Workforce development program bolsters underserved populations, feeds growing construction industry

For Devan Blackman, FIU’s Engineering Center has come to feel like a second home. There’s a 5-foot-by-5-foot wooden “house” there that she and her classmates built and wired for electricity with their bare hands – something she’d never envisioned herself doing up until eight months ago. But the little project house holds a deeper meaning […]

Sedano's Supermarkets supports student food pantry

Sedano’s Supermarkets recently donated $6,000 in support of the student food pantry at FIU. The pantry, open to all currently enrolled students, is supported entirely by donations and has grown in demand considerably. Since opening its doors in 2014, the pantry has seen a 700 percent increase in visits. Located at both MMC and BBC, the pantry has […]

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 […]

CasaCuba receives $750,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) announced that CasaCuba has received a $750,000 matching grant, which encourages additional private support. The funding will support the architectural design phase of the state-of-the-art center that will host lectures, academic conferences, community events, and digital and physical exhibitions intended to further the study and public understanding of […]

At annual breakfast, FIU scholars meet the donors making their dreams attainable

Mechanical engineering sophomore Patricia Garcia is on the fast-track to success. By the time she entered FIU as a freshman, she had already completed a full-time, summer research internship at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. She then spent last summer in Massachusetts Institute of Technology research labs working on engineering 3D skeletal muscle for applications in the […]

Alumnus creates first fellowship endowment in history

-By Amy Ellis for FIU News Henry “Hank” Voegtle graduated with a history degree in 1974, when FIU only had five history professors. Since then, the Department of History has grown exponentially and, throughout the years, its faculty and students have earned numerous awards for their research. To give back to his alma mater and strengthen research […]

The Humanities Edge awards first research grants to Green School projects

-By Maria Gil for FIU News Sociology professor Matthew Marr knows just how critical proximity to social and public health services can be in a neighborhood where homelessness is an ongoing concern. During his research, he learned of a homeless man in Overtown who happened to bump into a former caseworker at a convenience store. The homeless […]

Auschwitz survivor donates to Holocaust studies program

–By Nicole Montero for FIU News Auschwitz survivor and renowned Miami developer Tibor Hollo believes the Holocaust is being forgotten. It all started with a conversation with a teen. “A supplier of mine came into my office with his son,” said Hollo, chairman and president of Florida East Coast Realty. “Somehow, the conversation turned to […]

Everglades scholar brings together stakeholders for common-sense restoration

–By Evelyn S. Gonzalez for FIU News Chloe Vorseth wants to make Everglades restoration practical. The FIU environmental studies master’s student is working to identify the most economically, environmentally and socially viable restoration plan, relying on input from a variety of experts and stakeholders. Everglades restoration efforts have been stagnant, Vorseth said, due to lack of cooperation […]

Badia Spices, Inc. donates $1 million to FIU for scholarships at Chaplin School

Badia Spices, Inc. has announced a $1 million gift to the Next Horizon campaign at Florida International University to create the Badia Spices Scholarship Endowment at the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management. The Badia Spices Scholarship Endowment will be used to recruit and retain students and enrich the student experience at the Chaplin […]