families. –By Gisela Valencia for FIU Magazine Dr. Yolangel Hernandez Suarez was not able to see her son for months after the pandemic began.   A 28-year-old man who is on the autism […]

Looking at the Next Horizon so far

Less than two years ago, FIU held a celebration to commemorate the public launch of the Next Horizon campaign. More than 1,200 alumni, students, faculty, donors and members of the community attended a showcase of FIU’s research, community programs and student success. That day has truly proven to be a launching point, based on the campaign’s trajectory since.  By the end of November […]

Foundation responds to immediate needs of FIU, the community during pandemic

When the COVID-19 pandemic struck and FIU announced its shift to remote learning and work in March, leaders of the FIU Foundation knew the university’s Next Horizon capital campaign would need to be placed on pause to address a more immediate need: Students, faculty and staff, and the surrounding community were suffering, and the Foundation […]

Philanthropy in times of crisis: Howard Lipman explains why philanthropy is needed now more than ever

Before his current role as CEO of the FIU Foundation and previous executive positions in university advancement, Howard Lipman served as the President and CEO of the Greater Miami and The Keys Chapter of the American Red Cross. In that position, he was tasked – among other things – with fundraising for disaster relief. This experience has provided him with a unique lens to view […]

FIU think tank provides research, resources during pandemic

Dr. Maria Ilcheva, Assistant Director of Planning and Operations
–By Maria Rojas FIU’s Jorge M. Pérez Metropolitan Center is leveraging its expertise as South Florida’s leading, urban think tank to help local governments and organizations understand the scope of the pandemic’s effect on at-risk communities. The center’s work is advancing the conversation about who is lacking resources, what can be done about it and […]

Expanding research capability: University merges with Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies

In 2007, a cross-country move occurred that would eventually impact Florida International University. At the time, however, neither the university nor the institute that expanded from California to Florida knew that their biomedical research endeavors would lead to a merger. Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies, located approximately 125 miles north of the MMC campus, originally was attracted to […]

Training the next generation of physicians: Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine

The Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine at FIU is empowering those who have heard the call of duty to become the next generation of community-minded doctors through state-of-the-art training and an education that emphasizes diversity and compassion.